The Playlist / Menny Barzilay


By Menny Barzilay March 14th, 2018

— A smart list of startups, literature, film and more.

We speak to CEO and Cyber Security Strategist Menny Barzilay to find out which startups, books and film have inspired him in his career.



Company nameCympire

What they do: They are building a cyber security simulation game which allows people to improve their hands-on skills. A unique and exciting startup. 

Why I like them? Super strong team with a unique solution. Nevertheless, as I’m the chairman of this company I might be a little bias. 


Company name: Cycuro 

What they do: Cyber Security for Smart vehicles. 

Why I like them: Smart vehicles are soon going to revolutionize many aspects of our lives. Accordingly, many hackers will focus on attacking them. Cycuro is solving many of these problems with a brilliant team and creative approach. 


Company name: Cognigo 

What they do: AI-based cyber security solution aimed at helping organizations manage their unstructured data. State of the art technology. 

Why I like them: Leveraging cutting edge technology to solve problems that until recently were unsolvable. 


Company name: Cymmetria 

What they do: One of the leading deception companies out there.

Why I like them: Giving the cyber security guys a creative way to fight back. 


Company name: Panorays

What they do: Automate the security management of risks derived from 3rd parties. 

Why I like them: They are pushing the world in the right direction, trying to create trust between many companies within different ecosystems. 


"Think big, start small, move fast."

"If you want to discover how far you can get, you should try going as far as you can."

"Don’t sell what you can build. Build what you can sell."

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

"Your life is built only from the things you said 'Yes' to."


Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future  by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace


Additional Literature:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card – Although this is a fiction book, I also consider it a management book.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill & Ben Holden-Crowther

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki



Moneyball – Everything you need to know about data driven decisions.

Burnt – Some lessons on the process of building a team.

Joy – Learning about being true to yourself.

The Pursuit of Happiness – What it means to never to give up.

Office Space – Learning about the office life.

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