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June 22 · Issue #111 · View online

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

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Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Shalom YKC community … Summer is in full swing, and there are a number of in-person events happening as noted below, and I am optimistic more are on the way! I’ll be attending/hosting events this summer in Tel Aviv so please be in touch if you’re in town. Though I feel I’ve become a bit more introverted (probably a good trait for writing) as I’ve gotten older, I didn’t realize how much I truly missed attending events and connecting with people in-person.
My latest piece in Forbes Israel on how IG and TikTok played an outsized role in last month’s conflict between Israel and the Hamas: The narrative war: How social-media fueled the latest round of violence
I’ll be back in Israel the first week of July and would love to meet in person and catch-up in the Tel Aviv area. Additionally, if you’re a growing Israeli startup and looking to hire high-skilled workers in the US let’s chat about how I can help you find that talent in Tulsa. To schedule a time to meet please respond directly to this email.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Things do not change, we change.”
-Henry David Thoreau
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Jordan Peterson on Israel-Palestine/a quick explanation of the history: Whether you agree with JP’s views or not, he is one of the most important and influential thinker/philosophers today. So, it’s no surprise he has some valuable thoughts on the Israel-Palestinian conflict (as opposed to the many Gen Z TikTok political “experts” out there).
All I can gauge from here in the US (I will be back in Israel next week) is that there is a sense of guarded optimism under the “change” coalition and the new Prime Minister. It is too early to see where things will develop with the Palestinians, but putting our heads in the sand has not been a good strategy, despite Israel’s massive economic success (like this past month, Israel bet banks billions for venture firm Insight as and WalkMe go public). Still, the idea that we are repeating history in an intractable conflict which both people are destined to endure is not a helpful paradigm.
JP’s analysis is always one that gets to the fundamental understanding of human nature, and in his analysis with Jerusalem as the physical manifestation of a future utopia is spot on. Solving one person’s challenges is hard enough, as we have observed for eons, but solving a whole peoples’ challenges (and claims to a territory) is another matter altogether. As a start maybe people in the region should start by reading JP’s books ;)
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Israel as the human longing for paradise/perfection: An aspiration people are willing to kill and die for.
⚪️ Focus on what you can control: The conflict may truly be intractable, but improving your lot in life is not.
⚪️ Students of history: Something most who consume daily amounts of social media are not, and this is the case for reading more books.
Jordan Peterson on Israel-Palestine/a quick explanation of the history
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.
⚪️ LinkedIn: Round-up of Israel based tech and finance roles on LinkedIn here.
⚪️ Masa Israel Journey Applications for 2021/22 are officially open: In a year of so much uncertainty, Masa was the only thing certain. In 2020/21 we were proud to welcome thousands of global Masa Fellows to Israel. Now, as you look ahead to the future, we want you to know that Masa is dedicated to making sure you have a life-changing experience, as safely as possible. Get started on your application now.
⚪️ Funding opportunities for Ag R&DThe call for proposals for the next round of BARD funding went out recently. Please do share it with any relevant contacts here are the links: BARD Call for proposals - 2022 Call for Proposals poster 2022 (, the submission deadline for research grants is September 13th 2021. Apply here.
⚪️ Join the VF Venture Foundry EIR Innovation ChallengeThey are pleased to announce that VF Venture Foundry, a new incubator backed by the power of VF Corporation, is now accepting applications for their Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Innovation Challenge, an initiative to support entrepreneurs building solutions that solve industry challenges. EIR Innovation Challenge winners will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with VF’s world-class brand portfolio to further develop their ideas to launch in-market. Apply here.
⚪️ Fiverr: Director of Business Management. Fiverr is searching for a top-notch business leader that will develop, execute, and manage our Seller Tools efforts. Their seller tools are a suite of products designed to help their marketplace sellers promote their business and improve their online business management. This is a unique opportunity for talented and experienced individuals with the right mix of business acumen, strategic thinking, and execution skills to lead a business unit at Fiverr. Apply here.
⚪️ JoonkoHead of Product. Joonko is on a mission to push real fairness in the workplace to the next level. Using Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, Joonko enables companies to achieve diversity, inclusion and belonging throughout the employee’s lifecycle. As Head of Product, you will have the opportunity to learn and grow - personally and professionally. Apply here.
⚪️ Monday.comStartup for Startup is a’s initiative for sharing knowledge, experience, and actionable insights from one startup to another. They are looking for a passionate Content Writer to join their growing team, to develop original, valuable content for startup founders and the startup ecosystem. The Content Writer will play a key role in creating and editing Startup for Startup’s content and in sharing & spreading knowledge in Israel and globally. Apply here.
⚪️ Team8: Calling all business development leaders! Do you have sales and business development management experience in a global start-up or a VC or PE firm? Want to collaborate with a broad range of corporate executives and technologists to navigate the innovation ecosystem? They are hiring for roles in business development! Check out the open roles at Team8 and their incredible portfolio companies. Register here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ 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.
⚪️ SBA Administrator & more on economic recovery for minority-owned businesses: Join Axios for a Hard Truths event on economic recovery among business owners of color. They’ll spotlight what’s being done to support minority small businesses and entrepreneurs as they grapple with the aftermath of the pandemic and a systemically uneven playing field. Tuesday, June 22, 12:30 pm ET. Register here.
⚪️ 2021 Forbes Next 1000 Redefining Success: How Obstacles Often Lead to Opportunity: Last week they announced the new class of Forbes Next 1000 Listers. Now it is time to hear directly from some of these emerging entrepreneurs. Tuesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. ET, for the 2021 Forbes Next 1000, Redefining Success: How Obstacles Lead to Opportunity to learn what drives successful entrepreneurs and how resilience in the face of adversity is the key to survival and growth. Tuesday, June 22, 2021 2 p.m. ET. Register here.
⚪️ COVID-19 Vaccination: Vision, Policies and Lessons Learned in Israel and the United States: Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout was a dramatic success. The country’s COVID-19 infection rate was initially one of the worst globally. Now more than 90% of adults 50 and older are fully vaccinated and over 60% of their total population is fully vaccinated. The success is attributed to consistent public trust in the government, a centralized health system and a highly developed health information technology system. Wednesday, June 23, 12 PM ET. Register here.
⚪️ The Pandemic Pivot: One Year Later: Join Axios for a virtual event on small businesses and digital tools. They’ll take a closer look at the pandemic pivot one year later and unpack how businesses have adapted to an unprecedented year. Axios Managing Editor for Business Aja Whitaker-Moore will host one-on-one conversations with. Wednesday, June 23, 12:30 pm. Register here.
⚪️ JOBS OF THE FUTURE: If Software Is Eating the World, Who’s Going to Feed the Beast?: Join them for an informative, thought-provoking discussion with Arjun Jamnadass (Project Management Institute), Hung Lee (Recruiting Brain Food), and Charlie Oliver (Tech 2025) where they will explore how, over the next 3 years, companies will democratize technology innovation and transition their organizations to the empowered, no-code workforce of the future that will feed the software beast! Thursday, June 24, 2PM-3PM (EST) (online). Register here.
⚪️ Starta Accelerator Spring 2021 Investor Showcase: Starta is proud to present their Spring 2021 Cohort! Enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle with their founders directly instead of listening to pitches from afar. Engage with their projects up close and find out more about the latest market trends. 220 East 23rd Street, Suite 400. Thu, June 24, 6:00 PM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Shabbat Out: Tel Aviv Friday Eve Social Dinner Parties, June 25: WHAT? A social Shabbat dinner party event with catered kosher food, plenty of good wine, and a great reason to go out Friday night in style. Dress like it matters. Fri, Jun 25, , 7:30 PM IDT. Social Space TLV, Kikar Atarim, Tel Aviv. Register here.
⚪️ A New Government, New Elections, and Ongoing Challenges: Join their guest, noted Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi and Rabbi Andy Bachman, on Sunday, June 27 at 9 am for an in-depth conversation about Israel today.  Author of the award-winning Like Dreamers and the NYT bestselling Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, Klein Halevi brings to bear a uniquely profound knowledge and experience of contemporary Israeli society. He is a senior fellow at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and is a regular contributor to the Times and the Wall Street Journal. Sunday, June 27 at 9 am EST. Register here.
⚪️ Summer Kickoff Lounge Party @ The Sunset Series Overlooking TLV Monday June 28: What? Meet Internationals from TLV and beyond. Influential writers, thinkers, decision makers, impacting Israel, Zionism and Jewish life, with leading professionals will speak for 15 minutes followed by a brief Q&A session and then… enjoy networking and mingling (beverage in hand?). Where? Capella Cocktail Bar, Harba’ah 28 -14th floor, Tel Aviv. Register here.
⚪️ Women GPs in Venture CapitalJoin their insightful & inspiring discussion with women GPs in Venture Capital and hear about their panelists’ personal experience of what it’s like to run a VC in 2021. This panel is moderated by the Founder of Girls Club Capital, Ashmoret Mishal. June 29th. PLEASE REQUEST YOUR RSVP*.* Member RSVP:
⚪️ Unboxing Israel Summit 2021Are you searching for new and different ways to share, inspire, and connect your community with Israel? Join Jewish communal professionals and leaders from around the world for an opportunity to learn the latest and greatest ways to engage the next Generation with Israel. Tue, June 29, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT. Tickets here.
⚪️ The Sudden Rise of the Business Applications Team: Evolution, Challenges and Success: Save your spot for Salto’s first webinar! They’ll be hosting a great panel of leading system thinkers from New Relic, Fyber, WalkMe and IntSights, who will share their thoughts on the rise of the business applications team. Jun 29, 2021 08:00 AM in Pacific Time. Register here.
⚪️ How to Pitch a VC: Do’s and don'ts of pitching. How to build you presentation. What VCs is looking for while you pitch. Tips and best practices. Wed, June 30, 6:00 PM IDT. Amiti Venture, Rothschild 22, Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
⚪️ STARTUP GRIND EUROPE CONFERENCE: Nothing can replace human interaction, but the power of online allows them to bring the education, access, opportunities and inspiration of Startup Grind’s Europe Conference to startups around the world. Their new virtual model makes this year’s event more accessible for startups across Europe than ever before. Join them and thousands of startups, investors, and innovators for conversations around the future of startups, funding and technology. JUNE 29-30. Register here.
⚪️ Becoming Sustainable - How Proptech is Making the World GreenerThey’re back with our first offline event post-corona, and with a very hot topic: Sustainability in Proptech! Join them for a unique chance to hear industry experts, and Proptech companies who’s activities focus on making the world greener. Their guests Dana Goldman SzekelyShalita ChenEsther Altura and Roei Friedberg will tell you all about how technology can act as a catalyst for sustainable development of the real estate sector. Tuesday, July 6th // 18:30 // Tel Aviv. Register here.
⚪️ INVITATION: Night in the Museum, Israeli Art History 101 Talks + Wine: Become an Israeli art insider. Join your young Tel Aviv community celebrating the depth and breadth of Israeli art over the past century. Spend an evening at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art with leading art history lecturers in-English, taking a journey through the culture, society and creativity of Israel. Each month we will focus on a different facet of the local art scene. Come once, twice, or register for the entire series. Post lecture, we will be given special deals to hang at the museum’s acclaimed Pastel bar, getting 1+1 cocktails and wine deals. Tue, July 13, 7:00 PM IDT. Register 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.
⚪️ INVITATION: Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Wine, Tues July 20: Tel Aviv Arts Council, presents a very special evening: Night at the Philharmonic. Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Full Symphony Orchestral Concert + Private Post-Show Wine Reception & Talk. Tue, Jul 20, 8:00 PM IDT. Register here.
⚪️ Startup Grind Tel Aviv Summer Party 2021: In Israel, parties became a thing again 3 months ago. You know what that means: the Startup Grind Tel Aviv 2021 Summer Party is happening! Join them and hundreds of guests on Wednesday, July 21, at LIGHT (Hangar 23, TLV Port) for an evening full of dancing to a DJ’s music by the beach at sunset, making new friends over free snacks and beer, and winning prizes in competitions. They have 100 free tickets for you, so get yours now (here). Because seriously, you’ll be crazy to miss out on this one. Register here.
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