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April 13 · Issue #106 · View online

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


“To be realistic, you have to believe in miracles”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … here back in Israel on the eve of Yom HaZikaron. A reflective time, even during pandemic times… and wishing a meaningful Yom Haatzmaut to everyone in Israel.
I’m vaccinated, free of bidud, and would love to meet in person and catch-up this month in the Tel Aviv area. Additionally, if you’re a growing Israeli startup and looking to hire high-skilled workers in the US let’s chat about how I can help you find that talent in Tulsa. To schedule a time to meet please respond directly to this email.
Be on the lookout for news items I’m posting regularly on LinkedIn; I would love your comments. You can also follow my daily adventures in the Startup Nation on LinkedIn. To connect with me directly click here.
I will be hosting the next Upstream Israel Mixer Thursday April 22nd 12pm EST/7pm Israel time. They’re a lot of fun, you’ll hear a speaker, and meet a number of good people all under half an hour. To join the mixer, click here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“It’s better to be controversial for the right reasons, than to be popular for the wrong reasons”
-Shimon Peres
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
$1 billion investment in Israeli high-tech in a single day this April (ISRAEL21c): It’s been forever since I’ve been in Israel for Yom HaZikaron and Yom Haaztamut. This used to be a reflective and important time for me years ago at Dor Chadash, at a memorial turned celebration. New York pre-pandemic and what feels like a different era. Reflecting on it, today, my way of channeling that energy digitally is through my LinkedIn newsletter The Israeli Startup Review (you should subscribe 😊).
Israel went from being praised for military to technology prowess, and while they are interconnected, it’s no longer where your hilltop is located or the infantry huffing alongside armor which wins wars. But I do think often of the character of the early Zionists, the stubborn, contrarian thinking of if-everyone-thought-that-way-nothing-would-get-done. And I see those traits in many founders, that same unreasonable determination, grit, and focus. This doesn’t always have to come from somewhere positive (Israel’s early founders were running away from something as much as they were running towards a goal). But even negative experiences act as fodder to continue to keep the fire alive.
So, on this Israeli Memorial Day we can reflect on the lives lost defending what was created and look to celebrate everything that was built and is still being built. Raising money, and breaking another financial record are just another example of how far we’ve come, and how Israel has succeeded in reaching a level of normalcy when it is being praised for something as normal as business success.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ True grit: While not as hard as previous generations (nor should they be) the country’s citizens are ultimately resilient.
⚪️ It’s not over yet: Despite the quiet of the past few years, Israel still faces many security challenges.
⚪️ We’re only getting started: This is what it feels like to take part in an endeavor on the accent.
Covid vaccine passports: what can we learn from Israel?
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Atento Capital: Come work with us. Atento connects great companies to great people with the mission to grow Tulsa’s community. If you’re based in Israel and interested in any of these positions reach out to me directly. Openings here.
⚪️ Tulsa Innovation Labs: Innovation and technology are transforming the jobs of the future in a major way, paving the creation of new opportunities that never existed before. And Tulsa will NOT be left in the dust. We’ve got an incredible community full of untapped talent and groundbreaking aviation, cyber, energy and healthcare companies. We’re here to put all of the pieces together to give Tulsa the momentum to meet the future head on. Learn more here.
⚪️ Tekfen VenturesThe corporate venture arm of Tekfen Holding. They invest in construction, real estate, agriculture, and manufacturing – the legacy industries that build, feed, and supply the world we live in! Check out their portfolio’s open jobs on their job board here.
⚪️ InsideILDo you want a taste of startup nation? Here is your opportunity to win an exciting paid internship 2021 program in Israel this summer! Given Israel’s successful vaccination program, interns can have in-person internships in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Be'er Sheva this summer. But if covid safety concerns preclude in-person internships, internships will be offered to get engaged remotely. If you know anyone who might enjoy experiencing the Start-Up nation first-hand this summer, please encourage them to apply quickly. Check out this website for more information here.
⚪️ Merage +45 program: The Merage +45 invites entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to a unique program with a $100K grant for the leading startups. Eligible candidates: Any startup from any field with a founder age 45 and over, or startup led by a woman (at any age) that holds above 50% of the shares. The last day to register- April 30th, 2021. Apply here
⚪️ Call for Wellness Technology Startups: Apply for an investment of up to $500K by Welltech Ventures! Experts from top multinational companies will participate in the competition demo day. They welcome relevant wellness innovation startups to register! For more details and registration here.
⚪️ Aleph: They are hiring a Deal Flow Analyst! They are looking for a product-oriented data analyst to join the Deal Flow Pod, which provides Aleph’s partners with services and tools to ensure timely investment opportunities, optimize due-diligence processes and help win deals. This is a full time, one-year position and an opportunity to learn the inner workings of a dynamic venture capital firm. If you have a sharp, analytical mindset and are an independent, creative thinker, they would love to hear from you. Apply here.
⚪️ Lerer Hippeau: They’re looking for a full-time Associate or Senior Associate to join their investment team. Their Associates play a central role at Lerer Hippeau, where they source and research new opportunities, diligence companies, and support our current portfolio companies. At Lerer Hippeau, they’re an inclusive and flat organization. They have a strong track record of promoting from within and helping those on our team grow in their roles at our firm. They’re excited to kick off this search. Apply here.
⚪️ Lost Tribe Esports: PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY! They are looking to add a Video Production Intern to their team! Interested? Check out the full job description and follow all directions to apply here!
⚪️ M13: Community Manager: Community is one of the four pillars of M13’s values and is the core part of everything they do to create an ecosystem that is #BrighterTogether. They believe that authentically valuable connections among founding teams and investors will foster portfolio engagement, quality deal flow, and other active contributions to the M13 community. Apply here.
⚪️ MelioThey’re Melio, a TLV-based startup on a mission to keep small businesses in business. Their online payment solution enables small businesses in the U.S. to pay their bills in more efficient ways that improve their finances and free them up to focus more on managing the business they love. As a Communications Specialist you will be joining their Growth team and contribute to their company’s success. Your mission will be to support cross-company efforts in developing and executing a comprehensive international communication program. Apply here.
Their team is growing! They’re looking for a content writer who can let every American small business owner, accountant and bookkeeper know that Melio is the best B2B payment solution out there, and that once hooked, they’ll never understand how they operated without it. Join a cool, unconventional content team, in an even cooler, extremely fast growing, company! Apply here.
⚪️ NextGen Ventures: NextGen Venture Partners is seeking to hire a Platform Associate to engage their network of 1,500+ Venture Partners in their investment process and community. Apply here.
⚪️ TAMID GroupThey are looking for a Company Relations Manager to join their Israel office and Company Relations Department. If you are interested in working with the most cutting edge Israeli high-tech, startup, consulting and finance companies in the ecosystem and create lasting connections - your place is with them! They are looking for a great communicator professional who is excited about the Israeli high-tech and startup industry and who loves to make new connections on a daily basis. If you think you’ve got what they are looking for - apply today!
⚪️ TikTok: (Israel) Their Marketing team is growing and they are looking for best people out there! If you are a team player, passionate, hard worker with a relevant professional experience, please send your CV.
More info in the link below. Open positions:
- Brand Strategist
- Marketing Communications
- Marketing Creative Manager
- Marketing Designer
- B2B Event Manager
- Data and Research Manager
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ East Coast Virtual 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 group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. Tuesday, April 13, 8:30 AM. Register here.
⚪️ Masa’s Virtual Yom HaZikaron CeremonyOn April 13th, 2021 at 1:00pm EDT, on the eve of Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day), we will commemorate IDF soldiers and victims of terror at the largest international virtual ceremony for the Jewish world. Their English-speaking ceremony is a chance for people from around the world to participate in a meaningful ceremony from a personal, communal and national perspective. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday,  April 13th 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT (8:00 – 9:30 pm Israel Time). Register here.
⚪️Yom HaZikaron: Experience Israel’s Greatest Moments - Historic Virtual Tour: Their virtual memorial tour in-English is in honor of Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The event will be led by leading curators and educators who will show and tell Israel’s story from the early 20’s to today, through Israel’s wars, victories, losses, triumphs, dilemmas, and strength. Tue, Apr 13, 8:00 PM IDT. Register here.
⚪️ Meet The VC: Allen Bryant of Knightsgate Ventures: Join them in April for their monthly Meet the VC on April 14 at 12:00 PM PST. We will hear from Allen Bryant of Knightsgate Ventures. Allen Bryant is a Partner at Knightsgate Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on driving actionable social impact while disrupting industries. Previously, Allen was a private equity associate at Palladium Equity Partners. April 14: 12:00 PM PST. Register here.
⚪️The Future of the Flexible Workplace: Join Axios for a virtual event on the future of the flexible workplace. We’ll unpack how employers are rapidly reimagining their workforce for a post-COVID-19 world. Wednesday, April 14, 12:30 pm ET. Register here.
⚪️ Sports Tech Investment: Opportunities: Colosseum Sport and IDB Tech are launching this unique gathering that will showcase the financial trends around sports and sports tech, featuring distinguished speakers from sports tech VCs, sports organizations, key startups, and sports SPACs. Mon, April 19, 6:00 PM IDT. Register here.
⚪️Fintech Week Tel Aviv2021 is back for its 5th year, April 19-22. This year’s agenda lineup includes topics on: Blockchain | Cybersecurity in Fintech | Future of Payments| SPACs | Insurtech 2021 | Emerging Fintech Markets in China, LATAM, and India | SME Tech | Investment Opportunities in Israel, UAE, & Bahrain | Sustainable Finance | Fintech 2030. Register here.
⚪️ MEDinISRAEL Conference/NY Health Insurer Panel: Israeli digital health startups are transforming healthcare with amazing technical breakthroughs, primarily through solutions sold to providers and bio-tech. This panel will provide a discussion with executives from the largest payers operating in New York State (TBD) on the challenges and “pain points” they face, and some of possible ways in which the Israeli digital health ecosystem may be able to address these pain points. Wednesday, April 21 from 12:20 PM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Upstream Israel Mixer Thursday: April 22nd 12pm EST/7pm Israel time. They’re a lot of fun, you’ll hear a speaker, and meet a number of good people all under half an hour. To join the mixer, click here.
⚪️ DOING BUSINESS IN INDIA: Welltech Ventures invites you to take part in “Doing Business in India” event. Join them for an exciting discussion regarding “ Doing business in India” for wellness technology startups. The webinar will take place on April 27th at 10:30 (Israel) / 13:00 (IST). Register here.
⚪️ Raising $55M in One Year while Breaking Diversity Barriers: This month is startup funding month at Startup Grind, and what a great opportunity it is to host our very own Derek Andersen, Co-Founder not only of Startup Grind, but also of the startup Bevy! Derek Anderson bootstrapped Startup Grind for 10 years and as of last year, he’s begun funding for Bevy. This talk is moderated by Lirone Glikman, Global Ambassador at Startup Grind and a Global Business Development Consultant. Thursday, Apr 29, 6:00 PM IDT. Register here.
⚪️ Social Innovation Summit 2021: Social Innovation Summit is the ultimate platform for building partnerships, sharing best practices, and understanding global challenges and solutions among those who are committed to enabling more inclusive and equitable communities. This year’s expert lineup will reflect on the challenges of this past year as well as the opportunities for continued progress across critical themes like: COVID Response & Impact, Future of Work, Mental Health & Wellness, STEM Education, Tech for Good, Economic Mobility, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. June 8-10. Register here.
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