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"The opposite of love isn’t hate. It’s indifference.”

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November 13 · Issue #42 · View online
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“The opposite of love isn’t hate. It’s indifference.”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back to YKC. November is finally here and holiday season is almost upon us. Closely following the events unfolding in Israel, another war with the Hamas is déjà vu, at a certain point the political leadership in Israel is going to have to confront this pernicious toxic organization, the question is can there be a way to do so politically without bloodshed.
One of my favorite authors, Dan Schawbel, has a new book out today, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. Guys, we need to understand and develop more empathy in society, so make sure to read this book.
I’ve been looking for more public speaking opportunities, and as we’re living in a period in history where you don’t have to wait for “gatekeepers” to choose you I’ve decided to book myself for a talk. I’ll be giving a short presentation Tues 21st about some of my “networking” hacks, do some Q&A, and we’ll have some time to meet and connect with new people as well. Trying something new, we’ll see where it goes… To RSVP to Networking Hacks click here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
-John Wooden
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Despite Khashoggi Probe, Silicon Valley Doesn’t Have a Problem Accepting Saudi Money: Ever since it’s inception I’ve been fascinated with the size and audacity of Softbank’s 100 billion dollar Vision Fund, and their CEO Masayoshi Son’s audacious vision for Japan (note, not the globe, but Japan). When news of the Khashoggi murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul reached Silicon Valley what we got was this: Silicon Valley hoped the Khashoggi story would go away; instead, it may end an era. A closer look reveals just how much Saudi money is invested in Silicon Valley growth startups (as LPs in a number of SF based VCs).
I honestly don’t know what how I feel about the VCs who accepted money from the Saudis, (or Russian oligarchs and Chinese investors) or the virtue signalling and phony outrage after the Khashoggi probe started. Typical of the political echo chamber in SF, we’ve always been just one Google search away from Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, but let’s be real, two factors really propelled the Khashoggi story into the mainstream press. 1.) Trump’s close relationship with the Saudi royal family (and putting economics aside, the administration leaning on the Saudis for support in any policy against their arch rival Iran). Peter Thiel faced this when we aligned himself with the current administration, though his political views where out there and well-known for some time. 2.) Probably the general disappointment with MBS (Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman); the world thought the millennial monarch was above killing political dissents and journalists. Apparently not, as we’re seeing this unfold before our eyes on the Gaza border in the Middle East old habits die hard.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Virtue signalling is another reason to people distrust Silicon Valley: That and selective moral outrage. What probably makes it worse are the leaders in Silicon Valley who telling us how to live our lives. When a tweak to an algorithm in Facebook impacts 2 billion people across the globe as a shared experience, that is power. Traditionally those in power felt the need to look pious (our current president not withstanding).
Both cultures have an epic view of history: Son’s view of Japan goes back to the 1600’s; the Saudis (Samuel Huntington’s work on the Arab world’s concept of time is excellent) as being the guardians of Islam’s most holy sites (and probably the richest family in the Middle East) trace back their legitimacy to the time of Mohammad in the 700s.
I don’t know if I would have acted any different: Very easy for me to pass this judgement from my soapbox, but if I was put in the same situation in accepting questionable money I don’t know how I (or any other ‘rational’ person would act). Maybe I’m the hypocrite.
SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son Elects to Skip Saudi Conference
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
Bachrach Group: I met Mickey years ago and she has always been amazing at connecting people! Are you looking for someone to find you your next great employee or your next job? Email her your job needs or resume to By using her you leverage the network of her and @tbg real estate and @the bachrach group as your own. To get an understand of how she successfully builds authentic personal and business relationships click here.
Fusion LA: They have just announced the opening of their application season for Fusion LA’s 4th batch. They are looking for entrepreneurs that could be a good fit for their accelerator in Los Angeles. They’ve just concluded their 3rd batch in LA. They work closely with their 20 alumni companies as they scale in the US market: 90% have secured paying clients or raised money from US investors, 33% have completed a Seed Round (+$2M) and relocated to the US.
They’re looking to work with Israel-led, early stage start-ups (Pre-seed or Seed) from all industries that want to grow their company in the US market. You can read about the way they work here. Or just APPLY to their accelerator (batch starts at Feb-2019) here.
Lemonade: Content Marketer, they’re looking for an experienced content marketer to join their Tel Aviv team and help them tell the Lemonade story through social media and other channels. If you’re a storyteller driven by creativity, original thinking, and KPIs, with a proven track record in the world of content marketing – they’d love to talk. You’ll be a self-starter and an innovator when it comes to creating and marketing content, constantly measuring the effectiveness of your work. Apply here.
Transit Tech Lab: Deadline November 30. For early and growth stage startups working to solve public transportation challenges. Successful companies have an opportunity to pilot their technology with the MTA and transform New York City. Apply here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
EasyWay: EasyWay created Eve, a virtual assistant for travelers, both inside the hotel and out on the streets, on your favorite messaging app (WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger etc.). Their algorithm provides their users with a curated list of the very top recommendations by scanning the web and combining the information from the different sources
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Cornell Tech @Bloomberg w/JetBlue: Bloomberg, Cornell Tech, & Tech:NYC invite you to join them for the latest installment of the Cornell Tech @Bloomberg series, featuring Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, & Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures, in conversation with Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg Television. Tuesday, November 13 at 05:30 PM. Bloomberg, 731 Lexington Ave. Register here.
Live! From Tomorrow… Or Hardly Working? An episode dedicated to the future of labor in an increasingly automated society. See you there November 13 for more laughs, more insight, more live music, and another game of VS.VC! Or as they like to say, come one and all: Laugh. Learn. Innovate. Tue, November 13, 6:30 PM. 10 Hudson Yards. Tickets here.
ICONYC and SOSA NYC Present: State of NYC Tech 2018: A Special Evening With The Movers & Shakers Defining The Future of NYC Tech. Space Is Limited. 2018 was the year the NYC tech ecosystem made a huge step forward, establishing itself as a prime player in the global tech scene. With over 200 early stage VCs, a growing list of startup unicorns and tech talent flocking to the city, NYC has become a global tech hub. Lifion, by ADP – 135 West 18th. Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm. RSVP.
Invitation: US-Israel Technology event: With over 500 Israeli Startups presenting at their global events, their conferences are one of main stage to interact with major decision makers around the world and penetrate those markets. Join them at the 33th ‘US-ISRAEL Technology event’; short pitches, demos and plenty of opportunities, this session should give you an insight into what’s hot in Israeli innovation. Reed Smith 599 Lexington Ave, 22nd Floor. Wed, 14th November from 10:30. Register here.
Funny as Tech: On Nov 14th they are doing a Funny as Tech live panel show with special guests Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), Melissa Jun Rowley (social impact entrepreneur), and Allison Esposito (founder and CEO of Tech Ladies). THE UNDERGROUND 123 E. 24th St. Wednesday Nov 14th at 6pm. Tickets here.
Navigating Cybersecurity, What Startups Need to Know: Navigating Cybersecurity will help every startup take their privacy and data protection to the next level - or plan ahead - with actionable tips from key players within cybersecurity ecosystem. This panel session will provide the tools you need to protect the growth and success of your business - and if you are building a cybersecurity solution, it will help you become more appealing to investors and customers. Wed, November 14, 6:30 PM, Cooley: 1114 6th Ave # 46. RSVP here.
2018 ANNUAL JICNY GALA FUNDRAISER: Dear JICNY friends & community, They are asking for 100% gala participation!  Thank you! (Jodi, Gavin & Steve). JICNY 2018 Gala Event Benefit. Support their event journal ($36 your name, $72 greeting, $180 ad). 7pm 315 Central Park West. TO REGISTER OR CONTRIBUTE.
SOS Investor Breakfast: Oliver Mitchell, aka, The Robot Rabbi, will once again be their guest investor, on November 15. Oliver is Venture Partner at ffvc. Oliver joined ff Venture Capital in 2018 as a Venture Partner. He is the founding partner at Autonomy Ventures, a venture firm focused on early stage investments in business and industrial automation technologies, including robotics, smart mobility, remote sensing and machine intelligence. Thu, November 15, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace @Distilled NY, 211 West Broadway #100. Register here.
Startups Turned Investors. Starta Accelerator Batch 6 Demo Day: Starta Ventures is proud to present their 6th Batch of international founders! Join them for our Panel Discussions with angel investors who started their journey as startup founders. Hear them talk in retrospect about their business journey, sharing their insights and lessons learned. They invite frontrunners of the NYC Tech scene, entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs and industry insiders to join them for a night of invaluable business networking and opportunities. Thu, November 15, 6:00 PM, SAP 10 Hudson Yards. RSVP here. Launch Party: They’re starting the next chapter of Alley and have welcomed a new platform for entrepreneurs, Through this platform, they are able to share more resources, stories, and enable more significant and meaningful relationships. This platform is Alley’s megaphone - it is where we bring you stories of everything that expands the community’s well being and growth. Wednesday, November 14th 8:00pm. Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St. Get tickets.
NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast Mastermind: 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, November 16, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace TriBeCa @ Distilled NY 211 West Broadway. RSVP here.
AMA @ Company: Shan-Lyn Ma: Shan-Lyn Ma is Co-Founder and CEO of Zola, the wedding company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience by combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology. Zola launched in 2013, has since raised $140M, and has quickly become the fastest growing wedding company in the country. Company HQ, 335 Madison Ave. November 27th, 6:00pm. RSVP here.

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