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Y K C : Spring Ahead

Life. Squeeze that lemon.

Yoni's Kitchen Cabinet

February 20 · Issue #23 · View online
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Life. Squeeze that lemon.

YKC. Is spring already here? What is going on in this country with the number of violent gun incidents. The random violence is heartbreaking, and there are a number of deeper issues at play here which I’ll address in a future NL.
In order to help those impacted the Parkland PTA/PTO has organized a fundraiser selling t-shirts. Proceeds will go to the victims’ families, first responders and the Stoneman Douglas High School Memorial Fund. The organization is selling the t-shirts on its website. Click here for the link.
Full speed ahead with Medium; my recent recap/mini-newsletter YKC: Zero to One Revisited here: Peter Thiel, an unhealthy obsession with all things Elon, and my current thoughts on tech circa 2018. The Medium version of this NL here
“Care what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
-Lao Tzu
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram: American Sun Tzu. John Boyd is one of the unsung (and unknown) heroes of modern warfare strategy. This was a man, who despite his curmudgeon-like and aggressive behavior was able to buck the US Air Force’s strict bureaucracy, ‘Bigger-Higher-Faster-Farther’ mindset, and basically, envision and design the first generation of fighters such as the F-15. And it all streamed from his ability to outmaneuver and defeat every competitor in an aerial dogfight nicknaming him “40 second Boyd”. Despite the recent downing of the Israeli F-16 by Syrian air defenses (which as reported, was downed by exploding shrapnel) and the first time since the First Lebanon War in 1982 that a jet was downed these fighters changed the game of aviation and warfare. Fast forward to today and the F-35, what will probably be the last generation of fighters physically flow by pilots, with the next generation of fighters being controlled remotely by a soldier. 
Many lessons to learn from this book; it reminds me of the parlor meeting I was at in a south Tel Aviv bar two summers ago as part of the DLD Innovation Festival. A former IAF officer at HP Israel was sharing how The Lean Startup methodology of “developing businesses and products, aiming to shorten product development cycles by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning” was being embraced by the IAF. Despite the military’s regimented view towards experimentation/failure, you do see promise such as the Israeli Air Force Innovation project. Limitation and scarcity are some of the keys to innovation, as we see with how the IAF turned F-15s into multi-role bombers and are getting the most out of older models of the F-15. As part of the infantry, I didn’t have much exposure to the air force, but I did take a course on how to signal helicopters for landing. Facebook post about my experience of “10,000 hours of coffee meetings” here.
Tying it all together, Floodgate VC Mike Maples’s interview with Tim Ferriss is a must-listen-to: The Man Who Taught Me How to Invest. Maple’s perspective is that in tech (and business) it is not just speed but also the ability to maneuver quickly (I hate this word but “pivot”), faster than your competition that will help you win. (Ex. Boyd was going up against Russian MiGs which were faster than American fighter jets; the advantage was that the Americans could outmaneuver their Russian competitors). So in SV talk, you can “fail fast” twice (or more) aka make more mistakes quicker and “pivot” to figure it out before your competition reaches their goal. Good recap of agility here as well.
Key Takeaways/Thoughts:
⚪️Maneuverability = flexibility: Speed is important, particularly in dogfights and scale-ups but it doesn’t matter how fast you’re going if you’re on the wrong path. Let’s not mistake this for lack of focus (in my personal view, the ultimate reason for failure), but having the ability to change course quickly when needed. 
⚪️Many people are invested in the wrong status quo: Boyd was up against an ingrained establishment and career officers who were drinking their own Kool-Aid about the superiority of the US Air Forces’ fleet of fighters and bombers at the time. Boyd, thru sheer will, chutzpah, and meticulous attention to detail (and supported facts) bulldozered his way thru, speaking thru to power. His results were nothing sort of revolutionary. As Boyd stated “You gotta challenge all dogma, all assumptions. If you don’t, what is doctrine on day one becomes dogma forever after”.
⚪️Be the underdog/don’t count people out: This is the story of an American intrapreneur in the end. We love and root for the underdog. Despite being a very gifted pilot, communicator, and understanding complex mathematical ideas which he put into practice it was obvious (but not stated) that Boyd had a learning disability (as well as obsessive-compulsive behavior). It’s probably best to be humble and keep the underdog mentality, as well as not to count out those who have that mindset. As Steve Jobs in evoking 1970’s counterculture famously stated: “Stay hungry, stay foolish”.
Fly high
Fly high
YKC Featured Candidate: Alexis Zumwalt is looking for an associate or senior associate role at a VC fund. She has had a career in investment banking and led strategic partnerships and business development at a startup. She is currently sourcing venture investments for a family office in NYC and manages community outreach for whoisraising, a monthly newsletter detailing startups fundraising in NYC. She can be reached at: 
⚪️Applications open for XRC Labs Cohort 6: XRC Labs is an innovation accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sectors. XRC Labs runs two 14-week programs (“cohorts”) annually that bring together entrepreneurs, investors, brands, and retailers to foster rapid innovation and unlock new opportunities in retail. They select 10 startups for each cohort that are positioned to create significant change in the retail or consumer goods industries. Startups receive $100K, central Manhattan workspace, mentoring, operational support and exclusive access to a prestigious network of entrepreneurs, investors, and seasoned industry leaders. Applications are due by April 20 - apply now!
⚪️Nexar Relocation Program: If you’re into startups, you should come to Tel Aviv. It’s that simple. In the last two years, Nexar has had a lot of success helping some of their best and brightest relocate to Tel Aviv and join their ranks, so they decided they should create a formal relocation program, to make it a no-brainer for you to join them in Tel Aviv. You can view their career openings here. If you have any questions about working at Nexar or life as an expat feel free to email them at:
⚪️Forter: Forter is the leading eCommerce fraud prevention solution, working with Fortune 500 retailers, major online travel companies, and cool startups, protecting over $30B in transactions. Forter was just named by the Forbes Fintech 50 list as one of the top 10 companies in payments. They’re looking for an experienced Content Marketing Manager, Graphic & UI/UX Designer, and HR Manager. If you’re up to the challenge, please send your CV and writing samples with the title of the position you’re applying for to:
⚪️ORT America: Naomi Reinharz is looking for an individual with at least 5 years of fundraising experience to cultivate and solicit Major Donors and prospects in the Northeast for ORT America. Applicants can send resume and cover letter to her at:
Inbox Pause: Now under Boomerang. I will dedicate a future section just to Boomerang but the Pause feature has significantly helped my email productivity. The feature pauses emails entering your inbox (with an Auto-Responder message, which is a good way to feature a project you’re working on, hint, hint, NL). I guess some people would find this feature annoying but I’ve found that I’ve been able to successfully draft better emails when my inbox is on Pause and I can devote 100% focus to the task. On to Inbox Zero!
Centiment: Brain Powered Marketing + Ads. Centiment is neuro-powered advertising and marketing technology built to do good. For the first time in human history, they have the ability to quantify, measure and understand human thought. Centiment is at the forefront of this shift and is helping pioneer a new age of advertising and marketing-one that is emotionally-informed, non-biased and purpose-driven. I’ve known the founder Micah for some time, and aside from being so thoughtful and deliberate, his company’s use of data (particularly for organizations focused on social good) is one of the most practical and effective I’ve seen. Highly recommend you check out their demo. Micah can be reached at:
⚪️#sheinnovates Meetup series in support of UN Women: They are thrilled to invite you to join their #sheinnovates Meetup series, featuring incredible speakers paving the way for gender intelligence and women’s access to the Tech Revolution. Thu, February 22, 2018. 5:30 PM. SAP Leonardo Center. 10 Hudson Yards. 48th Floor. RSVP here.
⚪️The Rise of Central New York’s Drone Empire: New York State is investing heavily in building a global drone hub in Central NY (the first ever of its kind in the world). The development of the NY Drone Testing Corridor is expected to unlock a trillion-dollar global industry and attract business development and new drone technology to the entire state, but specifically to Central New York. JOIN Tech2025 and special guest speaker, Jon Parry (Director of GENIUS NY) for his presentation on how drones are revitalizing Central NY and drawing entrepreneurs from all over the country. Thursday, Feb 22nd (6pm). Location TBA. More info and tickets here.
⚪️CornellTech@Bloomberg: Women in VC: Bloomberg, CornellTech, and Tech:NYC invite you to join them for the latest installment of the CornellTech@Bloomberg series, featuring a panel of three female venture capitalists from some of NYC’s leading VC firms. In 2017, fewer than six percent of all decision-makers at U.S. venture capital firms were women. At the same time, female founders received just $1.46 billion in funding last year, which is less than three percent of the $58.2 billion in funding raised by companies with all-male founders. Bloomberg HQ. 731 Lexington Ave.Wed, Feb 28th. RSVP here.
⚪️The Women Who Made NY w/Julie Scelfo: Join GCT to celebrate International Women’s Day with NYTimes contributor Julie Scelfo. Learn about the incredible stories behind the women who transformed New York into a cultural epicenter-designers, artists, educators, politicians, and more. Tues 03/06. 6:00 @ GCT, 4th Floor. 335 Madison Ave. RSVP.
⚪️UN Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development: Alexander Golding and the UN Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development will be holding an investor bootcamp on the intersection of blockchain and the triple bottom line in New York on March 7th at Manatt, Phelps, and Philipps, LLP. 7 Times Sq. 1:30-6:30PM. Cocktail reception to follow. Register here.
⚪️SOS Investor Breakfast: March 8th investor breakfast, they’ll be hosting Howard Morgan and you definitely don’t want to miss this one! They always knew that rumors of his retiring had been greatly overstated and lo and behold! Howard is currently Chairman of B Capital Group, whose co-founder is Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Howard also played a key role in building First Round from the ground up, which he co-founded and to which he is Special Advisor. Register here.
⚪️KamaTech Demo Day: KamaTech 3rd demo day; presentation of 10 Haredi startups, graduates of the KamaTech accelerator (3rd Batch). The event will be part of Mind the Tech: a conference on Israeli tech hosted by Calcalist. To learn more about the Calcalist event, please check this link, if you want to register to the Calcalist event please see the instructions in the attached invitation on how to register as a KamaTech invitee and get a 50% discount. If you want to only attend their event that is free of charge. For more details about the KamaTech event and to RSVP please go to this link. Apella Alexandria Center. 450 E 29th St Thursday, 13th of March, 5pm.  
I love the work KamaTech is doing and covered them and other (IDF related) programs which are integrating Haredi into the workforce in my article: Tech + Israeli Society I.
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