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November 27 · Issue #43 · View online
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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” 

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back to YKC. I hope you all had a meaningful Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends. As we wrap up the year and head into 2019 (another year…) this time of the year is always a good time to reflect on the time passed.
Thank you to those who attended Networking Hacks last week, and Deb Fishman for hosting at FED House. I’d like to expand the community aspect of what I’m doing digitally with YKC (and my daily social postings) so be on the lookout for an upcoming Networking Hacks event early next year.
My new website with content services is up, YKC Media. Keeping on your radar when you hear of brands looking to market to tech/millennials thru engaging digital content.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation by Dan Schawbel: What a timely and necessary book, especially during this holiday season when so many of us wish we had better relationships with our family and friends. While this book was written with corporate decision makers in mind, this wonderful book is accessible to all who want to understand the state of the human condition in 2018. With data backed research, the author is able to weave the narrative of the 21st century hyper-connected corporate workplace; a culture perceived as limitless in upward mobility and personal satisfaction but what in reality has become an environment in which tech has amplified anxiety and disconnection.
What was most refreshing was how the author made himself vulnerable, and shared with the readers his personal struggles. You feel not just the authenticity in his words, but the challenges and struggles that make him human. The state of the upwardly mobile urban young professional is not one of happiness. And just the thought of separating from our mobile device (much less adopting behaviors to limit usage) causes significant anxiety to most. My suggestion is that you put down your smartphone and gift this book to someone you love this holiday season (gifting a book is by far one of my favor acts) to recreate that human connection.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ We need to take active steps to disengage from tech: If we don’t control our usage, and set boundaries we’ll sink deeper into our devices, and into our own closed off inner world. I don’t suggest you put your phone on airplane mood all the time (would be cool though) but maybe start with something small like deleting Facebook from your phone.
The next generation will probably be less empathetic: I’ll probably get some hate mail for this, but I already see this when I interact with people younger then me. The root of this if not being able to lean into those difficult feelings, and looking at another’s perspective to empathize with the other side (especially if you really disagree) uncovers those uncomfortable feelings. Tech (and texting) has become a crutch instead of dealing with the situation head on, face-to-face.
Authenticity can’t be faked, and will continue to shape good content: Funny, one would think that all the filters of social would be able disguise all the phoniness out there (especially in the lifestyle/self development space) but the truth always reveals itself. What makes this work so good, it is an extension of the author’s authentic self.
Building Human Connection in A Digital World with Dan Schawbel
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
CSS: The rise of hate and bigotry is visible all around us these days with the Jewish community facing the sharpest increase in hate crimes. If you are a member of the community and want to do your part in protecting it, you might want to consider joining CSS, an organization dedicated to securing places of worship and events. CSS is running an introductory course in mid-December in Manhattan, DC, LA and Boston. You can apply via and email with any questions (and to let him know you’ve signed up).
CYJP Executive Director Position: The Council of Young Jewish Presidents (CYJP) is hiring an executive director. Please forward this email to anyone that could be a good fit. To Apply: Qualified candidates should send a resume with a cover letter via email to: The subject line of the email should include the words, “Executive Director”.
New York Angels Office Hours: Meet and be advised by members of New York Angels and attorneys for the Technology group of Goodwin Law! New York Angels are the largest group of early stage investors in New York, investing over $25.2M in 62 early stage companies in the past 24 months. Advising is by appointment only. Please register for a half hour time slot with the member that best fits your advising needs. Wednesday, December 12, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Goodwin, New York Times Building. 620 8th Avenue. Attend event.
Responsible Computer Science Challenge: Deadline December 13. Omidyar Network, MozillaSchmidt Futures and Craig Newmark Philanthropies will award up to $3.5 million in prizes to promising approaches to embedding ethics into undergraduate computer science education, empowering graduating engineers to drive a culture shift in the tech industry and build a healthier internet. Apply here.
Startup flex housing position: Are you interested in joining an Israeli run startup working in the flexible housing space? They are looking for an office and operations manager to come in, hit the ground running and grow with the company. The company is well funded (read not going out of business any time soon), has a fun corporate culture (more startup than corporate) and in growth mode so now is a great time to join. Salary is around 50k +/- depending on experience. Please email your resume with subject Office Manager Flex Housing [Your Name] to
The Urban Future Prize Competition: The Urban Future Prize Competition is one of the largest U.S.-based startup competitions for cleantech and smart city entrepreneurs. The Competition showcases the world’s most revolutionary smart city and smart grid innovations by bringing the brightest entrepreneurs together with mission-driven investors, policy leaders, and corporate sponsors for a prestigious cleantech summit in New York City. Apply today.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
Rooster: Rooster is equal parts cheerleader, therapist, productivity coach, and accountability buddy. Members of your team who opt-in get a 10-min call each morning to talk through their day ahead. After the call, team members receive whatever followups necessary to have a really good day at work (email recaps, ordered task lists, calendar invites for deep work, etc).
I’ve started using Rooster in order to optimize my days, and just that 10 minute conversation in the AM helps me talk thru the most important tasks to tackle each day. I love this idea of “micro coaching” a few times a week as I feel the consistency is very effective. Highly recommended, and a good way to kick start your 2019 goals! You can try a free 10 minute call by clicking here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
MCC Annual Appeal 2018 Supporting MyChild' They’ve launched their very first Annual Appeal and it is going very well thanks to the tremendous support of generous donors like you. They’ve raised over $38,000 through online and offline gifts. We know that you are already aware of the tremendous work MyChild'sCancer (MCC) is doing with mostly Jewish and Israeli families battling childhood cancer but there is still much work to be done. Donate to this important cause here.
The Jeneba Project: This organization is dedicated to providing high-quality traditional and civic education in Sierra Leone. They concentrate on creating leaders by promoting knowledge and developing character each step of the way. Students come to The Jeneba Project motivated to embark upon an education that will empower them to build brighter futures for themselves, their families and their communities. Now they are reaching out to you to fundraise for what may be our MOST IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN OF ALL - “Teach for Salone”. Join them in raising a bright, strong, diligent and committed generation of young women who can prosper and become leaders of their nation.Please make a contribution to this cause here.
TRANSFORMING FOR TOMORROW: Energy is at the heart of today’s conversations and it is clear that data will soon underpin every facet of society. The proliferation of 5G, AR, IoT, AI, and other newer technologies is driving a meteoric rise in the volume and velocity of data – and pushing data centers closer to population centers. Join them for an engaging discussion on how and where we can put data centers to work as community energy resources. Tuesday, November 27 | 6:15 PM. Register here.
Breakfast with an Investor: Jeffrey Finkle: On November 29, their guest investor will be Jeffrey Finkle, Startup Coach, Angel Investor and Chairman of the Evaluation Committee of the ARC Angel Fund. ARC Angel Fund is a member-led Angel Fund and, in essence, a hybrid model between an Angel Group and a Venture Fund. The fund makes investments averaging $50,000 to $250,000, each, over the life of the investment. Thu, November 29, 8:30AM KettleSpace @ Distilled NY, 211 West Broadway. Register here.
Venture Capital: Fundraising Advice for Founders: Funding is one of the biggest pain points entrepreneurs face when building their companies. For those entrepreneurs considering a venture path for their startups, the know the road ahead can seem daunting: making the right connections, valuing your company, closing the deal and strategically planning a future that makes sense for the business, as well as a new set of stakeholders. Thu, November 29, 6:30 PM, Alley Chelsea, 119 West 24th St. 2nd floor. Tickets here.
Holiday Party with Voyager HQ: HOLIDAY PARTY. Celebrate the holiday season with Voyager HQ! December 3, 7PM Rooftop at Gansevoort Meatpacking. 18 9th Ave. RSVP here.
Your Ultimate Chanukah Party With Tech Tribe: Take part in an epic Chanukah party for Jews in tech and digital media! Enjoy Chanukah treats, great drinks, a GIF photobooth, augmented reality menorah and more! Explore the Jews in Space art installation, and take part in a curated conversation with digital artist Nitzan Bartov and Mashable Science Editor Miriam Kramer.$15 until 11/26 | $18 until 12/04 | $21 day of event. December 5, 6:00pm Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn. Tickets here.
Paradigm Talks event at Americas Tower: They are holding a networking event for entrepreneurs, private investors and corporate finance professionals. Startup companies pitch for investment and this is followed by networking over drinks. Wednesday the 5th of December from 6:30pm, Floor Seven of Americas Tower. RSVP here.
The Dark Side of Automation: New York Cab Driver Suicides, Striking Hospitality Workers, and the Growing Fear that We Are Not Prepared for Job Disruption to Service Industries. Join them for this special event where we will explore the impact of automation on service industries (taxi cabs drivers, hospitality workers, restaurant workers, etc.). Wednesday, December 5, 6PM. Location TBA. Tickets here.
Latkes & Vodka - featuring the Shul Band: Join NYC’s Shul Band for a Chanukah freilach! ​Rooted in Jewish folk music and drawing on the musical wellsprings of New York City, The Shul Band brings their raucous, prayerful, joyful, and meditative interpretation of Jewish social music “from Kashmir to Kelzmer” to their Latkes & Vodka Chanukah celebration. Thursday, December 6 at 7pm. Tickets here.
Authors @ Company: Sarah Kessler: Sarah Kessler is an editor and reporter at Quartz, where she writes about the future of work. Before joining Quartz in 2016, she covered the gig economy as a senior writer at Fast Company and managed startup coverage at Mashable. Company HQ 335 Madison Avenue, December 10, 6:00pm. Tickets here.
IAC Dor Chadash Shabbat Dinner: IAC Dor Chadash in collaboration with B'nai Jeshurun Congregation invites you to join them for a community Shabbat Dinner on the UWS. IAC Dor Chadash builds an engaging and vibrant community of Israeli & American Jewish Young Professionals (20-30s) through unique Israeli experiences & a shared passion for Israel. *This dinner will sell out - do not wait until the last minute! Friday, December 14, 2018 from 7:00PM, B'nai Jeshurun 270 West 89th St. Tickets here.

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