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YKC: Start of (COVID-free) summer


Yoni's Kitchen Cabinet

May 25 · Issue #109 · View online

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

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Shalom YKC community … Wishing a meaningful Memorial Day weekend to those in the States. Here in the Startup Nation these last few weeks have been harrowing ones. What I have found to be personally the most difficult is seeing the amount of hatred directed towards Israel on social media (not to mention the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the US). On the social platforms not that this is anything new, but the intensity and how quickly it appeared by people who had no prior opinion (or skin in the game) is disturbing.
As someone who often doesn’t agree with Israeli governmental policy, and looks to understand and empathize with the other side, I have found it very difficult to engage with supporters of the Palestinians and partake in a meaningful dialogue (many of them being from the US and Western Europe).
But we move ahead and continue forward. We aspire to be “strong and of good courage” as one of the founders of this country David Ben-Gurion stated (and the title of an excellent book about the Middle East). The Startup Nation has learned to succeed not despite of conflict, but because of it, as without resistance one cannot fly.
Reflecting on that theme my latest article in ISRAEL21c on the recent conflict: How struggle enables Israelis to achieve difficult things
I will be hosting the next Upstream Israel Mixer June 10th at 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
“Courage is… the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.”
-David Ben-Gurion
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Israeli tech ecosystem calls for reconciliation between country’s Jewish and Arab citizensThe rocket fire ended and both sides claimed victory. Tactically the IDF destroyed much of Hamas’s tunnel network, but strategically the Hamas won this round. The images of rockets being launched at Tel Aviv, and the division the Hamas has caused in Israeli society cannot be understated.
This round of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has come to a close, but the damage done to Israeli society will take some time to heal. We have progressed as a society in integrating minority populations such as the ultra-Orthodox and Israeli Arabs over the last few years… and my fear is that much of that work will be wiped away as result of the sectarian rioting. But time will heal the wounds, and we need to take active steps to bring about a sense of reconciliation. Some would make the argument that the professionals leading Israeli tech are the elite and disconnected from the rest of the country. While we do live in a bubble, the Startup Nation miracle has helped develop the Israeli economy beyond our wildest dreams. But the next step in the growth of the Startup Nation is creating a bigger pie for everyone, both Jews and Arabs.
It is a dual-edged sword, on the one hand we are enamored by tech and on the other hand the social media networks have spread misinformation so quickly and inflamed passions. Maybe we would be better off for some time without our smartphones, and instead focus on how we can empathize with the other side and move past the violence.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Dream for the day after: There is no other choice but to look to a hopeful future.
⚪️ Most “activists” get their info from memes: Posting one-sided posts on social doesn’t mean you’re doing anything, you’re actually making things worse.
⚪️ Empathy is lacking: Never in history have we been so interconnected but so distant from one another.
Israel-Hamas Conflict: Three Reasons Why Old Dynamics Prevail | WSJ
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.
⚪️ Black American Startup Resource List: 742+ Accelerators, Incubators, Investors, and more (2021 Update).
⚪️ Trace Cohen’s Active Investor List: 250+ investors by sector, typical check size, LinkedIn link, and contact info. As always, warm introductions help, ergo the LinkedIn link.
⚪️ Angel Venture Fair Conference: Startups and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for the 2021 Summer-Fall class, for access to the Private Investors Forum and AVF events. For more info contact Vered of the Phila-Israel Chamber. 
⚪️ On Deck Founder Fellowship: Their 10th Cohort of ODF10 is kicking off on June 12th. The On Deck Founder Fellowship is a private community of world-class talent looking to start their next tech venture. Want in? Submit an application to be considered? Application is now open.
⚪️Y Combinator Startup School: For startup founders; Learn basics of starting a startup from the world’s top startup accelerator. Free online program & global community. Weekly live video chats w/other founders; with Y Combinator, Stripe, Digital Ocean, Amazon AWS. Register here.
⚪️ MetaProp AcceleratorWorld’s premier PropTech accelerator program. For real estate tech & proptech startups; $50K funding + potential for $200K follow-on, 3-6% equity; 22 weeks. Access to C-level industry mentor network, at Columbia University, apply by Jul 30th here.
⚪️ Aleph: They are looking for a temporary executive assistant. This role is a unique combination of administrative, logistical and personal tasks, and an opportunity to learn about the Israeli startup ecosystem from an investor’s perspective. Apply here.
⚪️ LinkedIn: Round-up of Israel based tech and finance roles on LinkedIn here.
⚪️Networking System Community: They’re hiring. Know anyone who might be interested? Their goal is to help millions of job seekers land the job they deserve rapidly. The only way to do that - redesigning a broken system. They’re looking for a part-time Product Marketing Intern to help grow the Networking System Community! They go live on June 1st, and there are already 250 members. They are still pre-revenue, so this is NOT a paid opportunity. Apply here.
⚪️Canapi Ventures: They are hiring Associates and Senior Associates to join their investment team in Washington, DC and Wilmington, NC! For more info, please see their Associate job description below. If interested, please email with a cover note and a copy of your CV.
⚪️Closed Loop Partners: They’re hiring! Two amazing opportunities to join the Closed Loop Partners team. Director, Origination - Infrastructure Group here. Associate, Investor Relations here.
⚪️ Maverick Ventures: They are hiring an experienced principal with 3-5 years of relevant work in the field, they are based in Tel-Aviv. Send CVs to
⚪️ Hanaco VenturesBased in New York and Tel Aviv, Hanaco Ventures is one of the fastest growing and most active venture capital funds in the Israeli tech ecosystem. Hanaco Ventures was founded in 2017 by Alon Lifshitz, Lior Prosor and Pasha Romanovski. Some of our portfolio companies include AmericanWell, Via, Moovit, Fundbox, Namogoo, Redefine Meat and many more (full portfolio page here). Apply here.
⚪️ Hyundai CRADLE TLVThey are hiring an Open Innovation Manager. If you are passionate about innovation and the automotive industry. If you have experience developing ecosystems, designing POC projects, and creating business synergies. If you are a proactive self-starter with strong network to Israeli startup ecosystem, and you understand how to work with different cultures. Apply here.
⚪️ Sompo Digital LabBusiness Development Manager Healthcare. Create partnerships with innovative digital health startups. Network with ecosystem players such as VCs, incubators, accelerators, and thought leaders, to scout for innovative solutions. Apply here.
⚪️ Startup Nation CentralManager Strategic Partnerships. The position’s responsibility is to create, manage and host frequent delegations of C-level executives from top global corporations for customized visits at the Israeli start-up and innovation ecosystem. The position requires identifying MNC’s needs and “pain-points” and matching them with potential solutions, models and innovation structures from the Israeli start-up ecosystem. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ CA Rep. Bass & more unpack criminal justice reform: Join Axios for a Hard Truths event on criminal justice reform. They’ll unpack how the pattern of sentencing disparities for people of color affects people from childhood to adulthood, as well as leading policy and advocacy initiatives for reform. Tuesday, May 25, 12:30 pm. Register here.
⚪️ Sara Fischer unpacks rankings of America’s most visible brands: Join Axios for a virtual event unpacking the Axios Harris Poll 2021 rankings, an annual survey that unveils the reputation scores of the most visible brands in America. They’ll reveal which brands have become America’s favorites, and how the past year has impacted their reputations. Wednesday, May 26,  12:30 pm ET. Register here.
⚪️ SECURING THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF CYBER PRODUCTS & SYSTEM The Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University and the EIS Council are proud to co-host a special webinar focusing on creating worldwide collaboration between suppliers, manufacturers, vendors, customers, governments, regulators and end-users. May 26, 06:30 PM in Jerusalem. Register here.
⚪️ Reimagining Community Response After COVID: Lessons from Jewish Wisdom and Modern Technology for a Traumatized WorldIt is at these moments when they so grateful to be part of the community of United Hatzalah, an interfaith, pluralistic, nondenominational organization of volunteers who commit to dropping everything to save the lives of others across Israel at a moment’s notice. United Hatzalah’s use of life-saving technology to bring Israelis - Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze, and others - together in this mission, not drive them apart, has a lot to teach our world right now. At this moment, while the conflict rages, United Hatzalah’s 6,000 volunteers are quietly putting their lives on the line to save those most in need. May 26, 2021 11:00 PM in Eastern Time. Register here.
⚪️ Breakfast with an Investor: Kelly Hoey, Author & Investor: Networking expert J. Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network. A frequent speaker and source for networking insights, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City’s Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Thu, May 27, 4:30 PM IDT. Register here.
⚪️ Tulsa Venture Capital + Venture Mixer: Are you a current or aspiring Tulsa entrepreneur? Interested in tech companies, venture capital, or entrepreneurship generally? Just want to hear about what some awesome innovators in the Tulsa ecosystem are up to? RSVP YES! to our portfolio event on June 3rd! June 03, 5pm – 7pm CDT (Tulsa). RSVP here.
⚪️ Virtual Event: SHAPING ISRAEL’S FUTURE LEADERSFriends of Educating for Excellence (E4E) invites you to celebrate 20 years of transforming the lives of Israel’s underserved youth. Meet the leaders of two companies who invest in E4E and the students who benefit. These leaders will share their reasons for investing in E4E and the students will discuss the outcome of these investments. Better understand the broader societal impact of these partnerships. Sun, June 6, 7:00 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.
⚪️ East Coast 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, June 15, 8:30 AM. Register here.
⚪️ Israel Investment Forum 2021 in Tel AvivThey are proud to announce the Israel Investment Summit, which will take place on June 22, 2021, at the EXPO Tel Aviv. This is the first in-person, physical event after the COVID19 breakout. The summit is designed to introduce Israeli companies who aim to increase their activities and introduce them to potential new business partners, such as VC private investors, family offices, fund managers, institutional investors and more. Learn more here.
⚪️ CyberWeek Tel Aviv (in person + virtual): Cyber Week is a large annual international cybersecurity event, hosted each year at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Over the past nine years, Cyber Week has become internationally acclaimed as one of the top cybersecurity events in the world. Cyber Week offers a unique gathering of cybersecurity experts, industry leaders, startups, investors, academics, diplomats, and government officials. With more than 9,000 attendees from more than 80 countries, this conference offers a thought-provoking exchange of knowledge, methods, and ideas that you won’t want to miss. July 19-22. Learn more here.
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