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YKC: Don't get spooked

"Sometimes we have to stop being being scared and just go for it"🎃

Yoni's Kitchen Cabinet

October 29 · Issue #67 · View online
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“Sometimes we have to stop being being scared and just go for it”🎃

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Happy Halloween {{first_name}} … Thank you to all those who attended the Israeli Tech Happy Hour last Wednesday. We had an amazing turnout, and everywhere I turned I saw people in deep conversation, and creating new and authentic connections.
If an attendee made just one new connection at the event, I would consider that to be a success, and from what I saw it looked like the attendees met several good people. A big thank you to our event sponsors the first corporate credit card for startups Brex, the leading AI-powered corporate catering platform Platterz, new Israeli kitchen Mint Kitchen, and HR/benefits/payroll ecosystem partner Trinet. Be on the look out for the next happy hour at the beginning of 2020.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”
-Rudyard Kipling
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture Hardcover by Ben Horowitz: This book was not what I expected after reading the author’s excellent The Hard Things about Hard Things. The latter is required reading for anyone looking to build a tech company (or any company for that matter), while this book was a historical analysis on (leadership) and how to create an effective and positive culture.
As an investor, the author (and his partner, Marc Andreessen) have been vocal about product driven companies (and founders) as driving their investment thesis so it’s interesting he would tackle the subject of culture. Examples include the hyper growth of companies like Uber (with what was billed as a bro-culture), that even with a toxic win-at-all-costs culture the product and execution drove the company’s success. The author is not saying that you can’t succeed with a toxic culture; the question is what would you rather be remembered for? Creating a toxic but effective culture, or making a profound positive impact on people’s lives who worked with you?
I like this VC content and how he uses examples from history. This book reminds me of Peter Thiel’s Zero to One with its philosophical tone, and the author uses not just examples of tech companies like Uber and Netflix but obscure historical figures as well. Technology might change, people don’t. And this is reflected in the culture we build, so best to learn from other’s examples (and mistakes) instead of making our own when going through the process of creating a culture.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Be the change you want to create: Action precedes everything, and culture is created by the behaviors of the leader of an organization. It really is action, not words.
⚪️ Build on the past: We like to think that our situations are so unique, as if the challenges haven’t been faced by others with less (and under more adverse conditions) then us. Why understanding history is so important.
⚪️ Leadership is being vulnerable: If there was one concept that I took away from this book it was that there was no two ways about it, you have put yourself out there as a leader. Also, admitting your flaws makes you relatable.
Ben Horowitz's Top 10 Rules For Success (@bhorowitz)
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Triventures: (Israel) They are hiring an Associate for their new seed fund, Triventures ARC, in collaboration with Sheba Medical Center. If you are a go-getter, love working with entrepreneurs and passionate about healthcare innovation, this is an amazing opportunity! Send CVs to:
⚪️ Upstart Events & Marketing Associate: UpStart is seeking an Events and Marketing Associate to serve in a key support role for The Collaboratory, the largest annual convening of Jewish community visionaries and catalyzers of change in North America, and for UpStart’s Brand Strategy department, which implements UpStart’s marketing and communications strategies. This is an important opportunity to join a dynamic team charting The Collaboratory’s next phase, as well as supporting their efforts to highlight the inspiring work of our field. Please submit your resume, along with a thoughtful and concise cover letter, to their hiring team at
⚪️ Grand Frais I 365x: (Israel) With an annual revenue of $2.75 B, Grand Frais leads the French fresh products and grocery market. The brand is now counting 220 megastores throughout France and it is looking to find new technologies in the Israeli Startup Ecosystem to implement through its delivery and sales process. They are looking for *AI/Blockchain* technologies in the fields of: *Trackability*, Stock management and shelf life optimization, FoodTech, AgroTech, and Smart cash-out/ payment/point of sale process. Apply here.
⚪️ Sephora Accelerate 2020Focused on building community of innovative female founders in beauty; 6 month program; May 01 to Oct 31; Begins w/ 1 week bootcamp; Learn from beauty mentors & entrepreneurs; Final Demo Day in the fall in SF; With Sephora); apply by Oct 31 here.
⚪️ SKU: (Austin) SKU is looking for market validated consumer products companies led by motivated founders who are ready to take the next steps towards growth. Selected companies receive hands-on mentorship from industry experts, investors, and serial entrepreneurs in exchange for a small equity stake in each company. In addition, a cash bonus of up to $20K is available upon completion of the program. SKU’s 14-week program will begin in January 2020, but there’s just over a week to apply to our 8th track! Be sure to submit your application by 11/5/19 at here.
⚪️ XRC Labs: XRC Labs is a startup accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods industries. They invest across the retail spectrum in everything from manufacturing, warehouse and supply chain optimization, ecommerce and ad-tech, consumer products and more. $100k, 250+ mentors, access to corporate partners. Operational support and exclusive access to a prestigious network of entrepreneurs, investors, seasoned industry leaders, and conferences. Deadline November 15, apply here.
⚪️ Case Manager/Paralegal (Full-Time) at an AI Startup: (New York) Intrellit is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup redesigning the medical malpractice industry. They are backed by top investors in NYC and Silicon Valley to solve some of the biggest inefficiencies in this space. They are looking to hire a paralegal in the medical malpractice space for the Case Manager position to be an integral part of their team. They are offering competitive compensation, monthly bonuses, shares in the company, and the opportunity of fast internal promotions. If you are interested in learning more click here.
⚪️Marketing/Communications Manager: (Tel Aviv) Work includes direct interaction with a dynamic start-up as well as a major new bilateral trade office. The Marketing Manager is responsible for managing the content for all communications, including websites, social media platforms (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and direct email campaigns. Manager is also responsible for coordinating logistics for 2-3 hi-level trade delegations between Israel and US while maintaining contact with relevant leads and updating contact history within a CRM tool. Please submit your resume and cover letter to by Oct. 25. Applications without a resume will not be considered.
⚪️ Klarna - Senior Content Marketing Manager: (New York) Klarna is looking for a Content Strategist to join the Shopping Growth team in the New York City office. You will develop and manage Klarna’s US owned marketing content plan and production for millions of US consumer shoppers. Bringing your best ideas to make the team and the work better every day is a must, as you will co-own the voice of the brand across digital channels with other marketing, brand, and product teams. Above all, your work will influence the way people experience shopping. Apply here.
⚪️Lyft - Senior Manager, Community Affairs: (New York) They’re looking for a stellar marketing and community affairs leader with the passion, skills, and experience to activate national strategies and programming for Lyft Scooters community engagement and outreach, centered on themes of safety, equity, and sustainability. They will possess the ingenuity to build breakthrough programs that build a strong connection between Lyft Scooters and the communities we serve, with a focus on low income populations and communities of color. Reporting into the Lyft Bikes and Scooters Marketing Lead, based in NYC, this role requires a high level of judgement, political sensibility, creativity, decision making, and project management. Apply here.
⚪️ Applications open for Grand Central Tech 2020 Residency: They’re thrilled to announce that applications for the Grand Central Tech 2020 Residency are now open. This year, their rent-free & equity-free GCT Residency has two tracks: 1.) Entering its 6th year, our year-long Startup-in-Residence program supports ~20 Pre-Series A startups. 2.) Brand new this year, they are launching their Founder-in-Residence program. To support entrepreneurs at the earliest stages, their four-month program provides them with all the rent-free, equity-free benefits of the GCT Residency as they explore their next idea. Apply here.
⚪️ HYPR: HYPR the data-driven platform for efficient, effective influencer marketing has multiple sales positions opened on all levels and multiple global locations. If you have experience selling SaaS and are a numbers oriented, relationships builder, they would love to chat! Ping Gil for role descriptions on LinkedIn here.
⚪️New York Fashion Tech Lab 2020 Applications: The New York Fashion Tech Lab is a 12-week program taking place from March-June 2020. 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
⚪️Techstars Tel Aviv for 2020Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of Techstars Tel Aviv, an Israel-based accelerator program. The new 13-week accelerator will provide hands-on mentorship and guidance as well as access to the Techstars worldwide network to support founders and entrepreneurs interested in growing their businesses in the city of Tel Aviv. Applications for the program are now open and will be accepted through December 8, 2019. Startups interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to contact Techstars or click here to learn more.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
BlazePod: The world’s leading reaction training system. An interactive mobile system activating multiple tap-sensitive Pods, which light up in turn to provide the perfect visual cues. BlazePod allows trainers, coaches and therapists to implement the most professional training drills, anywhere and in any condition.
  • Use or create infinite training scenarios for the sports, fitness and rehab sectors
  • Motivate athletes and clients to boost their performance, measure and track reactions, speed, agility, decision making and more
  • Personalize and oversee each user’s achievements and progress
For more info contact:
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Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured Event: 2019 PoP Gala: With less than one week away from their 11th annual Pencils of Promise Gala they are so excited to be honoring Trevor Noah, Lil Jon and Karmagawa for their commitment to global education. The 2019 PoP Gala will take place the evening of Monday, November 4th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. All event details and the link to purchase tickets can be found here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Investor Breakfast with Sachin Jaitly, Managing Director, Tessera Venture Partners: Sachin is an entrepreneur and expert in big data, blockchain, and AI. Sachin was co-founder and CEO of flexEngage, which is a patented digital receipt solution.. Sachin now combines these experiences to grow Tessera Venture Partners, with a focus on blockchain and AI. Thu, October 31, 8:30 AM. Kettlespace @BaarBaar, 13 East 1st Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ Meet the VC Breakfast - NYC November 2019: Join Early Growth, Pacific West Bank, Cooley LLP, TriNet, and Cushman and Wakefield at their November “Meet the VC” event as they sit down with an investor to talk investment thesis, current investment client and more. Founders will have the opportunity to ask the VC questions as it pertains to their particular business. Representatives from each service provider will also be on hand to help address any startup infrastructure needs you may have. Wed, November 6, Cooley LL, 55 Hudson Yards. Register here.
⚪️ MITEF-NYC Fall Networking Event | Blockchain: Institutional Adoption: You are invited to an evening of networking, fun, and mingling at The Wren! Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy great food, drinks, and most of all networking with the Board, current Members and other quality entrepreneurs at the MIT Enterprise Forum Fall Social Event. The MITEF-NYC is open to all who share an interest in business and entrepreneurship in NYC and beyond. Wednesday, November 20, |  5:30 PM. Winston & Strawn LLP | 200 Park Ave. Tickets here.
⚪️ Can Judaism Inform Modern Dating: Dating apps have disrupted the way many millennials meet and form relationships. Is it all for the better? Join them on November 7th in a conversation between a traditional Jewish matchmaker and relationship coach and digital and data-driven dating experts at Hinge HQ. Enjoy small plates + wine and drinks as they navigate the future of how we meet and where we go from here. Hinge, Inc, 508 LaGuardia Place. Nov 07, 6:30pm. Tickets here.
⚪️ Pitch Night NYC: Pitch Night NYC was designed with one idea in mind: Collaboration breeds innovation. See the trajectory of the New York start-up scene, be a part of the next great idea and take home inspiration from the most creative minds in the city. It is our mission to open up as many people as possible to new opportunities by spending an evening with friends who can help you on the road to success. Thu, November 7, 6:30 PM. AWS Loft 350 W Broadway. RSVP here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Investor Breakfast with Erica Duignan Minnihan, Founder & Managing Partner at 1000 Angels; Founding Partner, Reign Ventures: Erica has been an active investor and advisor to early stage companies for over 12 years and was an investment banker for 8 years prior to that. Before launching Reign and 1000 Angels, Erica was a Managing Director at DreamIt Ventures in NYC and also has served as a founding Executive Director at both STAR Angel Network and Golden Seeds. Thu, November 14, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @BaarBaar, 13 East 1st Street. Register here.
⚪️ NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast: Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® they have serious conversations about building and 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. Your facilitators are Mike Krupit, serial entrepreneur (8 companies) and business growth coach, Lauren Kaplan, COO guru and coach, and Bonnie Halper, tech commentator and industry expert, editor of StartupOneStop and startup mentor. Wed, November 20, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @ Baar Baar 13 E. 1st St. Register here.
⚪️ US - ISRAEL Technology event: With over 500 Israeli Startups presenting in their global events, our conferences is one of main stage to interact with major decision makers around the world and penetrate those markets. Join them at the 39th ‘US – ISRAEL Technology event’. Short pitches, demos and plenty of opportunities, this session should give you an insight into what’s hot in Israeli innovation. Harvard Club of New York City, 35 West 44th Street. Wednesday, 20 November 2019 from 10:30. Register here.
⚪️ Save the Date - Early Bird Tickets for Axis Tel Aviv Now Available: On February 11th, 2020, Axis Tel Aviv will take place at the newly renovated Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. The conference will bring together corporations, VC’s, investors, and 20 top selected Israeli startups to pitch, network, and meet 1-on-1 over 4 topics: Telecom & Media, Banking & Insurance, Mobility, and Retail & Consumer. Tickets here.

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