Episode 62

Episode 62 - Tal Kollender - CEO & Co-Founder of GYTPOL

Join us in this insightful episode as we dive into the fascinating journey of Tal Kollender, CEO and Co-founder of GYTPOL. Tal shares her remarkable story, from her early days of gaming to becoming a skilled hacker, and eventually, the visionary leader of a cybersecurity company.

In this candid conversation, Tal discusses her motivations for starting GYTPOL, a company focused on addressing device misconfigurations, human errors, and default settings. She opens up about the challenges she faced, the importance of building a strong company culture, and the unique path GYTPOL has taken in the world of cybersecurity.

Discover how Tal transitioned from a technical role to embracing sales, the lessons learned from running a startup, and the crucial role of passion in selling one's vision. Tal provides valuable insights into building a successful company, from hiring the right people to dealing with procurement challenges.

Don't miss this engaging episode, filled with anecdotes, advice, and the inspiring journey of a female CEO making waves in the cybersecurity landscape.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tal's unconventional path from gaming and hacking to founding GYTPOL.
  • The genesis of GYTPOL and the pivotal role of addressing device misconfigurations.
  • Navigating the challenges of startup life and the decision to remain bootstrapped.
  • The significance of building a strong company culture and hiring the right people.
  • Tal's perspective on the balance between technical expertise and salesmanship.
  • Dealing with the highs and lows of running a startup and the role of passion in leadership.
  • Insights into the validation and evolution of GYTPOL based on customer feedback.
  • Tal's advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and the importance of learning from mistakes.
  • Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of Tal's entrepreneurial journey and the innovative strides GYTPOL is making in the cybersecurity realm.

About the Podcast

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About your host

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Evgeniy Kharam

Evgeniy has the opportunity to spend more than 40,000 hours working in cybersecurity,
providing pre and post-sales support in various technologies and later as an architect and principal consultant.
Evgeniy is very passionate about technology, vendors, and architecture. He brings a lot of knowledge about VAR, MSSP, and technical pre-sales. He believes in connected infrastructure that there is a significant need for vendor consolidation and the ability for security control to integrate and share information.
Evgeniy is proficient in speaking on most cyber security technical domains, which include: Endpoint Security, Network Security, SIEM/SOC/SOAR, SASE/SEE, VMS, and many more.
In 2020, Evgeniy co-hosted a Security Architecture Podcast. The podcast format focuses on architecture and vendor integration into the customer environment
In 2022 he founded the Cyber Inspiration podcast; the podcast explored the minds of CTOs and CEOs when they started their cyber security company!
Personal: Evgeniy has four kids, a daughter, a son, and twins (boy and girl) . Twins are a great way to learn to multitask, and nothing scares me anymore :)(besides snakes)
Hobbies: Photography, podcasting, public speaking, snowboarding, whitewater canoeing, SUP, mountain biking, motorcycles, breathing techniques, and gadgets