Are you familiar with Orr Danon, the CEO of technology superpower Hailo? Unless you're directly involved in businesses that utilize this type of technology, there's a chance that you've never heard of Danon or even the company itself. However, you'll quickly find by reading through these 10 things about Danon that he is a rather interesting individual and someone who is definitely worth watching in the business world. Chances are, you're curious enough to want to know more. If that's the case, consider reading through this list and find out what it is about Orr Danon that makes him stand out in a crowd.
1. He honed his skills working for the Israeli Defense Forces
As a matter of fact, he worked for the Israeli Defense Forces for some ten years before he ever decided to go into private business. As such, he definitely knows a thing or two about developing the technology that is required to both keep each other safe and keep operations running as smoothly as possible, even during some of the most challenging conditions in existence. There really is no preparation for real world situations as challenging as being in the military. As far as Danon and many others are concerned, if you can make it in that environment, you can make it in practically any environment, doing virtually anything you choose to do. This is something that he has proven himself time and again.
2. While he was there, he specialized in cybersecurity and intelligence
It probably won't come as a surprise to know that while he was in the military, he specialized in things like cyber security and intelligence. In fact, he practically wrote the book on these subjects throughout the course of the 10 years that he was there. While he was doing it, he also noticed that there were other issues that weren't directly tied with cybersecurity in the sense that someone might try to hack into something, but more so issues with the practicality of using technology in the field. It was something that he decided to focus on and eventually became the precipice for Hailo.
3. His work has been recognized at the highest level
While he was in the military, his work was widely celebrated. In fact, he was given both the Israeli Defense Award and the Creative Thinking Award for his work with the Israeli military. The first came from the Israeli president himself, while the second was awarded him by the Head of Military Intelligence. There are very few people in the world that can honestly say that they have been recognized in this fashion. Only the best of the best ever achieve this type of recognition in such an environment, something that translates very well into creating a private business that can be used for all types of different situations.
4. He holds three separate degrees
Some people are just naturally gifted when it comes to things like cybersecurity and intelligence. There is no doubt that Danon is one of these individuals. However, he also has a great deal of education to support that natural talent. For starters, he achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Hebrew University. Shortly thereafter, he went on to achieve a second Bachelor's degree from the same university, this time in Mathematics. If that's not enough to impress you, consider this fact. He eventually went on to achieve a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
5. He was also the top of his class
Anyone who has ever pursued a degree in physics, mathematics or virtually any type of engineering knows how challenging it is to actually achieve that goal. It requires a great deal of skill in math and science and it's not something that everyone is geared toward, to say the least. Not only did he achieve all three degrees, but he was also at the top of his class when he was at Tel Aviv University. By the time he graduated, he didn't just have a Master's degree in what is probably one of the most challenging programs in existence. He also had the satisfaction of knowing that he graduated cum laude from the program.
6. He knows how to start something and then stick with it
He started Hailo in September of 2017. Clearly, he knows how to start something and stick with it. A lot of entrepreneurs have a tendency to get something going and then hand it off to someone else right about the time it actually starts to be successful. For them, it's not really about being successful as much as it is about being involved in the hunt for something that could potentially be a success. Danon is different. He's perfectly happy to have developed a company that is not only successful, but useful. There is absolutely no reason why he would want to sell the company to someone else and then leave it in their hands when he feels like he is the person best qualified to run it.
7. He’s used to dealing with pressure
After so many years in the military, he's definitely used to dealing with a lot of pressure. That fact is evidenced by the number of projects he took on while he was there that were extremely complex in nature. He has proven time and again that pressure is something that doesn't really bother him. In fact, he seems to thrive on it.
8. He believes the biggest roadblock to success is in your own mind
He has said it again and again. The biggest thing that gets in the way of a person's success is their own mind. He says that with hard work and dedication, virtually anything is possible. It's when you start to believe something is impossible that it becomes exactly that. By the same token, if you believe you can do something, you’re likely to achieve it, no matter how many other people think you're crazy.
9. He’s a risk taker
He's also quick to point out that in order to succeed, you have to be willing to take some risks. Nothing worth doing comes easily, nor does it come without risk. If you always play it safe, you'll be lucky to achieve a fraction of what you could have otherwise accomplished if only you'd been willing to take some risks and stay the course.
10. He doesn’t give up or give in
He is a risk-taker, but he also stays with things, even when they don't go the way he had hoped. Through the years, he's learned that things sometimes fail. In fact, it's a basic part of being an entrepreneur. The thing is, you don't walk away when you fail. You learn from your mistakes, pick yourself up and keep going.
Written by Allen Lee
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