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"Luck is where opportunity meets preparation"

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January 7 · Issue #73 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

“Luck is where opportunity meets preparation”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Happy 2020 {{first_name}} … if you’re in Vegas for CES let me know by responding to this email directly as I’d love to connect. I put together this spreadsheet of interesting networking side events, and this WhatsApp group so those attending could connect at the conference in a somewhat curated fashion.
If you’re an Israeli mobility or digital health startup (and will be at CES) or a startup working actively with a large international corporate presenting at CES respond directly to this email… I’m putting together an article about Israeli startups at the show and would love to chat
⚪️ Israeli Tech Happy Hour 2020Tickets are now on sale for the winter edition of the Israeli Tech happy hour on Wed February 12th. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor in order to develop relationships and build brand equity in the NY (Israeli) tech space please respond to this email directly. Tickets can be purchased here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“The world is like a reverse casino. In a casino, if you gamble long enough, you’re certainly going to lose. But in the real world, where the only thing you’re gambling is, say, your time or your embarrassment, then the more stuff you do, the more you give luck a chance to find you.”
-Scott Adams
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Star Wars and The Hero With a Thousand Faces: 2020 is no longer a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away, it is today. The Star Wars saga remains the one universal myth which everyone across the globe can identify with. This enduring modern mythology could help point us towards where we might be headed.
It’s no secret that people like Zuck and Elon, those who are fundamentally creating a “science fact” future are deeply influenced by science fiction. Books and movies play a major role in their visions, but the story remains the same… the hero/heroine slaying many dragons (both external and internal) on their journey to realizing self-actualization. In this decade we’re going to fight internal battles (screen addiction) and external (job automation) as we cope with technology’s pace. When you strip all the technology away however, the human condition becomes a story, that which we tell ourselves and which all of society ascribes to.
The Star Wars saga is that of highs, lows, and plot twists like any good story and this mythology could give us context on how we navigate this decade… without becoming slaves to technology we created and turning to the Dark Side ;)
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ With tech, life imitates art: Inspiration for products comes from somewhere, those who created these movies imagined a fantastic future which innovators are working to bring to life.
⚪️ Stories are cultural glue: Joseph Campbell’s work documents how cultures across time used similar symbols in their rituals to express themselves, particularly during ceremonies.
⚪️ The one life skill: No matter how technology progresses the ability to tell stories is the one meta-skill.
How Star Wars Became Mythology | The Breakdown
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Dreamit Urbantech: Growth-focused program for real estate tech, construction tech & smart city startups. Access to $3B Tampa Bay Urban Redevelopment Initiative led by Strategic Property Partners, joint venture w/Bill Gates’ Cascade Investments). Deadline by Jan 15. Apply here.
⚪️ Halo Incubator: Halo provides female founders with the tools, programming, mentorship and fundraise support to get their startups to the next level. Applications are currently open for Winter 2020 cohort beginning in February. The 2-month program takes place in person in NYC. Several virtual attendees will be accepted. Deadline January 31. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured event: Sorry, Ari LIVE: (LA) You’re invited to the upcoming event “Sorry, Ari” LIVE!  They have an amazing (free!) night for you of excellent stand-up comedy, live music, your favorite episodes, and even a live episode! All while raising money for Young StorytellersRSVP at
⚪️ Travel Founders Breakfast: Expand your network & share insights with other serious travel founders over coffee at this monthly gathering at the Voyager Clubhouse. They will talk about everything from concept to seed stage & jumpstart partnerships with like-minded travel startup trailblazers. uesday, January 07 at 08:30 AM. Voyager Clubhouse, 137 W 25th St, 11th Fl. Tickets here.
⚪️ The Future Of Bank Tech Investment: During this Meetup, Alex Sion will share his perspectives on whats next in technology investment at banks. As the co-lead of the D10X program for global consumer banking at Citi Ventures, Sion is charged with incubating new businesses that will generate new, organic growth for Citi. D10X, which introduces more than 50 startups to Citigroup businesses annually. Wednesday, January 08, 2020 at 06:00 PM. Royal Media Group, 8 W 38th St. RSVP here.
⚪️ Investor Interview Series + Networking: Entre is hosting a special event geared towards the growing community of New York entrepreneurs, artists, creators, and innovators. Join them as they build a community of startup enthusiasts in the NYC area. This event is taking place at Microsoft, Conference Center in Times Square. Wed, Jan 8th, 6:00 PM. Microsoft 11 Time Square. Tickets here.
⚪️ The Wellness Revolution: Hear from leading executives who have shaped the health & wellness space about building their brands, current trends, & the future of the industry. With founder/CEOs Michael Karsch (The Juice Press), Michelle Larivee (WTHN), Matt Sauerhoff (The LIV Method), Tanya Zuckerbrot (F-Factor), Katie Sands (Lifestyle Influencer & On-Air Host). Wednesday, January 08 at 06:30 PM. UJA Federation of NY, 130 E 59th St. Tickets here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Breakfast with an Investor: Steve Schlafman, Angel Investor, Executive Coach and Former Partner, Primary Venture: Steve Schlafman has been investing in the NYC tech ecosystem for the last decade. Most recently, Steve was a Partner at Primary Ventures, Principal at RRE Ventures and Lerer Hippeau, where he focused on Seed and Series A investing. Prior to that, Steve was also Director of New Ventures at The Kraft Group, owners of the New England Patriots. Thu, January 9, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @Pondicheri. 15 West 27th Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ Brooklyn Happy Hour Social: Let’s kick off the new year right with a toast in the heated rooftop area of Berry Park! They have graciously extended their happy hour specials for them til 9pm. Thursday, January 09 at 06:00 PM. Berry Park, 4 Berry St. RSVP here.
⚪️ Speaker’s Dinner – Grit Daily Co-Hosted by Robin Raskin: (CES) Want to meet and dine with some of the greatest minds in business at CES? Want to establish real relationships with other successful CEOs, founders and executives? Join them on January 9th, 2020, at Ferraro’s for Grit Daily’s speaker’s dinner during CES! Enjoy a five-course meal, hosted by Grit Daily Executive Editor Jordan French along with CES’ Robin Raskin, former Fast Company’s Steve Suthiana (Grit Daily CDO), and Grit Daily Deputy Editor Drew Rossow. Ticket includes dinner, drinks, and plenty of real and quality convesarsation with CES VIPs. Thu, January 9 8:00 PM. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. 4480 Paradise Rd. Tickets here.
⚪️ Tel Aviv - Welcome 2020 Cocktail Party: (Israel) To launch their new collaboration with the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, they’ll be jointly hosting their annual winter party welcoming the 2020s at the Peres Center building in Yafo on 13-JAN-2020 at 6:30pm. The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - 132 Kedem St.. Tel Aviv-Yafo. RSVP here.
⚪️ Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference: You don’t want to miss the next big thing in the Big Apple! This January 14th, their Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference is coming to NYC! After two successful conferences in D.C., they will be hosting their first ever conference in NYC, where you can get ready to start your year off right. Get inspired, get motivated, & get the help you need to grow your business or finally start your business, because it’s never too late to start. Tuesday, January 14, at 12:00 PM . Guastavino’s, 409 E 59th St. RSVP here.
⚪️ The Science of Women in Tech: Grit Daily x Microsoft Reactor: Grit Daily tackles what people are thinking but just don’t say out loud at Reactor, a Microsoft - Times Square collab on all things tech. A Grit Daily Live production, in collaboration with Microsoft and Microsoft for Startups filmed in Times Square, New York. Includes drinks – alcoholic and not. Wed, January 15, 7:00 PM. Microsoft 11 Times Square. Tickets here.
⚪️ Gotham Venture Monitor - VC Forum 2020: Don’t miss this year’s VC Forum. Learn what’s hot (and not) in venture funding & investment. Gotham Media’s annual VC Forum brings together leaders in the world of venture capital for a discussion of what’s hot & what entrepreneurs & investors can look forward to over the year ahead. Then there’s the networking fueled by great food & drink. Join them for a great discussion with some of the CIty’s leading VC’s. Thursday, January 16, at 06:30 PM. Spaces, 71 Vanderbilt Ave. Tickets here.
⚪️ Startup Pitch: Raise Capital / Find Your Cofounders: Raising capital?Looking for cofounders? Looking to invest in startups? At Startup Pitch, Every founder gets to pitch to raise capital or find cofounders. Get experience pitching, find your cofounders, learn how to raise capital, understand what investors are looking for, and get audience questions and advice! Mon, January 20, 6:30 PM. 1221 6th Ave. Use code YKC2020 Tickets here.
⚪️ CornellTech@Bloomberg: Daniel Ramot, Via Co-Founder/CEO: They would like to invite you to join Bloomberg, Cornell Tech, and Tech:NYC for the latest installment of the Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Speaker Series from 5:30-8:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 21 from 5:30-8:00 PM EST for an evening featuring Daniel Ramot, Co-founder & CEO of Via, in conversation with Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg Television. RSVP here.
⚪️ Israeli Tech Happy Hour: Join us for a winter happy hour to connect with friends in the local ecosystem and meet new ones over a drink. 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). Location TBA. Wednesday, Feb 12th at 6:30 PM. Tickets here.

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