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Omri Hurwitz
Tech Marketer & Media Strategist

Tech Leaders: Yuval Mann, Tech Editor, Ynet

Yuval Mann  Photo Credit: Yaron Brener
Yuval Mann Photo Credit: Yaron Brener

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 Yuval MannYnet’s Tech editor. 

About Yuval: 

Yuval Mann has been Ynet’s Tech Editor since 2018. Prior to that, he was a homepage editor and shift manager at the news desk. He’s also a lecturer at Ariel University’s school of communication. As a musician, he released two albums.

Ynet was established in 2000 and is the largest online publication in Israel.

What are your main productivity tips? 

Create a comfortable and quiet working environment, try to ignore your phone as much as possible, and don’t try to multitask; it doesn’t really work. I try not to fill my calendar with meetings – this leaves me more time to do actual work.

What is your favorite drink? 

I’m a proud home barista, so I can’t start my day without making my own cappuccino. If it’s nighttime, I’ll pick a beer, preferably a blonde ale. Alexander and Negev are my favorite domestic breweries these days.

How do you deal with stress and anxiety? 

Meditation generally helps with that, and I extremely recommend it. During stressful times I use a mindfulness technique that’s called “noting,” which means labeling your experience. It turns out that telling yourself that you’re stressed or angry helps you snap out of it. Going out for a walk, or any other sport works too.

Your tips for aspiring entrepreneurs? 

I’m not exactly an entrepreneur myself, but as a musician, I know how hard it can be to follow your dream and make it come true. You need a lot of patience, self-belief, and most importantly – a supporting environment. 

Who in the Tech industry would you like to meet for lunch? 

As a tech journalist, one of my favorite things is meeting founders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs and hearing about their plans, dreams, and visions. One CEO I would love to meet is Tim Sweeny from Epic Games (Fortnite). He seems to have a unique vision of the Metaverse and what the internet is going to look like in the future.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? 

New York is my favorite city in the world, but to be honest, I’m not sure I can survive the winter there. More realistically, I would love to return to Tel Aviv from the suburbs. It’s a great city, but in the last decade, it has become too expensive.

What is your favorite book recommendation? 

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time left to read. “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance” (Robert M. Pirsig) blew my mind at the time. I always enjoy reading Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon, and David Grossman.

Why are you in Tech? 

I became a tech journalist by coincidence, but I don’t regret it for a single moment. The Tech Industry, in Israel and abroad, is super dynamic and fascinating. The impact it has on our lives is just getting bigger and bigger every year. I also get to meet interesting people and learn new things almost every day.

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About the Author
Omri Hurwitz is a Tech Marketer and Media Strategist. His client portfolio consists of some of the leading companies and start-ups in Tech. He writes for several media channels including Entrepreneur, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, Tipranks, The Times Of Israel, New York Tech, Investing.com, Newsbreak, The VentureCation, Hackernoon, Benzinga, and more.
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