March 11, 2020

People Profiles: Michal Rosenthal

Translated from The Marker article:

Name: Michal Rosenthal
Age: 29
Residence: Tel Aviv
Position: Data Scientist
Company Name: Waycare
What the company does: Provides a cloud platform that helps authorities reduce crashes and improve traffic management
Company Location: Tel Aviv & Los Angeles

Which operating system do you use? Apple
Where do you shop? Amazon
How do you get to work? Bike
How long does it take? 12 minutes
What do you do during your lunch break? Take away
What are you watching? Nothing right now
Where did you spend Friday morning? Abu Hassan*
What music are you listening to? Indie / Electronic / Ambient / World
Recommendation for recreation in your city: Listen to kzradio, the best radio in the country
What is the state of your bank account? Positive

*Abu Hassan is one of the oldest and most famous humus restaurants in Israel.

Did you study in an academic setting?

Yes, I studied Physics.

How did you acquire the skills required for your field of expertise?

I served four years in the 8200* and it was at that point I began to learn about technology and not be alarmed by black boxes. Serving in the unit also gave me the tools to study topics in a relatively self-taught way.

*Unit 8200 is an elite intelligence unit in the Israeli Defense Force (Army).

How did you end up in your current position?

Through a recruiting company. The area of ​​business really attracted me – there are many companies that do useful and interesting things, but not everyone gets the right to take part in a life-saving platform.

Is there anything leading up to this role that you would change?

I would have studied more math.

What was the most challenging question in the job interview?

“Tell me about yourself.” That type of question confuses me every time.

How long did it take you to feel in control in your profession?

I am now part of a broad field which is developing, and in recent years has experienced massive growth. Since I am relatively new to the profession, I think it will take a few more years until I feel I have mastered the field.

Do you have any good advice for those who want to start a career in your field?

Study a lot of math, be patient, and if you are afraid to jump into the water then jump anyway.

What trait, habit, or custom distinguishes you from the rest of the office staff?

I don’t drink coffee.

What tools help you at work?

Books in .pdf format.

When should you move on to a new position?

When a job mismatch becomes apparent, or you feel like you’re no longer learning.

What is the most effective method of getting a raise?

Get better at what you do and then ask for a raise.

Give us some insight into the high-tech industry in Israel, from your perspective.

I notice that there are many companies that offer products and services that need to be built on top of other products and services. It’s an endless cycle of products being built on top of other products. It becomes a source of livelihood for many.

What is the best moment of your day?

I love the afternoons when we get a little quieter and then I make tea.

What causes you to waste the most time?

Any platform where can scroll endlessly is an unimaginable time suck.

What is the most annoying thing your college colleague does?


What helps you survive the day?

I love the work I do and the routine of the day in general, I’m usually not in “survival mode” so I don’t need anything to keep me going. Sometimes there is a feeling of fatigue, but it is fleeting.

What is everyone talking about at lunchtime?

Mindfulness, Netflix, and transportation.

What’s the thing that has kept you busy lately?

Dream interpretation.

Do you even have a life outside of work? If so, what’s the trick?

Yes, I have a lot of things going on. In my opinion, it helps to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep at night, not to scroll too much on the internet, and most of all devote time to setting priorities and following through. I’m probably not always successful, but it’s the thought that counts.

What’s your “corner” in your home?

My desk at home. It provides a pretty accurate picture of the things I’m dealing with.

What do you waste the most money on?

Music and books.

Last question – what’s your plan for tonight?

Aikido training and studying.

9:15am: Work meeting with a team member
11:30am: Playing chess with a friend from work during lunch break
1:30pm: Tea break outside
3:00pm: Working on an algorithm
4:30pm: Zoom meeting with colleagues abroad

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