This is who I am, today

Photo of Yo'av Moshe My name is Yo’av Moshe. I’m currently the CTO of Zaraz, a Y Combinator-backed company that makes internet websites load much faster. Previously I was co-founder & CEO of SolarBox, a company tackling multiple energy crises in the Middle East, and Bit-else (Hebrew), a small, premium development and 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.

I was always politically active and was part of Socialist youth movement for half of my life. I try to combine my passion for social change with my technological skills, and so I’ve worked and volunteered with many different organizations, NGOs and political parties, helping to pursue equal opportunities, co-existence and environmental protection. I was even 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 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 dancing is the one I give the most time to. I also have dark room in which I used to develop and photos from old cameras I enjoyed fixing. I play some music on the guitar, the drum and ney flute, and 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 should one fight for their freedom.

I believe there’s always more to learn, and a lot more to do.