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Blink bytes: 30 seconds with new Director of Sales Leor Golan

Blink bytes are short interviews with members of the Blink team. Get to know Blink Director of Sales Leor Golan in this blog post.

Picture of Blink Director of Sales Leor Golan with a quote: " I’m excited to help cloud native organizations use automation to alleviate the friction that exists between Dev and Ops."

1. Tell us about yourself and your role at Blink.

I’m Leor Golan, and I recently joined the Blink team as our Director of Sales. I’ll be based out of the Blink main offices at our headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel.

2. What did you do before joining Blink?

Before joining Blink, I was a Sales Manager at Palo Alto Networks where I was responsible for driving the sales growth of Palo Alto Networks’ automation tools in the EMEA region. In my role at Palo Alto Networks, I gained an appreciation for the functional challenges faced by cloud security and SecOps teams and look forward to using that experience to help Blink customers achieve more efficient and secure cloud operations.

3. What are you working on right now?

While I have significant experience in the cyber security industry, cloud engineering and DevOps is a new challenge for me. As I’m onboarding with the Blink team, my current focus is to better understand the Blink platform and the value that no-code automation provides for cloud engineering teams.

It’s important to me to have a deep understanding of the pains that DevOps, SecOps and SREs face every day, so that I can better help Blink customers achieve their cloud engineering objectives. Today, cloud engineering teams are overextended trying to support the needs of development teams. I’m excited to help cloud native organizations use automation to alleviate the friction that exists between Dev and Ops.

4. What are some tools that you use in your everyday role?

I’m already excited about Notion! It’s a new tool for me, and I am already quite fond of their approach to building dynamic documents. Also, I’m a classic sales person. That means I’m used to using classic sales tools like CRMs.

I am also a big fan of Google Sheets. I tend to put all my Sales records into intricate Google Sheets with custom algorithms that allow me to better record, prioritize, score and engage with different customers with whom I am working.

5. What’s your favorite part about working at Blink?

There’s nothing quite like working in a startup environment, where you work closely with a small group of people all focused on a single mission and working to achieve great things together.

6. What do you do for fun?

My definition of fun is really dependent on what mood I’m in…

Most of all, I love spending time with my friends and family. I enjoy cooking large dinners where I can get surprisingly creative in the kitchen. 

If I’m feeling more active, I will usually head to the park to do a martial arts workout. One fun fact about me is that I am a black belt in Kyokushin Karate. Beyond martial arts, I enjoy going outside and exercising with a run or a bike ride. 

When I feel like being lazy and doing something mindless, I’ll either put on Netflix or watch a few TED talks on YouTube. I also like making time for a puzzle with my wife, or when inspiration strikes, I’ll even pull out a canvas and paint.

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