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HH @Notorious NY, 6:30pm 

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November 21 · Issue #17 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

HH @Notorious NY, 6:30pm 

Welcome to YKC. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Not just because it’s one of the only times in the year you can eat stuffing but because of the focus on being grateful for what we have. Developing gratitude is something I’ve struggled with, but as with most difficult things in life, it can be broken down into a series of daily acts.
Speaking of gratitude I am grateful for your readership and the feedback you all share with me. In order to best optimize this newsletter, I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few moments and fill out this short survey linked here
See you all this evening at the YKC themed happy hour 6:30pm at the Notorious NY focused on facilitating authentic and serendipitous relationships. Message me at +1 (908) 616-9776 to join the curated Whatsapp group for the event. 
Tonight! Don't be a turkey 🦃
Tonight! Don't be a turkey 🦃
“In order to change an existing imagined order, we must first believe in an alternative imagined order.”
-Yuval Noah Harari 
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Dr. Brené Brown) + The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives (Lewis Howes): The reason I’m reviewing these two books together is because they fit so well as a progression. Brené Brown touches upon the idea of male vulnerability in her breakout book Daring Greatly; Lewis Howes writes deeply about the “masks” men wear in Mask of Masculinity. The many masks are a reaction to past painful experiences, and shame in particular. This is a deeply complicated (and emotional) topic I’ll be exploring further. Author Mark Manson has been writing about men’s vulnerability (in the context of dating and relationships) for some time and has some interesting insights. A good place to start is here.
Both men and women in 2018 will continue to express their vulnerability (aka authenticity) via social media and other outlets which enable them to connect in a meaningful way with a larger audience. I’ve previously mentioned with the transparency technology has enabled in modern society, millennials’ openness in all aspects of their lives, (ex., The Venmo Line, millennial expert Dan Schwabel’s latest Newsweek article) and innovation/entrepreneurship being the way forward economically. Given the dismal success rate of new businesses and startups, you must be really OK with putting yourself out there and handling the (possible) shame of failing in order to succeed.
I can attest to being shamed at times by people’s comments and behavior when I failed and felt the deep pain associated with the failure and the shame. Everyone has their story of shame, in fact, there are whole societies, organizations, and ways of thinking which use shame as a way to maintain control; it’s been so ingrained as part of our society that we’ve taken it as a fact. I’ve stumbled in the field and felt the pointed finger of those standing on the sidelines passing judgment. I’m also guilty of taking shots at and passing judgment on those in the fight. We all have been on both sides, but as the authors attest to, the most important thing is that we continue to put ourselves out there. Again and again
Both of these authors are, in my opinion, at their greatest in other formats: Brené Brown’s game-changing TED talk: The power of vulnerability and Lewis Howes’s excellent podcast the School of Greatness. You can hear him interview Brené Brown in this podcast: Create True Belonging and Heal the World.
Key Takeaways 
⚪️Show upStep into The Arena. And be proud of the fact you showed up and took a swing at bat. Most people don’t. You can’t achieve anything truly great without taking a risk. The skill is not being afraid, everyone is afraid at some point in their life, it is doing it despite the fear that matters. And you certainly can’t control the outcome (especially people’s behavior) most of the time so let go.
⚪️Seeking to appear perfect is toxic: Seems at times like the New York state of mind. No one is perfect, yet so many people attempt to be perfect. Trying to be perfect is not the same as aspiring to be excellent. True perfection is impossible, and focusing on it is usually a cover for other issues. I can only speak for myself, but I will take rough around-the-edges authenticity over perfection any day. 
⚪️Really focus on whose opinions matter: No one’s opinion on Instagram matters. I see so many individuals trying to impress people who aren’t going to be there for them when they need them most. I know I’ve been guilty of this; many people don’t even realize they’re doing it because they’ve been trying to impress for so long (ex., since middle school). I ask myself, why am I trying to impress this person? Your true friends will accept you for who you are.
YKC Featured CandidateRiki Harris recently left Google where she designed, launched, and managed internal and external diversity programs to find a position that broadens her impact. Her skill set includes program ideation, client and vendor management, data reporting, marketing strategy, and event execution. Riki is seeking a position in cleantech, sustainability, and social impact. You can reach her at or 610-952-6602
The Most Dangerous Writing App: Brutal. This app literally erases your work if you stop typing after 5 seconds. I don’t suggest putting the timer on for more than 10 minutes. But it does help you get started (and for those who have writer’s block, bulldoze thru it). Once you’re done writing make sure to use Hemingway to edit. Humans are still creating content, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a little help from AI to edit.
⚪️The Future of Autonomous Transportation: In light of the recent announcement by GM Cruise to begin autonomous testing in Manhattan,  my friend Rhonda Binda, a leading policymaker and co-founder of Venture Smarter will speak about the future of Smart Cities and New York. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 6:00 PM. WeWork Grand Central, 450 Lexington Ave. To RSVP free of charge click here.
⚪️The WVI Sports DinnerWould you like to join Henrik Lundqvist and talk hockey over dinner? The Next Opportunity Group invites you to support the WVI Sports Dinner on Nov 29th at Club 101 NYC and meet Henrik, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime, all access NYR tickets, a spot in the broadcast booth and a visit to the locker room personally hosted by Joe and Henrik! Contact Jeremiah at or Margaret at to learn more.
⚪️Art Benefit - MyChild'sCancer: MyChild'sCancer provides personalized research for children with cancer to find the best doctor, clinical trial, new drug or whatever new information their doctor is not aware of. They provide local community support when families move from Israel to the US and leverage the local Israeli and Jewish communities to make them feel at home. They would love for you to join them at their art event on November 30th at Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th St. Great wine, live jazz and an opportunity to buy art at discounted prices - all for the benefit of kids with cancer. To RSVP click here.
⚪️#openShabbat: Art + Tech: Join members of the tribe in tech and digital media for Tech Tribe’s EPIC Shabbat meal and un-networking experience powered by OneTable. The latest art installation at Hadas focuses on Women’s Art - and they’ll use the opportunity to share in a discussion about the experience of women in tech and online. Enjoy an evening of conversation and song, as they explore the role of technology in our lives and Jewish identity in the digital era. I love what Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone is doing, fusing the Shabbat experience, tech, and art together. Looking forward to seeing more of this, especially at SXSW. Don’t forget to snag a discount when you use the code: TechTribe15 here!
⚪️Affordable Housing Bootcamp in Partnership with JFN: Join Mickey Penzer and Alexander Golding who will be holding a bootcamp on Affordable Housing, the affordability of housing, community development, and energy retrofits as a value-add in low-income neighborhoods in New York City. The event will take place on December 4 at 620 Eighth Avenue #33 from 3:00-5:00PM with networking to follow from 5:00PM-6:30PM. Stay tuned, speakers and breakout group topics to be announced next week! Get your tickets here!
⚪️Impact of Driverless Mobility: Driverless Vehicles (DVs) are poised to profoundly reshape our transportation systems, real estate development, access to goods and services, and our collective ecological footprint. The Impact of Driverless Mobility conference will highlight the broad implications of this disruptive technology and will unite researchers, industry leaders, faculty and students to explore the revolutionary effects of DVs. Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Thursday, December 7, 2017. Register here.
⚪️UFL Holiday Party 2017:  Come enjoy beer, wine, peppermint hot chocolate (alcohol optional) and glogg made from an authentic Swedish recipe! This is a thank you for making it a great year for clean energy and sustainability. Please RSVP to join the team at Urban Future Labs in these holiday celebrations. Friday, December 8, 4:30 p.m. Urban Future Lab, 15 MetroTech Center, Floor 19 Brooklyn, NY. 
⚪️The Next Web NYC Conference: The 5th edition of TNW NYC (the TechCrunch of Europe) is aimed at decision-makers exploring how digital technologies are disrupting business in the Technology, Communication and Media industry. Speakers include founder/CEOs Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), Matthew Zeiler (Clarifai), Anjali Sud (Vimeo), Adam Leibsohn (Giphy), Alexandra Wilson (Glamsquad & Gilt), Sara Chipps (Jewelbots), and Nick Grossman (GM, Union Sq Ventures). December 12th at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Ticket discount code 25% off is R1 Labs (must be entered in favorite word box).
⚪️Just wanted to share some fun news: you can catch my brother Ariel as “Tom Donahue” on two episodes of Paul Reiser & David Steven Simon’s “There’s… Johnny!” streaming now on HULU!
He’s introduced in episode #103 “Owed to Joy” and Guest Star in episode #107 “The Anniversary Show.” The show stars Tony Danza, Jane Levy & Roger Bart (among others). If you loved The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson, this is for you!
There's... Johnny!
There's... Johnny!
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! 
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Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Frenkel
+1 (908) 616-9776 (Whatsapp) 
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