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“If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?”
 

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January 22 · Issue #47 · View online
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“If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?”

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Happy MLK Day YKC community. Back from CES and in “marathon mode” until the summer. In remembering Martin Luther King Jr. there is talk about parallels with current challenges these days. I don’t know if we’re living thru history (as we like to tell ourselves) such as the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Time will tell if that is true, but something we could all do today is take a real look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves how we can make a small change to improve someone’s situation around us.
A small change I’ve been trying to make is to ask myself the following before I think or speak negatively about someone else: “If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?” (not sure who’s quote it is, Google said the Buddha but it sounds like Stoic philosophy). Nothing groundbreaking, but a small daily practice that will compound over time.
Mini-challenge: (trying something new) for the next two weeks when you’re about to think, say, (or text) something negative about someone else think about the quote above. And respond directly to this email letting me know how it goes.
Some inspiration
“"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
What I'm reading
Davos isn’t the next center of globalization. CES is: I can’t say that I completely agree with this analysis, but there is a lot of truth to the fact that business across the globe will move ahead no matter the conversations between politicians this week in Davos.
My second CES, and I can state in my nativity CES is not a place for manufactured serendipity. It’s lot of big tech (and hardware) brands impressing other brands and media. Even with a press pass I was a bit clueless to the game at CES which was to set ALL your meetings up in advance. You live, you learn. That being said I had plenty of thoughtful conversations with great people, caught up with friends, and got a sense of what 2019 holds. There is a lot of value in experiencing CES, and I highly encourage you experience it for yourself at least once.
The reason I’m not on board with CES being more relevant than Davos is the tone-deaf manner in which the CTA, which hosts CES, awkwardly handled the controversy around the Osé: CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women. If CTA has made an active effort to engage more women and minorities at CES it was not felt (where as the World Economic Forum has made some progress; The percentage of women at Davos is greater than ever before). There are plenty of articles covering all the gadgets on display in Vegas earlier this month, what I would really like to know is if there is an upstart conference out there looking to usurp CES’s status as the “Oscars of Tech”.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Change is slow: To cut the expo some slack they’ve made progress with Eureka Park, their international and startup area. Maybe it’s the hustle of entrepreneurs but I found this area the most real. And kudos to the Smart Cities area and more of a focus on smart accessibility, utilizing tech to create a culture of inclusivity.
⚪️ Are new categories necessary: I never heard of the “sleep tech” space, but there it was on the CES show floor. Ironically, missing were “sleep-tech” unicorns mattress startup Casper and mediation app Headspace (an app that has been nothing short of life-altering for me). At a certain point in the near future all these new technologies and labels will mesh together.
⚪️You need a CES Sherpa: This is a nifty business idea, I saw organized tours of CES including by millennial media mainstay (one of my favorite publications) Quartz. CES is that big and unruly you need a tour guide. I don’t know if it’s something I would be interested in doing but it looks like a good business idea for those looking to explore new business endeavors (though probably hard to realistically scale).
The Best of CES 2019: Only the cream of the crop
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Alley: Alley is currently hiring a Creative Director to join their growing team. They have continued to evolve rapidly over the years and now are in need of someone who can help take Alley’s brand to the next level. They are looking for someone who gets extremely excited about storytelling, has built and led teams of creatives, and can execute thoughtfully around the different touchpoints of their brand. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, you can find all of the info here. 
⚪️ AppsFlyer: AppsFlyer is a SaaS mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform, headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices around the world. Check openings in Marketing, Operations, Sales and more. Current Job Openings at AppsFlyer here.
⚪️ Air Force Pitch Day: Fast tracks for startups to work with the US Air Force. $40M for startups using one-day one-page contracts. Deadline February 6. Apply here.
⚪️ JVP & NEW YORK CITY PRESENT: The NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge: $1M investment to help tackle one of world’s major cybersecurity vulnerabilities: protecting backbone of economic ecosystem of 250,000 SMBs in NYC. $80,000 cash award by the City of New York, to be split among up to 8 finalists. Deadline February 8. Apply here.
⚪️ Razor Labs: A great opportunity for those who wish to enter the fascinating and growing world of Deep Learning! Tel Aviv based Razor Labs opens the next session of Future Learning, starting on February 24, 2019. If you are a talented developer, or a master’s degree graduate, you can get on the direct path to joining the AI revolution! Apply Now by emailing info@futurelearning.ai
⚪️ 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
Sarona Ventures / 365x: Sarona Ventures is a sector agnostic fund based in Tel Aviv. They partner early and are comfortable with the rough imperfection of a new venture. They help founders from day zero, when the DNA of their business first takes shape.
365x is a six months long growth program to accelerate your business performance. It is backed by Three Global leaders - Microsoft, Techdata and Prodware - with cumulative reach to hundreds of thousands resellers and millions of businesses. Learn More.
I certainty don’t want 10X when I can go 365X. Check out the program my friend Toot Shani is heading, as part of the Sarona ecosystem in Tel Aviv.
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Sorry, Ari LIVE: They’ll be screening the best “Sorry, Ari” episodes, there’s a hilarious line up of stand up comedians, a musical guest, and even a live episode! They have great sponsors, including PBR (Free Beer!), and donations will be accepted to raise money for Mercy for Animals. Wed 23 @ 7 PM / Blue Rooster Art Supply Co, 4661 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. (This is my brother’s event, so if your’re in LA I highly recommend you check it out). RSVP here.
Breakfast w/an Investor - Upstage Ventures: Mark Wachen is a busy investor & doesn’t often speak on panels, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet him & hear what he has to say! Mark is the Managing Partner & Founder of Upstage Ventures, a firm that advises & invests in consumer internet & interactive marketing companies. Thursday, January 24, at 08:30 AM. KettleSpace @Blackbard, 19 E 26th St. Register here.
The Impact of Amazon on Jobs & Small Businesses in NYC: Discussions about Amazon announcing New York City as its new HQ2 location are complicated, often emotional and yields more questions than answers.In this 2-hour event, they will focus on how Amazon’s HQ2 and Amazon Go cashier-less stores opening soon in NYC and across the country, combined with Amazon’s recent announcement to expand Whole Foods, will impact jobs and small businesses in NY. Wednesday, January 30, 6pm. The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn. Tickets here.
365x Showcase Event - Autumn Batch: They are honoured to invite you to the 365x Israel Showcase Event of the 2018 Autumn Batch!! During this event, you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with 14 top-notch startup companies already serving dozens to houndreds of customers globally, all of them handpicked for the program from over 200 applicants. Thu, January 31, 2:00 PM. The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Ahuzat Bayit St 2, Tel Aviv. RSVP here.
Paradigm Talks: Investors & Entrepreneurs at Americas Tower: They are holding a networking event for entrepreneurs, private investors and corporate finance professionals. Startup companies pitch for investment and this is followed by networking over drinks. Thursday the 31st of January from 6:30pm Floor Seven of Americas Tower. RSVP 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.
IAC Dor Chadash: Fashla Night: IAC Dor Chadash invites you to hear the stories that will make you laugh, learn and cringe at Fashla Night. While there is no direct translation for the Hebrew word “Fashla”; It can loosely be translated to “catastrophic mess-up”, “catastrophe” or “epic fail”. Successful people in industries ranging from high-tech, politics and entertainment will share their hilarious Fashlas on their road to success! Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6:30 PM. Idealist.org. 389 5th Avenue/ Floor #9. 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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