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June 7 · Issue #136 · View online

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

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … and to the start of the summer. A Chag Samech to all those who celebrated the holiday of Shavuot.
My latest article in Medium… exploring different topics, and an idea I plan on developing further: The Rise of the High-Performing Caregiver
My friend Dorie Clark’s talk “The Real Reason You Feel So Busy, And What to Do About It” (based on her newest book, The Long Game) was recently featured on the main homepage, and has already garnered over 425,000 views. In it, she explores the hidden reasons we all feel stuck on the hamster wheel - and why it’s so hard to break free, even when we try to. If you or someone you know feels too busy, this 8 minute talk is for them! You can check it out here.
As we enter the summer, I’m offering digital marketing services through YKC Media, my B2B content marketing agency. I’ve recently launched a service for LinkedIn ghostwriting, so if you’re a founder, investor, or executive who wants to build thought leadership on the most important platform in business ping me directly.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
In Emergency, Break Glass: What Nietzsche Can Teach Us About Joyful Living in a Tech-Saturated World by Nate Anderson: I wish more books like this were written, about how we can thoughtfully navigate our digital world and screens… instead of them leading us. There are some excellent ideas in this book, and it goes deeper then pop culture ideas such as digital detox and limiting screen time… in questioning what’s the point on detaching from tech if we’re not even clear on what kind of life we want to live?
What we focus on expands, as despite having so much information (content) available, we’re drowning in useless knowledge (and often mindless entertainment). This was the struggle that Nietzsche dealt with during his time in academia, which led to his restless wandering and writing. The idea that curating where our time is spent, and these days, what content we’re consuming, helps us try to create meaning from this existence. And while this may be a simplification of our complex lives, there is truth to that idea, that what are we focusing on most of the time? We’ve never had the amount of ease in our lives, and we fret over the smallest and dumbest things. Only a few generations ago, we lived much short (and not romanticize the hardships) but maybe more meaningful lives. We have slowly been sucked into a world of streaming content, push button ordering, and ease, and that has separated us from our humanity.
Nietzsche’s work is not for everyone, but so much of what he writes, at the turn of the 20th century was a harbinger for the distracted culture we now live in. This summer is as good a time as any to go outside, spend time with family and friends, and to focus on being alive.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Creative exertion: How to experience life at it’s fullest… through meaningful struggle.
⚪️ Turn-key solutions: This book challenges us to ask what are we actually pursuing.
⚪️ We still struggle to find meaning: The age old question, even in today’s time of access to knowledge… but wisdom is still missing.
Nietzsche - Don’t Let Your Darkness Consume You
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.
⚪️ Techstars NYC Accelerator: One of the top accelerator programs in the world; $120,000 funding for 6% equity, 3 months hybrid program; Nov 07- Feb. 16. Mentorship, demo day; 60+ alumni including ClassPass, Plated, Timehop, Jukely; apply by Aug 01 here.
⚪️ Applications for Energy Pioneers of Tomorrow ‘22 are now open: EPOT22 is a unique, intensive workshop that will give you the necessary tools to build your own Energy Tech Start-up. This 4 session workshop, led by energy experts, will go over energy markets, funding, challenges, and help you come up with a solution regardless of your previous experience of the energy tech ecosystem. The first session starts on June 28th. Apply here.
⚪️ IMPACT SHENKAR Accelerator: Powered by 8200 Impact in collaboration with The Rozen Center for Sustainability and Act Shenkar, is based on the values of sustainability and in particular the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals to promote projects that will lead the circular economy. The program will include 8-10 projects with groundbreaking ideas in the field of impact-tech and will provide participants with tools for business analysis and initiation of innovative solutions in the social-environmental fields, from the concept stage to the MVP. Register here.
⚪️ CSS: They are happy to announce the launch of the next NYC cohort for their ROAM Program (Respond, Organize, Act, Maintain) and invite you to learn more and apply! ROAM is a volunteer security training program from their partner, the Community Security Service (CSS), which seeks to empower participants to thrive as a protector of their local Jewish community. Throughout this course, you will learn security theory, the fundamentals of Krav Maga self-defense, and how to respond to various scenarios you may face in the real world. They are looking for Jewish young professionals of all denominations, who are passionate about their community and want to help make a difference. No previous martial arts or security training is required. Apply here.
⚪️ Azrieli Innovation Sprint 2022: Happy to share an exciting new partnership between Azrieli Group and TAU Ventures. They’re launching the Azrieli Innovation Sprint 2022! Alongside its VC activity, TAU Ventures is proud to partner with leading companies on innovation programs locally and globally, to incubate and accelerate promising Israeli technologies. Selected startups will join a sprint day resulting in a paid POC contract within 24 hours (!) with Azrieli Group. Learn more about the open calls and apply today here.
⚪️ FUNDING OPPORTUNITYBIRD Energy is launching a new funding cycle for U.S.-Israel joint innovations that advance renewable energy, energy efficiency and other decarbonizing technologies. Up to $1 million in non-dilutive grants are available for U.S.-Israel collaborations developing marketable and scalable clean energy solutions in various areas. Deadline for Executive Summaries: June 30, 2022 here.
⚪️ Atera: They are hiring! Check out all of their openings in R&D, Finance, HR, Design and more! Join their growing team. Click here.
⚪️ Code For Israel: They are looking for a full-time technological Head of Projects, to lead and escort their managers that develop groundbreaking solutions for the most crucial challenges in the Israeli society. This is a rare opportunity for people who are looking for a different type of tech position - one that harnesses their abilities to affect the Israeli society, while cracking down on challenges that affect the people around them on a daily basis. + You will get to work with hundreds of the most talented and caring people in the ecosystem :) Apply here.
⚪️ Google for Startups Israel: Program Coordinator. Their team is recruiting for the dream position Program Coordinator - Google For Startup Israel. If you know someone who really likes to work with startups, they’d be happy for you to share. Link to the job description here.
⚪️ Lior Shoham LTDVP Of Business Development and Operations. The Lior Shoham Ltd. team creates a meaningful impact on some of the world’s leading companies. For the past 12 years, they have been facilitating workshops, consulting, and coaching people on how to enhance their storytelling, influence, confidence, and trust-building capabilities. They operate in more than 20 countries worldwide and are proud to work with companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, TikTok, Volkswagen, TED, and many other global leaders. Apply here.
⚪️ SOSAJoin them in their journey to build the world’s leading open innovation company- check out 12 open positions in TLV and NYC (crazy ride guaranteed :) Apply here.
⚪️ inTulsa: Director Of Sales And Business Development. *This is hybrid position spending at least 60% of time in Tulsa with travel to cities outside of Tulsa 10% of the time.* As an emerging technology ecosystem in the heartland, Tulsa is experiencing a surge of interest from talent and companies intrigued by their unique value proposition. InTulsa Initiative, LLC (ITI) is a talent and business matchmaker driven by a single, powerful civic mission building a thriving tech hub in the heart of our city’s growing, vibrant, inclusive community. Apply here.
⚪️ ISRAEL21c: The Digital Ambassador Program cultivates the next generation of digital communication experts. In this exclusive program, ISRAEL21c works with college-aged students in North America who are passionate about Israel’s positive image across digital media. Digital Ambassadors develop their storytelling skills by sharing positive news about Israel with diverse communities across the globe, and are given the opportunity to do something positive for Israel that is apolitical. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️Inside Venture Capital: Their goal is to democratize venture capital and make it accessible to all. They believe we must first arm the underrepresented with the proper tools and education to navigate this complex space. Join them on their mission to break down historical barriers that keep diverse founders and investors from flourishing. June 7-9, at 12p, EST. Register here.
⚪️ Former SEC Chair and Sequoia Capital partner on current market for private companies: As activity in today’s IPO landscape slows down, companies and investors are eyeing new regulatory rules and transparency requirements to see how they’ll impact transactions in the industry. As part of our Dealmaker series, this Axios virtual event will explore the trends and issues around the current market for private companies. Wednesday, June 8, 12:30 pm ET. Register here.
⚪️ Israel Cyber Networking Event 2022: Join them as they celebrate Israeli Cyber Innovation And connect it globally. The California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC) is happy to invite you to join their 8th Annual Israel Cyber Networking event that brings hundreds of the industry’s leading companies together. Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 6:00 PM. Salesforce Tower West, 415 Mission St. San Francisco. Register here.
⚪️ VC Update 2022: Strategies for VC Financing in the Current Economic Climate: With tech stocks down and the market for VC financing becoming less “founder-friendly” than it was just a few months ago, many startups are reassessing their current operations and financing plans. Given this, NY Tech Alliance will be presenting their 2022 update on the VC financing market for early-stage companies. Thursday, June 9, 11:30 AM EDT. Register here.
⚪️ [Webinar] Meet The VC: Brad Bentz | ATX Venture Partners: Meet the VC is a monthly 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. There will be Q&A at the end of the interview, so get your questions ready! This month’s speaker is Brad Bentz, a partner at ATX Venture Partners. June 9 | 12:00 PM PTD. Register Here.
⚪️ INTRO - The VC LandscapeMeet, network, see friendly and new faces at the next in-person INTRO Fireside Chat! Join them, along with an excellent panel of VCs operating in the Valley and in Israel, to discuss. A look back at the VC landscape, from 2020 to today. The journey into VC: How you got here. Exploring the VC’s point of view on product. To stay or grow: Pros and cons of staying in corporate vs moving to a startup. Israel vs the Valley: Are you in the right place for tech development? Thu, June 9, 7:30 PM PDT. Mountain View, 340 E Middlefield Rd. Mountain View, CA. Register here.
⚪️ Tribe Tel Aviv Shabbat in JerusalemFriday visit to the new discoveries of the Kottel Tours lead by U of Penn archeologist & tour of the ramparts. Kabbalat Shabbat on a rooftop in the Old City w/ talk by Rabbi David Aaron, top teacher of Kabbalah in Jerusalem. Prayers at the Kottel afterwards. Meals with our group and host families. Meet top speakers/influencers in spiritual community of the Old City. Saturday afternoon walking tour of the Old City followed by 3rd Shabbat meal. Saturday night musical havdallah. Fri, June 10, 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM IDT. Old City, Jerusalem. Register here.
⚪️ Israeli Short Film Competition & Screenings @ CinemathequeTel Aviv Arts Council, presents: Israeli Short Film Competition & Screenings. Five Films w/ English Subs + Directors Q&A. Become an art insider and join your Tel Aviv Arts Council young patrons community for an exclusive film festival evening at the Cinematheque. Come early to enjoy the festival atmosphere & student-priced drinks! Tue, Jun 14, 9:00 PM IDT. Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 5 Ha'Arbaa Street. Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
⚪️ Crypto & the Investing Space: Crypto is shaking up traditional investing as VC investors and regulators incorporate new cryptocurrencies into existing financial systems and institutions. Join Axios in Washington, D.C. or via livestream for an event examining the rise of cryptocurrencies in the investing space and how industry stakeholders are adapting to manage this new type of currency. Tuesday, June 14, 8:00am ET. The Showroom, 1099 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. Register here.
⚪️KYC as a Process - Adding Value by Gaining Knowledge: They are thrilled to invite you to FinTech-Aviv’s event that will focus on different ways to better know your client! Join them for this exciting event, which will bring together industry leaders who will share their insights on cutting edge KYC & AML solutions and share their insights on ways to create a seamless and user friendly process. Wednesday, June 15, 6:00 PM IDT. Register here.
⚪️ Wine Wednesday: Join them on the roof for good wine, good people, all while raising awareness for their organization of the month, which creates many programs such as workshops and social groups to build community for those on the autism spectrum, learning disabilities, social disabilities and more. המרחב החברתי - Allenby 43, Rooftop, Tel Aviv. June 15 @ 7:30 pm IDT. Tickets here.
⚪️Republic’s Town Hall on Crypto Intel: On June 15, 2022, join them for a deep dive into web3, with Republic’s second Town Hall topic—Crypto Intel. Led by Andrew Durgee, Managing Director and Head of Republic Crypto, and Alex Mogul, Head of Token Offerings, Crypto Intel will provide a deep dive into the fascinating, sometimes chaotic crypto ecosystem—and will reveal some exciting ways Republic is getting even more embedded into crypto in 2022. June 15, 3pm ET. Register here.
⚪️International Hospitality Innovation Showcase: FIBA invites you to join in-person the International Hospitality Innovation Showcase featuring exciting startups from the US, Israel, Canada and Romania. The event is hosted by the Levan Center of Innovation and will take place in the brand new center in Ft. Lauderdale. Stay tuned for more details and featured startup announcements. Wed., June 15th, 03:00 PM - US / EASTERN. Register here.
⚪️JUNETEENTH SHABBAT: Please join them for rooftop Shabbat rituals and music, followed by a vegetarian potluck in honor of Juneteenth. Ritual leaders Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll and Jewsician Marques Hollie will lead us in song and spirit. They will provide wine, challah and dessert, and they ask that friends joining them bring vegetarian dishes to share. Bring your open heart and your yearnings for a common humanity. Presented by Be'chol Lashon and the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. FRI, JUN 17, 06:00 PM. 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, June 21, 8:30 AM EDT. Register here.
⚪️ Cyber Week 2022 is BackJoin them for 4 Days & 40 Events at Tel Aviv University. Don’t miss the chance to network face-to-face and experience an exciting range of events and sessions discussing the latest in Cyber with the leaders in the field. Join top CEOs, CISOs, C-level executives, policy makers, academics and investors from all over the world for a week of high-level networking, expert thought-leadership and trail blazing technologies. June 27th – 30th, Tel Aviv University. Register here.
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