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Yoni's Kitchen Cabinet

November 12 · Issue #16 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

The weekend… 

Welcome to YKC.  I had the pleasure of attending the annual IAC Conference in Washington this past weekend and I have to say that it was quite impressive to see how the Israeli American Council has seen rocket ship growth in such a short time. Yes, an influx of funding can serve as rocket fuel, but money without execution is just hallucination. It looks like the organization on all levels (staff and lay leader) has been able to massively execute against the organization’s vision. Looking forward to seeing where they go next. 
See below in the Discovery section for information about the upcoming YKC themed happy hour November 21st focused on facilitating authentic and serendipitous relationships. Message me at +1 (908) 616-9776 or respond to this email to join the curated Whatsapp group for the event. 
I haven’t really loved Paperless Post or Splash events for sending invites. If you haven’t received an invite (or if it went to spam) click below to RSVP. There must be a better way… 
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” 
-Steve Furtrick
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson: This book was was not an easy read. I get asked often how I read so much when in fact I wish I had time to read more. After reading this article you’ll wonder why you haven’t found the time to read. For real, if Zuck and Oprah can find the time, you can. No excuses
This 500+ page book documents the life of Leonardo da Vinci. I wondered while reading it why no one has written a book yet about the author Walter Isaacson (who was Steve Job’s biographer) and has such a rich history in publishing and media as well as a wealth of experience interacting with the greatest minds of our time (as CEO of the Aspen Institute). For a good overview check out Tim Ferriss’s podcast: Lessons from Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Ben Franklin.
Leonardo da Vinci came of age at a unique point in history where his immense talents could be appreciated and utilized while his characteristics (gay, left-handed, born out of wedlock, vegetation, exhibiting some form of ADHD) were not viewed as liabilities (or literal death sentences). The Renaissance in the Italian city-states was a time where openness to new ideas, technologies, and ways of thinking was embraced and cultivated. Larger-than-life figures historical figures such as Lorenzo The Magnificent and the Medicis who served as patrons (and talent spotters) of the arts were the VCs of their day, financing the arts and the avant-garde (with da Vinci’s creations there was no separation from technology), and enabled a visionary/futurist creative genius like da Vinci to flourish. Throughout the book, you see how da Vinci’s talent develops, and how like Steve Jobs he is able to pull from a variety of fields (defense, pageantry, painting, geometry, science, etc.) to create the masterpieces of art he is known for.
Some would argue that Renaissance Florence Was a Better Model for Innovation than Silicon Valley Is, but I’m not so sure. There is a lot I don’t like about Silicon Valley but one can’t deny that with ideas such as flying cars (Uber Elevate) becoming a reality it is a very exciting time to be alive. Leonardo would be proud that man is finally able to fly (but not surprised as he predicted it 500 years earlier). 
Key Takeaways:
⚪️Curiosity (curiosita): The author humanizes da Vinci; it was not that he had the intellectual horsepower of someone like Einstein. It was that da Vinci had an intense curiosity for all aspects of life. He questioned everything and that this is something everyone can develop. I don’t believe everyone can think in innovative terms (because failure is the road to innovation and most people are deathly afraid of failing), but we all can become more curious.
⚪️Art and technology are the same (arte/scienza): I’ve been a big believer over the past year that art is the apex of human thought, to create art is to think in ways far different than rational analytical thinking (and to access different parts of the brain which we don’t usually use). For da Vinci there was no separation. 
⚪️Embrace ambiguity (sfumato): Now more than ever we are stumbling in the dark about what the future will hold. Embrace it. Additional ideas here.
Leonardo da Vinci's The Helicopter. Uber Elevate beta circa 1500
YKC Featured Candidate: Jesse Ehrlich is seeking a job position in Manhattan or Brooklyn. The skills he is offering are BD and marketing; he’s creative yet detail-oriented and great at administration and events. He worked in the past in tech and created networking events for venture capitalists and is seeking a position in the cryptocurrency field, business development in tech or creating events as well as an office manager role. He’s also highly motivated and energetic. You can reach him at or directly at 516-592-3430.
⚪️Director of Fundraising/Development: A congressional candidate running in downstate New York is looking for a fundraiser with exceptional professional solicitation experience within the political or non-profit arena for immediate hire. This is a people-powered campaign, so you will not be making elevator pitches to corporations, PACs or Super PACs. Instead, they will be appealing to their local community and the greater Progressive base for help in powering this campaign.
Kindly submit your resume and cover letter to upon applying for this position. Make sure to write, “ Director of Development/ Fundraising” in the subject line of your correspondence. Click here to apply directly. No charge music channel to help you get into a state of flow and focus. Just a warning, most of the tracks are EDM style (and memory inducing old-school trance tracks like Paul Oakenfold circa late 1990’s). I find this kind of music helps me focus, but other sites like and Focus@Will might help you.
⚪️WeWork Creator Awards NYC: WeWork is committing more than $20 million to innovative projects and the people behind them. This global competition is open to entrepreneurs, artists, startups, and nonprofits-anyone who embodies their mantra, “Create Your Life’s Work.” Thursday, November 16, 5pm Skylight Clarkson Sq (550 Washington St.) To RSVP free of charge click here.
⚪️On November 16th Richard Murray aka Mr. Impossible will be 1 of 30 fighters in the ring at Hammerstein Ballroom in front of over 2,000 people. On November 4, 1998 his mother, Yvonne Fay Grant, died as a consequence of metastatic pancreatic cancer when he was 12 and Richard was devastated. He is fighting in her honor for a cure. To support his fight and purchase tickets click here.
⚪️FED with Efrat Judovits. Join dinner with my good friend Efrat who is an energetic business development expert with more than 15 years of leadership experience in global companies and who will share her wealth of experiences over dinner. Friday, November 17 at 6:30pm. RSVP for the address (near A/B/C/D subway). Join FED for a four-course Shabbat dinner party, wine, and FED talk by Efrat. Save a seat here.
⚪️AICF’s 78th Celebration of the Arts of Israel: Their 78th Celebration of the Arts of Israel will feature choreographer Igal Perry’s Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, cellist Zvi Plesser, pianist Miri Yampolsky, jazz pianist Alon Yavnai‘s big band, 13-year-old violinist Yanir Eldorot-a current AICF grant recipient, and other extraordinary Israeli talents. Actor and producer Mira Tzur will be our M.C.! Sunday, November 19, 2017 3:00PM. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. Time Warner Center at 60th St. and Broadway. To purchase tickets click here.
⚪️Join me + friends for pre-Thanksgiving drinks; catch up with old friends, meet new people, and create authentic and serendipitous relationships. Message me directly at +1 (908) 616-9776 to join the curated Whatsapp group for the event. 6:30pm at the Notorious NY Tuesday, November 21st. (Entrance to The Notorious NY is located on Hudson Street between 13th St. & Gansevoort St.) Friends welcome just please RSVP in advance so that I can get a headcount. To RSVP click here
⚪️Guys, I am not involved seriously as a host committee member with anything these days so this is serious. I am co-hosting the 2017 Casino & Comedy night at Chelsea Piers and I wanted to share an invite with you! This event will feature a performance by Andrew Schulz (as seen on MTV’s Guy Code, Amazon’s Sneaky Pete), poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette, a chance to win a free private flight anywhere in the US and a top-shelf open bar, food, and dessert - all included. 100% of all the proceeds from the event go to support local NYC charities. Use the YKC code: LABS to get an extra discount as my guest! More details and RSVP.
See you soon,
Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Frenkel
+1 (908) 616-9776 (Whatsapp) 
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