Faces Of The Startup Nation: Q&A With Hotshot Entrepreneur Ron Gura
Ron Gura is a young Israeli entrepreneur and investor, focusing on e-commerce, the consumer Internet, Internet of Things, FinTech and big data. Gura recently left his position at Israel’s eBay Innovation Center to become an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Eden Shochat and Michael Eisenberg’s ‘Aleph Ventures,’ an Israeli VC focusing on early-stage and seed investments. Gura was also the CEO and co-founder of ‘The Gifts Project,’ a social group-gifting platform that allows friends to chip in for gifts purchased on ecommerce websites, which was acquired by eBay in 2011.
What were your first steps into the business world? When I was 14, I bought a used Fender Jaguar Guitar (1967) in Colorado because I thought it was underpriced. I sold it a few months later in Israel for five times what I bought it for, so that was a sweet deal. All downhill from there.
What is your hidden talent? I can move my ears.
Falafel or Shawarma? Falafel #veggie
What are some of your favorite weekend activities? Friday’s breakfast with the house specialty “egg in a nest”.
If you were a selfie, what would you look like?
What is your homepage? The Daily Pig (by @yonbergman)
What is the best place you’ve ever traveled to? Cinque Terre, Italy
Who was your first celebrity crush? Jennifer Love Hewitt
Star Wars or Star Trek? I don’t really watch Star Wars, but love Star Trek.
What are you totally addicted to? Labneh cheese
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What (or who) is your biggest inspiration? My brother Eyal. He’s a fearless and visionary entrepreneur who’s constantly looking around for new pains to solve.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? Saying no to acquisition offers can keep you up at night.
Bar Refaeli or Gal Gadot? Gal who?
If you weren’t an entrepreneur, what would you be? Busy making the best sandwiches ever.
If you could be a movie character who would you be? Ari Gold from the show ‘Entourage’.
Tel Aviv or New York? Really? do you enjoy freezing your ass off? Tel Aviv.
What is the best advice that you ever got from your parents? Whatever you do, wherever you are – do not sleep with your socks on.
Burger or green juice? Can I combo the two into one big juicy veggie burger?
What is your favorite Hebrew word? ‘Baduk’ meaning ‘For sure’.
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