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October 30 · Issue #41 · View online
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Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens…

Curated by YKC
Welcome back to YKC. Alongside many of you, I feel very saddened because of the recent massacre in Pittsburgh. I speak to many people visiting the US these days and they always note they feel there has never been such a division. Not just one against the other, but within ourselves. Who are we?
To donate to help Tree of Life with the physical damages to the building, as well as the survivors and the victims’ families click here.
Some inspiration
“It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment.” 
-Bram Stoker, Dracula
What I'm reading
LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking: Sad and cruel that this was one of the books I have been reading lately. While a bit dry the insights in the book could not be more relevant, and more depressing, I didn’t realize how bad it was. But that makes sense, why would I go engage the alt-right, anti-vaxxers, and flat-earthers, all of whom are in their algorithmic walled echo-chambers. I naively thought they dwell in the dark recesses of the Internet, and were not part of the mainstream discourse. How wrong I was.
While the amount of American homegrown hate is disturbing enough, internationally the policy of what could be the closest thing we have to an Orwellian state (the Chinese government’s use of WeChat) to an outright policy of social media propaganda (Russia’s Gerasimov Doctrine and it’s use of conspiracy theory mouthpiece Russian Today aka RT) is pretty shocking. I always attributed Trump’s election to the worldwide zeitgeist of nationalistic/populist demagogic leaders (Corruption, fake news, and WhatsApp: how Bolsonaro won Brazil), but after reading about the scale of Russian interference (ex., the use of ‘sockpuppet’ phony social accounts) it has made me look at things differently and what transpired during the 2016 election.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Tech Utopians have been so wrong: The Arab Spring turned into the Syrian Civil War, and illiberal countries use social to hold onto power. The pendulum will probably swing back to the middle, but those voices in Silicon Valley who promised to usher into a new of era of human connection and freedom at the beginning of the decade are deathly silent.
It’s worse than we actually know: I hate feeling like a victim (or even worse, to have to question everything) but the forces of hate are organized and have learned quickly how to utilize social (ex., the speed in which ISIS was able to parlay social with ultra-violence and radical Islam).
We are in control of our own reality: I’ve addressed this idea before, but does the news we consume influences are views (or do we only consume news that is in line with our views?) we are living in our version of reality.
How Russian trolls weaponized your social media feed
Life; squeeze that lemon
Applications open for GCT Startup-in-Residence 2019:  They’re thrilled to announce the GCT Startup-In-Residence program, an evolution of their flagship GCT accelerator. The residency isn’t an accelerator, incubator, or studio. It’s a program purposefully designed for experienced entrepreneurs and operators. Questions? Please email residency@company.co Apply now to be part of the 2019 residency, which gathers 15-20 of the top pre-Series A startups in NYC at Company HQ.
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator: Deadline November 6.  $100,000 to each company with potential follow-on funding for later rounds. NYC’s largest, most hands-on program; full-time partners and staff; 25+ venture partners and lead mentors; 400+ active mentors. NYC’s strongest post-program support and most active alumni network. Their 165 alumni companies give you an instant support network. Apply here.
New York Fashion Tech Lab 2019: Applications are NOW OPEN. The New York Fashion Tech Lab is a 12-week program (Key Dates listed HERE). Through a competitive process where the Lab’s Fashion & Retail Partners, Springboard Enterprises, and the Lab team members review submissions, six to ten companies are selected to enter the program. Details about our Areas of Focus can be found HERE. The Lab focuses on women-led, B2B, early to growth stage companies that have developed innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology. APPLY HERE.
XRC Labs Accelerator: XRC Labs is an innovation accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sectors. With support from world-class retailer and brand sponsors, and founding partners Kurt Salmon and Parsons School of Design at the New School, XRC Labs thrives as the first design-centric retail innovation ecosystem. Deadline November 1. For the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sectors. $100K funding; 6% equity taken. Apply here.
Solving real problems
Otsimo: This startup was founded as a unique and informative experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Offering families and special education teachers an opportunity to assist the progress of the child. Developing games with the ABA™ technique, they reach more than 25.000 people in 86 countries and make it possible for families and teachers to have full access on the child’s learning progress.
Their award-winning and Teachers with Apps Certified application is designed for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) and Android smartphones and tablets. Headquartered in San Francisco, they have R&D office in Turkey. For more info you can contact their founder directly at zafer@otsimo.com
This is Otsimo!
Upcoming events + opportunities
ERA Accelerator Winter 2019 Happy Hour: Founders - if you’re thinking about applying for their Winter 2019 program, please come join them on October 30th for free beers & networking with the ERA team, their alumni founders, & our mentors to learn more about “one of the top accelerators in the world” (AlleyWatch). Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 PM. The Yard: Herald Square, 106 W 32nd St. Register here.
Breakfast Think Tank: Self-Driving Cars and Data Ownership – Can Legislators Protect Consumers Before It’s Too Late? Each autonomous vehicle will be generating approximately 4,000 GB – or 4 terabytes – of data a day. Intel has suggested that just one million autonomous cars could generate the same data as three billion people. While the market for vehicle data monetization was $2 billion in 2017, it’s expected to be $33 billion by 2025. 8:30 am Thursday, November 1, Knightscope NY Showroom, Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave. RSVP to attend.
 SOS Investor Breakfasts: On November 1, Stephen Messer will be their guest speaker. Steve is an angel investor, inventor and serial entrepreneur who has founded several global businesses, most notably LinkShare (sold in 2005 for $425 million) and Collective[i]. He has invested in numerous start-up ventures, sits on the board of many of his investments, and serves as an advisor to Industry Ventures and Tribeca Venture Partners. Thu, November 1, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace@Distilled NY 211 West Broadway Register here.
Basics Of Mindfulness & Meditation: Life in NYC is notoriously hectic-but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a bit of calm. On this Squad Talks panel, they’ll be exploring the basics of mindfulness & meditation. You’ll walk away with some tips on how to connect with your intentions, live more consciously, & create an achievable plan for making self-awareness a regular part of your life. November 1 at 6:30pm, Bond Collective, 55 Broadway. Register here.
You’re invited to IAC TALK with Yossi Peled (Nov 2, 2018): The IAC NY welcomes you to an intimate morning discussion with former general and minister Yossi Peled on topics surrounding Judaism and the State of Israel. Friday, November 2, 8:30 AM. Sullivan & Worcester LLP ZAG/S&W 1633 Broadway. Attend event.
Entrepreneur NYC Shabbat dinner, Fri Nov 2nd: Dinner for Young Entrepreneurs age 20s-30s. Join them for the Entrepreneur Shabbat dinner, Friday, Nov 2nd, UWS private home near W. 70th St. $30 early-bird tickets; $36 after. Register here.
Challaween Bash 2018 for YJP’s in NYC: ELP’s 10TH Annual CHALLAWEEN Bash for Young Jewish Professionals in the city. This year will be BIGGER & BETTER as we take over a BRAND NEW Midtown venue * 1 HOUR OPEN BAR * Live DJ’s ALL NIGHT * Costumes encouraged; whatever floats your boat * Prizes for best group and individual costume - THANK YOU TO TIDAL MUSIC and ALTEC LANSING* Honorary Birthday Hosts * VIP Options with table service. Discount code: YKC Tickets here.
ICONYC and SOSA NYC Present: State of NYC Tech 2018: A Special Evening With The Movers & Shakers Defining The Future of NYC Tech. Space Is Limited. 2018 was the year the NYC tech ecosystem made a huge step forward, establishing itself as a prime player in the global tech scene. With over 200 early stage VCs, a growing list of startup unicorns and tech talent flocking to the city, NYC has become a global tech hub. Lifion, by ADP – 135 West 18th. Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm. RSVP.
Invitation: US-Israel Technology event: With over 500 Israeli Startups presenting at their global events, their conferences are one of main stage to interact with major decision makers around the world and penetrate those markets. Join them at the 33th ‘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. Distributors, Integrators and medium to large organizations, will be matched with exceptional new products and methods. Reed Smith 599 Lexington Ave, 22nd Floor. Wed, 14th November from 10:30. Register here.
Funny as Tech: On Nov 14th they are doing a Funny as Tech live panel show with special guests Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), Melissa Jun Rowley (social impact entrepreneur), and Allison Esposito (founder and CEO of Tech Ladies). THE UNDERGROUND 123 E. 24th St. Wednesday Nov 14th at 6pm. Tickets here.
Startups Turned Investors. Starta Accelerator Batch 6 Demo Day: Starta Ventures is proud to present their 6th Batch of international founders! Join them for our Panel Discussions with angel investors who started their journey as startup founders. Hear them talk in retrospect about their business journey, sharing their insights and lessons learned. They invite frontrunners of the NYC Tech scene, entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs and industry insiders to join them for a night of invaluable business networking and opportunities. Thu, November 15, 6:00 PM, SAP 10 Hudson Yards. RSVP here.

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