Updated: Jul 1, 2019
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev offers its students a unique educational experience and entrusts a 1,000,000 dollars in the hands of the newly appointed student investment-analysts.
Nadav Zacks is a 3rd year, double majoring in medicine and biomedical engineering student, but also a member of the investment committee of Cactus Capital. As such, he is responsible for scouting, analyzing and investing in BGUs student startups.
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Nadav, in the following year, you are about to make investment decisions worth hundreds of thousands of university money. I’m going to ask you a series of questions to evaluate your decision-making process, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Great, let’s begin.
Q: Let’s start with the million dollar question: cereal first, or milk first? Explain your decision.
A: Great question! I believe that you can really tell a lot about a person from the way one is preparing his breakfast. What needs to be understood here is that the milk accompanies the cereal and not the other way around! So, obviously cereal first! I would not trust anyone who says otherwise! [=
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: The truth is I want to be a doctor ( MD, not Ph.D.), but I might also find myself one day having a side job developing new medical equipment.
Q: Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again?
A: oh wow! That’s a hard one. I guess I’ll choose never to stand in line again. I really hate standing in line..
Q: In the startup scene, what is your field of expertise?
A: I wish I could call myself an expert. I’m not. Not in any field. There’s so much to learn before one can be an expert. However, I really like thinking, reading, and hearing (lectures, podcasts) about new startups, and I don’t limit to any field in particular. I really hope that I could call myself an expert by the end of my school years (I have many many more years..)
Q: How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?
A: Forever. The Zombies would win and I will be their leader!
Q: Would you rather sleep wearing handcuffs or a bike helmet?
A: As an Israeli soldier, I spent many nights wearing a tactical helmet. In that sense, a bike helmet will be a huge upgrade! Safety first!
Q: What is the single most important thing you learned at the Fresh.Ed analyst course?
A: It was a very comprehensive course, and we have learned a lot. My most important take from this course is that there is power in ambitious students. Being a student (mainly when one is close to graduate) is an extreme advantage in the world of startups. We have many available resources and relatively less life’s commitments than others in the field.
Q: Which of the following social networks are you on?
Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit?
Facebook, Instagram (I signed up yesterday!), Twitter, Linkedin.
I don’t know about you, but I totally trust cereal eating, helmet wearing, zombie leading Nadav, with a million dollars. Wish you the best of luck!