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YKC: Summer's close

Outsmarting the lizard brain 🐸

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August 21 · Issue #36 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

Outsmarting the lizard brain 🐸

Curated by YKC
Welcome to YKC. End of summer is here so I’m keeping it short as these just might be the two slowest weeks in the year. But fall is right around the corner, and by the next edition we should have much more activity.
Some inspiration
“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”
What I'm reading
Yuval Noah Harari on what the year 2050 has in store for humankind: OK people, you all know how much I love YNH’s work, and what an impact Sapiens has had on my worldview. So I’m super excited for the release of his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century in early September. No one is an oracle, but YNH is one of the sharpest minds covering what the future might look like. Below is a quick recap of the ideas he covers in this article:
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ “Know Thyself”: What was written thousands of years ago will be just as relevant in the future. We won’t be able to rely on “experts”, past experience, or even technology (many of us have already become slaves to our smartphones) as things will change so rapidly. While an overused term these days it is still true; while every part of us might change (human-machine fusion, sexual identity fluidity, even the bounds of conscious), we’ll need to further understand who really are.
 Reinvention, reinvention, reinvention: Really, if you’re not already thinking about how you’ll reinvent yourself you’re too late. It doesn’t matter if your industry/role will change, but you need to approach it assuming it will. Doing nothing less means being left behind. Since you’ll prob have to re-invent yourself every five years or so (and it will be hard) you’ll have the freedom to try new things (and try again/learn after every failure… because re-invention is messy). Even flipping burgers ain’t safe; RIP McDonalds. Robot hamburgers are here.
 Get a liberal arts degree: I recently had a conversation with a friend with a computer science degree (he claimed that my political science did not have practical use). I disagree. If I had to do it again I would have gone deeper and gotten a philosophy degree; the principles of understanding multiple view points and philosophies as a way of thinking could best prepare me for what may lay ahead in 2050. What we need today is more of the “Four Cs”: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Yuval Harari on the Rise of Nationalism and Populism | CNBC Debate
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪ Quake Capital Startup Job & Internship Fair: All the companies from Quake’s Fall 2018 cohort will be attending to meet potential interns and hires. Each company will have their own booth so please bring resumes to give out. Business casual dress recommended. Thu, August 30, 5:00 PM, WeWork FiDi, 85 Broad Street, 27th floor. Register here.
Solving real problems
Carbyne: A little different like last edition; I focus on early stage startups usually and wanted to expand this section to growth stage companies as well. I guess technically Carbyne is a ‘startup’ but what is interesting about them (the actual problem they’re solving) is that they’re Founder Fund’s first Israeli tech investment. Not that the Israeli ecosystem needed any more street cred, but it’s impressive to see a VC that has made investments in companies like Facebook, Palanatir, and SpaceX start to play in this sandbox.
Carbyne is a national real-time emergency communication platform, leading the most advanced public safety technology for emergency infrastructure. Despite the challenges the Start-Up Nation has (despite many of it’s supporters putting their head in the ground about) Israeli entrepreneur seem to have their heads screwed on more straight. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak involvement certainly played role in this round of funding, as it did with Andreessen Horowitz, Dell Back Israeli All-Star Cybersecurity Team.
Carbyne wants to replace outdated 911 systems
Upcoming events + opportunities
[IBM Tech Talks] More Than Capital - How VCs Are Boosting The Tech Ecosystem: End your Summer right by joining IBM Tech Talks on August 21st, as they partner with Rise, created by Barclays @ThinkRiseNY to learn how NYC VCs are both building & transforming the local start-up community through engagement, strategy & development, as well as networking sessions. Come meet fellow technologists & entrepreneurs, as we find out more about the latest technology trends & the future of the NY startup ecosystem. Tuesday, August 21 at 06:00 PM. Rise NYC, 43 W 23rd St, 2nd Fl. Register here.
The Joy List Social: Come meet fellow Joy List-ers! The goal with this event is the same as with their newsletter–– to help people make new friends. They’re pumped to meet you. Oh, and there will be plenty of surprises. One of them miiiiiight be a wizard. Side note: make sure to purchase your ticket via Kinvite! Sliding scale. 7 to 9:30 PM. Lightning Society, 245 Varet St. Info here.
 Scribe: An Evening of Parchment, Quills and Ink: Join CW Pencil Enterprise and Tech Tribe as they explore the ancient scribal arts with a classically trained scribe. Rabbi Mendel Altein, a second generation scribe trained in the ancient practice of STA"M, will share and sample how vellum parchment, ink and quills are used today in the creation of Jewish ritual objects. You’ll learn how parchment, ink and quills are handmade and used today, while enjoying champagne and small plates. CW Pencil Enterprise, 15 Orchard St. Thursday, August 23rd, 7:30pm. Tickets here.
Breakfast with an Investor: Brian Cohen, Chairman, NY Angels; Founder, NYVP: Brian has served as the Chairman of the New York Angels for 10 years. Among his many angel investments, he was Pinterest’s first investor. He is also Founding Partner of New York Venture Partners, a seed stage venture capital firm dedicated to the entrepreneur providing an ecosystem of financing, mentorship and strategic marketing consulting to the best entrepreneurs out there today. Thu, September 6, 2018, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace @DistilledNYC, 211 West Broadway. Tickets here.
High Holidays at FED House: Come to FED House for egalitarian, out-of-the-box, and spiritual High Holiday services and delicious meals! They are offering 5 services and 3 meals over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Join them! SEP 9TH, 6:00PM – SEP 19TH, 10:00PM. Tickets here.

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