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Yoni's Kitchen Cabinet

November 23 · Issue #122 · View online

Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems


“Gratitude is riches. Complain is poverty.”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … wishing a meaningful and safe Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating in the US.
Events and conferences are back, if you’re attending the following conferences in the next few weeks please respond to this email.
IAC National Summit
-I’m putting together an article about my experience at the conference, if you’re a professional in tech and attending ping me directly so we can connect there
-There are already a number of WhatsApp groups, but I’d like to put one together for people in tech/media who are attending (if a group like this already exists let me know), otherwise ping me about joining
CES 2022
-Similarly, I’m putting together an article about my experience at the conference, if you’re an Israeli startup and attending ping me directly so we can connect there, an example of an article I wrote previously: Israeli mobility startups take the wheel at CES 2020
-I put together a WhatsApp group in the past, either I’ll just use that one, or create another one so that people can network (if interested in joining ping me)
-I started this event list of the receptions I’m hearing about at CES (it will be updated on an ongoing basis). Also, as international attendees could be lighter this CES I may put together a small meetup. I will play it by ear as the conference tends to be overprogrammed, but based on interest I may organize something at one of the hotel bars centrally located on the Vegas Strip. If you’re interested in collaborating on something like this please respond to this email directly.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well”
-Voltaire
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
‘Dune’ May Be Fascist, but Its Focus on Islam Is Groundbreaking: If you haven’t seen Dune, I’d highly recommend it, and I’m planning on reading the books as well. Like Star Wars this epic space film covers many themes that are relevant today such as conflict over resources (“spice”, the oil of the time), religious strife, and shifting political alliances 20,000 years into the future.
Watching the movie there are clearly themes focused on religious divisions. Cinema being what it is, there are alt-right types who like the undemocratic nature of the series, and how the protagonist Paul is portrayed as the “great white savoir” (or a future version of Lawrence of Arabia). On the other hand, there are clearly Islamic (and specifically Middle Eastern themes) throughout the movie. As this article points out, when author Frank Herbert wrote the book in the 1960’s Islam was viewed very differently than today. And the idea of an Islamic inspired future is not that far-fetched if you view it through futuristic cities that have been built like Dubai or Abu Dhabi: The UAE is becoming a major space power.
One theme that was not addressed enough among movie pundits was Paul’s dreams (and visions), and the exile, which reminds me of Joseph’s dreams, and how it was communicated to the Pharaoh. Which, btw, are there no Jews in the future? Of course, every group is going to put their map of meaning on this epic sci-fi film, and I think that is the point… Joseph Campbell’s concept of the Hero’s Journey (in this case Paul’s) is applicable to all people, regardless of space and time.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ The Hero’s Journey: All peoples and religions see themselves as the hero in their quest to slay the dragon (insert challenge).
⚪️ We’re still fighting over religion: Or whatever is left of Earth’s original religions.
⚪️ Hama rules: If you’re a Middle Eastern history nerd you’ll certainly see the old rules of Earth still apply in the future.
The Politics of Dune Explained In FIVE Minutes
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Atento Capital: inTulsa connects great companies to great people with the mission to grow Tulsa’s community. Leverage the Tulsa community of companies and leaders to further build your career in Tulsa. Their Talent Network works to get you connected with Tulsa companies, and provides you direct support from our inTulsa Talent team. Openings here.
⚪️ LinkedIn: Round-up of Israel based tech and finance roles on LinkedIn here.
⚪️ TechAvivWant to work at one of the best Israeli startups in the world? 200 TechAviv member startups have 9,000 open jobs. Check it out and tell a talented friend who might be looking here.
⚪️ 4 FoodTech Accelerators And Incubators Open For Applications Right Now: It’s that time of the year where accelerators around the world call on founders behind early stage startups to apply to fast track their growth. Link here.
⚪️ Impact Capital Managers: Apply for a spot as a 2022 ICM Mosaic Fellow (applications due Wednesday, November 24)!! Fellows are placed across ICM’s network of 70+ best-in-class impact investing funds for a ten week summer program and receive a competitive stipend of $15,000. Learn more about our 32 amazing host funds here.
⚪️ The NY Fashion Tech Lab 2022: NYFTLab is now accepting applications for their 2022 Program. They welcome all women-led, early to growth-stage emerging tech companies that have developed b2b innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology to APPLY!  Six to ten companies will be selected to enter the program through a competitive process where the Lab’s Fashion, Retail, Program Partners, Springboard Enterprises, and the Lab team members review submissions. Apply here.
⚪️ AWS Startup Loft EMEA: Very excited to announce the launch of the AWS Startup Loft Accelerator! The AWS Startup Loft Accelerator is an equity-free program focused on supporting early stage startups in EMEA with technology and product development, go-to-market advice and getting you funded ready. Get access to experienced advisors, technical experts, investors, and a community of entrepreneurs to share learnings and experiences with. Learn more here. Applications here.
⚪️ Code for Israel: They are code for Israel. They connect the Israeli High-tech Ecosystem with social problem-solvers, working together to face main local challenges. Together with their volunteers from the tech world they identify Israelis problems and work to solve them using technology. Developers, Product people, data specialists and UX/UI Experts? sign here to volunteer and join them in our mission: codeforisrael.org
⚪️ The Merage DeserTech Competition: Apply to The Merage International DeserTech Competition and get a chance to participate in a fully-funded prestigious DeserTech adaptation seminar (if you’re from the UK or the Netherlands) or win a 25K NIS grant (if you’re an Israeli startup). And if you are Negev based- you can win a $75K investment from Mata & ICA! The competition invites companies from Israel, the UK, and the Netherlands to offer their cutting-edge solutions to the main challenges of desertification. Apply here.
⚪️ Healthy.io: Their legal team is expanding! They are looking for an associate to join their team in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. 2-3 years of experience in corporate/commercial law (either in a leading law firm or a tech company), fluent English. Apply here.
⚪️ EquityBee: They are hiring for their *first-ever* Middle Office Lead in their TLV Offices! What does Middle Office Lead do? Super important stuff!. Be In charge of end-to-end liquidity & settlement operations and transactions. Monitor and control the collection & distribution procedures upon liquidity events. Calculate and build distributions waterfall based on specific liquidities and EquityBee model. Sounds like a fit? Apply here.
⚪️ NYCEDC: Sharing a truly unique opportunity to impact the lives of NYC women! If you’re ambitious and passionate about gender equity, public service and NYC, women.nyc has an exciting and important position to fill at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Their Vice President will drive the initiative’s strategy, implementation and development. Please share with the amazing people in your life who you know can soar in this role. Apply here.
⚪️ Silicon Valley Bank: Hello everyone. The Austin Technology Startup Banking team is hiring! Please spread the word if you can! Apply here.
⚪️ Tamid Group: They are hiring! Check out their positions: Campus Program Associate (Remote, USA) here and Major Gifts Officer (Los Angeles/Chicago/Miami/Flexible Location) here.
TAMID’s Israel office is hiring a full time Fellowship Associate out of the Tel Aviv office (hybrid: home/office combo). Help them build and implement incredible, meaningful programming for the world’s next generation of leaders. Questions? Reach out to summerfellowship@tamidgroup.org. Good Luck! Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured Event: JFE Startup and Tech Mixer NYC: JFE (Jews For Entrepreneurship organization) is excited to host a Startup and Tech mixer NYC on Dec.1, 6pm at Resobox (Ukrainian Village). Please join them for networking and a great time connecting with their startup and tech network in NYC. JFE Networking mixers bring together NYC’s top startup founders, technologists, and business professionals in the Jewish community. Wed, December 1, 6:00 PM. Resobox 91 E 3rd street. Event and Ticket link.
⚪️ Exploring New Horizons – Targeting Unexplored Territories - November 23rd: They are thrilled to invite you to FinTech-Aviv’s IN PERSON event focused on developed markets! Join them for this exciting event, when we will explore different Go-to-Market strategies, and host top quality experts as well as industry professionals who will share their insights on the innovative methods of engaging and securing new clients in unexplored territories! Tuesday, November 23, 6:00 PM IST. Ahad Ha'Am St 54. Register here.
⚪️ Wine Wednesday Returns!: All you need to do is bring a KOSHER bottle of wine (between 2-3 people) and 60 NIS (50 if you buy tickets in advance) which all goes to the charity of the month. Wed, November 24, 8:00 PM. Neve Schechter, 42 Aharon Chelouche Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
⚪️ FED’s Chanukah Bash: It’s Electric: Come drink wine (and mulled wine!) and enjoy a delicious dinner as they gather together and make their electric menorahs led by Hannah Simpson. Nov 28, 5:00 PM. FED House, 307 W 121st St #4. Register here.
⚪️ The Official Miami Tech Happy Hour of Art Basel Week: Everyone loves a good happy hour, but it’s even better with friends as you’re sipping custom cocktails on a rooftop overlooking Miami. Meet them on the rooftop of the Citadel for the official #MiamiTech Happy Hour of Art Basel Week - two nights in a row! Tue, November 30, 5:30 PM. The Citadel, 8300 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami. Register here.
⚪️ The Women Healthcare Revolution: The Israeli Perspective: In 2019, the “femtech” industry — software and technology companies addressing women’s biological needs — generated $820.6 million in global revenue and received $592 million in venture capital investment, ….. when women spend an estimated $500 billion a year on medical expenses, according to PitchBook.” Wednesday, December 1st @ 12:30 EDT. Register here.
⚪️ The NFT Menorah Party: On Wednesday 12/1/21 it’s time to shine! JOIN MEMBERS OF THE TRIBE IN TECH AND DIGITAL MEDIA AS they KINDLE their IRL NFT MENORAH! They’ll ENJOY CHANUKAH NOSH AND MORE! RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS, MEET NEW PEOPLE. LIGHT THE MENORAH! Because they love you so much, the first 10 people to use this code at checkout will pocket 15% off! TechTribe! Wednesday December 1st 6:00pm. 96 Wythe Ave Brooklyn, The Williamsburg Hotel. Register here.
⚪️ A Look Ahead at 2022: Join them on Wednesday, December 1 at RISE NY for their first in-person event since the pandemic. Hear from their friend Michael Cembalest, Chairman of Market and Investment Strategy for J.P. Morgan Asset Management as he looks to the future and gives his thoughts on where the markets are going in 2022. Cocktails and networking begin at 5:30pm followed by the fireside chat at 6:15pm. Register here.
⚪️ The Chanukah Soirée: Chabad Young Professionals Hoboken & Jersey City. Join hundreds of local young Jewish adults in celebrating the joyous Festival of Lights. Menorah Lighting. Open Bar. Sushi Bar. Latke & Donut Station. W Hoboken - 225 River St, Hoboken, NJ Wednesday, December 01, 7:30PM. Register here.
⚪️ New York Enterprise Security Meetup December 2nd in-person event: Fireside chat : “The Problem with Cybersecurity” , Russell Harnish | Senior Security Consultant, Critical Start. Rise New York 43 West 23rd Street. Register here.
⚪️ INVITATION: Tel Aviv Klezmer Yiddish Night for Hanukah 8th Light, Sun Dec 5: They invite their young community to spend the best & last night of Hanukah in the most unique venue in town. The Yung Yiddish Museum archives are tucked away as a hidden gem within the cavernous Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. Come listen to a live Klezmer band with the most stunning blend of musical traditions, learning about the underground Yiddish scene of Tel Aviv, while drinking, eating, and dancing. Sun, Dec 5, 8:00 PM IST.Yung Yiddish TLV, 108 Levinsky Street, Tel Aviv Bus Station. Register here
⚪️ Starta Accelerator Fall 2021 Investor Showcase: This is your opportunity to meet their founders, learn about their startups, and see how they’ve developed during the Starta Accelerator program. After the contest, meet the frontrunners of the NYC tech scene, entrepreneurs, and angel investors and join us for a night of invaluable business networking! Thu, December 9, 5:30 PM EST. 220 E 23rd St, Suite 400. Register here.
⚪️ AI Week 2022: AI Week is Back! They are thrilled to welcome data scientists and AI professionals to Israel’s leading AI conference. Combining technological leadership, applied AI and cutting-edge research, AI Week will highlight the way in which AI technology is revolutionizing business strategy, policy and future development. Feb 7-9, 2022. Tel Aviv University. Register here.
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Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Frenkel
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