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YKC: Last month of the decade

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”

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December 10 · Issue #71 · View online
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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}} … and we’re wrapping up this decade strong. It seems like it’s a bit crazy for everyone at this time of the year so a shorter newsletter this week.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“It is not death that a man should fear, but rather he should fear never beginning to live.” 
-Marcus Aurelius
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says by James Clear: The end of the year is always a time to reflect (whether or not we actually stick with next year’s resolutions is another story). What James Clear covers in this article is Ira Glass’s idea of the gap between your (good) taste and actually creating something amazing. The “simple” formula is to “fight your way through” and go through the process of starting out not great and developing over time through persistence and hard work whatever it is you’re building or creating.
Two things come to mind: 1.) failing publicly (which is a real thing) stops so many people before they even start. Public opinion, especially in this age of social can be crippling. 2.) When you build your own thing, start your own creative endeavor, etc. you’re tested. And you may not be as good as you think you are. There is a huge skill gap and learning curve to overcome no matter what you do, that crushes many people as your ego takes a serious hit.
So for 2020, it’s something to keep in mind as we dream about the next year and the coming decade. Ira Glass’s formula is as simple as it is hard, just keep showing up and doing the work. The hardest thing is getting started, and knowing that you’ll probably suck at the beginning, but with time you’ll make it.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Know you’re going to be bad (probably for a while): If you just look at it like it’s part of the (long process) it will make it more manageable… just try and avoid comparing yourself to other people.
⚪️ Discipline is freedom: When you’re committed to the creative or building process it is liberating to know what you need to do and focus on when you get up in the AM.
⚪️ Know thyself, trust thyself: I feel what stops many people from starting is that they don’t trust themselves to figure it out when they hit a wall (which will enviably happen)… you’re stronger then you think.
The Gap by Ira Glass
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Our Common Destiny, Project Manager: A joint initiative of Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Israeli Ministry of the Diaspora, under the auspices of the President of Israel, is seeking a Project Director. Under the direction of the CEO, craft, revise and implement an organization-wide 12-month strategic plan (and, consequently, a 12-moths action plan) within the first four weeks of employment in order to guide the global professional team towards achieving core short-term and long-term deliverables and key performance indicators. If you’re interested in applying for this role just email me directly.
⚪️ Project Manager, Stackable Credentials: This position will be a part of the Cyber NYC Applied Learning Initiative, a collaborative endeavor between the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and several academic and industry entities charged with the mission of establishing New York City as a global leader in cybersecurity education, training, and talent. The Project manager will work to establish the Stackable Credentials Program, which will provide life-long learning and stackable credentialing through one-month, self-paced online modules focused on Cybersecurity topics and created by industry. To apply click here.
⚪️ Schusterman Foundation: (Israel) Senior Technology Officer. The Technology Team at Schusterman facilitates the implementation and refinement of the Foundation strategy through the use of technology resources and data analytics. The Senior Technology Officer (STO) is a member of that team and is based in Schusterman’s Jerusalem office where they will primarily support the technology needs of the ROI program team as well as the Schusterman Foundation Israel grant making team. To apply click here.
⚪️ New Jersey State Office of Innovation: The New Jersey State Office of Innovation was created by Governor Phil Murphy in August, 2018 with the appointment of Dr. Beth Simone Noveck as the State’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer. Founded with the mandate to improve the lives of New Jerseyans by designing and deploying more effective and efficient government services, the Office of Innovation works in partnership with the Governor’s Office and State agencies to create innovative policies and technologies that address complex public problems by working differently. Apply for roles here.
⚪️ Morgan Stanley accelerator: Multicultural Innovation Lab 2020 for women and multicultural led tech startups. Six-month program offering office space at Morgan Stanley headquarters, a cash contribution, and more. Deadline January 3. Apply here.
⚪️ The Runway Startup Postdoc Program: Part business school, part research institution, and part startup incubator and based at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Runway ushers recent PhDs in digital technology from an academic mindset to an entrepreneurial outlook. 12–24 months and incorporates academic, business mentorship, a package valued at $175,000 in the first year and $102,000 in the second year. Deadline February 15. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Everything You Need to Know About Crowdfunding & Crowdraising: Please join Grasshopper Bank, Republic, & iFundWomen for an actionable conversation around crowdfunding & crowdinvesting. You will walk away being able to answer the following: 1. The difference between crowdfunding vs. crowd-investing. 2. What you need to know about running a crowdfunding or crowd-investing campaign for consumer vs. enterprise companies. 3. What is the right stage in a companies life-cycle to run a campaign? Tuesday, December 10, at 08:30 AM  Grasshopper Bank, 915 Broadway. RSVP here.
⚪️ Startup Entrepreneur Happy Hour: Entre is hosting a special event geared towards the growing community of entrepreneurs, artists, creators, & innovators. Join them as they build a community of startup enthusiasts in the NYC area. This event is taking place at the all-new Spaces co-working space at Chrysler Building, in the heart of NYC, Midtown Manhattan. December 11, at 06:00 PM. Spaces at Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Ave, 9th Fl. RSVP here.
⚪️ Honesty is Sexy: An Evening of ID Talks: Are you ready to get beyond the stereotypical NYC “So what do you do?” and instead talk about the things that really matter? At this event, brave Jewish community-builders will get on stage and tell stories: not about their accomplishments or even about their communities, but rather personal stories about what it’s like to be them. Your ticket cost is your contribution to a pop-up giving circle to support creative Jewish community-building that will be facilitated by Amplifier Giving at the event. A dinner of Kosher Bukharian food will be served!  Thursday, December 12, 6pm. Tickets here.
⚪️ Capital Formation & Doing Business in the US: (Tel Aviv) Join them for an evening of information sharing and networking. Israeli wellness companies large and small are targeting the United States for growth, market share and capital. However, doing business in the U.S. brings challenges… finding customers, cost of labor, competition, regulations and so forth. Hear from entrepreneurs, investors and others who have “been there, done that.” Mon, December 16, 5:30 PM. Mindspace, 54 Ahad Ha'Am Street. Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
⚪️ CornellTech@Bloomberg: Carolyn Childers, Chief CEO/Co-founder of Chief: They’d like to invite you to join Bloomberg, Cornell Tech, and Tech:NYC for the latest installment of the Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Speaker Series from 5:30-8:00 PM EST on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 PM EST for an evening featuring Carolyn Childers, CEO and Co-founder of Chief, in conversation with Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg Television. RSVP here.
⚪️ 365x Show Case Event - 2019 Autumn Batch: (Tel Aviv) They are honored to invite you to the 365x Israel Showcase Event of the 2019 Autumn Batch!! During this event, you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with 13 top-notch startup companies already serving dozens to hundreds of customers globally, all of them handpicked for the program from over 250 applicants. Wed, December 18, 2:00 PM. Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Rehov Achuzat Habayit 2 Tel Aviv. RSVP here.
⚪️ Entre Holiday Party: Startup Holiday Party for all Startups & Entrepreneurs! Open Bar - Complimentary beer, wine, soda, mixed drinks, and light food will be served. Join Entre for the annual holiday party. Their event brings people together to openly discuss and share ideas with like-minded individuals. They welcome entrepreneurs of all types, start-ups of all sizes, industries, and stages to join them in finding the inspiration, resources, and friends that will make them successful. Thursday, December 19, at 06:00 PM. Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Sq. Tickets here.
⚪️ The Future of Money: How Payments Dominate Every Industry: (Tel Aviv) Join them for an opening event of FINnovation - the Israeli FinTech and InsurTech Community! The first event will discuss the world of payments, including transfers, blockchain-enabled technologies, peer-to-peer tech and more. Panel discussion moderated by Roi Ben Daniel (Digital Partnerships & Ventures at VISA), Arik Peretz, CFO @ Harel, Dorel Blitz, VP Strategy & Business Development @ Personetics, Tanja Talmor, FinTech expert & former CDDO @ Isracard, and Ziv Gafni, Executive Director & Head of Digital Strategy and FinTech @ JP Morgan. Sunday, December 22, 6:00 PM. Start-Up Nation Central, Lilienblum St 28 · Tel Aviv-Yafo. RSVP here.
⚪️ Your IRL VR Chanukah Party: Join Members of the Tribe in Tech and Digital Media as they kindle the Menorah and experience Chanukah in Virtual and Augmented Reality! You’ll enjoy a Hanukkah buffet, great drinks including Shmaltz Hanukkah brews and more. And because they love you, use code: Tr!be Monday December 23rd, 6:00pm. 537 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn. Tickets here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Breakfast with an Investor: Steve Schlafman, Angel Investor, Executive Coach and Former Partner, Primary Venture: Steve Schlafman has been investing in the NYC tech ecosystem for the last decade. Most recently, Steve was a Partner at Primary Ventures, Principal at RRE Ventures and Lerer Hippeau, where he focused on Seed and Series A investing. Prior to that, Steve was also Director of New Ventures at The Kraft Group, owners of the New England Patriots. Thu, January 9, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @Pondicheri. 15 West 27th Street. Tickets here.

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