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Tal Morgenstern
Tal Morgenstern

I grew up in Hadera and come from a humble background. From an early age I was encouraged to be independent and push boundaries.

My parents helped set up the school I attended. They saw I had a wide range of interests: music and science, design and programming. I have always been an extreme right brain/left brain kind of guy.

The companies I find most compelling are ones that disrupt old-school industries.

Kiteboarding, mountain biking and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) - I like doing things that force you to be ‘in the moment’ without any obvious short or long term return.

I am very bad at relaxing. I always feel there’s something better to do with my time.

I sold my stake in the first company I co-founded and used that money along with my wedding gifts to pay for my Stanford MBA.

I loved being an entrepreneur. It’s a mix of pure art and creativity with real world constraints and financial returns. Forming an enterprise is probably the best leverage you have for leaving an impact on the world.

I know how unpleasant it is to raise capital. From that first cold call or introductory email, I honestly see myself providing a supportive role. Entrepreneurs shouldn’t feel they have to wait to develop some proof of concept. I want to meet them as early on as possible.

I particularly like finding founders others would brush off as having a completely ludicrous idea. If they are humble enough, capable enough and crazy enough, I want to meet them.

Israeli entrepreneurs are exceptionally strong technologists. When we partner, and it is a real partnership that needs to be built on trust and hard work, I bring strength in areas like hiring, positioning, fundraising and strategy.

I am always switched on, especially for my entrepreneurs. If they are facing a tough decision or need someone to talk to, they know I’m available 24/7.

I don’t care about pedigree. I don't care if they served in the right unit in the military, if it’s their first or third company or if they failed five times before.

I tend to relate to self-made people who are givers. People who create jobs for others, don't forget where they come from and contribute to the community.

When I first met Haim Sadger, I got to the interview all dressed up having memorized the Sequoia portfolio and read all the bios and Techcrunch articles but he said, “let's go for a walk.” For an hour and a half we hiked up a hill and spoke about everything except business.

We discussed philosophy and Zen Buddhism, evolution theory and all kinds of random topics. My first impression of Sequoia was that these guys do not think like everyone else.

I went home and told my wife, I don't know if they’ll hire me but I’d definitely partner with them if I was starting a new company.