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YKC: February freeze


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February 1 · Issue #127 · View online

Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

“Nothing burns like the cold”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … to YKC.
A big thank you to LinkedIn News last month for featuring my thoughts on employing Gen Z truckers (the 3rd segment in the video) in their Wednesday Wrap Up video here.
After a month of making short-form videos, and experimenting with different ideas (with a loose business theme) on TikTok I decided to go in the direction of making videos around #booktok for the next month. The niche seems a bit wholesome and not focused on business lit, so hopefully I can add some flavor with my TikToks 😉
My goal by the end of Q1 is 10K followers, though I may fall short there is power in putting it down in writing. Make sure to follow me on TikTok here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
The Antisocial Network: The GameStop Short Squeeze and the Ragtag Group of Amateur Traders That Brought Wall Street to Its Knees by Ben Mezrich: Another book which I enjoyed more than I thought I would, and kudos to the author for balancing a nuanced story, and the underlying challenges it brought to the surface, as well as not going down the rabbit hole of conspiracy   theories flying around the Internet.
As someone who has spent more time with people who work on Wall Street then troll Reddit boards, but empathize and identify with a lot of tech’s ethos, I felt both sides were given a fair shake in the book. I did find it hard to identify with the “misfits” on Reddit, especially given the classic anti-Semitic tropes hurled at the hedge fund managers. But there was plateable anger in the WallStreetBets Reddit group, by people who truly felt wronged by the system. But really, how was Robinhood any different than the Wall Street system they raged against? Silicon Valley is just as elite as Wall Street, just a different era, different pedigrees, and more wealth concentrated in a few hands, and larger astronomical sums of wealth created.
I suppose this short squeeze was a black swan event, and it goes to show you how much power the fintechs, and social networks will continue to have. 
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ It was a perfect storm: Lots of free time, a platform, and stimulus checks.
⚪️ Part of Silicon Valley’s secret sauce: They know how to engage their audience.
⚪️ Tech is only accelerating inequality: It’s not just the little guy or gal it is empowering.
Robinhood Struggles One Year After GameStop Fiasco
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Atento Capital: inTulsa connects great companies to great people with the mission to grow Tulsa’s community. Leverage the Tulsa community of companies and leaders to further build your career in Tulsa. Their Talent Network works to get you connected with Tulsa companies, and provides you direct support from our inTulsa Talent team. Openings here.
⚪️ TechAvivWant to work at one of the best Israeli startups in the world? 200 TechAviv member startups have 9,000 open jobs. Check it out and tell a talented friend who might be looking here.
⚪️ Job Openings at Joule Portfolio Companies: Israeli Founders Scaling in the U.S. Opportunities here.
⚪️ Ashdod Port Accelerator by 500 Global: Applications for the Ashdod Port Accelerator by 500 Global are now open! The 12-week Accelerator and Proof-of-Concept will select up to 14 startups with solutions in energy, seaport operations, logistics, and shipping. If you are, or know founders, who might be interested to be part of Ashdod’s bustling maritime tech hub, please apply by February 3, to be considered. You can find more info at here.
⚪️ VentureClashVentureClash is Connecticut’s global venture challenge run by Connecticut Innovations, Connecticut’s venture capital arm. They are holding the challenge in Israel on February 23 and are looking for relevant startups to apply. Eligible companies should be in business for at least one year, have customers (paid or testing), have raised at least $1M, and agree to their T&Cs which include maintaining a presence in Connecticut. If you know of any startup that could be interested they can apply here.
⚪️ Starta Accelerator is Accepting Applications for Batch 13: Starta is a venture ecosystem designed to find, foster and fund early stage talent in tech and as part of their mission we run Starta Accelerator, a soft-landing, 3-month, acceleration program in New York, focusing on early stage startups entering and scaling in the US Market. They just opened applications for the upcoming batch and are seeking our network’s assistance in attracting a talented and diverse pool of founders for Batch 13! Register here.
⚪️ Validation/Deployment Opportunities for Hydrogen Startups: EPRI, Shell, and the City of Houston have joined forces with Greentown Labs and the Urban Future Lab on the Low-Carbon Hydrogen Accelerator (LCHA), a program for startups enabling a low-carbon hydrogen economy. The partners are actively seeking applications from startups that are advancing hydrogen production, storage, and distribution to run validation and demonstration projects with EPRI and Shell. Applications are due February 9 at 11:59PM ET. To apply click here.
⚪️ Techstars: They’re pumped to announce that they’re hiring 4 key roles to join their team at Techstars Sports and Techstars NYC ($85-100k base + bonus, with stock options and great benefits). If you are interested in a career in venture capital or startups, have a passion for sports, and love working with a small team in a fast-paced environment, with real project ownership and flexibility, they’d love to encourage you to apply! Here are the 4 open roles: Community & Operations Manager here. Head of Talent here. Investment Analyst here. PR Manager here.
⚪️ Link Ventures: Senior Data Analyst. Link Ventures is seeking a full-time data analyst to assist the team with identifying and evaluating early-stage investment opportunities in consumer internet companies, as well as working directly with those companies post-investment. The person selected for this role will have the opportunity to utilize the proprietary data assets within Cogo Labs in a number of different capacities, including identifying opportunities, performing due diligence and conducting competitive research on behalf of Link portfolio companies. Apply here.
⚪️ Overton Venture Capital: Their Summer 2022 Intern application is now live! If you’re looking to break into VC, this is a great opportunity. Apply before 3/1 here.
⚪️ Payoneer: Social Media Manager. Passionate about unforgettable brand stories? Cannot stop thinking about improving engagement and excitement for your community? Obsessed with all things social? Looking for a highly creative and talented Social Media Manager expert in bringing brand strategies and stories to life to join them at Payoneer‘s Marketing Team. Apply here.
⚪️ Microsoft for Startups: They support entrepreneurs as they go through the process of building their start-up from the concept stage and during the journey to establish and grow the company. We are recruiting for two challenging, unique and engaging jobs: one focuses on working with investors, and entrepreneurs of mature companies, and the other focuses on working with entrepreneurial communities of all sizes and types.
Startup Ecosystem Development Manager here.
Investor Relations Business Development Manager here.
⚪️TAMID GroupThey have a small professional staff, so every new team member makes an enormous impact. With their office in Tel Aviv and fully remote staff across the United States, they are proud of a workplace culture that values creativity, personal growth, and collaboration. Their open positions:
- Campus Program Manager (Remote, USA)
- Community Engagement Manager (Remote, USA)
- Development Manager (Remote, USA)
- Major Gifts Officer (Los Angeles/Chicago/Miami/Flexible Location)
- Fellowship Program Associate (Tel Aviv)
- Company Relations Manager (Tel Aviv)
- Company Community Manager (Tel Aviv)
Go here for more details and apply here.
⚪️ Visible Hands: Visible Hands is excited to be expanding their team! They are looking for a Marketing Specialist to help develop and execute their marketing and communication strategy in order to support their fund’s marketing, brand, and communications goals. They are looking for a creative, hardworking, and experienced marketing professional with 3-5 years of experience to help scale our content and marketing initiatives. Apply here.
⚪️ APX: They have an exciting opportunity for you! They are looking for an Investment Manager with 2+ years of experience in Venture Capital. Starting date: as soon as possible. More details below! They’re looking forward to hearing from you. Apply here.
⚪️ Antenna: Their Cleantech & Mobility practice is looking for a Director of Content & Messaging Strategy to support their clients in creating a clean economy and sustainable world! If you are interested in this role, or other open roles in Cleantech, please be in touch! Apply here.
⚪️ Brex: Analyst, Brex Asset Management (Remote). Brex Asset Management (“BAM”), Brex’s recently launched asset manager focusing on supporting companies with venture debt and growth capital, leverages Brex’s reach within the venture fund backed startup industry and offers alternative investment opportunities to investors around the world – including institutional investors, endowments and foundations, financial institutions, and private wealth investors. BAM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brex Inc. Apply here.
⚪️ Economic Mobility: Senior Project Manager. New York City is home to a dynamic economy, but disparities in economic opportunity require a forward-thinking approach to building a more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable economy. The Economic Mobility team runs the Childcare Innovation Lab and leads investments, initiatives, and innovations to address the root causes of economic disparity and to enable low- and moderate-income New Yorkers to reach financial security, build wealth and move up the economic ladder, in turn strengthening NYC’s economy at large. Apply here.
⚪️ EngageYa: They are looking for you! An energized, dedicated, data-driven and personable account manager to maintain and grow their publisher accounts, serve as their main point of contact and drive to publishers’ success. Apply here.
⚪️ ffVC: They are hiring an Associate to join our investment team! Come work with their 80+ incredible founders & portfolio companies. The last time they posted for an Associate role they had over 250 applicants. They hire, perhaps, one analyst every one to two years. They are looking for the best out there that wants to join an amazing organization. Job description and link to apply here.
⚪️ HearstLabBusiness Development Manager. Hot job alert!! HearstLab is looking for someone with 3-5yrs in BD / Sales to help accelerate their portfolio of awesome woman-led companies. Apply here.
⚪️ LessTests: Sales Leader. LessTests’ software enables increasing COVID-19 and other test efficiency by 5x and more. Their software solution is based on scientific research, engineering, and field experience from top universities and is currently used in leading molecular labs and HMOs around the world, helping to combat the pandemic. Apply here.
⚪️ Melio: Their mission is to keep small business in business. When they started Melio, they wanted to build more than an efficient Accounts Payable tool. They wanted to build a service that helps small businesses keep up with business. A B2B payments experience that not only saves time but also significantly improves cash flow. A payment workflow so simple it helps businesses focus on their customers, not their back office. Apply here.
⚪️ Shuffll: Content Creator. Shuffll is a creation platform and marketplace where creators go to produce interactive and engaging entertainment shows. For the first time any creator, including those with no experience and a small fan base, can make awesome interactive videos and boost their reach and earnings from their live content. Apply here.
⚪️ Silicon Valley Bank: VP I Credit Solutions. They are looking for an experienced professional to join their growing team! This is an amazing opportunity to join a fast growing team and serve the most cutting-edge startups in Israel. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ AI Week 2022: AI Week is Back! They are thrilled to welcome data scientists and AI professionals to Israel’s leading AI conference. Combining technological leadership, applied AI and cutting-edge research, AI Week will highlight the way in which AI technology is revolutionizing business strategy, policy and future development. Feb 7-9, 2022. Tel Aviv University. Register here.
⚪️ February NY Tech Meetup: They have a great program ready for you celebrating founders and entrepreneurs and their tech! AGENDA: 5:30 PM - Networking (on Airmeet). 6:00 PM - Demo Program. 7:15 PM - Program Ends/ More Networking (on Airmeet). DEMOERS COMING SOON! Tuesday, February 8, 5:30 PM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Meet The VC: Joshua B. Siegel | Acronym Venture Capital: Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Early Growth and its partners. Every month, we sit down with a VC to get answers to your questions about fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more. This month’s speaker is Joshua B. Siegel, General Partner at Acronym Venture Capital. Feb 9, 12:00 PM in Pacific Time. Register here.
⚪️ Nailing the Investor Pitch: A Workshop for Startup Founders: Of the many crunch points in the life of a successful startup, perhaps nothing looms larger than the investor pitch. As angel and VC financing is vital for many startups to achieve their objectives, being able to communicate a compelling vision of the company to potential investors is a critical skill for founders. Thursday, February 10, 11:30 AM. Register here.
⚪️ Shabbat Dinner: Valentine’s Day: FED is very excited to bring you a range of upcoming gatherings, in-person and virtual, to take the edge off that winter chill! Please note that their first priority is to keep their community safe and healthy, so all in-person events are subject to being modified accordingly. If an event is rescheduled due to COVID and you cannot make the rescheduled date, they will be in touch with other options. Feb 11, 7:00 PM. FED House, 307 W 121st St #4, New York. Register here.
⚪️ Tel Aviv Annual Super Bowl Party, Sun Feb 13th: Tel Aviv Annual Super Bowl Party 2022. Chili Bowls sponsored by Israel BBQ. Craft Beers sponsored by Shevet Brewery. Venue with Large Screen Projection thanks to Social Space.  Sunday Eve February 13th 2022, Doors open 12:30am. Venue: Social Space, Kikar Atarim, Tel Aviv. Register here.
⚪️East Coast Bootstrappers Breakfast: Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® they have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit. This group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. Tuesday, February 22, 8:30 AM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 for developers: Web 3.0 is the technological revolution of the internet. What lies ahead of us in Web 3.0,track the core components of the decentralized web, directly from industry leaders working at the leading projects of 2022. Discover the latest developments happening around us today. prepare yourself for a more transparent, efficient, and connected internet of web 3.0. Thu, February 24, 6:00 PM IST. Register here.
⚪️ NEXUS:ISRAEL 2022 VIRTUAL SUMMITThe NEXUS:ISRAEL 2022 conference brings together thought leaders and the most innovative thinkers from across the United States, Israel, Europe, and Asia — with a special focus on sustainability — whose ideas and influence have the capacity for real change. Centered around the latest innovations and investment dynamics across key industries and technology trends, especially related to our collective sustainable future, the program will deliver fresh insights and a behind-the-curtain peek into Food Systems & Food Security, Health & Wellness, Climate & the Environment, ESG, Web 3.0, and more. March 30th. Register here.
⚪️ Israel Crypto conference May edition - Save the date!: They are happy to announce the Israel Crypto Conference in Tel Aviv. After the sold-out conference in December 2021, the Israel Crypto Conference will be held on May 23rd, 24th, and 25th! The event will begin virtually on May 23rd. They will meet with international partners that will join them to network and view video content. Who will be there? Everyone from young startups to established companies in the Crypto community. Mon, May 23, 2022, 8:00 AM – Wed, May 25, 2022, 4:00 PM IDT. בית ציוני אמריקה - ZOA House TLV 1 Daniel Frisch Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
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