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Iliana Montauk the co-founder and chief operating officer of Gaza Sky Geeks, the first startup accelerator in Palestine launched with support from Mercy Corps and Google in 2009. Before arriving to Gaza sky geeks, Iliana helped launch Wamda’s Research Lab. She has previously worked at Google, the Monitor Group, which is now part of Deloitte Consulting, a startup that failed, and a microfinance nonprofit. She graduated from Harvard in 2006 and claims to speak five languages. 

Lets listen into Iliana Montauk talk about founding Gaza Sky Geeks from Startup Grind’s Global Conference earlier this year. 

Quick question. How many emails do you have in your inbox right now? A hundred? A thousand? Twenty thousand? 

If your email is anything like mine used to be, the answer is too many. But here’s the thing—even though I knew I wanted to do something about it, I didn’t know how.

I knew I’d miss something important if I just deleted them all, and there were too many emails to go through one at a time. 

Thankfully I found SaneBox, and I can’t recommend it enough. SaneBox sorts through your email and moves all of the trivial stuff into a different folder so the only messages in your inbox are the ones you actually want to see. 

There's also this amazing thing called BlackHole. Move an email into that folder and you’ll never hear from that sender again. It’s so rewarding. 

Visit sanebox.com/startupgrind today and get an extra $20 credit on top of the already free two-week trial.  

Check it out today and let me know if you love reaching inbox zero as easily as I do nowadays. 

Again, that’s S-A-N-E-B-O-X.com/startupgrind

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Bill Maris is a managing partner at Google Ventures, which manages more than $1.5 billion in investments spread across a portfolio of 225 companies. In this talk Maris, who holds a neuroscience degree from Middlebury College and was the founder of Burlee, discusses how to identify a great founder or product, and what venture firms can do to take those ingredients and create world class companies.


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