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YKC: Elections 2019

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet”

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September 17 · Issue #64 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}} … I’m writing this from Tel Aviv and will be in the country until Sunday. If you’re in the Tel Aviv area and would like to meet for coffee or, at one of the conferences please respond to this email. It’s been an interesting time in Israel during election season; you can follow my journey via Instagram Stories @yonzes
Upcoming Event: I’m hosting another Israeli Tech Happy Hour on Wed Oct 16th at Blue Midtown 220 W 44th St at 6:30pm. 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). I’m offering an Early Bird discount until Tuesday the 24th so make sure to purchase your tickets here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”
-David Ben-Gurion
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Tel Aviv’s scooter craze, explained by the guy behind it (ISRAEL21c)/ Amazon’s impact in Israel has been overestimated (Globes): It’s been an exciting time being in Israel during election season. For one, I’ve never had more people ask me who I’m going to vote for, and with all the billboards and political events it’s taken on a bit of a festival feel. The outcome of today’s vote could very well dictate the future of this country, or not.
Closer to the Tel Aviv “bubble”… Bird (as well as the other scooter companies) and Amazon might look at Israel as a market, but the market interest these tech companies have in Israel is an outlier. The Startup Nation is still pumping out new startups; yet despite all the noise in the ecosystem (it is extremely noisy) there are still companies offering valuable solutions in growing verticals such as blockchain and foodtech. But with New York prices and Detroit salaries I always scratch my head how many Israelis live the lifestyle they do, especially in Tel Aviv. The TLV skyline is full of cranes putting up new high rises and everywhere you turn you see a building with a logo of a well-known startup.
This of course is one of the issues people are voting on, the economy. Israel’s economy may be strong now, but a global downturn could of course impact it, particularly investment in technology. Like the income gap (and concentration of wealth) Silicon Valley has created, in Israel the gap between those in tech (making good money) and those not (scraping by) is widening. Sadly the economy has two tiers when it comes to tech; either you work in hi-tech or you don’t.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Old habits die hard: Despite being the Startup Nation adoption of technology has been slow when it comes to basics such as public transportation. Ex., why is it such an ordeal to buy a bus pass?
⚪️ Noisy tech ecosystem = noisy political system: Everyone still wants to be the boss of their own startup or political party. Seems like lots of managers but not enough leaders… thankfully I’m more optimistic about young leaders/entrepreneurs coming up in tech.
⚪️ Still bullish on Israel: No place is perfect (despite what many people project onto the country) but with all the challenges the situation is not that bad… and given the direction the world is headed I’m confident Israel will only grow stronger. No matter the outcome of today’s election.
Amazon Eyes Israel Expansion
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ The Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation: Program Assistant. The Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation is a private family foundation based in New York City. The Aronsons invest in higher education and career supports, primarily for low-income first generation college students; Jewish life and Israel; and local public health initiatives. The Foundation seeks to hire a Program Assistant to work closely with the Director to manage the day-to-day activities of the Foundation. The position is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to enter the field of philanthropy and deepen his/her knowledge of the nonprofit sector. If interested, please forward a resume with a cover letter to To learn more click here.
⚪️ Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation: The Operations Associate is a member of the U.S. Jewish Grantmaking team and is based in Schusterman’s Washington, DC office. The OA will work with the Senior Operations Manager to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency by providing operational leadership and support in the DC office to include financial management and preparation and management of contracts to support team initiatives, as well as serving as a liaison with other departments within Schusterman to integrate their functions into the team. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to with a subject line of “Operations Associate.” To learn more click here.
⚪️ Program Manager, Cyber Security Master’s Program-CCNY: CCNY is seeking to hire an individual to manage the CCNY Master’s Degree program in Cyber Security. The CCNY Master’s Degree will be part of the Cyber NYC Applied Learning Initiative (ALI),a collaborative endeavor between the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and several academic and industry entities charged with the mission of establishing New York City as a global leader in cybersecurity education, training, and talent. Apply here.
⚪️ Startup Boost NYC: Startup Boost New York is part of a global tech startup pre-accelerator program aimed at working with great early stage entrepreneurs to prepare them for accelerator programs, seed investment and revenue through a six week part time program. Free, no-equity, one-month program providing mentorship, pitch coaching, and support to help bridge the gap between pre-seed and seed. Deadline September 20. Apply here.
⚪️ SOSA InnoFense- Acceleration Program: The Israel Ministry of Defense and SOSA HLSTECH are excited to launch MAFA’T’s Acceleration Program. SOSA Innofense is an acceleration program for dual-use early-stage startups both in the civilian and defense sectors.  They are looking for startups with groundbreaking technology, to join a 6-month program and receive a 200,000 NIS grant – No equity. Application deadline on September 22nd. *Relevant candidates will be invited for an interview at the end of Sept/beginning of Oct. The program starts on November 1st. Apply here.
⚪️ YCombinator Winter Program$150,000 funding for 7% equity. Three months program in Mountain View, California. Deadline September 25. Y Combinator is accepting applications from startups for the Winter 2020 funding cycle. It will take place in Mountain View, CA from January–March 2020. Apply here.
⚪️ The Merage Institute/US-Israel Innovation Bridge Business Leadership Program: The Merage Institute Leadership Program for Home Land Security, Defense and Cyber Executives focuses on enhancing you and your company’s ability to operate in the United States and to succeed in the global marketplace. The program provides highly effective approaches to successful marketing, negotiation techniques, applied networking and sales strategies, finance, and legal and procurement issues for Israeli entrepreneurs operating in the US market. Applications must be received by Sept 30th. Apply here.
⚪️ Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator: The accelerator will focus on the blockchain domain as it applies across industries, and on blockchain infrastructure and protocol development, cryptocurrencies, security, and distributed applications in finance, IoT, education, real estate, retail, insurance, energy, healthcare, and more. Deadline October 13. Apply here.
⚪️ ER Accelerator Winter 2020: The companies selected to participate in the four-month program will receive a $100,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund. ERA gives you a chance to grow your business with the help of their operating partners and mentors. All this support can’t make your company successful; that’s your job. But they are with you every step of the way, aligning you with our dream team of experts to help with your many challenges. Deadline October 28. Apply here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
Business Development Cafe: My long-time friend and tech ecosystem influencer Nir Kouris decided to start a group in Israel with a focus on curating meetups with BizDev people and learning from the best practices of global brands from all over the world.
He created a Facebook community that will serve as a digital home, with video content, learning and sharing ideas. Be on the lookout for future IRL meetups as well. To learn more email Nir at To join the community click here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured Event: The LiveU Journey: BHI Tech and Meitar New York are thrilled to have Avi Cohen, Co-Founder and COO of LiveU, for a fireside chat about the LiveU journey. Join them September 23rd at 6PM for drinks, good food and even better company. September 23, 1120 6th Avenue, 4th Floor at 6pm. RSVP here.
⚪️ An Analysis of Market Rate Impact Investing Strategies: Join Alexander at the Impact Investing Summit, which offers a distinctive convergence of high-level discourse between innovative thought leaders and practice experts, including allocators, academics, and investors, all of whom are helping to shape the emergence of impact investing. September 17th, Boston. They are partnering with Skytop Strategies, and you will save 35% off the registration fee. Use the code HelpedHope2019 when you register here.
⚪️ End Of Summer Rooftop Party - Brooklyn: The weather is BEAUTIFUL so they are throwing an end of summer rooftop party at the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn on Sept 18! This is a free event for our Investor and Entrepreneur friends in the NYC ecosystem. While I love a good panel, there are no panels or speakers at this one - It’s just a party. They’re buying drinks and some delicious food from 7-8pm around the rooftop pool. Then stick around the rest of the evening, where there will be one of the top DJ’s in NYC, a Reggae Band in the water tower, and spectacular views of Manhattan The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Ave Brooklyn, Wednesday, Sept 18, 7pm. RSVP here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Investor Breakfast with Prashant Fonseka, Principal, Tuesday Capital: Prashant joined Tuesday Capital in 2013 and has been building businesses and working with entrepreneurs for over a decade. Tuesday Capital (formerly CrunchFund) is a San Francisco based seed venture capital firm that invests from Pre-Seed to Series A. Tuesday backs companies across all sectors and is founder, not thesis-driven. A sampling of their notable portfolio investments includes Uber, AirBnB, Pinterest, Cruise, GitLab, OpenDoor, Airtable, and Zipline. Thu, September 19, 8:00 AM. KettleSpace @BaarBaar, 13 East 1st Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ Investors & Entrepreneurs in New York: They are holding a networking event for entrepreneurs, private investors and corporate finance professionals. Startup companies pitch for funding and this is followed by networking over drinks. The pitches typically cover a wide range of industries including fashion, fintech and VR. Their events are attended by representatives of leading venture capital firms like Insight Partners, leading angel syndicates like New York Angels and investment banks like JP Morgan and UBS. Thu, September 19, 6:00 PM, Nomadworks 1204 Broadway. Tickets here.
⚪️ Amazon AWS: Generating PR for Your Early-Stage Startup: Gain insider secrets on what inspires the media to cover a founder, or startup, and how to build relationships with journalists in order to lean on them when the time is right. Their panel of journalists will share tips, tactics, and the best ways to make your startup a valuable news story. AWS Loft 350 West Broadway, September 19, 7:00PM. Register here.
⚪️ NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast Mastermind: Back for the Fall of 2019! Their mentors are excited and ready to facilitate our conversations once again. 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, September 20, 8:30 AM. Baar Baar 13 E 1st St. Tickets here.
⚪️ ConnectorCon Founder Michael Roderick’s Workshop With The Zuckerberg Institute: Join the Zuckerberg Institute and Founder of ConnectorCon Michael Roderick for this can’t miss workshop! We all know having your own business can be a challenge. As an entrepreneur, you are responsible for everything. The marketing, the delivery, the management, and most importantly:  SalesWhen you’ve taken the time to craft your message and build a network that refers you quality leads everything else becomes A LOT easier. And that’s exactly what you’ll learn at our upcoming workshop, The NETWORK ACCELERATOR. Friday September 20th - 1:00-6:00 PM EST. Midtown NYC. You can also get a significant discount if you use the code MICHAEL100 at checkout. Tickets here.
⚪️ End of Summer Yacht Party TLV in NYC: 2 Floor Yacht - 1 Indoor floors with Huge Windows to see the magnificent views, big tables for bottle service, great sound and amazing lighting with 350 person capacity! 1 Outdoor floor at the top to enjoy the breeze and the open sky views! Sat, Sep 21, 10:30 PM. Jewel Yacht - Skyport Marina, 2430 FDR Drive. Tickets here.
⚪️ How to Leverage Your ‘Israeliness’ - Doing Business in the US: Fusion LA is happy to invite you to a special meetup about taking your startup to the US and cultural difference, along with Barry Katz, Nextage and Fiverr. Doing business abroad involves knowing how to navigate tricky cultural differences. Understanding culture related sensitivities can make all the difference between success and failure. At this Business Culture Meetup, we’ll cover how to navigate different cultures, with a focus on startups and entrepreneurs doing business in the U.S. Sunday, September 22, at 6 PM. Fiverr - 8 Eliezer Kaplan St., Tel Aviv. Tickets here.
⚪️ Chat w/Aviad Harell (Sisense) On Data, Analytics & Growth + “Make It In China” Semi-Final Contest: Sisense is a global data analytics software company whose unique tools enable non-techies to join multiple large data sets, and build & share smart dashboards with data visualizations. Aviad Harell, the company’s co-founder, leads its product-house: R&D, product, and field engineering. In the event you’ll also hear pitches from 10 startups competing for 3 tickets to the “Make It In China” Contest. BE ALL - Yigal Alon St. 94(A) - Alon 1 - Floor 3 (Auditorium) Tel Aviv, Sept. 23, 6 P.M. Tickets here.
⚪️ NYC mixer: Popbar x Grit Daily News: Grit Daily News is at it again with an interactive and engaging talk – this time with Popbar, which makes some awesome treats for you to try. Join Grit Daily Ideas Editor, Yelena Mandenberg, in conversation with Popbar Founder and CEO Reuben Ben Yehuda as he dishes on the origin story, the Popbar brand, and answers audience questions. Popbar, 1120 Ave of the Americas, 4th floor, 24th of September, 7pm; talk starts at 7:30pm sharp. Tickets here.
⚪️ Building Your Startup’s “Go-To-Market” Strategy feat. VC Bruce Cleveland: Join them on Wednesday, September 25th at Columbia University’s Career Design Lab in San Francisco, as they hold their third event in a 4-part series showcasing new frameworks for practicing early-stage startup innovation. The series is geared toward startup founders, entrepreneurial product managers, and corporate innovators. Wed, September 25, 6:00 PM. Columbia University, Career Design Lab (SF), Three Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level. San Francisco. Tickets here.
⚪️ Women in Technology: Navigating Uneven Playing Fields: There’s never been a better period of opportunity for innovation in science and technology. For the first time in our existence, this is allowing a global population to innovate, collaborate, and prosper. And while many female business leaders and entrepreneurs are making remarkable advances and contributions to this worldwide phenomenon, many more have yet to step aboard. There is way too much untapped potential out there to simply leave it on the table. Thursday, September 26, |  5:30 PM Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP | One Battery Park Plaza. Register here.
⚪️ FED Rosh Hashanah Dinners: Sunday, September 29 and Monday, September 30 at 7pm: Rosh Hashanah Dinners. The Jewish New Year begins! Join them for a festive menu including traditional simanim (omens for a good new year) and other pescatarian treats. They will write our dreams for the New Year on white balloons and ask each other - and ourselves - deep questions about the world and our place in it. Sunday September 29th here/Monday September 30th here.
⚪️ You’re invited to the Futureworks Closing Showcase: Join them for the Party of the Future: Futureworks Closing Showcase on Friday, Oct 4, from 6:30 at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex. This culminating event is designed to celebrate all the accomplishments of their innovative NYC startups! Take a joy ride on the Clip electric bicycle, see how Kara Water turns air into water, try out Wesa’s NightRide infra-red vision and experience more than 25 other engaging innovations. P.S. October 4 is Manufacturing Day!  Friday October 4th at 6:30PM. 80 58th Street Brooklyn. RSVP here.
⚪️ NYU Future Labs 10th Anniversary: As part of the Future Labs community, they hope you’ll join them at their new home in Downtown Brooklyn to raise a toast to their startups past and present, find out more about the companies currently scaling at the Future Labs, and mingle with our graduates who have contributed so much to New York’s thriving tech entrepreneurship economy. NYU Tandon Future Labs, 370 Jay Street, Floor 7, Brooklyn. Thursday, October 10th, 5:00pm. RSVP here.
⚪️ Israeli Tech Happy Hour: Join us for a fall happy hour to connect with friends in the local ecosystem and meet new ones over a drink (or two). 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). Blue Midtown 220 W 44th St. Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:30 PM. Tickets here.
⚪️Join AICF’S 80TH Anniversary Celebration: You are invited to America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s 80th Anniversary Celebration. Introducing the inaugural Israeli Culture and Arts Awards. Honoring the most impactful Israeli artists. Special Performances by: The Sheba Ensemble, Cellist Nahar Elias, Choreographer Ori Flomin. Immersive Israeli Artist Experience throughout the event featuring an Art Auction, Live Music, and more! Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle. Causal Chic Dress Attire. Tickets here.

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