Eran Yaniv, Co-founder & CEO at Perfecto Mobile

Age: 55

Lives in: Ramat Gan

Significant others: Married + 3

Company’s main offices:
Headquarters in Woburn MA, US (near Boston)
R&D and some Ops – Rosh Haain (Israel)
Data centers in US (2), Canada (2), UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, China, India, Brazil, Mexico

What does your company do and why is it unique?
Perfecto Mobile provides a cloud-based test lab that enables today’s largest global Enterprises to ensure they are releasing high-quality mobile apps. The lab, called the Continuous Quality Lab, offers a unique test environment, complete with real devices and a variety of end user conditions (real and emulated) that spans worldwide.

What are you most proud of in your company?
We are operating in the core of the industry with the most hype – the Mobile market – with amazing people and a very, very unique service.

Who inspires you/who do you admire and why?
1) Walt Disney
who said and believed that “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” which in many ways is what I believe we are doing here at Perfecto Mobile.
2) Markus Persson who founded the video game company Mojang, creator of Minecraft.

Which other companies do you admire and why?
Atlassian – for being a great culture and becoming the standard de facto for developers around in the world in many domains.
As mentioned above, Mojang – the makers of Minecraft. These guys have several tens of millions of avid users. They created a world of creativity and are inspiring many people around the world. It’s an awesome phenomenon! I envy those guys

What do you do for fun?
I practice magic tricks and illusions (really!)
I really like nature hikes in unique places, like Iceland for example (I was there recently with my family).
Watching sports events of all kinds, especially soccer, and especially Zlatan Ibrahimović of Sweden.

iPhone or Android? iPhone, as I’m an avid Microsoft guy

Favorite Food: Vietnamese. The soup is amazing!

Vietnamese soupEran’s favorite food: Vietnamese soup. Yum!

Favorite TV Show:
Seinfeld, by far. I believe that every aspect in life has a Seinfeld moment mapped to it.

Favorite technological gadgets/apps right now:
Over 40 – an app for 40 year olds and up.
Night Sky – An app that maps the night sky live wherever you are, including satellites etc. Very practical!
My Surface 3 Pro notebook/tablet

Favorite go-to websites/blogs for news on your industry/technology:
TechCrunch and all the usual business news sites
Our competitors’ websites. They tell you so much about themselves as well as about how they view us.

The best business advice you ever received:
“You don’t get what you don’t ask for”

What do you think would really surprise people to learn about you?
I am a frustrated magician. I dream of being the next David Copperfield but that just isn’t going to happen in this lifetime. Also, I’m afraid of ghosts!

Eran doing a magic trickEran attempting a magic trick.
[Editor’s Note:] Eran may not achieve his side-dream of becoming a world-renowned magician, but since interviewing him for this “Fun-Facts” post, he was named “Top Exec in 2015 Best in Biz Awards”. Congrats Eran, it looks like you’re working your magic in other ways 🙂