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Don't knock the bustle 

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

Don’t knock the bustle 

YKC 2018. Shorter newsletter this time. Perfection is the enemy of the good, so I wanted to get this out even if it was not perfect. 
The Medium version of this newsletter here. If only we could edit emails after they were sent like social media posts. What would that look like, a blockchain for email?
“He who is brave is free.”
CES: It was a last minute decision to attend CES in Vegas (sub-arctic temperatures in NY can be very convincing) and I got a significant amount of value out of the experience. I thought the cocktail receptions and afterparties would be of most value networking wise, but just walking the floor of the show proved to very inspiring. There was a lot of tech around robotics, IoT, drones, AR/VR, etc. featured but I wanted to share my thoughts on exhibitions which I believe were equally important.
Key Takeaways/Thoughts:
⚪️International Startups: Lots of activity at the International Pavilion at the Sands. I’ve been a vocal proponent of NY as a US market entry point for international startups and exhibiting at CES probably provided some value. There is, however, some ways to go in building a thriving tech ecosystem (primarily cultural risk aversion to failure) in many of the exhibitors’ home countries, but things are moving in the right direction. I would have liked to have seen more developing countries’ startups featured. (500 Startups is a good example; they have been very actively investing in entrepreneurs from developing countries.)  
⚪️Health and Accessibility: It’s about time. Health is a given so I wasn’t surprised to see so many gadgets (IoT) around keeping you healthy, which is overall a net positive. What I did appreciate was the focus on accessibility tech in assisting the disabled and elderly. In parallel, more women and diversity in tech are making the space much more inclusive and creating a bigger tent for everyone.
⚪️Automative Industry: Didn’t realize CES became such a car show, it seems as if the automotive companies are looking more like the major tech companies regarding automation judging by the number of autonomous vehicles displayed at CES. Will be interesting to see how this plays out (and if the US will be the first to embrace fleets of driverless cars). GM seems to believe so (young people, as well as the elderly and disabled, could be early adopters). All the car exhibitions were impressive, but BMW’s demo takes the prize. Low-tech, but they had stunt drivers racing around a closed circuit
Also, just a random thought. Why isn’t there a CES accelerator program?Techstars had a leading role at CES and there was a pitch event similar to SXSW’s Accelerator Pitch Event. I feel this could be expanded. If I’m crazy let me know. 
Also, check out robotics investor Oliver Mitchell’s post: CES 2018 Recap: Out Of The Dark Ages. IoT maven Mitchell Golner featured this recap in his newsletter: Top 18 Tech Trends At CES 2018 which is good as well. 
Forget the tech - we need a highlight of all the afterparties
YKC Featured Candidate: Ethan is currently looking for opportunities within the venture investing space. As a Venture Partner, he is responsible for the sourcing and evaluation of prospective investment opportunities at Supernode Ventures. There, he has successfully closed several deals ranging from RCM HealthIT to AI-business tools and SME Lending. Prior to Supernode Ventures, he worked as an analyst intern at Jerusalem Venture Partners where he covered A-round businesses delivering solutions in enterprise software, predictive analytics, and computer vision among other verticals. Ethan graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics. You can reach him at
⚪️Techstars just opened applications for their latest accelerator which will run in partnership with Comcast and NBCUniversal. Based in Philadelphia, this program is designed to elevate media, entertainment and connectivity startups. Companies focused on IoT/connected home and life, AI/ML, VR/AR, accessibility tech, wireless communication systems, direct-to-consumer products, robotics, next-gen marketing, digital wellness, voice, blockchain, and the future of entertainment are encouraged to apply. The program runs this Summer ‘18. For more information and to apply click here.
⚪️AltDocs, a fintech startup automating tax processes in the investment industry, is searching for a security-oriented CTO/Founder. Candidates must have experience building and managing a team, with a preference for NYC based engineers with prior work/interest in financial services. To apply or recommend a candidate, please email with the subject line: CTO Candidate.
⚪️LAVAN is a growing community of impact investors guided by Jewish learning to pursue social and environmental challenges within the Jewish world and beyond. LAVAN is excited to be recruiting an Executive Director to lead the organization into its next phase of growth and to expand LAVAN programming and network to additional communities around the US. They train new and existing impact investors, facilitate Jewish study and exploration of identity, and provide a platform for learning and collaboration. Love what they’re doing in the social impact space; I firmly believe Israel is situated to be on the razor’s edge of that movement. To apply click here.
⚪️The Israel Economic Mission in New York is seeking a Director for Trade and Business Development and a Director for Investor Relations for two open positions. The Directors will work to strengthen the trade and investment relationship between Israel and the East Coast. They will oversee the activities in targeted economic sectors or investment (VC and PE). The Israel Economic Mission in New York is responsible for enhancing bi-national trade relations between the East Coast and Israeli business communities. To apply for a position, send a cover letter and a resume to Please indicate in the subject line if you are applying for the Business Development or the Investor Relations positions. 
Setting Intention: Something so simple yet powerful. Thanks to author Brendon Burchard I’ve started to integrate this into my daily routine. When you switch tasks take a few minutes break to do a short meditation, release tension from the body, and set an intention for your next task. Pro tip: the Headspace app has three-minute meditations for every activity. No matter how busy you are you, you have three minutes.
StellarEmploy is a SaaS tool for recruiting hourly workers. They enable companies with large workforces, like restaurants, warehouses and call centers to hire staff who will stay and succeed. Their talent acquisition platform uses process automation and custom algorithms to match employee performance data to job fundamentals. They’ve decreased turnover by 30%, increased revenue per employee by 10% and saved businesses $2M in labor costs. We need more startups like this solving problems for everyday people outside Silicon Valley aka the “99%”. I recently met the founder whose startup is in ERA’s latest cohort and was impressed by her visionTired of hiring by guessing?
⚪️Know Your Investor: Meet Shahar Tzafrir from TLV Partners: Fusion LA is happy to invite you to a special meetup with Shahar Tzafrir, Managing Partner of TLV Partners. Where: Dizzy Frishdon, Dizengoff 121 St. Tel Avi. When: Tuesday, 23/1 @19:00 pm. This event is a part of their “know your investor” series, where they bring top angel investors, VC’s, incubators, and others to meet the entrepreneurial community in Israel. Join our Meetup Group - Fusion LA here.
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Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Frenkel
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