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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it...

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September 3 · Issue #63 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it…

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}} … I’m writing this from the north of Israel and will be in the country until mid-September. If you’re in the Tel Aviv area and would like to meet for coffee respond to this email.
To make sense of the balagan of the many conferences happening during mid-September in Tel Aviv I’ve created a Whatsapp group here. I’ve had success curating (and co-curating) as well as unlocking value at other global conferences such as CES and SXSW, and I believe there will be similar opportunities in Israel during this period. Based on interest I’ll put together a meetup for the group as well.
I’ve also created an Excel spreadsheet of all the events happening here. If you have events you’d like to include please add them to the spreadsheet.
Save the Date: I’m hosting another Israeli Tech Happy Hour on Wed Oct 16th. Midtown/Chelsea TBA. Integrating feedback from the last event I’m definitely going to have content with a focus on facilitating connections. You can join the Facebook group here. You can purchase tickets here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“The most important thing in life is to dare. The most complicated thing in life is to be afraid. The smartest thing in the world is to try to be a moral person.”
-Shimon Peres
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Chutzpah: Why Israel Is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Inbal Arieli: Being in Israel I have to review a book on Israeli tech. But what can I say, this book did not disappoint. If Dan Senor’s Startup Nation would have a sequel, it would be this book. As expected, Chutzpah highlights the work and accomplishments of Israeli entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs, but the author has adapted current trends in business/self-development in service of telling another part of the Startup Nation story.
A lot has changed in the Startup Nation in the last ten years (and geo-politically speaking that’s an understatement). We all know the continued rise and development of Israel into a technology superpower. As opposed to just focusing on the IDF’s role in developing homegrown entrepreneurs the author focuses on how Israeli parenting grows young entrepreneurs. This book is more of a playbook on creating a culture of resilience and tenacity (one of the keys to any entrepreneurial endeavor), and I would recommend checking out Angela Duckworth’s Grit as a companion read.
I don’t think this book should sit on the shelf alongside the many books today about tech/entrepreneurship but instead in the history section; it’s the story of a nation that despite the odds stacked against her not just survived but thrived. In today’s global marketplace, and especially in the zero-sum/winner-take-all game of tech there is a lot to learn about how mental/cultural mindsets can help foster that edge it takes to win.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ It rarely snows in Israel: This book certainly doesn’t endorse raising a generation of “snowflakes” who melt under the slightest pressure. If I do have one piece of feedback for millennial and centennials, it’s grit and resilience go a long way.
⚪️ Can entrepreneurship be taught: This book makes the case that cultural values and upbringing are part of an entrepreneur’s DNA. What about those not raised in a place like Israel, can entrepreneurship be taught? I want to believe so, but I’m still on the fence about this.
⚪️ Balagan as a positive force: A nice take on the chaos of daily life in Israel. It’s an aptitude to be able to excel in an environment of uncertainty. Human nature is to believe many things in life are stable when in fact everything changes, constantly. Especially today.
Her New Book Explains Why Israel is Dominating Tech! #329
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Program Manager, Cyber Security Master’s Program-CCNY: CCNY is seeking to hire an individual to manage the CCNY Master’s Degree program in Cyber Security. The CCNY Master’s Degree will be part of the Cyber NYC Applied Learning Initiative (ALI),a collaborative endeavor between the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and several academic and industry entities charged with the mission of establishing New York City as a global leader in cybersecurity education, training, and talent. Apply here.
⚪️ SOSA InnoFense- Acceleration Program: The Israel Ministry of Defense and SOSA HLSTECH are excited to launch MAFA’T’s Acceleration Program. SOSA Innofense is an acceleration program for dual-use early-stage startups both in the civilian and defense sectors.  They are looking for startups with groundbreaking technology, to join a 6-month program and receive a 200,000 NIS grant – No equity. Application deadline on September 22nd. *Relevant candidates will be invited for an interview at the end of Sept/beginning of Oct. The program starts on November 1st. Apply here.
⚪️ New Lab | Antler: Startup Generator Program: Participants apply without having a company and, if selected, have an opportunity to find their co-founder and start building from scratch with support from our network. If chosen, founders receive a stipend of $6,000 for the first 9-week phase. After 9 weeks of team formation, ideation, and business modeling, New Lab and Antler invest in select companies, work closely with invested teams to rapidly launch, scale, and secure external funding for the businesses, culminating in a Demo Day with hundreds of investors from around the country. Deadline September 23.  Apply here.
⚪️ Tachyon III Application: Tachyon is an accelerator for startups utilizing blockchain and Web 3.0 technologies. For Tachyon III, they are focusing on Open Finance. Applications will open August 2nd and close on September 16th at midnight Eastern Time. If you have any questions, please email them at
⚪️ Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator: The accelerator will focus on the blockchain domain as it applies across industries, and on blockchain infrastructure and protocol development, cryptocurrencies, security, and distributed applications in finance, IoT, education, real estate, retail, insurance, energy, healthcare, and more. Deadline October 13. Apply here.
⚪️ ER Accelerator Winter 2020: The companies selected to participate in the four-month program will receive a $100,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund. ERA gives you a chance to grow your business with the help of their operating partners and mentors. All this support can’t make your company successful; that’s your job. But they are with you every step of the way, aligning you with our dream team of experts to help with your many challenges. Deadline October 28. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Sorry, Ari: Check out the newest episode of my brother’s award-winning series “Sorry, Ari” (Selected as One of the Best Web Series by IndieWire). His latest is a tribute to the timeless magic of NYC. If you love “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel,” you’ll love this. Binge all 15 eps at You can see the latest episode here.
⚪️ Meet the VC Breakfast - NYC September 2019: Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Early Growth Financial Services and their partners. They sit down with a VC to get answers to your questions about fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more. Early Growth invites you to join their next conversation with Pacific West Bank, Cooley LLP, TriNet, and Cushman and Wakefield. This month’s speaker is Lisa Xu from FirstMark. Wed, September 4, 8:30 AM, Cooley LLP, 55 Hudson Yards. RSVP here.
⚪️ Wine Wednesday Returns: Wine Wednesday is BACK!!! After a brief hiatus, they’re back for a night of drinking, mingling and raising money/awareness for good cause. So what do you need to do? Sign up (30 NIS in advance, 40 NIS on the door), and bring a bottle of KOSHER wine between two people. Wed, September 4, 7:30 PM. Kerem House, 18 Gedera Street. Tel Aviv-Yafo. Tickets here.
⚪️ Amazon AWS Building a Fintech Startup [Plaid, Atrium, Techstars]: Bringing in a whopping $39.57 billion in VC funds in 2018, up 120% from 2017, fintech is easily one of the hottest emerging industries. From mobile payments to cryptocurrency wallets, fintech startups are busting at the seams. Having the autonomy to move faster than legacy systems, they’re delivering innovative solutions, an explosion of new products, and accelerating the consumer experience. AWS Loft, 350 West Broadway, September 4, 7:00PM. RSVP here.
⚪️ Breakfast with an Investor: Tom Wisniewski, Managing Partner, Newark Venture Partners; Member, New York Angels: They hosted Newark Venture Partners a few months back, but with a NVP Accelerator’s deadline on September 15, and one offering $200k in investing, they decided to give you all a chance to come hear about this program, and have an opportunity to directly ask Thomas any questions you might have. Heads up: this is your one and only opportunity to take advantage of this level of access! Thu, September 5, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace @Baar Baar, 13 East 1st Street. Register here.
⚪️ TLV in NYC w/Performance by Stephane Legar: Hosted by: JVibe & Ymix Production. Israeli Star Stephane Legar. - 1000+ Guests Expected. Sounds by DJ Yoni Dvir. Early Bird Tix Available for a limited time. For bottle/table service text/call 718-208-3916 or 917-370-2877 or email 230 5th - Sept 7, Doors Open at 10pm. YKC discount code: Ykc5 Tickets here.
⚪️ IAC EDGE: IAC EDGE East Coast is the only summit in the Jewish world dedicated to Young Professionals (age 22-42), connecting them to Israel through entrepreneurship and innovation. Sunday, September 8, 10:00am. Convene, 117 West 46th St. Tickets here.
⚪️ Amazon AWS Defining Your Startup’s Target Audience: The road to making smart marketing and advertising decisions for your new startup starts with knowing your audience. Without truly understanding the potential audience, you may be building a business in a market so small, it’s next to impossible to make real money. Terry Rice, Digital Marketing EIR at Entrepreneur Magazine, shares how startups can define their target audience and estimate market size on various channels prior to launch. He’ll outline how to have a good grasp on who you’re trying to reach, where to find them, and how to measure the size. AWS Loft, 350 West Broadway, September 10, 7:00PM. RSVP here.
⚪️ The Dolphin Tank: New York | FinTech: The Dolphin Tank, hosted by Springboard Enterprises and Project W (an initiative of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP), is a “friendly-feedback” pitch session for women entrepreneurs. Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank® programs are “helpful feedback-driven” pitch sessions for entrepreneurs to receive constructive insights from knowledgeable professionals. Tue, September 10, 6:00 PM. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Offices, 1251 6th Ave 21st Floor. RSVP here.
⚪️ Israel Startups Pitch Night w/ SOSA & MassChallenge: Join SOSA & MassChallenge Israel to showcasing MassChallenge Israel’s top ten winning startups-from this year’s cohort of 52-in a dynamic, interactive pitch event! At the event, each founder will have just two minutes to pitch their company in front of a panel of high-profile judges that include investors, CEOs, & entrepreneurs. The panel of experts will provide immediate feedback to each startup.  Tuesday, September 10, at 06:00 PM. SOSA NYC, 149 5th Ave, 9th Fl. RSVP here.
⚪️ Venture Capital Advice for Startups: Panel and Pitch Night: For entrepreneurs considering the venture capital path for their startups, they know the road can be daunting. For most of us, we’re having to build a brand new skill set when the stakes couldn’t be higher. Join them for a panel discussion with investors who will share their insights about securing early-stage funding. Wed, September 11, 6:30 PM. Alley, 119 W 24th st. 2nd floor. Tickets here.
⚪️ Jerry Colonna: Leading with humanity, resilience & composure: Hailed as the “CEO Whisperer”, Jerry Colonna is one of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches. For nearly 20 years, Colonna has used the knowledge gained as an investor, an executive, and a board member for 100+ organizations to help entrepreneurs and others to lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity. He’ll provide an inside look into why success in both your professional and personal life starts and ends with radical self-inquiry. Thu, September 12, 8:30am, Company, Madison Ave, 3rd Fl. Tickets here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Investor Breakfast with Prashant Fonseka, Principal, Tuesday Capital: Prashant joined Tuesday Capital in 2013 and has been building businesses and working with entrepreneurs for over a decade.  Tuesday Capital (formerly CrunchFund) is a San Francisco based seed venture capital firm that invests from Pre-Seed to Series A. Tuesday backs companies across all sectors and is founder, not thesis-driven. A sampling of their notable portfolio investments includes Uber, AirBnB, Pinterest, Cruise, GitLab, OpenDoor, Airtable, and Zipline. Thu, September 19, 8:00 AM. KettleSpace @BaarBaar, 13 East 1st Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ Ethereal Summit Tel Aviv 2019: Ethereal Summit Tel Aviv Blockchain Week. Join a collaboration of technologists, artists, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors engaging directly with the latest developments in Ethereum, blockchain, and decentralization. Network with top VCs, learn from the ecosystem’s most remarkable minds, and discover—or decide—what’s next in tech, blockchain, and decentralization. Doors @ 8:30 AM Sept 15th @ SHEVA. Tickets here.
⚪️ NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast Mastermind: Back for the Fall of 2019! Their mentors are excited and ready to facilitate our conversations once again. Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® they have serious conversations about growing a business. This group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. Friday, September 20, 8:30 AM. Baar Baar 13 E 1st St. Tickets here.
⚪️ How to Leverage Your ‘Israeliness’ - Doing Business in the US: Fusion LA is happy to invite you to a special meetup about taking your startup to the US and cultural difference, along with Barry Katz, Nextage and Fiverr. Doing business abroad involves knowing how to navigate tricky cultural differences. Understanding culture related sensitivities can make all the difference between success and failure. At this Business Culture Meetup, we’ll cover how to navigate different cultures, with a focus on startups and entrepreneurs doing business in the U.S. Sunday, September 22, at 6 PM. Fiverr - 8 Eliezer Kaplan St., Tel Aviv. Tickets here.
⚪️ Chat w/ Aviad Harell (Sisense) On Data, Analytics & Growth + “Make It In China” Semi-Final Contest: Sisense is a global data analytics software company whose unique tools enable non-techies to join multiple large data sets, and build & share smart dashboards with data visualizations. Aviad Harell, the company’s co-founder, leads its product-house: R&D, product, and field engineering. In the event you’ll also hear pitches from 10 startups competing for 3 tickets to the “Make It In China” Contest. BE ALL - Yigal Alon St. 94(A) - Alon 1 - Floor 3 (Auditorium) Tel Aviv, Sept. 23, 6 P.M. Tickets here.
⚪️ Women in Technology: Navigating Uneven Playing Fields: There’s never been a better period of opportunity for innovation in science and technology. For the first time in our existence, this is allowing a global population to innovate, collaborate, and prosper. And while many female business leaders and entrepreneurs are making remarkable advances and contributions to this worldwide phenomenon, many more have yet to step aboard. There is way too much untapped potential out there to simply leave it on the table. Thursday, September 26, |  5:30 PM Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP | One Battery Park Plaza. Register here.
⚪️ Israeli Tech Happy Hour: Join us for a fall happy hour to connect with friends in the local ecosystem and meet new ones over a drink (or two). If you’re in the NY tech ecosystem and want to meet a number of good like-minded people in a short time or have interest in Israeli tech and want to connect with both American and Israeli professionals in a serendipitous and non pretentious environment you should definitely join. $15 ($20 at the door). Midtown/Chelsea location TBA. Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:30 PM. Tickets here.

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