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80% of success is just showing up...

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May 14 · Issue #55 · View online
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80% of success is just showing up…

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}} … The third anniversary of YKC. Almost 75 newsletters, every two weeks without fail and here we are. Thanks to all of you for making this happen.
I’m going to be in Israel for a short trip next week. If you’re in the Tel Aviv area I’d love to see you. I’m planning on hosting a get together and will send out an invite once I firm up the dates. If you’re in town just respond to this email and let me know if you’d like to attend. Prepare for some epic content creation either way!
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“It’s not all about talent. It’s about dependability, consistency, and being able to improve. If you work hard and you’re coachable, and you understand what you need to do, you can improve.”
-Bill Belichick
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure by Andreas Kluth: Quite possibility one of my favorite books of 2019 so far. It’s very much in the style of Robert Greene or Ryan Holiday of connecting lessons from past historical figures in order to overcome today’s challenges. Learning about how people in the past overcame such insurmountable odds can give us some needed perspective, it’s seems like tenacity is something society is lacking these days.
What I didn’t expect with this book was the amount of useful life advice, particularly when it comes to how we view success and failure. The book tells the story of Hannibal of Carthage (today’s Tunisia), the brilliant military strategist who crossed the Alps to invade Rome. Common wisdom at the time was that it couldn’t be done (we’ve heard that before) but he took the fight to the Roman Empire on their home turf. Though he stunned the Romans and literally beat them in every battle (overwhelming them so quickly that Rome thought defeat was imminent) he spent the next fifteen years in Italy without making real progress in achieving his real goal, defeating Rome.
The book covers ideas such as early self actualization vs. finding one’s true compass later in life, being clear on what your real goals are, and learning from failure. History can thank Scorpio, a young Roman commander who learned the lessons from Rome’s failures on the battlefield to take the war to Hannibal’s homeland and beat him in a mega-battle in Africa that solidified Western civilization’s trajectory.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Self-optimizing = self actualization: The author references Maslow’s hierarchy of needs often in the book. Many times we try to be effective in our day to day when it fact our highest calling is connecting with our true purpose for being on this planet.
⚪️ We’re quick to judge events: Things take time, seriously. And what we might perceive as a setback or failure actually works out in our favor. It is hard to step back when our emotions take over, but time gives every event context.
⚪️ Sometimes doing nothing is the strategy: Fabius, one of the prominent Roman senators at the time of Hannibal’s invasion preached not fighting Hannibal’s army (a Fabian strategy) as the Roman armies were being crushed in every battle. Though ridiculed by most Romans at the time who praised aggressive action, this strategy ultimately lead to Hannibal’s defeat.
Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Careers at Schusterman: They’re hiring for positions across their offices. Learn more here. I’ve been involved for some time with their ROI Community (and many of my friends have gone to Israel on their REALITY trips) and believe in what they do so if you’re interested in making a real impact I’d strongly recommend you check them out.
⚪️ EIR Opening At Five Four Ventures: A unique opportunity to be an entrepreneur in residence at this venture firm. To apply click here.
⚪️ Venture University Investment Apprenticeship Summer Program: Take on the role of VC/PE investor; Jun 17 - Aug 30; Deal source investments, review pitch decks, meet w/ startups & investors, do due diligence, support portfolio companies); apply by Jun 16. Apply here.
⚪️ Quake Capital Accelerator: In addition to investing time and lots of it, they invest capital: typically $200k in exchange for 5.33% to 15% equity. Plus, they offer a mentor network, startup bootcamp, investor network, community impact and more. Deadline June 10. More info here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
WOW Influence: WOW Influence built a state-of-the-art marketplace, campaign management, and optimization platform for the Influencer Marketing industry. Brands, influencers, marketing agencies, and talent agencies use their platform to dramatically scale up their campaigns, automate away hours of manual effort, and precisely measure results. Their growth is powered by OM2 Ventures - a leading venture builder based in Tel Aviv. They’re looking to connect with marketing/advertising/PR firms, as well as boutique influencer agencies and smaller new media agencies in the US. For more info contact Kobi at:
I had an enlightening conversation with Kobi Gur, WOW Influence’s CEO recently about trends in social media (ex., migration from IG to YouTube and Twitch). They have a thoughtful approach on how influencers and brands can best understand and utilize data, so looking forward to seeing more from them.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured Event: Casey Golden x Elle Draper x Women in Tech x Grit Daily News at Ribalta: Join Grit Daily Ideas Editor Yelena Mandenberg , Casey Golden (Luxlock), Elle Draper (Lemonelle), Richard Lorenzen (Fifth Avenue Brands, United Nations), and Executive Editor Jordan French for an engaging talk on women in media, women in tech and what men can do in support. An open conversation, meet and chat with distinguished guests and Grit Daily staff. Tue, May 28, 5:45 PM Ribalta 48 East 12th Street. Tickets here.
In full transparency GritDaily is one of the media outlets I write for, I believe in their voice so check out this event and what will be a fun and engaging evening.
⚪️ Funding for Startups: Alternatives to Venture Capital: In 2018, nearly 8,400 venture-backed companies raised more than $130 billion in financing. With the pool of venture money increasing, venture capital seems to have become the default path for startups. So what other options are there for entrepreneurs seeking capital? In recent years we’ve seen a rise in crowdfunding, financing firms that provide capital based on cash-flow, accelerator programs, and grant initiatives - showing that there are many options outside of venture capital. Tue, May 14, 6:30 PM. Alley Chelsea, 119 West 24th Street, 2nd floor. Tickets here.
⚪️ Israeli Esports Forum 2019: The Israeli Esports Forum is the inaugural professional Israeli Esports conference that delves into the competitive gaming industry. The Forum is held by the Israeli e-Sports Association, and will feature leading figures active in Esports. If you are an investor, entrepreneur, a start-up, work for a tech company or generally interested in deepening your understanding you should attend. BE ALL ALON, Tel Aviv on May 15. As I’ve previously written, Israel is positioned to be dominant in this space, so if you’re in Tel Aviv at the time I highly recommend you attend. Register here.
⚪️ Breakfast with an Investor: Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner, 1843 CapitalTracy Chadwell is the Founding Partner of 1843 Capital, a venture capital fund focused on early stage technology companies. Particular areas of interest: Cybersecurity, Enterprise and Silver Tech. Tracy is an attorney and investor. She is a leader and a sought after speaker within the community of women founders, innovators and entrepreneurs, including recently giving testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee. Thu, May 16, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace @ Baar Baar, 13 E 1st St, #100. Tickets here.
⚪️ Starta Accelerator Batch 7 Demo Day: Starta Ventures is proud to present their 7th Batch of international founders! Enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle with their founders directly instead of listening to pitches from afar. They invite the frontrunners of the NYC Tech scene, entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs and industry insiders to join them for a night of invaluable business networking and opportunities. Thursday, May 16, 6:00 PM, Spaces, Meatpacking District, 413 West 14th St., Ground Floor and Suite 200. For a comp ticket use the code: STARTABATCH7 here.
⚪️ Balancing Culture with Scale: NYC Local Launch: SaaStock Local connects the SaaS community in key cities across the globe through a series of evening meetups. They’re launching their first event in NYC, providing networking opportunities and valuable content led by local industry experts and SaaS founders, executives, and investors. Their mission is to add value to the community, connect the dots, and create a thriving network of passionate SaaS experts. May 21, 6 p.m. Galvanize, 303 Spring St. Use the discount code YKC for 50% off. Tickets here.
⚪️ Annie Duke on making smarter decisions without all the facts: Annie Duke, a former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant, is coming to share insights from her book, Thinking In Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All The Facts. Using examples from business, sports, politics & poker (of course), she’ll share tools that will help us embrace the unknown to ultimately make better decisions. Company HQ, 335 Madison Avenue, May 21, 6:00pm. Tickets here.
⚪️ The importance of being a generalist in a specialized workforce with David Epstein: David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors & scientists. He discovered that in most fields, generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, juggle many interests, are more creative, & are able to make better connections than their specialized peers. Come hear his case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Company HQ, 335 Madison Avenue, May 28, 6:00pm. Tickets here.
⚪️ H2 Refuel Cohort Launch Party: Join them for the cohort launch party of the first H2 Refuel Accelerator program with a showcase of the next generation of hydrogen technologies and a panel on the future of the hydrogen economy in the Northeast. June 13, | 5:30PM. Canadian Consulate 466 Lexington Ave, 20th Floor. RSVP here.
⚪️ 19th Annual New York Venture Summit: Get noticed and pitch to active investors in your industry. Join 100+ Top Innovators presenting across 6 tracks. Join the exclusive community of 1000+ top-tier VC Investors and leading startup Founders. Send direct messages and schedule 1 on 1 meetings with their Event App. High-energy Cocktail reception and dedicated networking breaks throughout the event. Register here and save an additional 10% off the 50% early bird rate. Or register here to present and be one of 100 Top Innovators chosen from the Technology, CleanTech, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Edtech and FinTech sectors.

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