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Luck = Opportunity + Preparation

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Happy 2019 YKC community. Feeling “lucky” and accepting that many things are just out of our control; that we can only truly control our reaction to the challenges in front of us. With that, I hope everyone reading this has the clarity of mind to view challenges this year as lessons for growth. We can’t grow without being challenged.
If you’re planning on attending CES this week let me know, I’ll be attending and would love to connect. If you’re in Vegas respond to this newsletter or ping me at +1 (908) 616-9776. Judging by the response I’ll set up a Whatsapp group (and small gathering at one of the hotel bars). You can follow my Stories on Instagram @yonzes as well. Below are some resources for fun events at CES. Make your own luck ;)
Some inspiration
“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get”
-Ray Kroc
What I'm reading
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins: What a book! Or more precisely, what an Audible book. This book came out at the exact time I really needed it as I’ve been going thru some physical challenges. As a self proclaimed personal development nerd Goggins’ theories on life, and overcoming adversity are the apex of motivation. I do have a soft spot for gurus who preach a mind over matter mentality. I learned years ago as a young soldier in the IDF that overcoming obstacles really is all in your head.
Buy the book on Audible today as it offers a behind the scenes commentary by the author as a kick start your 2019. When you listen to it, it’s literally unbelievable the physical feats this former Navy Seal and ultra marathoner was able to accomplish. We all love the underdog’s story of overcoming obstacles, but in Goggins’ (Jeff Bezo’s also utilizes this philosophy) view we’re at Day One every single day. We need to keep pushing ourselves and fighting every day. Just be warned, this book is full of cursing and not for the faint of heart.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Embrace the suck: Life is not always a bed of roses, lean into and embrace the ugly and difficult parts of life. Of course much easier said than done, but once you overcome those challenges you’ll look back fondly on the experience.
⚪️ There is power in darkness: I’ve never been a fan of just thinking positively (it goes against human nature). It’s not popular to state but there is significant power in using negative things that happened to us as rocket fuel. The risk is using those negative thoughts to take action, not to dwell on them.
⚪️ We’re only at 40%: Goggins believes most of us only use 40% of what we’re capable of and leave so much on the table in life. Imagine what we could accomplish if we upped that number. I know I don’t want to live at 40%.
Believe You're Here for a Reason: David Goggins | Rich Roll Podcast
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ 8200 Social Program: ARE YOU A SOCIAL-TECH ENTREPRENEUR, WITH A DREAM TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE? Join the 5th cycle of the 8200 Social Program to get the best tools for accelerating your venture, including access to the exclusive network of the 8200 alumni. A 5-month acceleration program, filled with workshops, events, and meetings with successful entrepreneurs, top-tier professionals in various domains, and prominent investors. APPLY NOW.
⚪️ Aleph Portfolio Companies: This Can Be Your Next Career Move. Some examples of what they’re looking for: Senior Full-Stack Developer @Bringg Apply. Business Analyst @Frieghtos Apply. Product Manager @Anodot Apply. Click Here for all Open Positions.
⚪️ WeGrow: The new school by WeWork, is now enrolling students ages 2 to 12 years-old for the 2019-2020 school year at their NYC campus. For the coming school year, WeGrow is excited to offer a Judaics track that will incorporate Jewish studies, follow the Jewish Calendar, and provide intensive modern Hebrew language immersion (students in this track may also choose to become proficient in Mandarin). WeGrow’s methodology teaches universal life principles and a spiritual approach to Judaism. WeGrow plans to extend through high school, as well as expand to a global network of campuses. To learn more and apply today, visit them here.
Solving real problems
This Next Year: This Next Year is a site where you create a letter to yourself through answering a series of questions - particularly how you plan on growing within the next year.
The answers provided are then sent back to you in a form of a letter in 365 days - hopefully you’ll be a few steps closer to your goals! Submissions will be open until January 14 — The site & web experience is available year round!
I challenge you all to try this exercise this year!
Upcoming events + opportunities
FinTech Meetup - VC Lookback & Forecast: Join them for an investment perspective deep dive into the trends that shaped the FinTech industry in 2018, & what we might expect in 2019 & beyond. Wednesday, January 09, at 06:30 PM. Latham & Watkins, 885 3rd Ave. Register here.
Gotham Entrepreneurs - The Guide To Angel Investing: Please join them for an evening all about angel investing. Whether you are a prospective investor or entrepreneur a panel of leaders in the field will discuss what you need to know (and to ask) before making or seeking early stage investment. If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to become involved in early stage investing this is an event that you won’t want to miss. Wednesday, January 09, at 06:30PM. Spaces, 71 Vanderbilt Ave. Tickets here.
Breakfast with an Investor: Lucas Nelson, Managing Director, Lytical Ventures (and hacker turned VC): On January 10, they’ll be hosting hacker turned VC Lucas Nelson, Managing Director, Lytical Ventures, a Corporate Intelligence focused early stage venture fund. He focuses on cybersecurity, blockchain, and enterprise application technologies and brings over a decade of investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience to his role. Lucas is a proud geek: a hacker turned VC. He is also a world ranked pinball player, a Kaufman fellow - and still manages to code once in a while. Thu, January 10, 8:30AM. KettleSpace @BaarBaar 100 13 East 1st St. Register here.
XRC Labs Cohort 7 Launch: Join them on Tuesday, Jan 15th as they unveil the latest startups selected to be a part of XRC Labs’ Cohort 7 class. Meet the superstar founders set to be the next great disruptors in retail and consumer innovation. Tue, January 15, 6:00PM. Theresa Lang Center. 55 West 13th Street. 2nd Floor. Register here.
Meet the Author of “The Art of Startup Fundraising”: On January 17th, Alejandro Cremades, serial entrepreneur and the author of the “The Art of Startup Fundraising” is coming to speak at Startup Grind. Alejandro recently built and exited CoFoundersLab which is one of the largest communities of founders online. He is also a cofounder at Panthera Advisors, a premier investment banking and financial consulting firm specializing. ALLEY POWERED BY VERIZON 119 W 24TH ST, FL 2 JAN. 17, 6:30PM. Tickets here.
NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast Mastermind: Back in NYC! They’re excited to have new mentors ready to facilitate their conversations once again. Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® they have serious conversations about growing a business. This group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. Friday, January 18, 8:30AM  KettleSpace @ Baar Baar 13 E 1st St #100. Register here.
Authors @Company: Cal Newport: Georgetown computer scientist Cal Newport’s Deep Work sparked a movement around the idea that unbroken concentration produces far more value than the electronic busyness that defines the modern work day. In Digital Minimalism, Newport proposes a bold solution: a minimalist approach to technology use in which you radically reduce the time you spend online, focusing on a small set of carefully-selected activities while happily ignoring the rest. Company HQ 335 Madison Avenue, 3rd Fl, February 4, 6:00pm. Tickets here.
AMA @Company: Joanne Wilson: Joanne Wilson has been working in technology since the dot-com boom in the 90s. She’s an angel investor with a portfolio of over 90 companies, and for the last 13 years, has maintained her popular blog, Gotham Gal. She’s been involved in projects in the startup, real estate, education, nonprofit and restaurant world and has been deemed the “woman around town” in NYC… for good reason! Come ask her anything. Company HQ, 335 Madison Avenue, 3rd Fl, February 7, 6:00pm. Tickets here.

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Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Frenkel
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