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YKC: Happy Holidays + 2018 Wrap-up

"The journey is the reward" -Steve Jobs

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December 26 · Issue #45 · View online
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“The journey is the reward” -Steve Jobs

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Happy holidays YKC community. Shorter “vacation mode” newsletter this time. Merry Christmas to those who celebrated. I hope everyone is enjoying this slower time of the year and spending time with loved ones.
If you’re planning on attending CES early next year let me know, I’ll be attending and would love to connect.
2018 was a big year, looking forward to an even bigger year in 2019! See you all next year ;)
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018: Just in case you were curious what the all powerful NY Times Book Review cultural critics read and reviewed this year. With the number of voices on the Internet, and how verticals are so niche focused (and predictive analytics keep getting smarter) I don’t believe the NY Times has the cultural authority it enjoyed in the past. I read a lot of books in 2018 (and am taking a hiatus from social in the hopes of reading even more in 2019); below are a few of the books I thoroughly enjoyed and believe you will as well.
*I will caveat with this, the one question I get asked frequently is how I read so much. The answer is that I make time for it, I just cut out other activities that are not as important to me. But the real answer is just consistency, everyone can start a habit by reading 10 pages a day. That’s very manageable. For all the books being published most people don’t read, which is why I think a daily reading habit is like having a superpower (I use Audible as well, but the data shows reading is still the most effective way to retain knowledge).
⚪️ 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson: I’m perfectly aware of the controversy around Peterson and how he is persona non grata to many on the left. I honestly don’t get it. Not an easy book to get thru but worth it; the author (along with authors like Ryan Holiday and Sam Harris) is the closest thing we have to a modern day philosopher. His YouTube channel is an accessible way to learn about his philosophies.
⚪️ 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari: No surprise I would include this book. While Sapiens still stands out as YNH’s best work this a good guide for where we are today (and could be headed in the near future). I also felt that this was the author’s coming out book, where he displayed openly himself (and his political leanings). He’s still one of my favorite authors and I’m curious to see where he goes next.
⚪️ Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation by Dan Schawbel: Another pick that should not be surprising given that the ability to connect with people by understanding their perspective (aka empathy) is at an all time low (particularly because of technology). We need more books like this as I don’t see the current crop of people leading our world showing much empathy these days (except towards their base of supporters). This book should be on the reading list of anyone who manages an organization; whether that’s a startup or a Fortune 500.
⚪️ New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World–and How to Make It Work for You by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms: Anyone who wants to understand our current policy reality and how we got here needs to read this book. It’s actually shocking how many arm chair political critics refuse to acknowledge some of concepts detailed in this book such as the power of decentralized (#hashtag) movements. Just the chapter on the 2016 Presidential race is worth the price of the book.
⚪️ The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene: If Greene’s classic works like the 48 Rules of Power were for aspiring Machiavellian wannabes this work is for those aspiring to learn the two most important skills in 2019; empathy and self-awareness (which go hand in hand). The author is able to pull lessons from history and make them relevant today in a way that presents the full range of human behaviors. The back story about how the author suffered a stroke and was able to utilize lessons (particularly the story of legendary psychiatrist Milton Erickson) from the book in his recovery shows that the proof is in the pudding.
5 books Bill Gates loved in 2018
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ ELLIS Accelerator: Deadline January 15. Equity-free program for international startups expanding to the US. They support startups that already have traction in their home market and are ready to expand to the United States. Perks: office space and housing in NYC, mentoring, workshops, access to an exclusive community, and a benefits package worth $350k+. Apply here.
⚪️ Head of Marketing: This Tel Aviv founded AI powered Sales Development Automation Platform is helping sales and marketing teams scale by automating lead capturing, nurturing, engagement and qualification. As the Head of Marketing, you will be their first full time Marketing hire and will lead all marketing activities such as build the brand, tell their story globally, drive demand through content, media and other means, produce sales material and shape the strategy and direction of their company. Apply here.
⚪️ FuzeHub Innovation Incentive Prize: FuzeHub will administer a New York State Innovation Incentive Prize Program for Food, Beverage & Agriculture Technologies. There are $90,000 in program funds available - with a $10,000 max award per applicant. The Innovation Incentive Prize Program will solicit proposals that support the development of innovative products and/or solutions that will lead to more efficient operations within small-scale farm businesses as well as food processing/beverage production businesses. There is no deadline to apply, but funding for the Innovation Incentive Prize Program is limited, so get there first! Apply here.
⚪️ UpStart: UpStart is currently seeking bold, talented, risk-taking, and collaborative individuals to join their team of visionaries in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver-Boulder, or New York City. Learn more about the Innovation Lead position. Learn more about the Chief Development Officer position. Help them amplify the impact of groundbreaking Jewish ventures. Apply today.
⚪️ Urban Future Prize Competition: Join them in their fight to combat climate change! This year they’re offering two tracks - Smart City and Smart Grid.  Through generous support from The New York Community Trust, NYSERDA, and Con Edison, the Urban Future Lab is able to offer two winners each a cash prize of $50,000, admission to the ACRE incubator, and a chance to make it in one of the top startup ecosystems in the world.  Applications are open until January 4, 2019. Apply here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
First Round State of Startups 2018: The annual survey where hundreds of venture-backed founders speak frankly about what it’s like running a technology startup today. Over four years of State of Startups, the First Round Review (one of the best tech newsletters out there) collected 2,700+ submissions and nearly 150,000 data points, creating the industry’s largest dataset on the founder and startup experience. To read the review click here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
End Of The Year Cocktail Party with Special Guest: Join Startup Grind Israel to celebrate the end of 2018. Their partnership is more than just throwing parties, they make sure there’s value in all our events. To wrap up 2018 they invited Amir Shevat straight from the Silicon Valley to share with entrepreneurs in any stage his tips from Google, Amazon, Slack and Twitch. Dec. 26, 7 p.m. Be-All, 94 Yigal Alon St. Tel Aviv. Register here.

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