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YKC: Beat the heat


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July 21 · Issue #87 · View online

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

“He/she who cannot put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of dispute”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … to YKC and the summer heat. The situation in New York has improved, while in Israel it is deteriorating… day by day, we are in a marathon, not a sprint. We will get through this, but it certainly has its ups and downs.
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Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance”
-Exodus 14:14
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
The Unstoppable Startup: Mastering Israel’s Secret Rules of Chutzpah by Uri Adoni: A book written about startups that waxes philosophical as well. Sign me up. While Israel’s branding (rightly so) as the Startup Nation does refer to early-stage tech, books on the topic have evolved over the last ten years as the ecosystem has matured and developed. I would suggest reading this book as the latest in a series, starting from Dan Senor and Saul Singer’s Startup Nation and Inbal Arieli’s Chutzpah. Call it the Startup Trilogy.
What I liked about this book was that it got into the weeds and outlined a clear blueprint in simple to understand terms. It is not a book written by someone out of Silicon Valley, with their opaque terminology and nerd-speak. The Israeli style of communication is not for everyone, but if you want crisp, clear directions (my preference) then this book is for you. What I would have liked to see more of is the dark side of what could go sideways, unicorns are great when they happen, but it seems we are in the realm of the dark horse during these days.
This book was written from the perspective of a VC, any founder raising money today should seriously consider any book that offers insights on how VCs make their investment decisions. I am constantly surprised how often founders do not take this into account when they go to pitch investors. There is also an appropriate section on launching your own investment vehicle, another one to bookmark if you are looking for a job in venture, given the difficulty of breaking in you may be better off launching your own fund. 
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ You may have a startup in you: If there was ever a time to go after your idea, it is now.
⚪️ An evolving category: These books are good guides, but they are probably being read by startup enthusiasts as well as entrepreneurs.
⚪️ The next book will be on marketing: Future books on recent successes such as Lemonade will highlight the change the Startup Nation is going through.
Israel - why is the country such a successful startup nation?
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Covid-19 cutbacks: These tech companies are hiring in Israel right now. Apply here.
⚪️ TechAviv FounderNest: TechAviv has partnered with FounderNest to bring AI-powered matchmaking between the top Israeli startups globally and the world’s best investors. TechAviv FounderNest™ enables Israeli founders to see which investors are actively looking to back companies like theirs, helps investors to find and track the best startups deep-matched to their investment criteria, and facilitates double-opt-in connections between the two. Learn more here.
⚪️ The TechCrunch ListA directory of the most active and engaged investors in the VC industry today as recommended by founders. Click here.
⚪️ 2020 Technology Fast 500™ awards: For more than 25 years, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 has been honoring innovative technology companies that demonstrate passion and dedication. And although many organizations are facing significant challenges right now, they don’t want this to overshadow your accomplishments over recent years—and ability to keep moving forward. Apply here.
⚪️ AMEL Global Allyship Application: AMEL is dedicated to empowering young leaders (18-35 years old) across the Middle East, Africa and the global north who are taking action to build more free, inclusive and resilient societies. AMEL aims to help make these efforts more effective and sustainable by providing practical knowledge, networks and experiences. Apply here.
⚪️ COVID-19 Transit Response Challenge: The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced unprecedented challenges in public transit. As New York recovers and rebuilds, it is vital to reimagine public transit to meet its new challenges. The COVID-19 Response Challenge calls for technologies and approaches that help to make New York’s public transportation system safer, healthier and more responsive to customer and workforce needs. Contact Sam for more info here.
⚪️ FastForward By NY DFS Program to support digital innovations aiding New York’s recovery from COVID-19 crisis. DFS facilitates conversations between innovators, regulators, policymakers and consumers on the important issues of financial innovation in today’s dynamic environment. Apply here.
⚪️ Closed Loop VenturesClosed Loop Ventures led by Danielle Joseph, Hannah Friedman and René Paula is actively investing. They are early stage impact investors seeking innovative technologies and business models that are accelerating the circular economy. They look to invest in companies across the sectors of plastics & packaging, food & agriculture, apparel & beauty as well as supply chain logistics & technology. Their stages are Pre-Seed and Seed (with follow-ons through Series A) and their initial checks range from $100k to $1 million at post-money valuations less than $10mm. They lead and co-invest. If you are in those spaces and meet their criteria (read the site!) please don’t hesitate to apply - no warm intro necessary. They take every criteria-meeting application seriously. Email: Apply here.
⚪️ SigmaLabs’ Wave#13 by Sarona Partners: Applications are open: SigmaLabs is a ‘For Founders, By Founders’ accelerator. Focusing on reaching product validation, market fit, and building the right fundraising strategy for you. In a 3-month program, their carefully chosen startups, achieve early success, and have a higher probability of closing a financing round. Together with Israel’s largest startup ecosystem powered by Sarona Partners, SigmaLabs aims at providing startups the fundamental tools needed to optimize their likelihood of success. Apply here.
⚪️ Align Impact Job OpeningThe Data Reporting Analyst is a supportive and execution role that includes maintaining the firm’s technology stack, handling strategic integrations between systems, and acting as the subject matter expert with all things related to Addepar, their performance reporting system. In close collaboration with the Director of Client Service and investment team, the Data Reporting Analyst helps ensure data integrity across all back office systems and that clients experience seamless execution and best-in-class account services throughout the entirety of their Align relationship. Apply here.
⚪️ Citi Innovation LAB TLV: Citi Innovation LAB TLV is still hiring. Data analyst for Athena. Cloud security formal reasoning senior developer. Junior Java developer. NLP expert for NLP & MA Group. Sr. Front End Engineer. backend developer for infrastructure team. Senior UX Designer for the Innovation Lab. Senior Java Developer. Senior NLP expert for NLP & MA Group. Full-stack developer for Citi Innovation Lab. PM Rachel Fabian-Edelman for questions or to learn more about the positions.
⚪️ FacebookCommunity Partnerships at Facebook – is looking for a Senior Director to lead their global team. Looking for someone who can lead the team in building strategic relationships with community leaders/builders worldwide. This leader will work closely with product, marketing, and business operations teams to understand new markets, define product needs and opportunities, and bring new products to market. Their team is global (offices in San Francisco, NYC, London, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, etc.) and running multiple programs to serve this audience - including a Community Accelerator. Apply here.
⚪️ GSV Ventures: GSV Ventures is looking for their next high performing full-time Associate. GSV Associates are primarily responsible for sourcing early-stage investment opportunities, as well as providing operational support to portfolio companies, driving global sector research, and developing themes and content for the ASU GSV Summit. Apply here.
⚪️ Insider Inc. : Looking for a new role? Insider Inc. is hiring many positions, including editorial, and on my team, Reviews. They’ve been with them for almost a year and can’t speak highly enough about their time working there. Apply here.
⚪️ NextView Ventures: They’re Hiring for their Investment Team at NextView’s NYC Office. You are a native of NYC tech with a strong network. You have 4-6 years of professional experience as a technology operator, founder, or investor in New York. You know the ecosystem and have a network that is additive to the rest of the team. Apply here.
⚪️ Silicon Valley Bank: Chief Diversity Officer. They believe that Silicon Valley Bank and the innovation ecosystem benefit from a diversity of opinions and ideas. SVB works diligently to attract and retain employees with different backgrounds, experiences and demographics. They actively engage with industry groups and initiatives that make inclusion and diversity a top priority in the innovation economy. Apply here.
⚪️ SimilarWebHR Director. They are seeking experienced HR Director to lead HR for their Global GTM organization as well as be the leader for our US HR team in North America. This leader will report to their Chief People Officer and be part of a fast growing global HR team headquartered in Israel. This person should have outstanding people skills, be passionate about driving other people’s success and demonstrate strategic ability to align people strategies and programs to real business needs. Apply here.
⚪️ SOSACorporate Innovation Manager. SOSA is a global open innovation company that builds pragmatic cross-vertical innovation programs for corporations and public entities. Leveraging the strong relationships it has cultivated over years of being at the epicenter of the tech ecosystem, SOSA identifies advanced technology solutions and innovative models that lead to business growth and successful digital transformations. Apply here.
⚪️ AnD Ventures: Biz Dev Admin. They are an early-stage VC investing in extraordinary people and frontier technologies . They are always on the lookout for creative, disruptive & talented people, with a positive approach and a can-do attitude. If this sounds like you, please reach out! Apply here.
⚪️ Cadena Foundation: They are looking to hire a philanthropy officer for the Cadena Foundation, a Jewish nonprofit org with 10+ offices worldwide. Key responsibilities would include cultivating and managing a portfolio of strategic high net worth individuals and institutional donors in the New York region to generate significant support for the Cadena Foundation. Apply here.
⚪️ Cowboy VenturesTeam Cowboy is looking for a few passionate tech enthusiasts and one community driven intern to join their team for the summer! Candidates with diverse and/or underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Apply here.
⚪️ VC Associate: A venture capital fund that invests in startups (various rounds) in the healthcare, AI and more - is hiring an associate: A candidate with strong processing power who can work with the partner and build a Due Diligence process vis-à-vis the companies, and also present to the companies. The required background is: analyst or associate in a fund or investment house, who knows the investment process, has depth and technological understanding, and a lot of passion for technology investment. Send resumes to:
⚪️ Vintage Investment PartnersThey are looking for a senior team member to join their Value-Added Services department. The candidate will manage and execute the VAS processes connecting corporations and startups in order to create meaningful business transactions. Responsibilities will include working with team members and corporations to understand business pain points and match relevant startups. The ideal candidate should have extensive business experience and well familiar w different technologies. Please email 
⚪️ Money 20/20: They believe startups are the frontline of innovation – and key to the great re-build ahead, so they’ve got some new exclusive programs and workshops for startups at this year’s Monday20/20 in Las Vegas. AND they’ve raised the stakes in our annual Startup Pitch. New for this year, we’ll have 15 ground-breaking startups enter the MoneyTank and pitch to leading VCs ready to commit up to $250,000 in potential investment* Are you ready to enter the Money Tank? Applications close July 15. Apply here.
⚪️ Quantum Hub: Got a revolutionary product in the Mobility & Automotive space? Apply today to join the first batch of Quantum SPARK - the first program that connects you with 200+ industrial companies in Israel and abroad, including a $50K investment, dedicated to developing a POC. Deadline to apply: July 15. Apply here.
⚪️ TECH FOR FINThey are very excited to share their (CitiDiscount Bank & Visa) new initiative: TECH FOR FIN is an incredible community for financial institutions, VCs and startups to share and discuss new innovation, solutions and news around the fintech community and beyond. You will find many up and coming events, news deal flow and activities that anyone in the Fintech ecosystem will find valuable. Looking forward to seeing you in our community and feel free to invite others to join :) Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Equity, Compensation + Cap Tables with Carta: One of the first steps in forming a startup should undoubtedly be creating your cap table. Sounds simple, but cap tables can get complicated quickly. And without a good one, it’s far too easy to make bad equity decisions when raising money and hiring. Reed will also discuss how founders can uncomplicate the process with the right tools and build a cap table that grows with your startup from formation to exit. THU, JUL 23, 10:00 AM (PDT). RSVP here.
⚪️ TechNovation Live ConferenceTheir upcoming online event for digital life and productivity has the best lineup - with the founders of Audible, Inc. Stackoverflow & TrelloDoist , BetterHelp.comWalkMe™ (and just approved - Superhuman) July 20-22. Access is free but registration is required via (if you like it - it’s made with Bizzabo) *Most sessions are in Hebrew. Register here.
⚪️ Next On TechDay Town Hall: Frances Simowitz & Inbar Haham: In the past few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life and transformed the way founders and investors interact. Join Frances Simowitz, CEO & Managing Director of NUMA, and Inbar Haham, Managing Partner of INCapital Ventures, next Tuesday, July 21st at TechDay Town Hall at 11 am ET, for their session: “Investor Fireside Chat: COVID-19 and the US VC Landscape.” Register here.
⚪️ The State of Chronic Pain: COVID-19: Join Axios for a live, virtual event on how the coronavirus pandemic is changing health care access for those dealing with chronic pain. Axios Co-founder Mike Allen and Health Care Reporter Caitlin Owens will host one-on-one conversations. Wednesday, July 22, 12:30 pm ET. Register here.
⚪️ GETTING READY TO SHINE IN THE NEW WORLDThis practical workshop will address the day after the COVID crisis and how best to leverage the situation to build a stronger and better company that will ultimately rise above the competition. They will open with Prof. Tal Ben-Shahar, learning about building resilient companies and will follow up with 4 highly relevant break-out rooms to discuss: Pivoting to new business opportunities, building operational muscles, dealing with capital funding and M&A is such times and finally discussing opportunities for innovation in new industries. July 23rd, 9:00am ET. Register here.
⚪️ How I leveraged pitch competitions to raise $500k: An in-depth workshop led by Nichelle McCall Browne, former founder of Bold Guidance and now Bold Startups, in which she discusses the qualification process for pitch competitions and best practices. JULY 23RD, 4:00PM EDT. Register here.
⚪️ Virtual Venture Capital Speaker Series and Networking Event: DownToDash presents a virtual night of networking & learning from Venture Capitalists. The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you on the day of the event. If you do not receive it, please email Thu, July 23, 6:30 PM. Tickets here.
⚪️ Linda Villarosa on the deadly racial disparities of COVID-19: Many have called COVID-19 “the great equalizer” because it transcends income, fame, geography, and age. However, Black and Latinx communities have been disproportionately affected - more likely to become infected and twice as likely to die as their white neighbors. Why? Former Executive Editor at Essence Magazine and New York Times Magazine Contributor Linda Villarosa researches race, health, and inequality. Tue, July 28th, 12pm EDT. Register here.
⚪️ How To Manage Your Enemies: MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City cordially invites you to their next event. Your customers spend millions of dollars each year to provide employees useful tools for appropriate problem diagnosis. What about tools for diagnosing relationship problems at work?They will teach you a common language you can share with your team so that everyone can discuss workplace relationships with greater precision. Wednesday, July 29th, 6:00 PM EST. Tickets here.
⚪️ Investor Series with Managing Partner of Reformation Partners: Join Entre for virtual Investor series with Investors, VCs, Angel Investors! Entre is bringing Investor Interview Series showcasing Live talks with Investors, VCs, Angel Investors discussing the Business, Growth & Network Collaborations. Tue, August 4, 5:00 PM. Tickets here.
⚪️ Venture Summit Virtual Connect | Global: New-York Israel Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its sponsorship and invite you to join us at Venture Summit Virtual Connect | Global. Come meet, interact and network online with more than 1,300 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies at the prestigious Venture Summit Virtual Connect. August 4th – 6th. Special offer: Register Now & Save 20% off Early Bird Rates (Use discount code “NYICCVIP”). Register here.
⚪️ Unboxing Israel: Telling Israel’s Story to the Next Generation: Unboxing Israel Summit 2020 is a dynamic, interactive opportunity to learn how to share Israel’s story with the next generation – virtually. Vibe Israel will share their expertise in country branding and working with social media and online influencers. You will learn from the most current research on what the next gen thinks of Israel – and how to use that information to further your organization’s Israel goals. Thursday, August 13. Please note, the Summit time is noon - 3 pm EST. Register here.
⚪️ You’re Invited to Apply to TechDay Founders Summit: This one-day digital conference will provide startup founders, their executive teams, and idea-stage entrepreneurs with the education, tools, and networks necessary to become better, more successful business people. Attendance is by application only. Click here to take a look at the complete program, including course descriptions, speaker biographies, and registration fees. Join them on August 14th. Apply here.
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