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From a young age we are taught that only if we learn, will we succeed. The question is do studies have to be done in traditional settings like universities? The following people, successful CEOs without a bachelor's degree, prove that academic studies are not a necessary condition for success

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No degree: CEOs who did not go through university

From a young age we are taught that only if we learn, will we succeed.

The question is do studies have to be done in traditional settings like universities?

The following people, successful CEOs without a bachelor's degree, prove that academic studies are not a necessary condition for success


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Sunday, 10 October 2021, 11:53 Updated: 12:28

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From a young age we hear: If you learn, you will succeed.

We are of course not against this rule, which is true in quite a few cases.

Still, to mark the opening of the academic year we found some entrepreneurs, CEOs and business partners fail, their failure to ever add resume their degrees in academic, yet progress achieved and managed.

Meet people forget that sometimes the "University of Life" is the right place to learn at him.

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Ira Belsky, co-founder and CEO, Artlist (Photo: Artlist)

Ira Belsky, Founder and Co-CEO, Artlist

Artlist is a leading creative technology company that provides content creators around the world with video editing tools and catalogs that include more than 860,000 digital media. Ira Belsky, now founder and co-CEO of Artlist, started his career as a video self-taught, taught himself the trade.

In his work, having difficulty locating high-quality music to accompany videos edited and produced, and an idea: create a site that will bring together music program many quality video creators Ira shared the idea with the gold producer and platinum album winner Assaf Ayalon, and recruited other members - Eyal Raz, music producer, and Itzik Elbaz, web developer and user experience engineer.

Since 2016, Artist Has become a leading and innovative company in the digital media licensing industry and on its way to becoming the most comprehensive solution for content creators worldwide.

Ira sharing "to a degree for me was not a measure without success, I wanted to specialize in my field and I aspired to produce quality video content. When we started working on the idea of Artlist, I saw how professional experience and my business contributes to the development and success of the company, regardless of academic certificates or other.

For me "The

actual learning as a co-CEO in the company, while experiencing different business aspects, and from the people around me throughout the process of establishing the company, was more significant and relevant than anything else


" "But to me it is important not to treat this as a single measure of a person's skills, and not to let the lack of an academic degree be a barrier when looking for talented and professional people. At Artist, too, not all jobs require an academic degree, and it is especially important for us to add good, quality people who fit our company's vision and work. "

Yochai Aton, founder and CEO of (Photo: CNVRG)

Yochai Aton, founder and CEO of

"I did not complete my degree in computer science, but my partner in startup, Leah Kolben, completed degrees for both of us," says Yochai Aton.


I really like building things. At first I thought I liked building only software, but today I also enjoy building a company


Yochai Aton, 31, founded the company, which provides a platform for AI developers, with the help of which data scientists, data engineers and organizations can manage projects.

Atton stopped studying computer science, which he began at the Hebrew University after only one year, but did manage to establish an innovation laboratory there.

His love for programming is evident from early childhood and as an elementary school student he began selling products he built.

According to him, the world of artificial intelligence today is going through what the software world went through 30 years ago when companies try to understand how to standardize in the process of model development, the goal of the company he founded is to be an operating system for building artificial intelligence models.

The company he founded with Leah Kolban was established about 4 years ago and was sold last year to Intel and now has offices in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the United States, which employs about 50 people.

Nadav Shoval, Founder and CEO of OpenWeb (Photo: openweb)

Nadav Shoval, founder and CEO of OpenWeb

Nadav Shoval is an unconventional entrepreneur, he founded OpenWeb at the age of 21 and today, at the age of 30, the company is worth over a billion dollars, according to estimates.

Shoval did so with dyslexia and learning disabilities that did not allow him to receive even a matriculation certificate. In high school he was told that he would not be able to do anything, he could not integrate into school like everyone else and as part of that he also failed to complete his matriculation.

Gradually Nadav was swept into another world, the world of the Internet, in which he managed to feel a sense of belonging. "I had no choice but to follow my own rules," Shoval explains. "Within a framework where you only look at your scores and how much you got on the psychometric test, I had to find an alternative."

What the education system saw as a black spot, gave it the drive it needed and brought it to where it is today.

"My biggest competition was with myself, not with the others. I wanted to prove to myself that even though I had no matriculation and the education system blew me out, I was a winner



Shoval strives to revolutionize the world of talkbacks and the international communications market and its main goal is to improve the quality of discourse on networks.

OpenWeb improves the quality of discourse on social networks, filters out abusive and violent talkbacks and produces a matter-of-fact discourse related to the content of the articles.

A kind of universe parallel to that of Facebook.

Open Web works with about 1,000 publishers - Fox News, Yahoo, TechCrunch, Salon, the company has over 150 employees in Israel, the US and Kiev and is recruiting dozens more these days.

Alon Zilblberg, CEO and co-founder of startup Ubital (Photo: Hadar Yoavian)

Alon Zilblberg, CEO and co-founder of startup Ubital

"In my opinion, in order to be successful today, whether you have a degree or not, we can not allow ourselves to stop learning and developing. Not necessarily in the form of traditional and formal education.

Choosing an academic path can certainly enrich and impart great knowledge, but in a world we live in At a rapid pace that requires capabilities at least some of which cannot be learned in class, many content may be less relevant to the existing business reality. " Alon Zilbelberg, CEO and co-founder of the startup Ubital, which manufactures technological solutions in the field of digital health, was developed



The company's developments include the Clalit active app, the "Healthy Employees" app for Histadrut members, the Maof app for Amit and the Rumble app, which is open to the entire population in the app store and also offers a platform designed for organizations (including Electra, Sheba Hospital and local councils).

The company's applications are currently used by over a million Israelis.

"Rather human and" soft "qualities such as creativity, negotiation skills, problem solving and managing interpersonal business relationships, become much more important.

When you combine them with motivation, curiosity, a desire to develop and a real willingness to improve, you can achieve results and meet goals. "

Lior Levy, co-founder and CEO of the cyber company Cycode (Photo: PR)

Lior Levy, co-founder and CEO of the cyber company Cycode

Lior Levy began his career in 1981, the technological unit of the Intelligence Corps. "Thanks to the army I gained a lot of experience in technology practical. I started studying, but left to fit into the professional world, burned me to be part of the start-up and it was important for me to choose carefully the roles and the companies I've worked for.

I started capacities technology and then pushed very reach positions that are more Customer Facing Like Solutions Architect, whose business orientation is broad, combines working with customers and gives you knowledge and features that go beyond the world of programming and advance you more into the business and sales world.

Today, Lior is the CEO of Cycode, a cyber company established . The company's deep understanding of the development processes enables it to provide end-to-end protection for the entire line of systems.


The fact that I stopped the degree to set up a startup proves that for me the experience and stations I have gone through in my professional path are the ones that have changed


I have always loved entrepreneurship, and after absorbing the technology in the military I was able to get going.

Thanks to the fact that I did not do a degree, at a young age I was able to experience roles that provided me with a broad understanding, both of technology and of business.

"It is important to maintain ambition," says Lior.

"Know how to create opportunities for yourself, adopt a broad perspective, work hard, and not be afraid to try and fail. When you have the ability to learn and practical experience, work to push yourself and not give up, you can succeed even without the certificate that seems critical to success in the world."

Or Ben Shimon, CEO and co-founder of Communics (Photo: Or Ken Tor)

Or Ben Shimon, Communics

"Sometimes the wisdom of life is more important than the title," says Or Ben Shimon, 32, CEO and co-founder of Comunix, one of the world's leading gaming companies.

"Creative thinking, life experience in managing people and working with people may be more important than any theory To study in academia


Our game creates online communities, and we based our marketing strategy on the strategy that I used to market parties in Eilat as a child.

"Even when we are accepted into society, we look at qualities such as creativity, work ethic and practical experience, and we prefer such experience to academic degrees."

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