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.
This interview is with Tali Shem Tov, Co-Owner & CEO of SpeedValue.
Tali is an experienced CEO with a successful track record. Highly skilled at building and scaling companies.
Tali has played leading roles in Qualitest group since 2002 and served as CEO of Qualitest IL & East Europe for over 13 years, which is a part of the “QualiTest group” – the world’s largest software testing and quality assurance company, acquired by Bridgepoint in September 2019 for $420m.
Q: What are your main productivity tips?
I’m a firm believer in good people. The key to a company’s success is the quality of its employees. It goes without saying that a services company (such as SpeedValue) main asset is its qualified workforce. But I think our unique DNA is based on more than just having the technological qualification – it’s all about having the right people to carry the job. They must have a “Can do” approach to solving things; they need to be passionate about their trade. We like to think of ourselves as a home for technology experts and software enthusiasts, and that is my main productivity tip – get the right people with the right attitude to carry the job.
Q: What is your favorite drink?
I’m not much of a drinker, but recently with the string of celebrations, we are fortunate to have, like celebrating SpeedValue’s going public on the TLV stock exchange and celebrating CodeValue’s 11th Bday – I can say that I’m pretty happy when offered a good glass of champagne.
Q: How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
My “Happy Place” is the sea. It gives me power and fills up my batteries. I make it a priority to go to the beach as often I can.
Q: Your tips for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Be brave. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because I do not know of any successful person that hasn’t encountered failure at least once. On that note, try to make them fast when they are relatively small and can be dealt with quickly. A good entrepreneur can’t be “in love” with his ideas too much – we need to be dynamic, try to foresee changing trends, and be happy to change our business line accordingly.
Q: Who in the Tech industry would you like to meet for lunch?
I’m fortunate to be a long-standing partner of Eyal Zylberman. He is one of the brightest people I’ve ever met, and I’m always happy to catch him for a chat.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Exactly where I am. I am a true Zionist and can’t see myself leaving anywhere but here. It comes from my upbringing, I think. This is why I’m so proud of the company’s I’ve led over the years, all Israeli-based companies.
Q: What is your favorite book recommendation?
Unfortunately, my workdays are so hectic that I have very little bandwidth and too much adrenalin to sit down with a good book when I get home at night. With that being said, I try to create time for reading reference books that contribute to understanding the psychology behind best practices of management. I am currently reading the book: “Mindset 0 the new psychology of success” by Carol S Dweck.
Q: Why are you in Tech?
I consider two things to be my main goals in the High-Tech industries, and I guess they are the reason I am in this industry. First, to raise a generation of workers who did not go through the traditional path and grow them professionally to lead the industry eventually, and second is to help more and more women shatter glass ceilings. Just recently, I hired, for a key position, a woman who was five months pregnant. She will be in charge of very important work, in four months she will go on maternity leave, and I will have to find someone else again. But she was the right person for the job, she really impressed me, so we will make it work, and she will come back with even greater motivation.
SpeedValue, founded in November 2019, is a Digital & Cloud IT company delivering Digital transformation services from product through architecture, design, and software development.
Their vision is to be the best Digital & Cloud IT company. Be it cutting edge technology adoption and implementation, nurturing their elite development team, or embracing new processes and models. Building on vast real-world experience, they assist their customers to spearhead their fields.