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“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.”
 

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July 9 · Issue #59 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.”

Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}} … happy 4th of July and the celebration of freedom. It was amazing seeing so many of you at my rooftop birthday happy hour last month, I was definitely feeling the love. Thank you Jeff Kashi for helping organize it, if you want to book an event through him you can check out his website here.
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Some inspiration
“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.” 
-Epictetus
What I'm reading
The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning by Scott Galloway: I don’t usually read these types of business books anymore but this book reminded me of the Phil Knight classic Shoe Dog in how real the author’s stories and experiences were. I’d actually recommend the Audible version; it is a testament to the evolution of business books and what defines the category these days. It’s not just about building a business, it’s about self-actualization, the process, and everything that goes long with that.
Lots of real, raw life stories of how the author describes his real entrepreneurial journey. I know it’s a cliched term, but it really is a journey. The author makes it clear that this lionized culture of entrepreneurship (at least how it is portrayed in the media) is not for everyone. Not everyone has to become a (tech founder) entrepreneur to reach the apex of self-actualization in life, a role as an employee in an organization can be just as fulfilling.
This is not a fluffy/feel good book, and I loved the author’s authenticity and vulnerability. No happy ending as striving for continued self-improvement is a life long process. Good companion content is his interview on Jordan Harbinger’s podcast and Ben Horowitz’s The Hard Things about Hard Things if you’re feeling brave and want to burst the bubble around glamorizing entrepreneurship.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ There is no work/life balance if you want to make it big: I’m gonna get heat from some of my friends about this but I agree with the author about this idea. (Aside from health and close relationships) work has to prioritize your life most of your waking hours, especially if you’re building something.
⚪️ Being talented is just not enough: It might have been true 20 years ago that talent was just enough, but the global economy has made things so competitive that it’s just the cost of entry these days. You could say the same thing about hard work, that everyone works hard and it’s a given if you want to compete.
⚪️ The algebra of entrepreneurship: This was really good advice. Entrepreneurship is about being good at sales (persuading clients to buy, employees to join, and investors to invest) having an aggressive risk profile, and being able to sign the front of checks (as opposed to the back). Obviously so simple yet so hard.
The Algebra of Happiness
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Cyber NYC (NYEDC): Director of Applied Learning Initiative - Cyber NYC. They are looking for someone who shares a unique vision for the future of education and work and who is passionate about creating inclusive tech talent pathways. Someone who is a big picture visionary but can delve into details, launch programs from scratch, coordinate dozens of moving parts, knows how to get things done and makes the whole greater than its parts! Apply here.
⚪️ NFX (SF): An amazing opportunity in SF to join this world-class VC. They’re growing & have a few open roles: Investment, Product Product Manager | Product Engineer, Marketing Content Lead | Distribution/Media Lead. For more info or to apply email daniel@nfx.com
⚪️ SigmaHaifa - Wave #1 Application: The incredible combination of world-leading universities, global tech companies, and young population enables Haifa, Israel, to be a leader in changing innovation’s landscape. The SigmaHaifa program aims to enable northern entrepreneurs to realize their potential, locally and globally. The SigmaHaifa program focuses on helping early-stage startups with innovative enterprise software or IOT solutions grow into successful companies. They are looking for pre-seed/seed startups with brilliant visions, full-timers with a technical founder (CTO) and deep enterprise software technologies or IOT solutions. Apply to SigmaHaifa HERE!
⚪️Starta Accelerator: Customized program for European founders aiming to adapt to cultural and business environment in the US, complete and define product/market fit, get traction and become part of local startup and investing ecosystem in the US. $130K ($110 in program services + $20K in cash). Co’s with MVP, traction in their home country, global product potential and ability to be in NYC. Deadline July 15. Apply here.
⚪️ NYC BigApps Blockchain: They are an open innovation challenge sponsored by NYCEDC that asks teams to design meaningful blockchain solutions that will improve the efficiency, security, and transparency of public sector services in New York City. Open in June 2019, the Call for Proposals invites startups, developers, and product designers from all industries to submit ideas for blockchain solutions. Proposals are due July 31st. Apply here.
Solving real problems
BeyondSKU: SKU has partnered with BeyondBrands, a consulting agency in NY whose primary focus is Natural CPG companies, to create BeyondSKU which will bring the SKU Accelerator to NYC this fall. Founded in 2011, Austin-based SKU is the first and leading Consumer Product Goods (CPG) accelerator.
Their first Track is focused on “Conscious Business” start-ups whom are truly passionate about making a better world through their brands. Up to seven selected companies will attend an intensive 12-week mentorship program that delivers the tools for success, including: seed cash up to $20k, individual and group mentorship and education, direct networking with outstanding industry leaders, connections to distribution, logistics and relevant expertise, legal and other professional services, and access to qualified investors. The 12-week program will conclude with a Showcase Day and Funding Forum Event on Dec. 3, 2019. Apply here.
Love what my friends in Austin at SKU are doing in the CPG space, so excited to see this collaboration come to New York.
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Grit Daily x Retail Brands speaker’s dinner: Enthralled by the latest engaging content on July 9? Are you “wowed” by the top-notch speakers and its exclusivity? Get even more intimate at Grit Daily Official Speaker’s Dinner, this year held at Le Gamin in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Join Grit Daily Executive Editor Jordan French to cover tomorrow’s brands – living side-by side with tomorrow’s technology in a relationships-first setting. Tues July 9th. Le Gamin, 108 Franklin St, Brooklyn, 7pm. Tickets here.
⚪️ Investor Talk - Navigating The Winding Road Of VC Funding: Join MENA Tech_NY for their first Investor Talk event featuring a conversation with Omar Darwazah, Partner at Arab Angel Fund. As a seasoned finance professional with over 13 years of international experience in corporate finance, investor relations, strategy, business development, private equity & venture capital Omar has had extensive experience across the finance world before he started Arab Angel Fund alongside his partner Kyle Hendrick. Wednesday, July 10 at 06:00. WeWork Labs, 81 Prospect, 2nd Fl. Tickets here.
⚪️ Sit-down Breakfast with Dessy Levinson, Managing Director, 645 Ventures: Dessy Levinson is a story expert, investor, and entrepreneur who balances reason and creativity to grow businesses that are driven by both metrics and vision. She is passionate about spatial computing (VR/AR/XR), digitally-native consumer brands, and wellness, leveraging her creative and psychology background to assess and assist companies at the Seed, Growth Seed, and Series A stages. Thu, July 11, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace @BaarBaar, 13 East 1st Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ Bonnie Halper x Grit Daily News x Troy Liquor Bar: Join Effie award winner, former ShowTime script writer and former AlleyWatch Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Halper, Grit Daily News, and Troy Liquor Bar in the Meatpacking District. Candid conversation and vodka make one hell of a smart cocktail. Or at least that’s the thinking behind Grit Daily x Bonnie Halper – a conversation with the former ShowTime writer turned Editor-in-Chief at AlleyWatch who now runs Startup One Stop. Thu, July 11, 7:00 PM 675 Hudson Street. Use the YKC code friendsofyoni for half off! Tickets here.
⚪️ NYC VC Fireside Chat ft Mat Kaliski, Principal at Rubicon Venture Capital – Hosted by Founders Network & EGFS: Please join NYC tech founders at WeWork Labs on July 17th for a fireside chat with Mat Kaliski, Principal at Rubicon Venture Capital, lead by fnMember and President at Corsis, LLC Thomas Shelford. July 17, 5:00 pm WeWork Labs, 175 Varick Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ Amazon AWS - Getting Angel Investors Excited About Your Startup: Hear first-hand from angel investors as they share the secrets to scoring angel funds and using it to get your idea off the ground. They’ll discuss how to get on their radar, the investments they’ve made, the ones they’ve passed on, and what they look for in future investments. AWS Loft, 350 West Broadway, July 18, 7:00PM. Register here.
⚪️ US - ISRAEL Technology event - July 24: With over 500 Israeli Startups presenting in their global events, their conferences are a place to interact with major decision makers around the world and penetrate those markets. Join them at the 38th ‘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 Avenue, 22nd Floor. Wednesday, 24 July 2019 from 10:30. Register here.
⚪️ Nexus Global Summit: They are excitedly curating an incredible and inspiring line-up of speakers and crafting new collaborative opportunities with the UN for their 2019 NEXUS Global Summit July 25-27 in NYC! Applications are rolling in from almost 40 countries and they can’t wait for you to meet the 600+ amazing young innovators, impact investors and philanthropists who will gather to learn about one another’s passions and help accelerate each other’s social impact projects and dreams! Apply here.
⚪️ NYC VC Summer In Times Square: Join them for their Annual Summer VC event! They will have an afternoon with some of the new early-stage VC funds in the area giving overviews of their funds, approach and what they are looking for. They will then have 20-30 companies give 1 minute elevator pitches to the room and invite several other VCs and Angels to give their 1 minute pitches too! Then in typical summer fashion, join them for a Top Shelf Cocktail party with some delicious adult beverages and gourmet food and music on the newly renovated RSM terrace overlooking Times Square! Thursday August 8, 2:00pm - 7:00pm. RSM, 4 Times Square (the H&M Building). Tickets here.

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