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Meet the L Marks Team: Lara Halfon

Ever wondered what it’s like to be part of the L Marks team?   Today we sat down with Lara Halfon to get the inside story of the life of a Senior Scouting Manager:

 

Before joining L Marks, I…

I was born in Italy and moved to Tel Aviv at the age of 18 where I graduated in Business Administration and Finance. Technology and entrepreneurship have always been a passion of mine and living in a place like Israel made me appreciate it even more. In my last year of university, I worked at the epicentre of the Israeli startup ecosystem, where my role was to facilitate business between big international corporations and the best Israeli tech startups. I moved to London in 2017 to join L Marks.

 

My role at L Marks involves…

I’m a proud member of the L Marks Scouting Team. As Senior Scouting Manager, my role involves leading the team and making sure we deliver the highest quality startups to our corporate partners.

 

I would describe my work to a 5-year-old by saying…

I once said to my little cousin that I am the one on the other side of the phone when he calls for technical support. I guess that’s what it is! Corporates come to us with challenges and we help them solve them!

 

I love working at L Marks because…

All the people at L Marks made me grow both from a professional and personal perspective. I started from zero, where the language barrier was a real blocker for me, and I have been given all the tools to get where I am today. I was given trust to do things the way I thought was best and the right amount of freedom to bring my ideas forward.

 

My worst work habit is…

Not being able to speak to anyone in the morning before I have my first coffee! People say I’m grumpy before a certain hour of the day and I really cannot contradict them. I’m going to blame my Italian blood for that, I guess.

 

Since joining L Marks I am most proud of…

Working in a company like L Marks really makes you see the impact of your work. I had the privilege to scout for our biggest innovation programmes such as RElab and Lloyd’s Lab, where the companies I scouted ended up either getting investment from our corporate partners or getting into commercial agreements with them. It’s a great impact we are making for both parties and it makes me feel really proud of my work!

 

Before logging on I…

Well since I don’t speak to anyone, I take some time in the morning to connect with my spiritual side. I spare half an hour every morning for prayer. This is a very beautiful practice that is part of my religion, which gives me the right energy to start the day.

 

I spend most of my day…

Scouting hundreds of companies, talking to super interesting startups and reviewing their decks. I take every day as an opportunity to learn something new.

 

When I log off I…

When I am not on the phone with my boyfriend overseas, you will find me in the kitchen cooking and hosting friends over for dinner. My best dish is pasta (obviously!), but lately I’m getting into oriental food as well.

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