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YKC: Lockdown Nation


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September 29 · Issue #92 · View online

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

“Start the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … Shalom from Israel, if you fasted on Yom Kippur I hope it was a meaningful one. I’m free from quarantine and spending the lockdown period on a yishuv in the lower Galilee. As for the national lockdown and the next few weeks… the government is stating this may last past the chagim, but who knows, they’ll probably come up with a different decision tomorrow. This is a tough time for everyone in the Startup Nation, aside from the 2nd wave of COVID, coalition politics are impeding a real plan forward.
You can follow my daily Israel exploits on Stories: IG here, and LinkedIn here.
⚪️ If you’re an ecosystem partner in Israeli tech and want to join the Upstream group I’m moderating for “influencers” (I know, I know) please respond to this email. To those not familiar with this social networking app, it’s been blowing up in the NY tech scene, you can check out the WSJ piece on it here.
⚪️ My latest piece in ISRAEL21c on making the best out of a tough situation… I mean really, two weeks in solitude and I wouldn’t create content? 5 things I learned as an entrepreneur in quarantine
My latest piece in Geektime on what we’re building in Tulsa: NYC move over: Tulsa aims to attract Israeli startups to the Midwest
⚪️ Regarding Tulsa, Atento Capital is offering a number of meaningful incentives (financial, free office space, assistance with recruiting, BD, fundraising, etc.) for Israeli companies who open up shop (or hire remote workers) in Tulsa. You reach out directly to me or learn more here
⚪️ If the above relates to you, you can see for yourself by joining Atento Capital for a webinar to learn about how you can grow your startup in Tulsa directly from the investors building the ecosystem: Tulsa - Tel Aviv: Meet the Midwestern VC. To submit questions, or learn more email me at: or Whatsapp +1 (908) 616-9776. 8:00-9:00am CST/16:00-15:00 IDT, Wednesday October 14th. Register here.
⚪️ As there is no Israel editor yet for LinkedIn (why the country wasn’t featured as part of LinkedIn’s Top Startups list) I’m going to create my own list (per vertical) as part of the The Israeli Startup Review.
Cybersecurity is up first, if you have a startup you’d like to nominate (or to nominate yourself) please respond to this email directly. The deadline for submitting a company is tomorrow 17:00 IDT/10 am EST time.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
-Mahatma Gandhi
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anna Lamott: This has been a good book to read during these reflective times. Where we may be limited on how far we can physically travel the opportunity has presented itself for us to work on practicing skills we may be have been putting off. A version of the conversation below happens at least once a week:
Aspiring writer: “Yoni, I want to write. I have all these ideas but I don’t know where to start. What do you suggest?”
Me: (Attempting to sound wise, in a Yoda voice) “Don’t overthink it. Just write.”
But seriously, I think there are two main things stopping people from putting their work out in the world. The first one is the discipline to write on most days (it is really a journey, not a destination), and the second is to make yourself vulnerable by putting your work, in all its glorious imperfections, out in the world. I don’t know which one is harder, but there is the idea that procrastination is driven by fear, so they’re probably connected.
Many of the points are not new, but every writer, creative, or anyone building something of value understands intrinsically the struggles covered in this book from experience. Creation (and inspiration) comes from doing. These are reflective times we are living through, so if you’re interested in expressing yourself in any medium now is the time.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Action first: Don’t wait to get inspired to begin, you need to start, as messy as that it may be (and your first drafts will suck) to get inspired.
⚪️ If Voltaire were still alive: Even truer today, perfection IS the enemy of the good.
⚪️ Bird by bird: The reason I get anything done, by breaking tasks into their smallest parts and focusing on the task at hand… bird by bird.
12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Differential Ventures Job Board: If you are in the tech world and looking for a new job please check out the open positions at their portfolio companies. There are active hiring processes in all business functions from New York to Israel to India! Opportunities here.
⚪️ Maniv Portfolio Job OpeningsTheir portfolio companies are hiring here.
⚪️ Abu Dhabi Virtual 2020Cooperation between The Nest - הבית ליזמים צעירים & Founder Institute UAE Abu Dhabi Virtual 2020. Pre-seed startups (all vertical) are welcome to register to world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, the Founder Institute Final Admissions Deadline: October 04. Apply here.
⚪️ VentureCrushFG Pods: A Digital Cohort to Enable Founders to Network During a PandemicNetwork, Guidance, Support. No equity taken. 10-15 promising startups organized by geography or affinity plus 3 pod-leads (VCs and one member of Lowenstein Sandler LLP’s Venture Crush team to build a community of founders, investors, and advisors. 8 month program. Apply here.
⚪️ Satellite: High-tech sales careers in Tulsa. Career accelerator programs run by top sales leaders in tech. Accelerate your career, expand your network and land your dream job in just 6 weeks. Satellite’s program is now live and looking for people to apply to a six week training program with guaranteed placement. If you’re interested in this Tulsa based program reach out to me directly. Apply here.
⚪️ accessiBe: The #1 fully automated web accessibility software is looking for a talented Content Writer to join the team. You will be to be responsible for researching, creating, and publishing blog content to build awareness and drive lead generation. Native English speaker- a MUST! Experience writing for a B2B company- a PLUS Come join them and make the world a better place! Send me your CV’s -
⚪️ Atena: Helping SMBs of the World Thrive! Atera is hiring roles in R&D, Marketing and more. Apply here.
⚪️ Bank Leumi: Come join their team- we are hiring a Marketing Associate with 2-5 years experience and a strong digital/project management background. Check out the description attached and reach out to them directly with any questions around the role. Apply here.
⚪️ ElevationHead of R&D. They are looking for an R&D Leader to manage Elevation’s R&D team and product development efforts. To be successful in this role, you must have hands-on and managerial experience in R&D roles with SaaS companies. Apply here.
⚪️ JookoThey make magic happen in the world of D&I all day, every day, and they’re looking for passionate people to join their team to reshape together the future of diversity recruiting. Apply here.
⚪️ JPMorgan: They’re looking for an analyst to join the JP Morgan Tel Aviv Investment Banking team. Please review the below qualifications and apply using the link: 1-2 years investment banking/corporate finance or similar experience. Strong academic background. Outstanding written and oral communication skills (both English and Hebrew). Link for applications here.
⚪️ Particle Health: The team at Particle Health is hiring for BD, product and engineering. If you’re based in NYC apply here.
⚪️ SwayVP of Product Design. The Vice President of Product is the internal leader of Sway’s product roadmap including close interaction with software development, research and data science. The VP of Product will focus on leading Sway in creating customer journeys, developing product themes, and establishing UX philosophies with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative evaluation. Additionally, the VP of Product will be required to execute designs to be implemented and prototypes for testing before the product team expands. If you’re interested in this Tulsa based position reach out to me directly. Apply here.
⚪️ SymbaSymba is seeking a new Head of Marketing, responsible for defining and implementing their marketing and growth programs. They are looking for a self-starter with industry experience in B2B SaaS. As Symba’s Head of Marketing, get ready to roll up your sleeves and leverage the resources of an early-stage startup team to help you execute on the strategy you develop. This is an exciting opportunity to craft, own, and execute a new marketing vision for a scaling tech startup. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Creating Trust and Transparency Online: Join Axios for a virtual event on the future of the media landscape — a place where bad actors have increasingly sought to exploit fears with fake or manipulative information. We will discuss how companies are creating trust and transparency online through attribution. Wednesday, September 30, 12:30 pm ET. Register here.
⚪️ Breakfast With An Investor: June Choi, Serval Ventures: An emerging tech venture builder, investor, and innovation partner. Serval focuses on applying emerging technologies such as AI, reality+, blockchain, and data to build and grow transformative infrastructure, startups, tech-enabled products, and talent. Serval’s current work centers around expanding their innovation labs ecosystem network to build better investment deal flow and train emerging tech talent, and our environmental initiative to get cleantech out into the market faster. Thu, October 1, 4:30 PM IDT. Register here.
⚪️ Leveling the Playing Field for Underrepresented Talent in Tech: Alan Stein, a Director from Salesforce, will be joining them to share his journey at some of the largest tech companies in the world. Now, Alan is on a mission to level the playing field for underrepresented talent and is sharing insights gleaned from his 25-year career. With nearly a decade of that experience as a global leader at Google, Facebook, Salesforce, and multiple startups, he will share how he navigated his career and offer guidance for those seeking to join and succeed in a tech career. 10/07 06:00 PM ET. Register here.
⚪️ Diverse Founders Startup Showcase: We know that diversity leads to greater innovation, alternate ways of problem solving and thinking, and financial growth for businesses large and small. In order to create the most robust healthcare ecosystem, it is essential that all communities, users, founders, and partners are empowered. HLTH and Samsung Next Ventures are pleased to collaborate on a dedicated startup showcase promoting diversity in healthcare! Showcase debuts to HLTH VRTL audience on October 16th. Learn more here.
⚪️ Productboard’s Product Excellence Summit: Register for free & join 1000s of global product leaders & product managers! Great for all founders too! You’ll learn how to build customer-driven products, transform product organizations to adapt to changing times, and accelerate the pace of product innovation. Plus, find out how Productboard can take your product journey to the next level. They’ll guide you through new releases, customer success stories, and our vision for the future! OCTOBER 21ST, 8:00 – 12:30 PT. Register here.
⚪️ Tulsa - Tel Aviv: Meet the Midwestern VC: Join Atento Capital for a webinar to learn about how you can grow your startup in Tulsa, Oklahoma directly from the investors building the ecosystem featuring Michael Basch - Managing Partner and Will Gray - Investments and Partnerships. A Zoom link will be emailed to you directly prior to the event. To submit questions, or learn more email Yoni at: yoni or Whatsapp +1 (908) 616-9776 8:00-9:00am CST/16:00-15:00 IDT Wednesday October 14th. Register here.
⚪️ Founders Foundations Meeting - How to start your startupAre you a first time Founder? They bet you have tons of questions…. so they are here to help! Join their conversation to learn from Kfir Kimhi , CEO ITsMine experience and get some answers from our legal experts at Fox Rothschild LLP and tax expert from GPL Tax & Accounting October 14, 2020 at 9am PST | 7pm IL. Register here.
⚪️ Cyber Week Goes VirtualCyber Week Online invites you to experience expert-driven content and high-level networking opportunities, from the comfort of your own home. Bringing you world-class thought leaders from industry, government, and academia, Cyber Week Online provides a virtual space to connect and share ideas with international decision-makers, business executives, startups, and investors. October 19th-21st. Register here.
⚪️ DLD Live Tel Aviv Innovation Festival: The online Festival will take place on October 12-15th, 2020, and will consist of special events and a professional Summit (October 14-15th). The core event of the festival is the Summit. The festival will include special events hosted by multinational companies, as well as Israeli companies and organizations. Learn more here.
⚪️ TechDay New York: Take advantage of state-of-the-art AI powered matchmaking to schedule meetings with the TechDay Online participants most likely to help you succeed – investors, accelerators, members of the press, corporate innovation teams, developers, engineers, early adopters, and more! October 23, Expo Pass free here.
⚪️ Venture Summit Virtual Connect 3Come meet, interact and network online with more than 1,300 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies at the prestigious Venture Summit Virtual Connect 3 being held virtually on November 17th-19th 2020. The New York Israel Chamber of Commerce (a non-profit board I sit on) is pleased to announce its sponsorship and invite you to join us at Venture Summit Virtual Connect 3.0. Special offer: Register Now & Save 20% off Early Bird Rates (Use discount code “NYICVIP"). Register here.
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Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Frenkel
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