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May 10 · Issue #134 · View online

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


“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … Happy Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) to all those who celebrated the Startup Nation’s 74th birthday. Strength to strength, next year is the big 75th!
My latest article in ISRAEL21c on the young gun Gen Z influencers making waves: Bold next-gen Israeli influencers sway public opinion
Something a bit different, my first opinion piece in the Algemeiner: It’s Time for Israel to Fight Harder on Social Media
As I’ve been asked about it, I’m still 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.
Make sure to follow me on TikTok for my reviews and reflections on popular business books here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“That one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backwards, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it… but love it”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
The 50 most promising Israeli startups - 2022: Yom Ha'atzmaut is always a good time to press the ‘pause’ button, and reflect on how far Israel has progressed. And of course, consider the good and the bad. There are plenty of investors who don’t necessarily look at this cooling off period as a bad thing… many startups without good fundamentals were funded during these wild times, but the cycle continues with good times possibly ending.
This is a good recap, and it should be noted that the Israeli ecosystem has grown, and broken fund-raising records thought unimaginable a few years before. A note on COVID, Israel despite a highly political COVID policy (like every other country) was able to come out stronger from the pandemic, but that’s also the case with the tech industry globally. There is something to be said about resilience, and while it looks like we’ll be entering a downturn, strong companies with solid business models and revenue will weather this storm.
Personally, while I do work with a number of Israeli investors and founders, and write for a number of Israel based publications feel some of the best stories have not been written yet… and that diamonds will emerge from the rough.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Keep hustling: This could be a challenging period for startup founders.
⚪️ New verticals: The Startup Nation is evolving and excelling in new areas.
⚪️ US-Israel business relations are still strong: The US is still the most relevant market for expanding Israeli startups.
First software cooperative in Israel offers shared ownership, revenue
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.
⚪️ TechAvivWant to work at one of the best Israeli startups in the world? 200 TechAviv member startups have 9,000 open jobs. Check it out and tell a talented friend who might be looking here.
⚪️ Masa: They are very happy to announce a new and interesting collaboration with “Israeli Mapped In NY” that will bring great value to Israeli startups in New York. A project designed to connect interns who are graduates of Masa, American citizens who participated in the Masa program in Israel, and Israeli startups based in New York! Masa is looking to adapt interns who are studying the integration and development of the Israeli startup in New York - to small-medium startups, which combine Israeli workers to Americans. Apply here.
⚪️ Climate Solutions Prize Startup Challenges: Powered by Start-Up Nation Central, the Climate Solutions Prize offers investment, prizes, and exposure to Israeli companies with solutions to climate change challenges. The multiple Challenges below are led by different corporate partners, each with its own distinct theme, vetting committee and prizes. When you apply, your single application will automatically enroll you in any and all Challenges that are relevant to your solution. Apply by May 25 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.
⚪️ Primary NYC Founders Fellowship: 6-month part-time immersion in business creation for aspiring entrepreneurs. For founders who haven’t closed a seed round yet but may have raised small pre-seed or angel rounds, With Primary Ventures. Apply by May 11 here.
⚪️ AngelList: Venture | Community Manager. This person will own their events marketing and social media strategy, and ultimately be responsible for uniting their investor, fund manager, and founder communities. This means you’ll get to work closely with the people building and backing the world-changing startups of tomorrow. Apply here.
⚪️ Israeli American Council: If you’d like to work in a warm, fun and embracing setting and to feel you make a difference, then your place is with them. The IAC is looking for dynamic, innovative, passionate and energetic people to join their extraordinary teams to build, serve, and support the challenges of our community nationwide.
⚪️ M & M Energy Investors: Chief of Staff. Calling all candidates for an exciting opportunity to work! They are hiring a Chief of Staff. The role is flexible and can be as little as 20 hours a week to as much as full-time employment. Ideally, this person is located in Miami, however, they will consider remote candidates. Each day will be different, and the individual must be flexible to the change! In addition to the transactional/administrative/organizational nature of this position, this role will have significant exposure to venture capital and longer-term potential for a hybrid role on Overton’s team. Please see additional details below. Apply here.
⚪️ MetaProp: MetaProp is a New York-based venture capital firm focused on the real estate technology (“PropTech”) industry. Founded in 2015, MetaProp’s investment team has invested in 150+ technology companies across the real estate value chain. The firm manages multiple funds for both financial and strategic real estate investors that represent a pilot- and test-ready sandbox of 20+ billion square feet across every real estate asset type and global market. Senior Associate, and Marketing Director.
⚪️ SOSAHead Of Research. SOSA is looking for a passionate Head of Research to lead and manage SOSA’s growing research and scouting team. You’ll lead the research and scouting team to produce best-in-class content, insights and market technology mapping of different industry verticals for our global corporate and government partners and internal teams. You’ll be responsible to build the team’s strategy, workflows and manage the teams’ workload and deliverables. Apply here.
SOSA is looking for a driven and passionate Business Development Representative (BDR) to join their growing team. In this role, you will lead the first engagement with potential clients, focusing on outbound efforts, to drive business opportunities and work very closely with the Marketing and Business Development teams. In addition, you will conduct preliminary research about new leads to understand the business opportunity and manage the meeting coordination and preparation. Apply here.
⚪️ ZORA Ventures: Associate. ZORA backs Israel’s leading scientists and engineers developing B2B deep tech solutions that help the world’s largest companies operate more healthfully, sustainably, and resource efficiently. They invest at the intersection of Israel’s biotech, agtech, foodtech and climate tech sectors, finding innovative technologies with massive markets. Apply here.
⚪️ Controller: They looking for a US accounting manager or Controller, who also speaks Hebrew and ideally understands both US and Israeli accounting rules. Their company is an Israeli company with US operations. If you know any anyone in the US who might be a fit, please let Yohai know at: yohai.borenstein@yahoo.com
⚪️ ISRAEL21c: 2022-2023 Digital Ambassador Program applications now being accepted!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. Apply here.
ISRAEL21c is looking for a talented freelance reporter to write about Israeli culture, entertainment, food, and lifestyle. Reporters MUST BE BASED IN ISRAEL, AND MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE IN JOURNALISM. If you are interested please message Nicky on LinkedIn, with your CV and examples of published work in this field.
⚪️ Journey: Vice President of Sales. Do you know anyone that would be a great leader for their new VP of Sales role and thrive at a rapidly growing tech company in preventative mental health? Share this with them. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Addressing Access and Affordability in Higher Education: As the price of attending college continues to climb, students from marginalized communities often face financial barriers that deter them from enrolling. In this virtual event they’ll explore both policy and nonprofit initiatives forged to resolve those higher education barriers. Tuesday, May 10, 12:30pm EDT. Register here.
⚪️ EcoMotion Week 2022 Live in Tel Aviv: Come and experience a full week of interaction with the world’s leading mobility players and explore new technologies! Startup Exhibition with over 100 smart mobility startups. Distinguished speakers, Panels, and discussions. Live demonstrations area. REGISTER NOW for the chance to explore synergies with the Smart Mobility ecosystem, use EMW22TelAviv to get a 50% discount on ticket price. May 11th. Register here.
⚪️ [Webinar] Meet The VC: Lisa Xu | FirstMark: Lisa is a Principal at FirstMark, where she sources and evaluates new investments for the firm. Lisa joined the investment team in 2018 and focuses on consumer technology and consumer-facing Web3 applications and platforms. She also works closely with and supports FirstMark’s portfolio companies, including Workit Health, Loop Returns, and Simplist, as a Board Observer. May 11, 12:00 PM PTD. Register here.
⚪️ Breakfast with an Investor: Charles Smith, Venture Partner, Joyance Partner: Charles has been an active NY angel investor since the mid-2000s and a venture partner at Social Starts and Joyance since 2015. Charles will draw upon his experience hiring teams at Etsy, Real Media, and Tacoda to provide actionable advice. Thu, May 12, 9:30 AM EDT. Register here.
⚪️ MIT educated Israeli AgTech entrepreneurs fighting global warming: AgTech is an emerging agriculture technology sector that has the potential to become the most important industry of the future in reshaping global agriculture by dramatically increase agriculture yield, save water and reduce the environmental and social costs of current agriculture production practices. The Israei AgTech sector with more than 700 active startups is using cutting edge technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, smart irrigation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to help farmers worldwide to achieve higher yield while saving the environment. Thursday, May 12 @ 12:00 pm ET. 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, May 17, 8:30 AM EDT. Register here.
⚪️ Lag Baomer Fest: Join them as we celebrate Lag Ba'omer in style! Grill Buffet | Open Bar | Mixologist | Terrace Views | International Crowd. Wednesday, May 18 | 8:00 PM . Limited spots! Looking forward to celebrating with you! The JLC Team. Click here to RSVP.
⚪️ Lag B'Omer Jazz & BBQ: Live Jazz, BBQ, craft beers, s'mores, and more on a Jersey City rooftop. Celebrating the mystical holiday of Lag B’omer, CYP style. Downtown Jersey City Rooftop - Location sent upon RSVP. Thurs, May 19, 7:30PM. Register here.
⚪️ Climate 180’s Turning Point SummitThese events are the highlight of Climate 180’s First Turning Point Summit which brings together a select group of international clean-tech companies along with financial investors, government decision-makers, and industry representatives in order to advance solutions for the climate emergency. The New Jersey-Israel Commission in cooperation with Climate 180 has designed one of the days of the turning point summit. The New Jersey day will include sessions regarding: power and utilities, public sector investment in climate tech, and the challenges and opportunities the climate crisis poses to governments. Wed, May 18, 8:30 AM – Thu, May 19, 2022, 4:00 PM EDT. NJIT@JerseyCity, 101 Hudson Street. Register here.
⚪️ In the Lion’s Den: Danny Danon Talks About His New Book: He’s Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, a powerful advocate for Israel, and a seasoned global leader. Now, Ambassador Danny Danon’s got a new book – In the Lion’s Den: Israel and the World* – and you can heart him speak at UJA this spring. Thursday, May 19, 12:00 PM.UJA-Federation New York, 130 East 59th Street. Register here.
⚪️ Israel Crypto conference May edition - Save the date!: They are happy to announce the Israel Crypto Conference in Tel Aviv. After the sold-out conference in December 2021, the Israel Crypto Conference will be held on May 23rd, 24th, and 25th! The event will begin virtually on May 23rd. They will meet with international partners that will join them to network and view video content. Who will be there? Everyone from young startups to established companies in the Crypto community. Mon, May 23, 2022, 8:00 AM – Wed, May 25, 2022, 4:00 PM IDT. בית ציוני אמריקה - ZOA House TLV 1 Daniel Frisch Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
⚪️ Monetization In Gaming Event: The gaming industry is booming with mass adoption and impressive traction. But, at the same time, the path for startups in the gaming world is tricky. Part of the issue is that VCs operate in a space where ARR is king, but in the gaming world, revenue streams aren’t necessarily recurring. May 23, 5:30 PM IDT. Samsung Next Offices, Arania Osvaldo St 17, Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
⚪️ Ticket for The Israeli Conservatism ConferenceThose who observe the everyday choices of Israelis will see that they are people of faith. Israelis across the board have more children than others in the West because they consider the world to be a good place to live and thrive. In that spirit, come together for a day of vision, community, and discussion about culture and policy that may help determine our shared future in our homeland. May 26th 2022, 9am. All backgrounds, ages & view points welcome. International Convention Center, 1 Shazar Ave, Jerusalem. 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.
⚪️ 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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