My name is Yo’av Moshe. I’m currently working for Cloudflare after it acquired my startup, Zaraz. Zaraz was a Y Combinator-backed company that developed a technology which makes internet websites load much faster and more secure. Previously I was co-founder & CEO of SolarBox, a company tackling multiple energy crises in the Middle East. Before that I ran Bit-else (Hebrew), a small, premium consultancy firm for web development, internet security and information systems.
I’m an autodidact. I always say it’s not only a good thing - I find it hard to learn in a class atmosphere. I quit high-school when I was 16, and never admitted to university. Luckily I’m very curious about hundreds of topics and so I learn new things every day. I love working on things that require skills I don’t have.
When I was 5 years old, my dad did his CS master degree, and I learned from him while he was doing his homework. I never stopped programming since then. I was interested in the free software movement from an early age. I believe knowledge should be available for everyone, for free.
During adolescence I was part of a Socialist youth movement, and ever since then I was always politically active. I try to combine my passion for social change with my technological skills. I’ve worked and volunteered with many different organizations, NGOs and political parties, helping to pursue equal opportunities, co-existence and environmental protection. This led me to being the CTO for Israel’s biggest political campaign ever, V15.
I love nature. I feel at home when hiking in the desert and when climbing green mountains. I do not eat animals. I lived two years in a small bus that I converted to a house-on-wheels in 2016. You can read more about it here.
Out of the many hobbies I have, contemporary dance is the one I’ve given the most time to. Photography and fixing old cameras is another hobby of mine. I had a dark room in which I developed film. I enjoy playing music on the guitar, the drum and ney flute. I sing.
I try hard to remind myself that answering fast is many times answering wrong. I love John Perry Barlow’s “Adult Principles”, because it feels simple, humble and true. I think that the Civil Rights Movement in the US was one of the greatest examples of how one should fight for their freedom.
I believe there’s always a lot to learn, and even more to do.