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"What if the worst thing that happened to you, was actually the best?"
 

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“What if the worst thing that happened to you, was actually the best?”

YKC. Happy Passover and Easter to those celebrating. Wandering in my own personal Sinai regarding the next steps with this newsletter. I feel I’m at the point where I need to take it to that next level. Aspiring for constant improvement (even if it’s 1%, as long as I leave my comfort zone) with each edition, my focus is still on hockey stick growth; to guide the YKC readership into the Promised Land of content. I’ve brainstormed with a number of you different ideas (splitting the NL into two, adding a paid premium section, podcasting, etc.), so now it’s up to me to take action. As the quote below states; seize the opportunity at the flood, unlike in Exodus where the flood drowned the Pharoh’s army.
I’ve decided to start giving away all my (good?) ideas for free. The annoyingly dogmatic SV truism I believe is actually true; ideas are worthless without execution. If I randomly email you know I have some bad ideas, maybe a few good ones as well. If you choose to execute against these ideas then audentes Fortuna iuvat
Following that theme, I’m experimenting with a new section: Mindset. Would love to hear your feedback. Last week’s mini-newsletter YKC: The Third Wave and this edition on Medium.
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”
-William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar - Act 4, Scene 3)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick: 2021.3 years away. Written in the late 1960’s this dystopian novel (which served as the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner series) follows the life of Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter hired to ‘retire’ (i.e. execute) rouge androids who murder humans in a post-nuclear dystopian world. The book follows his violent encounters with a new type of android; the Nexus 6 (Google, did you really name your phone after this?) who are the latest model of androids and the hardest to tell apart from humans. 
Lots to unpack here on the limits of human morality. Dick is probably best known for the recent Man in the High Castle series and his books have inspired movies such as Minority Report and Total Recall. Put on some creepy Vangelis (Daft Punk are said to have been greatly inspired by the original Blade Runner soundtrack) for this one. Homo Deus but worse; Dick paints a world where ownership of a real animal (all since extinct because of radiation poisoning) is the highest form of empathy and social status. A world where corporations create androids which behave so much like humans a battery of tests needs to be administered to find out who is human. How do you know if you’re talking to an android? Empathy. An emotion androids feign (like sociopaths) but under close examination are uncovered. Scary.
When a group of androids who are basically enslaved to colonize Mars rebel and flee you can not help but feel empathy for them. They feel emotions such as pain like humans and desire the same things. Nothing initially weights on Rick’s conscious as he tracks them down until he wrestles with his own identity after a few a close encounters. If Yuval Noah Harari’s prediction in the near future that Homo Deus (upgraded humans) will treat Homo Sapiens like we treat animals (as tools to be used at our disposal) this book is extremely relevant today as it flips that idea on its head. One can’t help but get the feeling that the androids who portray human emotions (sans empathy) are the victims. Some of the androids even think they’re human until tests indicate they’re androids; maybe Rick Deckard is the inhuman one in his role as the judge, juror, and executor. Homo Sapiens is doing what is part of our evolutionary DNA; survival.   
Book’s Predictions/Takeaways:
⚪️Elon was right about Mars: Most of mankind in the book lives on Mars because of the impact of nuclear war and radiation poisoning, with a number of humans choosing to stay on earth. As far back as the 1960’s (and at the height of the space race) the thought of colonizing Mars was an idea which was explored. The author addresses that a number of people choose to stay on Earth despite the ecological environment, I wonder in the coming years who will be the first colonizers who venture towards Mars.
⚪️Elon was kinda right about AI: ‘Mark my words — A.I. is far more dangerous than nukes’. He didn’t predict Uber’s flying cars, but the androids, particularly the Nexus 6 models are able to beat Homo Sapiens at our own game; they are created in our image but with superior intelligence. They’re more clever, develop emotions, yet can murder without remorse. While not exactly heeding Elon’s vocal warnings about humanity being enslaved to AI, the androids move the relationship from being a tool to attempting to master us.
⚪️Nuclear war > Earth’s evacuation: As of 2018 we are more likely to meet our end because of some environmental catastrophe as opposed to assumed mutual destruction. In the 1960’s nuclear annihilation was a very real threat so it was context appropriate for the time (just like the Blade Runner movie filmed in the early 1980’s sees an ascending Japan as a global superpower). Either way, it seems like just a matter of time before we become an interplanetary species, not because humanity is running away from something, but because it is running towards it.
Blade Runner: 30 Years on... closer then ever
YKC Featured Candidate: Ortal Mendelawe is an Israeli attorney currently pursuing her LL.M. at UPenn Law. She is seeking an opportunity to join a leading company in NY as an in-house legal counsel. She has five years of extensive legal experience at one of the top law firms in Israel; during her time there, she managed complex litigation cases primarily in the field of labor and employment law, consulted employers on compliance with applicable laws, drafted employment and collective agreements, and provided employee training. She is particularly interested in the startup and tech world and hopes to work in a dynamic and innovative workplace. She can be reached at ortalm@pennlaw.upenn.edu  
⚪️Arch: Arch, new Fintech platform, is looking for a UX/UI and a website designer to build a new website and iterate on the design of their product (separate projects). Targeting part-time and project-based work but will consider applicants looking for full-time work. For more info email ryan@archlabs.com
⚪️TechHub: The global community for tech entrepreneurs and startups has just opened the doors to their brand new space in Chelsea. If you’re looking for a new workspace to call home and would like to surround yourself with other startups in a supportive and genuinely community-focused environment (I know everyone says that, but they really work hard at building a strong community). Come in for a tour or apply for membership.
⚪️Aleph Wants To Help You Be A Successful Oleh, Sales Edition!: Tel Aviv based VC Aleph is organizing a workshop on sales in the startup world for Olim who want to get into that space. If you know of Olim who would be interested please share this opportunity with them. (They will also hold a small job fair at the end of the course, so if you’re a company looking for English speaking entry-level people email Avigail at avigail@aleph.vc) More details about this initiative here.
Tom Bilyeu (Impact Theory): My new favorite ‘guru’ the serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Quest Nutrition explores experiential thinking and cultivating a mindset to break free of dogmatic, linear thinking. His whole thing is 'breaking out of the Matrix’ of limiting beliefs; it’s all about tapping into limitless human potential through mindset, health, and mythology. 
Whether you choose to listen to his message by watching his video interviews (or listening to his podcasts as I do) what Tom covers makes a lot of practical sense; prioritizing health as a pillar of entrepreneurship, 'thinkatating’ to solve difficult problems, and of course Why Meditation Is Critical to Becoming a Bad-Ass.
Audible x 1.5+ speed: While I am on this kick I will admit to hearing this idea on the Impact Theory podcast. I used to think this idea was nuts; to listen to audiobooks (and podcasts) at accelerated speeds with a narrator that sounded like Alvin the Chipmunk. How could one retain anything? It just takes some getting used to, but accelerated speed enables me to listen to (in addition to reading) more books. Harder, faster. stronger.  
Emerj: Emerji is a Saas-based solution, democratizing knowledge-sharing in organizations. The number one demand from talent these days isn’t a salary but opportunities for professional development; the lack of which costs organizations (in the US alone) over $160B. By utilizing the untapped knowledge and experience in organizations, Emerj allows employees to get access to the most relevant people who can help them learn and grow using mentoring and job shadowing opportunities. 
With a team of 5 based in Bnei Brak, Israel, and Santa Cruz, they’re already helping Fortune 500 companies make work better and are now raising their seed round. For more information contact their CEO at chedva@emerj.work 
⚪️Mouth Full?: Check out my very entertaining friend Jackie Gordon’s new project, “Mouth Full? A food storytelling show with snacks… sometimes” where people share personal stories about food. Her show is not only live in NY, it’s live on Facebook Live. She needs LIKES on her FACEBOOK PAGE and for people to watch the show so I’m sharing it here: Mouth Full? Food Stories #1: Bread, Beef Stew, Juice, Cinnamon Toast, Fish, Guinness Cake & FrankenCake. SHARE THE show by cutting and pasting this and putting it on your Facebook feed. Takes 15 seconds.
⚪️Makers for Heroes 2018: Even after the long mental and physical rehabilitation, a lot of wounded IDF soldiers find themselves limited in doing basic actions such as taking a shower, walking, dressing up or even playing video games. Beyond the physical disabilities, the injury affects their self-esteem and self-worth. Enter Make-a-thon “Makers for Heroes”. For 72 hours, teams of makers such as programmers, engineers, designers, physiotherapists and more will work on 13 projects with 13 wounded soldiers focused on one target - to create technological solutions to solve the daily disabilities of these soldiers face. Back this project here.
⚪️ROIers in NYC: DIY Passover: Join ROIers in NYC for a fun, meaningful, DIY experience where we will go on a personal and collective journey from our Egypt to our Promised Land. Tue, April 3, 2018, 6:30 PM. A kosher for Passover dinner will be served. If you would like to be involved in building our creative DIY Passover experience, or otherwise planning this event, please email Deborah at deborah.fishman@gmail.com. Tickets here.
⚪️#TechHubTuesday Demo Night: Techhub is excited to announce their civic tech-themed Demo Night. This event will be tailored towards tech product founders who are creating outstanding products that bridge the gaps between different layers of society. Companies who are working on platforms that address pain points in housing, transportation, nutrition, healthcare & government are invited to showcase their products. Tuesday, April 03, 2018 at 06:00 PM. TechHub, 158 W 27th St, 6th Fl. Register here.
⚪️Interfaith Post-Passover Mimouna: You’re invited to a Moroccan-inspired Mimouna in NYC to celebrate the end of Passover with Muslim and Jewish friends from all over the world. Amazing food and amazing people are guaranteed :-) April 7th @8PM. Vegetarian feast + muflettas, desserts, & wine. Near Grand Central. Tickets here.
⚪️NYC Smart Districts Summit 2.0: Hear from community and technology leaders who will explore how emerging technologies are being leveraged to address New York’s most pressing district-level challenges. Mon 4/09 3:00 PM @GCT, 4th floor. 335 Madison Ave. Tickets here. 
⚪️Corporate Venture & Startups: The UJA Marketing Communications & Tech Divisions invite you to: Corporate Venture & Startups. Join them to learn about corporate venture investments, including what drives investments, navigating shifting priorities, & managing conflicts between founders & investors. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 02:30 PM. UJA-Federation, 130 E 59th St, 7th Fl. Tickets here.
⚪️Breakfast with an Investor: Jonathan Hakakian, SoundBoard Angel Fund: Thursday, April 12th, 8.30 am. Continental Breakfast included. Kettlespace Nomad @The Cannibal, 111 East 29th St. Hosted by Bonnie Halper, Editor, StartupOneStop Newsletter. They always keep the group small so that all attendees have an opportunity to briefly introduce themselves, and leave time for networking. Tickets here. 
⚪️Upcoming Webcast: The Future of Impact Investing for Healthcare: Join LAVAN’s learning community for this month’s discussion on healthcare impact investing. The discussion will explore what impact investing means for healthcare, where the opportunities are for individual investors, and how to assess impact for healthcare investments. Monday, April 16th, 12 PM EST. Request to join. 
⚪️Singapore’s China-India balancing act: Fireside chat with Singapore’s Amb. Bilahari Kausikan: The Israel-Asia Center & AJC Asia Pacific Institute. President Trump’s “America First” agenda has, many believe, catalyzed China’s rise as an increasingly assertive regional and global power, and encouraged India to assume more of a leadership role in Asia. Whether or not this is true, no one can deny that the world’s current dramatic geopolitical shifts require smaller countries to demonstrate a calculated, yet dynamic, approach towards their relationships with the world’s major powers. Monday, April 16, 2018. 9.30 AM. Beit Heseg, 46 Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv. Register here. 
⚪️XRC Labs Cohort 5 Demo Day: For 14 weeks, XRC’s Cohort 5 companies have attended workshops, classes, 1-on-1 consultations, meetings with mentors and have received introductions to retailers and brands. You are invited to see the impressive progress their Cohort 5 companies have made in this short time, as they disrupt the retail and consumer goods sectors. Thu, April 19, 2018. 8:00 AM. Tishman Auditorium. 63 5th Avenue. Register here.
⚪️Trybal Gatherings: Turn up the volume. Hit full screen. And transport yourself into the heart of Trybal’s camp experiences. Don’t miss out on the weekend of a lifetime. 4 days, 3 nights. 35+ electives in sports, art & food. Open bar. Shabbat soirée. Color war. Bar-mitzvah dance party. Campfire storytelling. Bubbe’s Beer Garden. And so much more. Register here. 

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