Tech TLVPAPAYA CEO: "As the leaders of the economy, high-tech must redefine its social responsibility"
PAPAYA CEO: "As the leaders of the economy, high-tech must redefine its social responsibility"
Speaking at Calcalist's Tech TLV conference held in collaboration with Bank Leumi and PAPAYA, Oriel Bachar, co-founder and CEO of the gaming company PAPAYA, added: "Who knows what we would have achieved by working together if we had a basis for social cooperation?"
"I came here today to talk to you about the glue that connects us all," Oriel Bachar, co-founder and CEO of the gaming company PAPAYA, said on Monday at Calcalist's Tech TLV conference held in collaboration with Bank Leumi and PAPAYA.
Bachar spoke about his company, which connects players around the world according to their ability level: "The core of our product is matchmaking, that is, the modern matchmaking between players. The common denominator for all player connections in competitions is the game, which itself is a common challenge."
"My goal is to redefine our social responsibility as the leaders of the Israeli economy. When we hear the words 'together we will win' or 'we will emerge strengthened', how can we know that they have any validity? I believe that all the people here are pragmatic people who are used to working according to organized plans, and it seems to me that the time has come to adopt some of the business practices, of clear plans and goals, into the social world around us."
According to Bachar, "As managers of international organizations whose main human resource is here in Israel, I want us to challenge ourselves and ask - what is our responsibility? Because we are measured by our actions. Do we need to create an agreement among ourselves regarding what our social responsibility is, as market leaders? Is it necessary to create a discourse that will allow us to formulate together a clear plan that we and our organizations can stand behind? How else will we win? Where I come from, there are no excuses and you can't say that it's not up to us."
Like many companies, PAPAYA contributed to the war effort, including assisting evacuees. According to Bachar, "This is how we will strengthen the meaning of 'how we want to live' and not just 'how we can survive' during an attack. In the midst of chaos and sadness, we too, like many good people who sit here, rallied for the community - from donations to equipment for the soldiers to a project that I am very proud of 'The Winning Challenge' - an initiative we provided for 350 children evacuated from the Gaza border towns together with their families. The families received daily challenges from us, with a box of equipment and prizes that reached them every day. We did not believe that the game would attract so many people, but it did. Mothers took pictures of themselves breaking records in the middle of the night, children connected with our bot and sent wishes to return to their homes, and above all we were privileged to create moments of satisfaction and peace during the difficult days they are going through.
"If we succeeded in such a short time, and I'm sure that many of those sitting here were also able to bring about similar achievements in an impromptu way, who knows what we would have achieved by working together if we had a basis for social cooperation? I want to invite you to take part in the conversation that I feel responsible for leading - how can we create a platform that will allow everyone to contribute to the community in an effective way. I understand today that this is our duty. I would be happy to share with you the plans we have begun to formulate at PAPAYA and to hear your opinions, with the aim of harnessing all of us around creating a clear infrastructure for social-community cooperation."