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July 10 · Issue #33 · View online
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Life is like soccer, you need goals! …

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Welcome to YKC.  Shorter digest this time as I know people are traveling during the summer months. 
It was amazing seeing so many of you last month for my birthday, thank you all for the love and birthday wishes. 
Please follow me on Instagram @yonzes; working to step up my Insta game by featuring ideas and people working on amazing things. I’m posting daily and looking to ramp it up as it looks like IG’s status as becoming a significantly pervasive social platform is here to stay (though you never know).
Some inspiration
“If you have a 10-year plan of how to get [somewhere], you should ask: Why can’t you do this in 6 months?”
-Peter Thiel
What I'm reading
The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Allen Gannett: 2018 and the topics of self-development, innovative thinking, and business strategy dominating the business section have blurred together. We’ll probably look back at this period of literature and label it “startup thinking” or something. I love author Allen Gannett’s antidotes, stories, and practicality; innovative thinking is something everyone can develop. As we see in the book innovative thinking can be learned, a concept that flies against this idea of innate ‘talent’ and 'genius’. Think about it this way, it’s in your interest to think you can learn most things (whether or not it’s true).
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ No one really has as an 'original’ idea: This is a hard one for many people to except, but many times innovative breakthrough thinking comes from building (and the combination) of many previous ideas.
 Consume content = creation: I am biased as I consume a lot of content and create as well. I never actually thought about the correlation but it makes total sense, how else can you execute against your own ideas if you’re not exposed to the full range of ideas out there.
 Millenials love to disprove Malcolm Gladwell’s theories: Challenging the concept of “10,000 hours” to mastery is a trend I’m seeing these days (ex, Cal Newport’s concept of “deliberate practice”). Like the Peter Thiel quote above, maybe it’s the impatience of this generation to see results.
The Creative Curve Book Trailer - Books need trailers today as well
Solving real problems
Bookee: The USA repealed the PASPA regulation a month ago and there’s huge excitement surrounding the US betting market. Bookee is a mobile sports betting app using technology to create a simple, personal & fun customer experience. Think - ‘Tinder’ for betting. They curate individual personalized sports bets for the recreational gambler and provide them a single instinctive binary action for each bet - swipe right to approve or left to reject.
Bookee has a strong team comprised of ex-888 and William Hill alumni, raised a pre-seed round from leaders in the gaming industry, launched in beta with thousands of paying users and is looking to raise a seed round to commercialize and truly disrupt the B2C betting space. They’re also offering their product as a B2B outside the UK - targeting the USA & Africa. For more info email their co-founder Adam at abk@bookee.co.uk
Bookee 2.0
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪ Transformation2030: Investors Solving the SDGs through Blockchain July 10: Curated by Alexander Golding, this speaker series is meant to convene investors around the material topics that comprise the impact blockchain will have on our world. The format of the bootcamp is a mixture of keynote speeches, “ask me anything” peer learning sessions, one panel on due diligence, and one panel on the intersection of music and blockchain. This session will build on the first bootcamp, held in NYC this past March where 50 investors representing $29 billion in assets under advisement were present. Tue, July 10, 1:30 PM, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, One Embarcadero Center, 30th Floor, San Francisco. Register here. 
 Meet Nisha Dua of #BuiltByGirls BBG Ventures: This Tuesday, come to Startup Grind NYC and meet Nisha Dua, Partner and Co-founder of BBG Ventures. Nisha founded the #BUILTBYGIRLS movement which challenges young women to be part of the tech-enabled economy and recently launched the WAVE platform, connecting women with professionals to help them build their first networks into tech. July 10, 6:30 PM, Alley powered by Verizon, 119 W 24th St, Fl 2, New York. RSVP today! 
Power to the User: IAC Dor Chadash** in collaboration with SOSA and Israeli Mapped in NY invite you to Power to the User 2018. An exclusive event celebrating Israeli Technology and Innovation. Meet, eat, and drink with the people behind some of New York’s most promising Israeli startups. Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 PM. Experience by Knotel, 666 Broadway. Tickets here.
Funny as Tech: A tech ethicist & a comedian tackle the thorniest issues in technology with the help of experts! On Wed, July 11th Funny as Tech welcomes special guests Bridget Carey (CNET), Natt Garun (The Verge), and John Keefe (Quartz Bot Studio) to join hosts David Ryan Polgar (tech ethicist) and Joe Leonardo (comedian) to explore: How Human Should Our AI Assistants Be?! Wed, July 11th, 6:30 pm. Caveat, 21A Clinton St. Please note this is a mixed seated and standing venue. Please arrive early for the best seats. Tickets here.
[Leaders Create Leaders] Wellness - Hacking Mind & Body For Success: With Gerard Adams (Co-Founder, Elite Daily & Founder, World-Class Leaders), Haile Thomas (International Speaker & Health Activist), Lauren Craig (Founder, EWR Brand Water). Thursday, July 12, at 06:00 PM. The Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St, Newark. I love Gerard Adam’s content on IG so I’ll definitely be checking this out. Tickets here. 
 Brooklyn LinkedInLocal Meetup: My Linkedin guru friend Joe Apfelbaum is hosting this group. You can you can expect to learn something new about LinkedIn, do your elevator pitch and meet other people who are using LinkedIn daily to create real relationships! Monday, July 16, 6:00 PM, Ajax Union, 253 36th St · Brooklyn, NY. Register here. 
Breakfast with an Investor: Katherine O’Neill: On July 26, they’ll be hosting Katherine O'Neill, Executive Director Jumpstart NJ Angel Network. Jumpstart NJ Angel Network is a member-led, angel group of successful serial entrepreneurs, business executives and venture capitalists which actively invests in early-stage technology ventures in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, with more than half of the investment New Jersey. Thu, July 26, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace: Location TBD. Register here.

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