Note: over the next 90 days, I am going to be living in Israel on behalf of an engagement for Rackspace and it’s startup and developer programs– helping the startup community, and expanding my editorial coverage in this column. Here’s my first story as my adventure unfolds…
Two weeks before I was getting ready to head to Israel, I was contacted by a friend in San Antonio, where I am based.
She knew I was heading to Israel for my extended stay on behalf of Rackspace, which is also based in San Antonio. She asked me if I could possibly meet with a friend of her’s son, who had just moved to Israel – and was looking to join an early-stage startup.
In my frenzy of getting organized to head out of town, I told her I was happy to chat with him and share my knowledge of Israel’s burgeoning high tech scene. She connected me to Jeremy Troy through an email, and we agreed to meet at the Hotel and Hub in Tel Aviv where I office.
Earlier last week, I had met Jeremy, and came up with basically what I call an editorial experiment: through the power of the reach of The Times of Israel, and my fundamental belief in the power of discovery, that somewhere out there is a team or a VC in the metro Tel Aviv area looking to find what is fundamentally any company’s greatest asset: a talented and passionate team member.
After visiting with Jeremy, my impression was that I was speaking with someone far more mature and certainly wiser than most late 20 and 30 something young people I cross paths with.
Here’s just a sampling of some of the magic Jeremy has been a part of:
- Built a first-of-its-kind business intelligence platform at the NFL, now utilized league-wide for gameplanning, scouting and player salary analytics; call it the NFL’s version of Moneyball, aggregating large-scale data from on and off the field into a user-friendly platform, customizable by everyone from the head coach to the back-end coders.
- Chosen by the MIT Sports Analytics Conferenceto present as part of the Competitive Advantage series
- A key team member of the group leading research and analytics of player salaries during the 2011 NFL labor negotiations, resulting in a ten-year Collective Bargaining Agreement between the teams and players.
- Created the methodology behind the calculation for the league’s franchise player tag, lauded by the NYTimesas a significant win for the teams.
- Served in the New Orleans Saints’ youth programs community service department for over a year, starting the season of the team’s return to the city following Hurricane Katrina.
Yes, Jeremy comes from “a good family,” had all the right credentials, went to the University of Texas at Austin, did his MBA at Fordham University, and has done some very cool things like working for Morgan Stanley and most recently, the NFL.
I don’t think it’s hard to find and hire smart people like Jeremy.
What is hard – and what can add value to a team is finding someone who has just arrived and came to Israel with a genuine sense of purpose, adventure and discovery.
The inspiration for Jeremy moving to Israel was sparked by a talk he attended in New York City given by Startup-Nation co-author, Dan Senor, “After hearing Senor’s passion for the innovation and leadership in Israel, and then reading about the history behind it, moving there seemed like a no-brainer,” Jeremy told me.
And so he did.
And now he’s here.
Jeremy has already begun interviewing with high tech startups here in Tel Aviv. He’s seeking a role that leverages his data acumen and business background with an equally motivated and passionate team.
Let’s chat and see where this takes us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Long Form: LinkedIn
Jeremy is available to chat and interview, and is planning to live on Kibbutz Lotan for three weeks (ending mid-December) to study environmentalism and sustainable living.
After that, he’s ready to hit the ground running.
If you’re a startup, VC or know of a team that’s looking for someone with the right stuff, at the right time, you’d be well served to reach out and connect with Jeremy Troy.