“I looked for opportunities to build things and make things different”

After working in the fields of biology and then technology, Tal Wilk-Glazer says it’s fascinating to have them combine in her current role as CEO of Saffron-Tech. Though her previous jobs may not have had a common thread, she shares that each step of the journey gave her skills or knowledge that is relevant now.

While she still loves the technology aspect of the company’s work to grow saffron more quickly and indoors, Wilk-Glazer says she has to keep a broader focus as CEO. The most interesting part of the job is helping others to do their best at their specific roles, she explains. Wilk-Glazer says her strengths are managing and executing, and she has to be extremely focused on management and planning when the company’s testing cycles are several months long. In any organization, she is looking for chances to build things and make them better.

"We need to use a lot of agriculture. Our agronome needs to understand the depth of the nature of this flower and understand exactly how we can maximize it. From the other angle, we need to build all the technology around it to grow it in the most efficient way and how to have the most optimal growth protocol using vertical farming and machine learning and AI. And to use robotics to enable the automated harvesting of the saffron, ensuring the quality of the saffron in a very efficient business model around it." 

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