For this edition of the CxO corner, we’re excited to showcase our conversation with Ramin Beheshti, Chief Product and Technology Officer of Dow Jones. Ramin has worn many hats in the enterprise technology organization from coder and consultant to business analyst and project manager. Recently promoted to Chief Product and Technology Officer from his previous role as CIO of Dow Jones, Ramin sat down with us to talk through how he got to where he is today, what he’s working on now, and what he’s looking forward to in the future. Enjoy!
How did you get your start in technology?
My career started with a computer science degree at university, which I don’t think is anywhere near essential to working in tech, and then I ended up at Deloitte in their technology consulting practice as a coder. At that point, I realized I'm probably not the best coder in the world and shifted more towards business analysis, where I focused on solving large scale problems. For example, one of my projects was mapping the requirements for the extension of the congestion zone in London to reduce traffic in the city. In my roles, I've always been the linchpin between what the business wants to do and what technology needs to be built to achieve that. From there, I moved more into program management and joined News UK, publisher of the The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers, where I led engineering and product. When I moved to America in 2014, I picked up business systems, looking over all of enterprise applications, infrastructure, networks, and operations. By the end of that, I had worked in nearly every single part of technology that you can work in, or at least manage teams in, which is how I landed in my current role as Chief Product and Technology Officer.
Welcome to the first edition of the CxO Corner, where each month we'll sit down with an enterprise technology leader whom we respect and admire to highlight their role, work, and perspectives on the past, present, and future of the technology landscape. New York is well known as the financial capital world, but is also home to many of the early buyers of emerging tech across its diverse industries, from financial services and media to healthcare, real estate, and transportation.
We're kicking off our inaugural post of the CxO Corner with Bill Murphy, Senior Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone, on his journey in technology and how entrepreneurs can be successful with tech executives like himself. Read below on Bill’s best practices and lessons learned; you’ll find insights for fellow technology executives and entrepreneurs alike.
Last week in Tel Aviv was a big moment for Israeli cybersecurity. CyberTech Israel, boasting over 10,000 attendees from five continents, quickly established itself as one of the de facto conferences outside of the United States. CyberTech was comprised of the usual conference features: talks, panels, swag, and famous speakers. However, what makes the conference really standout is its access to the latest crop of early stage startups. According to Start-Up Nation Central, total investments in 2016 for the Israeli cybersecurity reached $581 million, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even made an appearance, marking the importance of cybersecurity to Israel and the nation’s identity.
Israeli cybersecurity prominence isn’t new - Check Point and CyberArk are well known and leaders in their respective fields, and you don’t have to look far to find Israeli talent present in other security firms. The blend of military conscription and Israel’s place as a cyberwarfare superpower has helped to create a steady output of innovation and talent. Israeli entrepreneurs are translating the skills and abilities they honed in their IDF service into technologies for the market, giving organizations a view into the bleeding edge in cybersecurity.