Team Spotlight: Ron Segal

Torqers Spotlight is a Q&A series dedicated to our great and talented Torqers building our awesome growing company.

Today we are spotlighting Ron Segal – Product manager at Torq, Based in our Tel Aviv office. Ron Joined Torq in October 2021

Hi Ron, Tell us a little bit about your career background. How did you get to where you are today?

I started my career in a fin-tech startup back in 2007, as a student, in a customer support role. I liked the product management-related aspects of the job before knowing what the job was called. This is before it became a common title in the Israeli high-tech industry, and PMs were a rare breed. 

I went on to complete my Economics degree, and then did an MBA at Reichman University (IDC at the time). It gave me a chance to be part of multiple different projects, such as a TEDxIDC event as speakers director, entrepreneurship clubs, and a consulting practicum with Wharton business school of the University of Pennsylvania.

It was a year later, after working as a data analyst in a small startup, that I got my first product role. Since then I had multiple product roles, across 6 years, before joining Torq’s product team.

What do you love about working for Torq?

First and foremost the people. Torq has an amazing culture of open, respectful, and genuinely good people, which I think is a result of great leadership. A lot of effort goes into the hiring process to make sure we hire the best people, both professionally and personally. I think it’s what makes people want to join, stay, and commit themselves to help the company succeed.

What’s your favorite part about your team? 

We’re a very collaborative team. We help each other in every discussion. We share thoughts, concerns, ideas and questions, and thanks to diverse backgrounds, the result is always productive. The team also fosters a strong sense of independence, which helps each of us grow professionally and improve our individual strengths.

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at the office?

Make a hearty breakfast, accompanied with great coffee. The fridge is always fully stocked, and you can often find fun surprises. Our kitchen is the office’s social gathering point, so there’s always someone to greet good morning and chat with before starting the day.

What makes a great product?

Customer obsession. Understanding your customers, call it needs, pains, job-to-be-done, UX, or any way to want, is what I believe will determine if you’re building an intuitive and valuable product. It’s not easy to avoid the pitfall of building a product you like, whether you’re a PM or any other product related role, and important to remember that you’re not the user

And now for the fun part…

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office? 

I enjoy exercising – it’s my form of meditation. Today I mostly practice indoor swimming on weekends, but if the weather is nice I also go on short runs. The rest of my free time is spent with my family – my 2 year old boy and 6 month old girl are a joy and a handful, and balancing work and family life is very important to me.

Favorite holiday destination?

I’m a very active traveler. I’d rather go on a long mountain trek than sit by the poolside. It’s been a while since my last hike, but I hope to get to do it again soon.

What was the last book you read?

Actually, it was Decode and Conquer, by Lewis C. Lin. I used it to prepare for a company interview in the past, and found it to be a great instructional handbook for product management in general.

What is your nickname?

I haven’t had one in a while. If not my name, I mostly go by “abba”, which is dad in Hebrew 🙂

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