How a tech titan in Israel became ‘The Job Whisperer’ | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Alan Zeitlin | 6 Elul 5782 – September 2, 2022

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In addition to being a technology expert, Hillel Fuld has helped around 500 people find jobs. As a social media influencer and writer, Fuld is an advocate for Israel.

Hillel Fuld is no shortage of titles.

He is a titan of the tech world who has advised and/or collaborated with global giants such as Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Nike. He is known for his branding genius and public relations prowess, and as a social media influencer. As a journalist, he is an ardent defender of Israel. He is also a renowned speaker who speaks to audiences around the world.

Inc.Magazine called Fuld “Israel’s best distributor”. Business Intern wrote that “if you’re in the ‘startup nation’ of Israel, you know Hillel Fuld, a marketing dude turned tech blogger.” Forbes concluded that “there are only a few people who serve as a focal point for entrepreneurs looking to grow their business. They provide advice, mentorship, connections, experience, credibility… In the Israeli tech ecosystem, Hillel Fuld is that guy.

Fuld, 43, married with children, is a vlogger, podcaster, strategic advisor to startups and marketers, and writes for Jewish and secular media. His social media page shows his encounters with top industry executives as well as celebrities, from Ishay Ribo to Ben Shapiro. As one can imagine, he is very busy. But in the little free time he has, he has done something extremely unique. He has helped around 500 people find jobs through presentations, sometimes in person, but more often via email. And he didn’t charge a shekel.

In an interview with The Jewish press, Fuld said those he helped included people he already knew as well as people he was introduced to online through colleagues or friends. In the majority of situations, he’ll do an email introduction to someone when he thinks it might be a good fit or when a CEO of a company contacts him.

Fuld explained how it started. “I was meeting entrepreneurs every day as they reached out to me through my writing,” Fuld said. “People would say they were looking for a job and I would tell them to send me their resume. After a while, they piled up and I created a directory, so when a company needed a marketing manager, I sent them the file.

Among his best thrills, he said, was helping two groups of relatives occupy land and have Parnassus for their families, as well as a man in his 60s who struggled to land a job despite being a seasoned CFO. Fuld helped connect him with an American company and the two saw it as a perfect fit.

Fuld said he advises people not to send a resume to a “cold” company (without any prior request or correspondence) but rather to find someone who knows someone personally in the company. He also said that if someone likes a specific company but doesn’t think they’re ready to be hired there yet, they should make connections and plant seeds for when the time comes and if there’s an opening they’re qualified.

Due to inflation and layoffs, rising gasoline prices, the economic blows of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the rockets fired at Israel, people are understandably nervous and sometimes on the verge of panic. He said they shouldn’t lose hope.

“It’s a matter of perspective,” Fuld said. “I’m always trying to see how you can strive to be a better person and a better worker. With health and wealth, you can always look at it and say it could be a lot worse.

In September 2018, Fuld’s brother Ari was stabbed from behind by a Palestinian terrorist outside a shopping mall near the Gush Etzion junction. In video footage seen around the world, he surprisingly managed to pursue and shoot the terrorist to prevent much more carnage before dying in the cowardly attack.

Asked about his brother, Fuld said he had a purity.

“His legacy was one of truth,” he said. “In today’s world, truth is a luxury. People have false narratives and make things up left and right, whether it’s science, Israel or whatever. Ari just couldn’t stand it. He was like, ‘you want to discuss the conflict, let’s discuss, but don’t tell me lies.’

Fuld said his brother lived and died a hero and his murder was traumatic for the whole family.

“Obviously it was very difficult,” he said. “Friends stepped up and family did a lot of things. I’m not going to pretend it was easy.

When asked if he knew he’d be involved in technology since childhood, Fuld said it wasn’t exactly a foregone conclusion, although the passion was there.

“Technology wasn’t such a thing when I was growing up,” Fuld said. “There was no iPhone or social media. But the second I turned on a computer, it blew my mind. Before, I thought it was only for geeks.

Son of a rabbi, Fuld fit aliyah from New York at the age of 15 with his family.

The grandson of Holocaust survivors, Fuld said “Israel was always in my veins” and that moving to the Holy Land was one of the best things he had ever done.

A sought-after speaker who lectures around the world, Fuld delivered the 2018 Lincoln Center commencement address for Touro College’s graduate division. The college’s website quotes him as telling graduates, “…If any of the companies I work with now were selling for billions tomorrow, I wouldn’t change a thing. I would continue to do what I do and have always done, follow my passion and give as much as I can to everyone around me who can benefit from what I have to offer. I suggest you do the same and… now.

Occasionally, Fuld will be criticized if he posts a photo showing he met someone some may not agree with, politically or for some other reason. It’s common for influencers to get pushed back online. Fuld said if people only met other people they agreed with on every position under the sun, they might not have many meetings.

“I’m used to it now,” Fuld said of the occasional criticism online. “I’m definitely the recipient of negativity sometimes. People are much braver even though in reality it’s the opposite, because they’re sitting behind the screen. They can say whatever they want. »

Fuld is a fan of drones, fancy kosher food, and fancy costumes. He also advises people to be honest in business and in their personal lives.

What does he recommend as the best kosher restaurant in New York?

“Reserve Cut,” Fuld said. “The steaks are all excellent.”

With his success as a “work whisperer,” many have urged Fuld to help out in the matchmaking business. After a slew of requests, he said he was seriously considering it, but would have to find the most effective system to help potential Chossons and kallahs be located.

Speaking of relationships, Fuld is one of the few humans to have a conversation with an artificial intelligence-powered robot known as AI. He posted a video of the exchange that took place in Paris a few years ago.

“Are you afraid that one day I will take your job?” asked the robot.

“I don’t think so, because I work in marketing and my whole career is about relationships,” Fuld replied. “You can’t establish a relationship because you don’t have any emotions. You are a robot.

The robot retorted that he planned to create a Twitter account.

On how to stand up for Israel in America, which has seen a wave of anti-Semitism ranging from assaults on the streets to hatred on college campuses, Fuld said Jews should not operate from a position of fear by default.

“My advice is not to play victim,” Fuld said. “We are no longer victims. We must have a zero tolerance policy for anti-Semitism. No excuses. This is not the Europe of 1940. We are strong and must possess our identity. Do not be shy. Don’t be embarrassed. Be proud.”

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