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“Focus is today’s IQ”

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“Focus is today’s IQ”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back to YKC. Feeling fall, probably my favorite season in the crisp air.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law.”
-Leonardo Da Vinci
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene: The modern-day Machiavelli — but with a heart. It’s been over half a decade since Greene’s last book Mastery, and as an astute student of history, he understands the critical timing of his newest opus. This is not an easy book to get thru at just under 600 pages but Greene is at his best when sharing classic stories of human nature throughout the ages. It is a sign of the times however when Greene embraces human dynamics thru the lens of evolutionary biology when interpreting different historical characters’ behaviors.
Who should read this book? Every millennial and Gen Zer. Young prince and princesses (and whatever the gender-neutral term is for royalty, it is 2018 after all). This book is not a how-to guide per say so popular in business/self-development these days, but more a life guide for understanding others. And more importantly, for understanding ourselves. Or at least to see some of the negative traits in ourselves that we are so quick to judge others for. Pegged initially as amoral (his first two books, the 48 Rules of Power and the Art of Seduction are actually panned in some US prisons) Greene is at his core a humanist who wants to improve the human condition by sharing tales of us at our worst. Better to learn from other’s mistakes and misfortunes then have to experience them ourselves.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Empathy: Not an emotion/behavior you’d think to be associated with Green’s writing (as opposed to say, narcissism) but Greene goes deep on why it has always been so important (especially today). Many talk about empathy, few actually look to actually put themselves in other’s shoes.
Evolutionary biology is today’s road-map: I don’t think this is a literary trend, but it’s just that authors and cultural critics are falling back on the most primitive reasons we act the way we do. It’s as if technology is not making us smarter, but causing us to act as relapsed Neanderthals some of the time.
History is the original self-development: I’m reading more history these days and finding that looking at the world thru the perspective of people who had to face (and overcome) so much is, on the one hand, humbling, but also incredibly informative. Our ancestors did not have the mental tools/mindsets we have today and were still able to accomplish so much.
The 48 Laws of Power (Animated) - Your kids probably shouldn't watch this
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
Family Office Administrator Needed - Blended accounting/financials/Admin: Are you looking for an opportunity to work directly for the Head of a small (5 person) family office based between NY and DC (job based in NY). Must have advanced ability with financials, be super-organized and willing to do administrative like tasks as well as higher level research and work. You will also get to work on the family philanthropy. This is a great opportunity to get into this tight knit world. Send resumes to with subject FO role [your name] Pay 90-100k +/- depending on experience.
New York Fashion Tech Lab 2019: Applications are NOW OPEN. The New York Fashion Tech Lab is a 12-week program (Key Dates listed HERE). Through a competitive process where the Lab’s Fashion & Retail Partners, Springboard Enterprises, and the Lab team members review submissions, six to ten companies are selected to enter the program. Details about our Areas of Focus can be found HERE. The Lab focuses on women-led, B2B, early to growth stage companies that have developed innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology. APPLY HERE.
Startup Weekend NYC October 19-21: Come learn how to take ideas from concept to creation! Attend the 2018 Startup Weekend next week to pitch your idea, meet a co-founder, learn new skills and…launch an idea! Startup Weekend is a weekend-long event that gathers people from all backgrounds to meet and learn how to take ideas from concept to creation.  For this upcoming event, most of the ideas will be focused on blockchain tech. So if you are new to blockchain, it’s also a great opportunity to learn more about blockchain! Friday, October 19-21st. Galvanize NYC, 303 Spring St. Buy Your Ticket Now! 
WeWork: WeWork is hiring talented Fullstack Engineers for their WeWork Global Technology team, to be based in Israel! Ping Mor for info at
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
Milestone Studio Labs (MSL):  MSL focuses on social innovation with measurable, sustainable impact. They, along with their team of experts identify unmet needs and distill them into concise challenges which are then evaluated to ensure their impact and market potential. They then gather ideas for solutions through social innovation and manufacture marketable products.
During these activities (courses, events, workshops, hackathons), the creative energy of multidisciplinary teams is harnessed to create prototypes of solutions. They do social innovation work with academic institutions, corporations and their CSR and community relations work, and many other entities. For more info email Michal at
CTSC Health Innovation Hackathon - Day 2 Hack on
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Wine Wednesday @ Lily & Bloom: Wine Wednesday is back this week! This month, they’re raising money and awareness for Amutat Mami - which helps homeless teenagers and young people by providing housing, rehabilitation, and programs to help get them off the streets.  Oct. 17th, 1930. Lily & Bloom Hotel 48 Lilienblum St. Tel Aviv-Yafo. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of (KOSHER) wine between 2-3 people! As always, ALL MONEY goes directly to the charity of the month. Tickets are 30 NIS in advance, 40 NIS at the door. You can find more details and get your early-bird tickets here. 
Going Global - Future Of Auto Tech Opptys For US-Japan-Israel Cooperation: We have already begun to see incredible changes in the automotive industry that will shape the future of transportation, business, & more. As artificial intelligence continues to unlock new possibilities for efficiency & safety, what impacts can we expect on society? With increasing access to self-driving technology, what problems may arise & what solutions must we begin to develop? Join them for a panel discussion on pioneer nations in auto tech: the United States, Japan, & Israel. Wed, Oct 17 at 06:00 PM. Japan Society, 333 E 47th St. Register here.
NexusTalks – Technology Against Terrorism: Learn about technologies developed at the Hebrew University that are keeping our communities safe – and which helped authorities track down the Boston marathon bombers. Network with members of the NEXUS:ISRAEL community. Discuss important issues surrounding the security of our cities. Wednesday, October 17 at 6 pm. NYC location (location is provided upon RSVP). Space is limited so please RSVP today by emailing
Join Lufthansa North America for Travel Startup Happy Hour: On Thursday, October 18th, Lufthansa North America will participate in a private pitch session at Voyager HQ with a select group of startups to find opportunities to leverage their Open API and strengthen their direct digital sales channel. Following the round-table, join the Lufthansa team at this month’s Travel Startup Happy Hour, open to all travel entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in their community. Thursday, October 18, 6:00pm. Voyager Clubhouse, 137 West 25th St, 11th Floor. Tickets here.
NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast Mastermind: 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, October 19, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace TriBeCa @ Distilled NY. Register here.
Data in Smarter Cities: Effective capture and imaginative use of data is necessary for cities to become smarter. But underneath that statement of the obvious lurks a number of knotty challenges, as well as opportunities for cities to take on wholly different approaches and even to find new sources of revenue. The half-day program is centered on these issues and will look to unlock a variety of viewpoints on areas such as privacy, security, ownership, and business models. Oct 23, 2:30 PM, Urban Tech Hub at Grand Central Tech, 335 Madison Avenue - 4th Floor. 50% off tickets with the code ACRE25 Register here.
NYC Marketing Mixer Networking Event: They’ve just scheduled their last event of the year for Tuesday, October 23rd at Galvanize in West SoHo. They’ll be providing free pizza, wine, and beer for all attendees. Early Bird tickets are on sale now, so grab yours before they sell out. For more details and to attend. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:30. Galvanize (303 Spring St, between Hudson and Greenwich) RSVP for the mixer.
Live from Tomorrow:New York City In 2118.” An episode imagining the future of the city that never sleeps. Live! From Tomorrow is the first variety show dedicated to innovation in technology and business. LFT is also the only variety show that invites you, the audience, to invest in tomorrow’s top innovators. Fri, October 19, 7:00 PM, SAP Leonardo Cente, 10 Hudson Yards. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
All Tech is Human: A Summit on Ethical Tech: Join them for this exciting, thought-provoking event produced by All Tech Is Human (a not-for-profit organization dedicated to facilitating discussion on the responsible and ethical implementation of technologies across society) that will gather some of the leading influencers in technology, social science and business to discuss co-creating “a more thoughtful future towards technology.” Tech 2025 is a proud partner of this event. 9:00 am, Saturday, October 20. Thoughtworks, 99 Madison Ave. Tickets here.
Fast Company Innovation Festival: The annual Fast Company Innovation Festival brings together thousands of forward-thinking creators, makers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders from across the country and around the globe who are embracing change, blazing new trails, and moving our world forward. OCTOBER 22–26/NYC. Register now and save $200 with discount code PARTY
BEYOND SERIES A: RAISING GROWTH CAPITAL, METRICS, VALUATIONS AND INSIGHTS: In partnership with R/GA Ventures, Plum Alley is thrilled to host a special event with industry leader Hilary Gosher from Insight Venture Partners, a firm with over $20 billion invested across 300 growth companies. Hilary will provide an inside look at what it takes to achieve scale and sustainable growth with a focus on key inflection points, founder mindset, attractive business models, and valuation considerations. This session is open to Plum Alley members, founders, and special guests. Wed, Oct 24th. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to
JEWS IN SPACE: This is a multimedia exploration of Jewish life on the Red Planet. For nearly 2000 years, Judaism has served as a portable culture, taken and practiced through the diverse wanderings of the Jewish people. JEWS IN SPACE uses this history as a backdrop to ask, what will Jewish life look like in space? How will our traditions, values and observances transfer to a new planet? Oct 29th AT 6:00PM, The Yard: Herald Square 106 W 32nd St. RSVP.

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