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6:30pm @Mykonos Blue - Wed 14th 🦄

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August 6 · Issue #61 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

6:30pm @Mykonos Blue - Wed 14th 🦄

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome {{first_name}} to August. A recap of featured events:
⚪️ I’ll be speaking tomorrow evening about how Israeli cyber is helping protect the tri-state area at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey (50 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus). FedTalks: Israel Featuring Wine & Cheese: Israel Transforming The Tri-state Area Into A Cyber Capital. For tickets and more info email JCRC Director Ariella Noveck at:
⚪️ Join us on Aug Wed 14th, 6:30pm at Mykonos Blue at Hotel Hayden (127 W 28th St.) for an Israeli Tech Summer Rooftop Happy Hour. 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 an interest in Israeli tech and want to connect with both American and Israeli professionals, you should definitely join. Tickets here.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you’d like to raise awareness for your business with a targeted audience of professionals interested in tech respond to this email directly.
⚪️ DLD/TLV Blockchain Week/Journey: I’ll be in Israel in September and am interested in hosting a gathering for my digital marketing agency with other partners/sponsors in a joint event around the tech conferences taking place. Putting a call out for possible collaborators (both organizations in Israel or, brands who want to raise their profile during this week of innovation events). I believe there is a real opportunity to reach professionals and brands who will be in Tel Aviv for the conferences from places like Western Europe and East Asia.
Get your tickets today! 😎
Get your tickets today! 😎
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“You have to believe that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
-Steve Jobs
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It by Scott Kupor: I usually don’t love these types of books as I feel they can be self-congratulatory literary pats on the back by the author. As the Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, this book could have easily slid into a long boasting session, but I felt that the author was thoughtful, open, and honest throughout the book. The book gave a fair assessment of the venture scene, and how entrepreneurs seeking this type of financing should approach fund raising.
In building my own business (I choose not to seek outside capital, at least for the time being) I do encounter many entrepreneurs who are building companies (namely high-growth startups) in which VC funding is necessary. Venture tends to be opaque and closed, with a lot of unwritten rules that entrepreneurs might not be aware of and that this book covers. I think what I liked the most was the author’s tone in viewing entrepreneurs as partners in long term success.
I know there are pundits out there who claim entrepreneurs should spend less time reading books, and more time executing. And there is some truth to that, though I believe books are the real secret weapon in getting ahead as not all of us have access to world class mentors, supportive communities, etc. I highly suggest this book be read (or listened) to alongside Ben Horowitz’s excellent The Hard Thing about Hard Things (on how difficult building a startup really is) and Derek Lidow’s Building on Bedrock (on why VC money might not be right for your endeavor). Don’t have time to read the book, read this: Lessons in Storytelling from Andreessen Horowitz’s Scott Kupor.

Key Takeaways:
⚪️ More entrepreneurs need to read this book: It’s not that I found any “secrets” in the book but it’s a good book covering the basics of this opaque industry. Lots of basic stuff covered that no one really tells you.
⚪️ Timing is not everything, but it’s a lot: Our reality being what it is, you can work very hard, prepare, and still not reach the success you desire. Business books will continue to populate the shelves, but what I’d really like to see is a formula for learning how to improve your luck (aside from just working harder).
⚪️ Understand intensives: There is a great line in the book about why entrepreneurs should understand VC’s incentives in funding them (ex., to produce major returns for LPs). I think a lot of that is missing today in people’s calculations… if someone is giving you money it’s in your interest to understand their underlying reasoning why (and not just because you have an “amazing” idea).
5 Essentials of a Winning Pitch with Carmine Gallo and Legendary VC, Scott Kupor
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Schusterman Foundation: Operations Associate. The Operations Associate (OA) 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.” 
⚪️ Y Combinator: YC Interviews in Israel. They’re excited to announce that they’ll be holding interviews for the Winter 2020 batch in Tel Aviv for founders based in Israel. They’ve been funding Israeli startups for a long time, and this time they thought it would be easier if they went right to the source. These interviews will be just like regular YC interviews. There is no difference in the application or in their criteria for acceptance. If accepted, you’ll join the YC Winter 2020 batch. The in-person program starts in January in Mountain View, California, but you’ll have access to YC partners and resources right away. The deadline to apply to interview with them in Tel Aviv is Friday, August 9 at 8pm IST.  Apply here.
⚪️ MetaProp: Fall 2019 Accelerator @Columbia University. MetaProp is the world’s leading early stage PropTech investing venture capital firm. Up to $250,000 in financing, 22-week program focused on driving business growth and accelerated market penetration, curated access and introductions to industry decision-makers, technology pilots, premier sources of investment capital, and international media, pairing with select C-level mentors from MetaProp’s RE200 industry mentor network and more. Deadline August 15. Apply here.
⚪️ New Lab | Antler: Startup Generator Program: Participants apply without having a company and, if selected, have an opportunity to find their co-founder and start building from scratch with support from our network. If chosen, founders receive a stipend of $6,000 for the first 9-week phase. After 9 weeks of team formation, ideation, and business modeling, New Lab and Antler invest in select companies, work closely with invested teams to rapidly launch, scale, and secure external funding for the businesses, culminating in a Demo Day with hundreds of investors from around the country. Deadline September 23.  Apply here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
Intrellit: Intrellit is building a platform that uses artificial intelligence to automatically identify potential medical errors from medical records, with applications for insurers and law firms. Their long-term goal is to reduce the incidence of medical errors, which is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The team previously worked at Google, Mount Sinai Hospital, venture capital firms, and medical malpractice law firms, and they are close to finalizing their first round of financing with two VC firms on board.
The team is looking for plaintiff attorneys who specialize in personal injury and medical malpractice to join their expert advisor panel. They are also accepting applications for legal, pre-med, and medical interns for their Fall 2019 Internship. Please email for details.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured event: Israeli Tech Summer Rooftop Happy Hour: Take a break from the summer heat and join us for a rooftop happy hour to connect with friends in the local ecosystem and meet new ones over a cold drink (or two). If you’re in 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). Drink specials until 8:30pm. Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 PM. Mykonos Blue at Hotel Hayden - 127 W 28th St. Tickets here.
⚪️ Summer mixer: Installation Artist Kevin Reed x Grit Daily News (Brooklyn): Wine + art + media. Let’s make it happen on Andy Warhol’s birthday. Installation artist, Kevin Reed (Brooklyn) brings Grit Daily News by his shop to make some art, talk installation art, brands, activations, events, and share stories. Featuring Splash artist in residence Justin Aversano. Tue, August 6, 7:00 PM. 243 Howard Ave, Brooklyn. Tickets here.
⚪️TiE NY Angels - Pitch event: Come join them to see four New York startups pitch for seed-round investment, including two startups led by women or mixed-gender founding teams.  Tickets Include a Light Dinner.  Aug 6, 06:00 PM, 825 8th Ave. Tickets here.
⚪️ Two Sigma Ventures Presents - DebateX Blockchain: Debate{X} is back, & in this go-round five crypto experts will be debating the most impactful & non-obvious trends in blockchain. Two Sigma Ventures’ Erhan Soyer-Osman & Andy Kangpan will moderate a spirited & thought-provoking panel with Hart Lambur (UMA), Matt Joyce (Two Sigma), Meltem Demirors (CoinShares), Ryan Selkis (, & Tristan Thoma (Digifinex), all of whom will present their original take on the biggest developments in this field while you, the audience, votes on who’s most likely to be right.  Tuesday, August 06, at 06:00 PM. Two Sigma Ventures, 100 6th Ave, 3rd Fl. RSVP here.
⚪️ Co-founders Speed Dating & Pitching Event: Fusion LA, TAU Ventures and WMN are pleased to bring you ‘Co-Founders Speed Dating and Pitching’ If you’re looking for co-founders or connections in general, if you want to pitch your start-up/product/service/skills/etc., or if you just want to come and watch an entertaining, rapid-fire pitch event, then this is THE one to attend. Wednesday, August 7 at 7 PM, 31 Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv. Register here.
⚪️ Raising Pre-seed, Seed & Beyond: Entre is hosting another special event geared toward raising money for your startup. They will discuss pre-seed, seed & beyond. Hear successful entrepreneurs discuss how they raised money for their startup. They welcome entrepreneurs of all types, start-ups of all sizes, industries, & stages to join us in finding the inspiration, resources,and friends that will make them successful. Wednesday, August 07, at 06:00 PM.  Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Sq. Tickets here.
⚪️ State Of Social Impact Startups: Featuring Danielle Joseph (Investment Officer, Closed Loop Partners), David Wachtel (SVP Mktg Communications & Partnerships, Endeavor Catalyst), Conor French (General Counsel, Zipline). Wednesday, August 7. 6:00, Orrick New York, 51 West 52nd St. Register here.
⚪️ Breakfast with an Investor: Heather Hartnett, Founding Partner, Human Ventures: Heather is the CEO and Founding Partner of Human Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital fund backing, building and scaling industry-changing technology companies through a startup studio model. Hartnett has been recognized for creating one of New York’s premiere startup studios and for the unique approach and fresh perspective she’s bringing to tech by publications such as “The Information,” which has referred to her as the “new breed of VC.” Thu, August 8, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @BaarBaar, 13 East 1st Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ NYC VC Summer In Times Square: Join them for their Annual Summer VC event! They will have an afternoon with some of the new early-stage VC funds in the area giving overviews of their funds, approach and what they are looking for. They will then have 20-30 companies give 1 minute elevator pitches to the room and invite several other VCs and Angels to give their 1 minute pitches too! Then in typical summer fashion, join them for a Top Shelf Cocktail party with some delicious adult beverages and gourmet food and music on the newly renovated RSM terrace overlooking Times Square! Thursday August 8, 2:00pm - 7:00pm. RSM, 4 Times Square (the H&M Building). Tickets here.
⚪️ NexusTalks on August 13th – A Quantum Leap in Drug Development: Mayer Brown and American Friends of the Hebrew University invite you to hear Yaakov Nahmias speak about this revolutionary technology. Please join them at Mayer Brown’s offices on Tuesday August 13th at 6 PM. RSVP by emailing 
⚪️ Meet the VC Breakfast - NYC August: Join Early Growth Financial Services, Cooley LLP, TriNet, Pacific West Bank and Cushman & Wakefield at their upcoming “Meet the VC” event as they sit down with Joe Chittenden-Veal from GreyCroft to talk investment thesis, current investment client and more. Founders will have the opportunity to ask the VC questions as it pertains to their particular business. Representatives from each service provider will also be on hand to help address any startup infrastructure needs you may have. August 21st at 8:30am, Cooley LLP 55 Hudson Yards. RSVP here.

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