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YKC: Start of the Summer

Via Negativa

Yoni's Kitchen Cabinet

June 12 · Issue #31 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

Via Negativa

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome to YKC. Summer is finally here (kind of).
My birthday happy hour is Thursday, June 28th at the Dream hotel downtown (355 W 16th St.) at 6:30 pm. To RSVP click here, to join the Facebook group for the event click here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Things which matter must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” 
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson: A review of one of Issacson’s underrated books, which demystifies a lot of the lore around modern innovation. To read the review in Medium click here.  
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ The verdict is still out of whether innovation is personal genius or a team effort
It’s not popular to state these days, but early innovation could not be possible without government and military money 
Everyone covered in this book must have lived by the Geroge Bernard Shaw quote about the ‘Unreasonable Man’ (or woman)
Old Apple computer commercial about Apple ii (Around 1980s)
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
Aleph (Israel): They’re hiring an Executive Assistant to Aaron Rosenson. If this opportunity is relevant for someone you know click here.
Energy and Economic Mission of the Government of Israel: They’re looking for a new Business development and energy junior associate for an open position in Houston, Texas. This position is a great opportunity to build your network with high-level contacts in Houston and throughout the US while gaining expertise in various sectors, primarily in the Energy sector. As an associate, you’ll be able to network, build, and grow connections with c-level executives in the private sector and high-level officials in Israeli and American government entities. For more info email
Fusion LA: They’re looking to meet entrepreneurs that could be a good fit for Fusion LA, the first accelerator for Israeli start-ups in Los Angeles. In the past 8 months, they’ve invested in 12 early-stage start-ups. 3 of them already raised follow-on rounds of $2.1M on average. [Review their portfolio here.] They’re looking for Israel-related, early-stage start-ups (pre-seed or seed) from all industries that want to grow their company in the US market. Founders can apply here for their next batch (starting September 2018) or just contact Guy directly at
SigmaLabs (Israel):  SigmaLabs wave #8 application is now open; this is a call for all early-stage startups across verticals with brilliant teams to apply and accelerate their venture. SigmaLabs’ model is based on ‘for founders, by founders,’ their program is executed by successful founders that are focused on helping you. They are looking for startups across verticals, full-timers, and talented entrepreneurs. APPLY TODAY for more information. You can contact them at or visit their website as well.
WeWork Labs (Israel): WeWork Labs is launching in Israel and calling early-stage startups to join! Apply using this form or read more here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
ingeni: ingeni is a startup about people. People in the workplace. The HR world is changing and becoming more soft skills-oriented, employee-centric and data science-based. They believe that people are an asset that should be empowered and developed.
So they built an actual physical room where people come in, play a game for candidate and employee assessment and through that gain insights on each person’s soft skills and strengths. They gather and analyze that data and turn it into practical information for empowering employees and making informed choices in the recruiting processes, company structure and culture. For more info about this MassChallenge startup contact Sandra at
Beating 'Escape the Room' can get you a job
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪ Brandathon For Blockchain: On Friday, June 22nd, Ogilvy and Brandathon are joining forces to produce Brandathon For Blockchain in NY. This is their first-weekend branding hackathon focused on elevating the core design, copy, and strategy of 4 select blockchain startups. They are currently interviewing companies interested in being helped. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 12th. 
Paradigm Talks Startup & Investor Networking Event: They are holding a networking event for entrepreneurs, private investors, and corporate finance professionals. Startup companies pitch for investment and is followed by networking over drinks on Wednesday the 13th of June from 6:30 pm, Floor Seven of the Americas Tower. Reserve here.
A New Player in Town (Israel): How Israel’s Role in the Middle East is Affected By Increased Chinese Presence in the Region. The Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship is an 8-month high-impact program of the Israel-Asia Center, focused on building future leaders in Israel-Asia relations. Thursday, June 14th, 9:00-14:30. 29 HaMered St. Tel Aviv, 16th Floor. Registration here. 
Investor Coffee Morning with Laconia Capital Group: Join TechHub NYC for an informal chat over coffee where they will be welcoming Jeffrey Silverman and Geri Kirilova from Laconia Capital Group. Their Investor Coffee Mornings are a great opportunity to navigate the investment landscape, understand different funding options, build relationships and engage relevant investors to successfully raise external capital. June 14 @ 9:00 am, TechHub NYC, 158 W 27th ST. Register here.
⚪ 10×10: They are excited to be launching USA’s inaugural 10×10 event. 10×10 is a movement that is empowering giving around the world starting in Australia and launching in UK, Hong Kong, Canada and now in the United States! Please join them in New York to kick off the 10×10 movement in the USA. Thursday, June 14. Doors open at 6pm. 1345 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor. Tickets here.
NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast Mastermind: Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. It’s a group that always leaves you with something to digest, that’s for sure. 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, June 15, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @ Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St. Tickets here.
New America: New America is hosting a special (free) screening of Eating Animals, the new documentary based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book and produced by Natalie Portman. They’ll have Christopher Quinn, director of the docu, there to talk about the film. This screening will take place on June 17th at 2:00 at the IFC center (323 6th Ave), during the film’s opening weekend. If you’d like to attend, you can RSVP here. 
Investor Coffee Morning with Matter VC: Matter VC invests in early-stage entrepreneurs working in media/adtech through their 5-month accelerator program. You receive a $125K investment. This will be a roundtable session with 10-15 founders, where the startups could get feedback on their business plans and metrics, as well as asking questions that are relevant to their business. June 21, 9:00 am, TechHub NYC, 158 W 27th ST. FILL IN THIS FORM and they will email you to confirm your slot if you meet the criteria (founder of a technology product startup).
Optimizing Mentor Relationships: The Key to Unlocking Acceleration Value: In this dual panel discussion from the NYC Innovation Collective, they’ll take a look under the hood and see what makes a mentor-founder relationship work best. Mon, June 18, 6:30 PM. WeWork 205 Hudson. Tickets here.
Blockchain for Impact: Family Office and Institutional Investor Bootcamp Alexander Golding will be holding an investor bootcamp on the intersection of blockchain and the triple bottom line in San Francisco on July 10th. The event will be hosted at the law offices of Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips LLP. One Embarcadero Center, 30th Floor, San Francisco, CA. 1:30-7: 00 PM. Cocktail reception included. Tickets here.

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