Welcome to my Tech Leaders Interview Series, where I interview impactful leaders and ask them to share tips and techniques that have benefited them, both in their personal and professional lives.
Idan Meir is the Co-founder and CEO of RightHear, an innovative startup on a mission to turn public spaces into accessible environments for people with spatial orientation challenges, including people who are blind or visually impaired. Prior to RightHear, Idan founded Hubanana – one of Israel’s leading tech hubs for startups and entrepreneurs. Idan holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business from The Open University of Israel. He loves building companies, running, and eating hummus. Not necessarily in that order.
Q: What are your main productivity tips?
A: (1) If the task takes less than 2 minutes, then do it right away. (2) Using tools like TidyCal or Calendly save tons of time in scheduling. (3) I recommend avoiding meetings as much as possible, and if they occur, always start the meeting by confirming the agenda, so everyone is aligned.
Q: What is your favorite drink?
A: A cold Lemonade.
Q: How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
A: I meditate and do breathing exercises on a daily basis. I also go for a run if the stress levels are picking up.
Q: Your tips for aspiring entrepreneurs?
A: My best recommendation to entrepreneurs would probably be to ask themselves if they were working/building the same business even if they would know for 100% certainty that there will be no exit at the end of the road. If the answer is yes, then they are probably truly passionate about it and are in the right direction. If the answer is no, I would suggest they look again into the deep motivations behind the business and double-check that it is sufficient to deal with the expected challenges awaiting them.
Q: Who in the Tech industry would you like to meet for lunch?
A: Amir Shevat. I’ve been following his work for a few years now, and I have a lot of appreciation for his professionalism and way of thinking.
Amit, are you reading this?
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
A: In a distant house atop a beautiful mountain with great nature around it and, of course – a highly reliable and fast internet connection.
Q: What is your favorite book recommendation?
A: The Hard Thing About Hard Things / Ben Horowitz.
Q: Why are you in Tech?
A: Because technology has the power to amplify impact like nothing else. It’s not about the technology but about what you can do with it to positively impact people’s lives. That’s what truly drives me and my work.
RightHear is transforming public spaces into accessible environments for the blind and visually impaired. They provide real-time audio descriptions to help the blind interpret and understand their surroundings. They have a free app on iOS and Android, over 2,000 accessible locations worldwide, and an ever-growing user base and community. RighHear has partnered with leading international brands like McDonalds, Microsoft, and Costa Coffee to improve accessibility compliance as well as promote inclusion. Here is a video of the app in action.