Anna Osipov Heymann is an Investor at OIF Ventures, an Australian venture capital firm, championing exceptional founders to build the iconic technology businesses of the future.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I’ve started my career in Israel working with an Israeli famous angel investor and a family office as an associate. I then established a venture capital practice in a low firm.
We then relocated to NY where I was heading the venture capital team at the Israel Economic Mission and lastly led the growth in anIsrael retail-tech startup, where I built all the US operation and team. I am currently an investor at OIF Ventures, and I love every minute of it.
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
My days are never the same as I’m fortunate to meet so many founders with different solutions and ideas. On average, I see about two new companies per day, work on current investment processes (DD and IC papers), and support existing portfolio companies.
In addition, I attend board meetings and work on internal initiatives and webinars. We spend a lot of time and work really closely with our portfolio companies since they need different types of support.
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
I believe that today’s businesses will allow some kind of flexibility for remote workers in the post-COVID era. I prefer to work from the office and interact with my team and colleagues face-to-face. My office has a few meeting rooms where I can work if I want my own space and a quiet environment.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
Having come from Israel and New York, work life balance was something we really wanted to experience in Australia. The working life in New York and Israel is often very hectic in terms of hours and stress, and you do not get to spend much time with your kids during the week. Having two small children, I wanted to work in an environment where people acknowledge and celebrate family time.
5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
My only goal is to spend more time with my kids without a phone during play times and dinner times. While working on some deals and responding to some emails during my play time with the kids, this is proving difficult, but I’m still trying!
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
The Dumbest Guy at the Table by the one and only David Shein! Don’t miss it! And Red Notice by Bill Broweder. I recommend the A16Z Future podcast that talks about tech, innovation and changes as it impacts all our lives.
7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Australia has an amazing work-life balance! I appreciate it because you don’t know what’s out there.
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