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"Don’t talk about your philosophy, embody it”
 

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May 26 · Issue #83 · View online
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“Don’t talk about your philosophy, embody it”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}} … for those in the US, I hope you had a meaningful MDW. Maybe I’m an optimist but I feel we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel in the US… though sadly I cannot say the same for places in the Southern Hemisphere. My latest piece in ISRAEL21c: Why are 4 US states building bridges to Israeli tech?
I believe we’ll see a new wave of startups in the coming months and as such I will be actively featuring interesting startups (with a focus on COVID-19 solutions) below so reach out to me directly to see if your company is a good fit to be featured.
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Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
-Joseph Campbell
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
How much Instagram influencers stand to lose because of the pandemic: Maybe it’s passe but I’ve become nostalgic (remember back in the day when we could sit in a Starbucks?) and thought about life pre-social media. Aside from reading books listening to pop music of by-gone eras (such as the 1990’s) makes me reflect on how much things have changed.
Being authentic or real used to be a badge of honor. When was the last time someone used the term “poseur”, if you’re under 25 years of age and reading this you may have no idea what I’m talking about? Today it’s a given what is posted on image driven platforms like IG and TikTok is not real, that the scene is highly manufactured and portray the poster’s peak experience. Which is why it’s been shocking for people to see celebrities and other influencers without makeup stuck at home and partaking in activities which are less engaging. 
I believe we’ll see social change in a way it hasn’t since the Great Recession over ten years ago. We’re already seeing this with Facebook’s new foray into e-commerce and the tech giants’ attempt to usurp Zoom’s engagement; a tool which is 300 million users strong and growing. After the chaos of COVID-19 the generation going through this may become more reflective and look to find ways to share their lives in an authentic way on a digital platform which hasn’t been built yet.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Authenticity is not a business strategy: But it could be a good sales and marketing strategy as social will develop.
⚪️ WeChat is probably a good example: After Libra Zuck and Co. are not giving up on Facebook’s attempt to enter financial services… the Empire will Strike Back at some point.
⚪️ Platforms on top of platforms: Instead of competing against Amazon’s marketplace, e-commerce website builders like Shopify are using Facebook’s social for search and discovery of their brands.
Influencers help spread misinformation about COVID-19
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Now accepting applications for the Digital Ambassador Program: The Digital Ambassador Program develops the next generation of digital communication experts. ISRAEL21c identifies North American college students who are passionate about Israel and media to play an active role in engaging with and developing ISRAEL21c’s audience. Digital Ambassadors will develop their communication skills by sharing positive news about 21st century Israel with diverse communities across the globe. Apply by 5/31. Apply here.
⚪️ Borderless Series: This is a one-week-long virtual intensive course for early-stage founders interested in taking an in-depth look at Silicon Valley. Centered around Financial, Social, and Human Capital topics, the program will be led by Silicon Valley-based founders, investors, and industry experts. Confirmed speakers include Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures), Nina Achadjian (Index Ventures), Kobie Fuller (Upfront Ventures), and Lo Toney (Plexo Capital). Apply Here by June 1st for Early Admission. Apply here.
⚪️ Careers at Journey Meditation: Journey is on a mission to help all people live happier, healthier lives. They believe in the power of human connection so they’re creating the world’s largest meditation community, both online and off. They believe that meditation is more powerful when done with others so they’re building the world’s first group meditation app - think Peloton for meditation. Apply for Digital Marketing Manager and Head of Content.
⚪️ Corporate Venture Associate: You are the glue that cements their most important corporate and government partners into the Capital Factory ecosystem by understanding their business objectives and connecting them to relevant startup opportunities and to each other. You get to know their Innovation Council Members so that you can connect them to startups who have the solutions to problems they have already prioritized and funded. This role has the flexibility to be based out of Austin, Dallas or Houston. Apply here.
⚪️ Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale University: Tsai CITY invites students, alumni, staff, faculty, friends, and community members to lend them your ideas, creativity, and enthusiasm to help build a center that inspires all students and builds meaningful opportunities to experiment, learn, and build solutions to real-world problems. Below are formal opportunities to join their team. They’re looking for two experienced founders with tech or consumer packaged goods experience to work 8-10 hours per week on a contract basis with student new venture teams. Apply here.
⚪️ WAY – Wisdom Accelerator for Youth: It is a pleasure to announce the upcoming virtual edition of (WAY) during these uncertain times, thus replacing the live editions until the “new normal” stabilizes in the months to come. It is called “Neo WAY” and as half of the internet traffic these days it will take place over Zoom from Friday to Sunday 29-31 May. 40 speakers from all around the world and walks of life are confirmed and there are plenty of fun breaks planned too. More details about the program and applications for teenagers in the 13-17 age range can be done here.
⚪️ World Hackathon Day: The Virtual World Hackathon Day is an initiative aiming to gather the world’s brightest online talents to battle the world’s biggest challenges. During this day, they want to bring people from all over the whole world online together. This day is meant to connect the world together in finding solutions for their global challenges. They want to work on a better future between all countries who are facing the challenges caused by COVID-19. May 29th. Register here.
⚪️ Women of Startup Nation Accelerator: Are you part of an early stage startup with at least one female founder? The second batch of the Women of Startup Nation Accelerator, with the mission of accelerating the success of female-founded companies in Israel, will take place July 5 - August 13. Companies will have access to our incredible partners at Google for Startups Israel, participate in working sessions with the top executives and investors in Israel, receive mentorship with expert operators, and join a vibrant community of entrepreneurs. Applications are due June 3rd. Apply here.
⚪️ Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge: Space Apps is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Join them May 30-31 to tackle COVID-19 using NASA data in this global, virtual hackathon. Register here.
⚪️  Venture University’s Online Education Programs: They are excited to announce Venture University’s new Online VC/PE Masterclass and Advanced VC/PE Modules. You can take these courses at own pace and gain access to live Q&A sessions with top performing VC investors. Use discount code VUTHANKSUSA for $1,000 off both courses. Apply here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
Spiritune : Spiritune combines music, neuroscience and music therapy principles to reimagine music to address health in the form of stress reduction, emotional regulation, productivity and performance. They are empowered by their mission to address mental health in a creative, yet evidence-based way given their novel approach in developing Spiritune with leading neuroscientists and music therapists, and they’ve been getting a lot of early enthusiasm and supportive feedback around the product and experience they’ve built.
They have their product in the world at a time when stress and emotions are at an all-time high, and Spiritune has some unique opportunities to partner with significant companies and organizations to bring the therapeutic powers of music to populations such as hospital/healthcare networks, military, elderly care and enterprises with employee bases now struggling with WFH challenges. Check them out on the App store here.  
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ On for investments? #5: Join their fifth webinar with top Israeli VC’s! As part of the important content they provide to the global community of entrepreneurs in WeWork labs, they have initiated a weekly discussion with Israeli investors in the light of the Corona crisis & the ‘day after’. On Freund, head of WeWork Labs EMEA, interview angels and partners from leading Israeli VC’s, and together they talk on investment opportunities for startups. *Will be held in Hebrew. 7:30 AM Tuesday, May 26. Register here.
⚪️ Innovation, Venture and the Future of AgriFood: Join them to learn how the biggest players in the Agrifood industry manage their investments and how to stay innovative during Covid times. Tue, May 26, 10:00 AM EDT. Register here.
⚪️ The Biggest VC Investment Opportunities Over The Next 5 YearsJoin top venture capital investor, J. Skyler (Sky) Fernandes, General Partner at VU Venture Partners, whose investment team has invested in 250+ companies, with over 35+ years of VC experience, and were early investors in Beyond Meat, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Venmo, etc. May 26, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time. Register here.
⚪️ Re-imagining the economy: A Radical Talk with Eric Schmidt: Former Google CEO and Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Eric Schmidt, joins Radical Ventures Managing Partner, Jordan Jacobs, for a feature discussion on the shifting priorities facing economies recovering from the pandemic. Their conversation will explore how companies must re-architect their businesses in the face of unprecedented disruption, and how the digital world stands to reshape the society that emerges from this crisis. May 26, 01:00 PM EST. Register here.
⚪️ COVID-19 Academy: Transformation & Innovation Series | 01: IDEATION: Join them for a session about ideation. Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract. During the webinar, they will discuss practical tools for you to come up with a great idea or properly work with the idea for a business. Wed, May 27, 9:00 AM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Pre-Shavuot Short Talks w/ Israeli Thought Leaders: Join their online global event: A Very Israeli Pre-Leil Tikkun Shavuot. Short Talks by Israeli Thought Leaders. Rabbi Jonathan Feldman,Natan Sharansky, Sivan Rahav-Meir, Jon Medved, Racheli Fraenkel, Isaac Herzog. Wed, May 27, 12:00 PM. Register here.
⚪️ SKU 8 Virtual Showcase:  This year, SKU is presenting our 8th track of companies virtually! After 14 weeks of programming and mentorship, their seven founders are ready to present their final pitches to the world. Join them at 12pm CST on Wednesday, May 27th for their SKU 8 Showcase, a virtual pitch event, featuring Kendra Scott as our keynote speaker. MAY 27 1:00PM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Bootstrappers Breakfast with Rob Fitzpatrick of “The Mom Test”: Rob joins them from Barcelona where he’ll share his thoughts on assets that founders bring to their companies and how we can develop them further over the course of our entrepreneurial careers. He will take us through a short exercise to identify their key assets, including: skills, insights, audiences, access to talent, etc. Rob will also address his recent work on “idea selection,” shaping your ideas and goals. Thursday, May 28, 8:30 AM. Register here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Breakfast with an Investor: Dr. Joel Palathinkal: They’ll be hosting Dr. Joel Palathinkal, venture capitalist and part of a family office that has done direct investments in a wide range of sectors and stages like deep space exploration, lab grown meats, digital health, fintech, AI, B2B SaaS, and Consumer Technologies. He has invested in and advised both funds and early stage startups, and is Associate Partner at VU Venture Partners. Thu, May 28, 8:30 AM. Register here.
⚪️Female Founder Fireside Chat with WENYC: For this virtual event with WENYC, they sit down, connect & reflect with female founders who are changing their industry and creating an impact on their communities. They’ll dive into their story together – exploring what drove them to start their business, discuss any trials & tribulations they’ve faced along the way, and how they hope to positively impact the industry they are in. This month they will also focus on the importance of mental health as a leader and leading a team with empathy and mindfulness. Thu, May 28, 1:00 PM. Register here.
⚪️Join Overton VC on May 28 for Spotlight Series Launch: Join Overton Venture Capital’s co-founders and managing partners Kerry Miller and Michel Nogen in conversation with two of their extraordinary portfolio company founders, Matt Hornbuckle of Stantt and Rachel Renock of Wethos as they share their founder’s journey and provide insights on navigating business amidst a global pandemic. Thu, May 28, 4:30 PM EDT. Register here.
⚪️Virtual Venture Capital Speaker Series and Networking Event: DownToDash presents a virtual night of networking & learning from Venture Capitalists. They have some amazing speakers that will be sharing tactics and strategies for startups and raising money. Thu, May 28, 7:00 PM. Register here
⚪️ How Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Evolves During And Post-COVID-19: Join them for the humble ventures virtual pop-up focused on How Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Evolves During And Post-COVID-19. COVID-19 is an accelerant for change, forcing the digitization of inundated industries. As consumers shelter in place for social distancing requirements, brands are strategizing new ways to reach them. One area we see a particular focus on is Direct-to-Consumer (DTC). Fri, May 29, 3:00 PM EDT. Register here.
⚪️ The New Tomorrow: The Israeli-American Council (IAC) and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation invite you to join them at the IAC-PC Global E-summit: The New Tomorrow. This unique four-day event will bring together the most valued Israeli and American thought leaders for a series of captivating discussions on our new reality in the wake of the Coronavirus through the lens of: the economy, innovation, medical breakthroughs, and social adaptability. The online summit will be held from May 31 to June 3. Register here.
⚪️ Invitation - COVID-19 Innovations: New Jersey Meets Jerusalem: The State of New Jersey and the State of Israel have experienced a long and well-established strategic partnership. Most recently, Choose New Jersey hosted a New Jersey business delegation to Israel, where we had the privilege of being hosted by BioJerusalem and began a collaborative relationship. Jun 1, 08:30 AM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Palo Alto 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 is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup. The other attendees will all be in startups. It will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. Fri, 8:30 AM PDT. Register here.
⚪️ Future of Health & Wellness: Entre is hosting a special event geared towards the growing community of entrepreneurs, artists, creators, influencers, and innovators. Join them virtually for a panel of professionals in the Health & Wellness industry sharing entrepreneurship, industry insights and tips on the Future of Health & Wellness. June 8, 6:00PM EDT. Tickets here.

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