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A generation in Lubstein could have ended his life in prison or in a conflict between criminal organizations. Instead he chose life and changed his destiny with his own hands

High-tech is the perfect crime: the story of entrepreneur Dor Blubstein

A generation in Lubstein could have ended his life in prison or in a conflict between criminal organizations.

Instead he chose life and changed his destiny with his own hands.

After being a partner in the development of software for identifying distress situations, he feels he has closed a circle and is free to tell his personal story, which began in distress and continued with hope.

Talia Levin


Thursday, 30 June 2022, 12:20 Updated: Saturday, 02 July 2022, 06:25

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Dor Blubstein (Photo: Tom Simon)

When he was only four years old, Dor Blobstein was standing with his parents at a bus stop in the Amishav neighborhood of Petah Tikva, his place of residence, and suddenly a shot was heard by a passing motorcycle.

Extermination between criminals was carried out before his eyes.

Blobstein was not harmed but understood, as far as can be understood at this age, what it means to grow up in a criminally controlled neighborhood.

Today, after many years, he works as a QA Engineer at the start-up company CARBYNE, which has developed an immediate detection software designed for situations of distress, software that is already used by companies, organizations, mainly in Mexico and the US, and works with more than 70 government agencies. From 400 million people.

Carbyne is a global technology company founded in 2015, with the goal of leading technological innovation in the areas of public safety and emergency services.

The idea behind the technology was conceived by Amir Elihai, CEO and one of the company's founders, after a robbery he experienced on the beach in Tel Aviv. In real time, the delay in arriving for help has significantly reduced the chances of getting immediate help and apprehending the offender as soon as possible.

This event made him realize that whether it is a terrorist incident, a criminal incident, a natural disaster or other hazards in our living environment, in the digital age there must be a more efficient and accessible way for the public to receive faster and more effective assistance in an emergency.

It also happened to Blobstein himself a few months ago in Eilat.

"I was with my wife on the promenade and suddenly we saw someone who drank too much and collapsed. It took me so long to explain to MDA where I am exactly because I do not know the city, until in the end friends evacuated the victim themselves.

" "They will take you if you invest faith, desire and time in it."

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Dreams of a child

It is an innovative technology that sends an instant link to anyone who calls the emergency center, a link that develops video, chat and a voice call option that optimizes the locator of the victim and helps rescue forces reach him quickly without having to download an app.

"This is true even today when we are in a wave of rising violence against social workers, health workers and education workers. And they can be rescued and tracked down right away. It is meant to help and save lives," says Lubstein.

He was born in 1994 to parents who immigrated from the former Soviet Union.

His father, who was in charge of the brass department in the Red Army Orchestra, was forced to work in a factory in Israel.

His mother, who was a seamstress, found herself in Israel supplementing her income as a kindergarten teacher.

"There was a very difficult financial crisis at home," says Blubstein, who was forced to enter the labor market at the age of 13 to help support the family.

But in the early 2000s, the Amishav neighborhood in Petah Tikva was mainly a source of trouble.

"The neighborhood was ruled by crime families and because their children were also my friends, I experienced firsthand things that a normal child should not experience. When I was 13 my grandmother got cancer, and because she did not work in Israel before immigrating she did not get what every sick citizen gets from insurance Leumi, which forced me to go to work to bring basic food home, and also to think of creative things to make money. "

The criminals took advantage of Blobstein's innocent appearance and used him, for a fee of course, to transfer all sorts of materials for which silence is good.

"At that moment it's cool, you get a lot of money and bring it home. And my parents who grew up in the shadow of communism, didn't ask too many questions. They saw that money came and got it. But it's also scary, hanging out with people who are not the best. But what was important "For me, it's about money. I always knew it was too big a price I could pay in the end."

And the payment was not long in coming.

The encounters are minor, but unpleasant with the law when he was a minor, and in the news from the school that he was forced to stay in class.

"In 10th grade, it was a really big blow for me. A blow that woke me up in retrospect and then I realized I was in a loop and had to find a way out of it."

Have you had dreams?

"I always like to say I grew up running. I grew up running. My parents were not there - because they worked - to come and educate and support, it was all myself. And I say that after years of thinking about the things I went through and I understand today that everything was up to me. "At that moment, the dreams were to support my family and my grandmother, who raised us from the age of zero. And I had the usual dreams of a child, to be rich with a big house."

Many of his closest friends were expelled from the education system, some went to jail, five of his classmates were killed at a very young age as a result of violence, some from drugs.

And that year when he had to stay in class and deal with the humiliation - "there were teachers who would see me in class and even before I said a word they asked me to go out" - he was adopted by two, the then educator Sigal Rosen, and David Bar Sheshet, a teacher who knew the neighborhood as a child. The offenders' children and offered him to join a robotics project.

"This was a project that was only for outstanding children and I not only was far from it but it did not interest me at all. But David insisted that I come in claiming that he needed to promote this class in the presence of many children. I agreed to go then only because he promised to give me exemption from classes. history".

The persuasion worked and Blobstein who thought robots only exist in movies suddenly realized that this was a completely real industry.

"It was a kind of team that took part in Amal High School, in all kinds of national and international competitions. There were collaborations with Google, and Microsoft and big high-tech companies and I suddenly realized that everything we build gets life and the robots move. It fascinated me and I soon became team captain. "Maybe the first time I realized I was capable of excelling at something."

The project that saved his life is called FIRST, a global robotics community that prepares young people for the future through unique robotics programs for science, technology, math and engineering, from compulsory kindergarten to twelfth grade. The groups operate with the global support of educators, volunteers and sponsors.

"I was there with children who had all the right cards in life, and I was lucky enough to be in a program designed for the outstanding and the only means. I was sucked in there and it gave me a place of refuge instead of wandering the streets. Doing something that is not going around in the neighborhood. "

How did the friends from the crime world treat the nerdiness that suddenly grew in you?

"They would laugh at me of course, get down on me, but slowly I started to move away. Less I left the house to walk around, and it was a disconnect that started and gained momentum over time as I delved deeper into the project which was like a new life."

But in terms of enlistment it was too late.

Blobstein's personal data, along with the clashes as a teenager with the police, prevented him from fulfilling a dream in the army.

Well, almost.

The goal he put in front of his eyes was to pass the sorties to Unit 8200, and he fights like only a boy who grew up in a crime neighborhood is capable of.

"I did not give up, I do not even know how I had the strength not to despair but it worked. I think mainly because I told my personal story and explained the process I went through thanks to the robotics project."

"Sometimes I still feel out of place in my environment."

Blobstein (Photo: Tom Simon)

High-tech pays off

After serving on the Sigma track in 8200 with the training of an electronics technician, Blobstein accepted a junior position at Raphael's subsidiary thanks to a manager at the same company, who had known him since his high school robotics project.

From there he continued to evolve until he reached his current position at Carbyne.

To what extent does entrepreneurship burn in you?

"I currently really like the company I work for, and strongly believe in the product. As someone who grew up where I grew up I see it as an added value that both helps people in times of distress and can help companies and organizations. Besides, the company believes in people, it believed in me, and gave me space to express Bo and I feel this is the place for me to develop. "

There is a lot of talk about the Israeli high-tech community and its closed club, how much do you feel like an outsider?

"The truth is that I admit that sometimes I still feel exceptional in my environment. Even if my colleagues here are charming and I consider them great guys. But most of my friends were not even drafted into the army, not because of a reluctance to serve. The guys around me are not the guys." The I see today.And I always feel less good even if I know well to do the job on the best side.I always feel less good.Even if I know the work I do.I always feel that the high-tech community is less the gangs I am used to. And there are amazing people there, I strive to be like them and I have something to learn from them. "

One of the things that is currently in front of Blobstein's eyes is the desire to emphasize the importance of being able to succeed against all odds.

He wants to give this hope to children in distressed neighborhoods who dream of a startup and also to his friends who today decided to make a change in life.

"I talk to a lot of people who grew up with me in the neighborhood and decided they wanted to make another turn in life. So I advise them, and there are also successes. I have a friend who grew up with me who graduated today with honors and is starting to integrate into high tech. Mine were sent to me.Every child needs someone to believe in to be successful, and I am the proof.There are always ways to get into the field and you do not have to be in 8200 or have a degree to be successful in this industry.There are lots of companies the people whose job it is, to find the good and right people And I say - they will take you if you invest faith, desire and time in it. "

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