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YKC: Summer's end


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August 20 · Issue #62 · View online

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

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away…”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community …to the end of summer. Thank you to all those supported and attended last week’s Israeli Tech Happy Hour, we had a 150+ person strong event filled with many serendipitous conversations and connections. I was most impressed by meeting the next generation of entrepreneurs building their startups here in New York.
Be on the look out for another happy hour in October.
DLD/TLV Blockchain Week/Journey: I’ll be in Israel in two weeks and am interested in hosting a gathering for my digital marketing agency with other partners/sponsors in a joint event around the tech conferences taking place in mid-September. I’m putting a call out for possible collaborators; both organizations in Israel or, brands who want to raise their profile in the tech space during this week of innovation events.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Spies of No Country: Behind Enemy Lines at the Birth of the Israeli Secret Service by Matti Friedman: As an admitted Middle Eastern history nerd I have to state that Matti Friedman’s newest book, on the chaotic founding of Israeli intelligence does not disappoint. I’ve written frequently in this newsletter that I believe reading history informs us to make better decisions as we can trace the line of thinking of those before us (who usually made decisions in much more difficult situations).
The book covers how young Jews of Middle Eastern descent were sent into cities in countries hostile to Israel during the founding of the State. But the book is not just a historical analysis like Ronen Bergman’s excellent Rise and Kill First, this book is about identity. Anyone who wants to understand the current political situation in Israel, or really, what I believe it’s always been, more Middle Eastern then Western, needs to read this book.
Reading about the lives of these young people having to improvise, and make fateful decisions while under constant threat did inspire me… and I can see some of that drive and chutzpah with many of the entrepreneurs I interact with. The situation has changed (for the better) but there is a lot we can learn from mindsets of times past.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Figure it out as you go along: Everyone starts somewhere, and even Israel’s vaulted intelligence organization the Mossad had to go thru a period of trial by fire. This theme seems to repeat itself throughout history.
⚪️ Things haven’t really changed: All that technology (i.e. social media) is revealing is how we always felt. It’s just the massive changes in the world today bringing that out, particularly the hate and identity politics.
⚪️ Feeling grateful for what I have: Past generations of recent times went thru SO much, and while it is difficult to read their struggles, just imagine what it was like to actually live them.
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Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ American Friends of Assuta Ashdod Hospital: They are looking to hire a NY based Director of Development. They are seeking a dynamic professional with demonstrated success as a major gift fundraiser. The ideal candidate will be a high energy individual interested in spearheading an organization on a growth trajectory with an engaged and committed leadership team. Strong knowledge of communities supporting Israel, passion for the mission and the ability to articulate a compelling case for support are critical.  Resumes can be sent to:
⚪️ Cyber NYC: Become the fourth member of their wonderful team! They focus on overseeing Cyber NYC, a $100m public private initiative to make NYC a global leader in Cybersecurity. They’re looking for someone with excellent project management and partnership development skills and a passion for building innovation and education ecosystems and for creating an inclusive tech/cyber reality. Read more about this position and the NYC Economic Development Corporation and apply here.
⚪️ Hanaco Ventures: Internship (Tel Aviv) - Hanaco Ventures is looking for an intern to join the investment team in our Tel Aviv office. The role will involve supporting Hanaco’s operation mainly by assisting in writing investment memos, community newsletters and updates, supporting investment due diligence, industry research and building presentations. The role is an amazing opportunity to learn the inner workings of the VC world while getting exposure to the Israeli and US tech ecosystems. Potentially, a successful intern will receive a full time job offer to join Hanaco team by the end of her/his internship. Please send your resume and answer to the question below to
Write about an industry that is being disrupted by technology and describe how it is changing (2–3 paragraphs — the key here is to get a sense of how you think and write).
⚪️ Halo Incubator: They are the first in-person, industry agnostic incubator in NYC devoted exclusively to female founders. Their team is driven by the desire to exponentially increase the number of successful young companies led by women through mobilizing the support of those who believe in them and the power of their ideas. To learn more and participate click here.
⚪️ New Lab | Antler: Startup Generator Program: Participants apply without having a company and, if selected, have an opportunity to find their co-founder and start building from scratch with support from our network. If chosen, founders receive a stipend of $6,000 for the first 9-week phase. After 9 weeks of team formation, ideation, and business modeling, New Lab and Antler invest in select companies, work closely with invested teams to rapidly launch, scale, and secure external funding for the businesses, culminating in a Demo Day with hundreds of investors from around the country. Deadline September 23.  Apply here.
⚪️ Tachyon III Application: Tachyon is an accelerator for startups utilizing blockchain and Web 3.0 technologies. For Tachyon III, they are focusing on Open Finance. Applications will open August 2nd and close on September 16th at midnight Eastern Time. If you have any questions, please email them at
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
Medaptive Health: Medaptive Health’s cloud platform engages participants in their day-to-day lives in order to collect data and transform how clinical trials are operated. Clients use their open source, HIPAA-compliant platform to develop & push content to participants, collect real world evidence, and analyze the resulting data. The team includes a technical founder & CTO who were senior leaders at IBM Watson Research, a neuroscientist/clinician who’s an expert in patient activation, a PhD/Professor with deep research/regulatory experience, & a seasoned BD/marketer. They’ve signed multiple paying clients including a major medical center, influential pharma-driven breast cancer foundation, major digestive disease foundation, plus 2 yes’s from a leading academic medical center & top 20 pharma. 
They are seeking investors who care about healthcare/SaaS/data who can act quickly to fill out the round as they passed their target. Also seeking researchers who want to gather real world evidence or patient reported outcomes, with key use cases that include pharma doing clinical trials or post-market monitoring, academic medical centers doing clinical research, or big disease foundations that want a registry. Lastly, they are hiring and seeking highly talented developers. They particularly value diversity across the board above. Please email for details.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Becoming An Indistractable Entrepreneur: Do you ever wish you were more focused as an entrepreneur? As personal technology becomes more distracting, dedicating our time on purposeful tasks can be a challenge. This is especially problematic in the world of entrepreneurship, where all progress stalls whenever you lose focus. In this talk, Nir Eyal, a best-selling author & a global expert on user behavior & business psychology, dives into the details. Tuesday, August 20, at 06:30 PM. Stand Up NY, 236 W 78th St. Register here.
⚪️ Meet the VC Breakfast - NYC August: Join Early Growth Financial Services, Cooley LLP, TriNet, Pacific West Bank and Cushman & Wakefield at their upcoming “Meet the VC” event as they sit down with Joe Chittenden-Veal from GreyCroft to talk investment thesis, current investment client 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. Wed, August 21st at 8:30am, Cooley LLP 55 Hudson Yards. RSVP here.
⚪️ From Socrates To Siri - Philosophy In Age Of Data Science: What do Socrates, spam filters, & data science have in common? Wednesday, August 28 at 06:30 PM. Flatiron School, 11 Broadway, 2nd Fl. Register here.
⚪️ Travel Startup Happy Hour: Voyager HQ is hosting the monthly Travel Startup Happy Hour dedicated to entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in the travel industry. Come unwind from the week, get out of the heat, and enjoy cool drinks and conversation with like-minded travel startup founders, technologists, investors and more! Voyager HQ - 137 West 25th Street, 11th Floor, Aug. 29, 2019, 6 p.m. Tickets here.
⚪️ Breakfast with an Investor: Tom Wisniewski, Managing Partner, Newark Venture Partners; Member, New York Angels: They hosted Newark Venture Partners a few months back, but with a NVP Accelerator’s deadline on September 15, and one offering $200k in investing, they decided to give you all a chance to come hear about this program, and have an opportunity to directly ask Thomas any questions you might have. Heads up: this is your one and only opportunity to take advantage of this level of access! Thu, September 5, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace @Baar Baar, 13 East 1st Street. Register here.
⚪️ IAC EDGE: IAC EDGE East Coast is the only summit in the Jewish world dedicated to Young Professionals (age 22-42), connecting them to Israel through entrepreneurship and innovation. Sunday, September 8, 10:00am. Convene, 117 West 46th St. *50% discount for Taglit Birthright Alumni  (Use code: “BR50”) *30% discount for IAC Mishelanu Alumni (Use code: “Grad30”) *Discount prices and bundles for new EDGE members. Tickets here.
⚪️ Israel Startups Pitch Night w/ SOSA & MassChallenge: Join SOSA & MassChallenge Israel to showcasing MassChallenge Israel’s top ten winning startups-from this year’s cohort of 52-in a dynamic, interactive pitch event! At the event, each founder will have just two minutes to pitch their company in front of a panel of high-profile judges that include investors, CEOs, & entrepreneurs. The panel of experts will provide immediate feedback to each startup.  Tuesday, September 10, at 06:00 PM. SOSA NYC, 149 5th Ave, 9th Fl. RSVP here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Investor Breakfast with Prashant Fonseka, Principal, Tuesday Capital: Prashant joined Tuesday Capital in 2013 and has been building businesses and working with entrepreneurs for over a decade.  Tuesday Capital (formerly CrunchFund) is a San Francisco based seed venture capital firm that invests from Pre-Seed to Series A. Tuesday backs companies across all sectors and is founder, not thesis-driven. A sampling of their notable portfolio investments includes Uber, AirBnB, Pinterest, Cruise, GitLab, OpenDoor, Airtable, and Zipline. Thu, September 19, 8:00 AM. KettleSpace @BaarBaar, 13 East 1st Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast Mastermind: Back for the Fall of 2019! Their mentors are excited and ready to facilitate our conversations once again. Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. 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, September 20, 8:30 AM. Baar Baar 13 E 1st St. Tickets here.
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