View profile

YKC: Resilience

“Adversity reveals genius”

Yoni's Kitchen Cabinet

March 17 · Issue #78 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

“Adversity reveals genius”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}} … as the coronavirus has changed our lives, I’m going to do my small part in my corner to flatten the curve by featuring webinars and other digital meetups for people sitting at home.
As many of us are in isolation these days this could prove to be an opportunity for introspection or spending time reading to improve ourselves. For those in isolation and who need someone to speak with during this difficult period, my number is at the bottom of the newsletter, so free to text me and we can set up a call to catch up.
Economic outlook being TBD at this point, if you’re an Israeli startup I put together this resource guide for ISRAEL21c to have in your back pocket in the case you’re looking to raise money after we get through this: The ultimate guide to US investor programs in Israeli startups.
As many of us are suffering from news and information fatigue, and as there is so much misinformation out there I’d recommend the following resources I’ve found useful in helping me stay updated: John Hopkins Center for Health newsletter (clear-headed daily updates), New Scientist, Science, Scientific American and Vox (I’m recommending this outlet reluctantly, but I found their coverage thorough, particularly their graphs.)
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
–Viktor Frankl
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy: There has been much written (and filmed) about the origin story of Facebook but reading this well documented history no one, (maybe Zuck), could have imagined what the social media giant would become. Connecting and inspiring billions sure, but challenging democracies and spreading misinformation as well.
Take the current coronavirus as an example, I personally don’t get my information from Facebook but have gotten info at times from other social sites. Many of the articles are reposted from media outlets whose goals are to get you to click on their headline. Even if you make a conscious effort to read multiple sources your exposure to social shapes your worldview. Social media is like any tool, the best and absolute worst in humanity will use it to suit their needs.
What is the future of Facebook, or social in general? It’s probably not going away, but maybe the days of new platforms gaining users at rocketship speeds are not over yet if you look at a phenom like TikTok. The big difference is that all the user acquisition is via mobile. I don’t think anyone could have predicted how one kid toying in his dorm room could forever change the way we connect and relate to each other on a global scale.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Facebook may make a major comeback: More people on their computers at home in isolation are looking for a human connection… and Facebook Live is having a moment now.
⚪️ What is the future of social? Mobile for sure, but how we consume content (ex., Stories, TikToks) is changing.
⚪️ We take transparency for granted: Back in the day, AOL’s AIM, the original Messenger, used aliases instead of our real names.
Facebook Ads Keep Driving Its Business , Says Author Steven Levy
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge: Seeking proposals for products or services to address community healthcare problems in undeserved areas in NYC, Long Island & Hudson Valley. Funded by US EDA i6 Challenge, with Hofstra University Apply by March 20 here.
⚪️ Female Founder Challenge: For the second year in a row, VivaTech, in partnership with 50inTech, launches the Female Founder Challenge with two main objectives: (1) accelerate the financing of women-led startups, (2) involve VC funds to commit to more parity in financing. Apply by Mar 27 here.
⚪️ Techstars NYC : You know the drill and FYI, over 400 Techstars founders live in NYC, working to build the next generation of game changing companies. Want to be next? Apply now! Deadline April 5. Apply here.
⚪️Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator: One of NYC’s premier accelerators. The companies selected to participate in the four-month program will receive a $100,000 investment and the potential follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund. And an awesome team of mentors. Deadline April 6. Apply here.
⚪️Quake Capital Accelerator: Quake invests in early stage companies across the board, from agriculture, to Saas (business products and services to clean tech to consumer products. Generally around $150,000 investment in exchange for around 5-10% equity, plus $1M in perks. Deadline April 7. Apply here.
⚪️Germinators Startup Pitch Competition: Rewarding Innovation in the food, beverage and hospitality sector. Open to French or American food/beverage/ hospitality entrepreneurs. Apply to pitch and win a $10,000 prize, a one year of membership in the premier French and American business network in New York City and more. Deadline April 17. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured Meetup: 1 Million Cups NYC: Meet & support local entrepreneurs: 1 Million Cups is a monthly gathering where 2 entrepreneurs give a 6-minute presentation about their experience starting and growing their company, followed by Q&A from the audience. Presentations will start promptly at 8:40 am. Application are open to present your company at 1MCNYC here. Wednesday, March 18, 8:30 AM. Attend via Zoom by clicking here.
⚪️ FEDBytes: We live in complex times. While we can’t always gather in person, they are now serving up FED through FEDBytes: an interactive, virtual series you can join for a taste of community and connection amidst the isolation we are all experiencing right now. In each virtual Byte, you will get to know a friendly neighborhood featured guest, who shares their personal story and what it’s like to be them, in conversation with the group. FED will also prepare one recipe that represents that story on the Byte.  Sign up to join or be a featured guest.
⚪️ Meet the VC: Alice Cheng from Upfront Ventures: Join them as they sit down with an investor to talk investment thesis, current investment climate and more. Founders will have the opportunity to ask the VC questions as it pertains to their particular business. Representatives from each service provider will also be on hand to help address any startup infrastructure needs you may have. March 18, 12:00PM PT - 1:30PM PT. Request an Invite.
⚪️ Webinar: Quants Trading Extreme Volatility: The BattleBlitz Series is a forty-five minute free webinar including two presentations and a panel discussion with Q&A discussing a relevant topic within the quantitative/big data marketplace. Mar 19, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time. Register here.
⚪️ Boma COVID-19 Virtual Summit: Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, Boma will be hosting a 24-hour virtual global summit — Boma COVID-19 — in partnership with the video-conferencing platform Zoom. Boma COVID-19 Summit will take place in 10 countries on 4 continents — and bring together a wide range of health experts, thought leaders, policymakers and business leaders for more than 20 hours of debate and discussion related to the virus. The summit will take place 100% online (over Facebook live stream) and will be free and open to the public. Mon, 23 Mar, 12:00 AM. Register here.
⚪️ 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.Thursday, March 26, 8:30 AM. To join click here.
⚪️ Meet the VC: Eric Bahn from Hustle Fund: Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Early Growth Financial Services and their partners. They sit down with a VC to get answers to your questions about fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more. March 26, 12:00PM PT - 1:30PM PT. Request an Invite.
⚪️EcoMotion Annual Investors Event 2020: Community Startups & Investors. Global travel restrictions may be keeping them at home, but it will not keep us from connecting to each other! Due to coronavirus they are planning a digital version of the EcoMotion Annual Investors Event 2020 March 30, 17:00 (IL Time). Startups – APPLY NOW for a pitch.  Investors - REGISTER HERE to join the LIVE Webinar.
⚪️ WEBINAR: Corporate Travel Pitch Night: They’re going digital for their upcoming Corporate Travel Pitch Night! Join them on March 31st at this online event, highlighting founders creating innovative tech solutions for the corporate and business travel landscape. New York, Tue, Mar 31, 1:00 PM (EDT). Tickets here.
⚪️ The Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020: Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020 will provide an open and more accessible experience across multiple days and time zones. Nearly all of their confirmed 80+ speakers have committed to join them for the Ethereal Virtual Summit. You can expect to hear from these industry leaders in familiar formats such as keynotes, fireside chats, and panels, but with even more engagement via virtual roundtable discussions and VR meetups. Save the Date May 7th-8th.

If you enjoyed this newsletter please forward it to someone you feel would benefit from reading it,
Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Frenkel
+1 (908) 616-9776 (Whatsapp)
Did you enjoy this issue?
If you don't want these updates anymore, please unsubscribe here.
If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here.
Powered by Revue
United States