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#10: How the Israeli Security Agency works with startups | Ido, Chief Innovation Officer @ the ISA

The Shin Bet, known in Hebrew by its acronym Shabak (Israel’s security service – ISA), is one of the most secretive organizations in the world.

For the first time since its inception, the ISA has agreed to showcase a senior official on a podcast, providing Nitzan Gal and me the huge honor to Host Ido (Alias), Chief Innovation Officer of the ISA, on “The Connectors” for our season Finale! 🎧🍾

With over 20 years of experience leading the organization’s field operations and thwarting terrorist activity in some of Israel’s most critical security events, Ido’s understanding of the organization is like no other. In a fascinating conversation, he shed light on his work developing the ISA’s innovation ecosystem and collaboration with startups, and the challenges in doing so while walking a thin line between the secret and civilian world.

From the ISA’s approach to working with startups, its work to promote open and internal innovation and it’s diverse collaborations with industry, venture capital funds, and partners to cultivate a first of its kind ecosystem – Ido provides a glimpse into the unique work of one the most confidential bodies in the world.