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March 19 · Issue #51 · View online
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Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well…

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}}… SXSW was such a blast, it was so great connecting with old friends and meeting so many new people.
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Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.”
-Barbara Sher
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Seven Notable Trends From SXSW 2019: This is a decent recap of SXSW Interactive, but I will add that what really drew me into the festival was the chance to connect with new people. This was my second SXSW (I spoke to people who attended 10+ of them) and what really stood out was a sense of openness to connecting with new people and the festival’s intense immersive experiences.
In the past SXSW has been known for product launches such as Twitter. The highlight however was the experiences that many brands hosted, basically the corporate equivalent of large frat parties (with long lines to enter). Some brand produced experiences made sense (ex., Red Bull, VICE) while other experiences had me starching my head (ex., Land O Lakes). Though SXSW’s hype has waned with Big Tech maturing, the festival/conference/experience space of immersive experiences will only continue; more IRL to counter smartphone addiction.
I purposely avoided politics but there was hype around AOC’s statements (as usual), Howard Schultz’s talk as well as the many Beto O'rourke signs all over Austin. I’m surprised it took this long for SXSW to become a political battleground as the city has always been a highly political city, the state’s blue capital in a very red state. Looking forward to SXSW 2020.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Austin is the Wild West of scooters: This was new to me, but riding those Bird/Lime/Lyft scooters was not the safest thing. Hordes of riders on sidewalks, bike lanes, and on the street overtook the city. Literally the Wild West of regulation as the scooter startups are pulling a page from Uber’s handbook and creating facts on the ground with regulation to follow.
⚪️ Austin is an example of a tech hub outside the coasts: Austin is one of my new favorite cities with a collaborative ecosystem and vibe. We tend to be so focused on the coasts, but Austin has clearly become a model that other cities in the South and Midwest are emulating when building their own tech communities.
⚪️ “SXSW Serendipity” is a thing: You really never know who you are talking to, maybe it’s an Austin or a Texas thing, but most barriers and pretensions were lowered. The right factors where in place to create serendipitous experiences like that.
Is SXSW Becoming The New Iowa? | NBC News Signal
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ 2019 Women Entrepreneurs Boot Camp: Closing the Distance from Seed to Series A. Learn from an accomplished faculty how to refine your go to market strategy, optimize your distribution channels and understand the growth drivers in your business. They invite you to apply to WEB by March 29, 2019 and spend the day with VCs, business executives and other experts who will provide the insights, feedback and tools you need to get from Seed to Series A. Apply here.
⚪️ Israel Innovation Authority’s Grants for Startups: They offer the know-how, experience, funding, policy support, governmental backing and proven success to facilitate true international collaboration. Check out which grants in Israel are available here. 
⚪️ Microsoft Create - A Global Startup Event Series: At Microsoft, they love advocating for startups and we’ve got a great lineup ready to share what we’ve learned along the way. Coming to a city near you. To see where these free events are being held click here.
⚪️ One Table: Executive Assistant & Manager of Special Projects. The Executive Assistant to the Executive Director (ED) & Manager of Special Projects is an essential, full-time position in OneTable’s HQ in NYC. The Executive Assistant works closely with the ED and is responsible for the oversight of the administrative activities of the executive office. Read full job description here. Apply here.
⚪️ Tomorrow Lab & Brooklyn Research’s FWRD Fellowship: Designed and run by Tomorrow Lab and Brooklyn Research, FWRD is a three-month program to mentor and train up currently-unemployed engineers, designers and creative technologists. Besides a monthly stipend, you’ll receive coaching, workspace, Shop access and connection to growing hardware startups. The goal? To prepare you for a full-time position at a New York City company. Applications are open through March 29. Apply here.
⚪️ Women Startup Challenge at Google: They’re now accepting applications for the Women Startup Challenge co-hosted by Google. They’re on a mission to help fund and empower women founders who are building products to help solve the biggest issues facing this world. Startups located within North America that have at least one woman co-founder, that are using to tech to rapidly scale and innovate, and have raised no more than $2.2 million can apply to this Startup Challenge. Apply here.
⚪️ Visa Everywhere Initiative (VEI): Global innovation program for startups to solve payment challenges of tomorrow; 3 Challenges: #1 Driving Digital Issuance, #2 Enabling digital payments, #3 Providing Added Value; apply by Mar 25. Apply here.
⚪️ Y Combinator Summer 2019: Y Combinator is accepting applications from startups for the Summer 2019 funding cycle. It will take place in Mountain View, CA from June–August 2019. $120,000 funding for 7% equity. deadline March 25. Apply here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
Transmute: Transmute is leading the charge when it comes to enterprise-grade decentralized identity. This means they implement trust at scale. Built with compliance in mind, their core technology–Transmute ID–includes a cloud wallet and policy-based configuration to support seamless integrations for customers, vendors, and employees across your network. They’re currently piloting this solution with supply chain logistics companies to help save their customers’ money and prevent expensive litigation associated with an opaque “chain of custody.” To learn more contact their CEO Karyl directly at: karyl@transmute.industries
I met Karyl at Funded House in Austin and was immediately impressed by her knowledge of the field and vision for her company (Transmute is in the Austin Techstars cohort). I focus a lot on NY and TLV based founders but there is so much going on in places like Austin to feature.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured Event: NYC Maritime Hackathon 2019: Connecting Big Data + Maritime: Situated the weekend before the annual CMA Shipping Conference in April, where major industry execs descend upon the NY Tri-State Area, New York Maritime Innovation Center (NYMIC) and R1 Labs are hosting NYC Maritime Hackathon which will address real world challenges around data in the shipping industry, focusing on ports, logistics and supply chain. Topics include Maritime Big Data, Cyber Security and Supply Chain Velocity. Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 6:00 PM – Sun, Mar 31, 2019, 4:00 PM, Company (formerly Grand Central Tech) 335 Madison Ave. Tickets here.
⚪️ Daybreaker NYC x LG // Spring Rise: They’re coming together to bring One World Trade Center its first-ever dance party. They’re taking the phrase “we choose to be happy” up a level — or 102. That’s how high One World Trade Center stands, and on the International Day of Happiness, they’re dancing at the top of it. Wed, March 20, 6:00 AM, ASPIRE, One World Observatory at the World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St. Tickets here.
⚪️ YAAASSSS Queen Esther: Millennial Purim: Join Tech Tribe for Millennial Purim. Nosh on “avocado toast” hamentashen, a breakfast cereal & milk bar + other kosher eats. Come in costume or as yourself + limited edition millennial pink swag. Hear the Megillah with cat GIF commentary + connect with young Jews in tech and digital media. 7:30 doors open. Cash bar; ticket covers food & complementary cocktail. The Library Bar at The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn. Tickets here.
⚪️ Innovation Trends and Venture Investing in 2019: They are hosting a “not to be missed” conversation with Ashvin Chhabra and John Frankel, two highly regarded investors. Plum Alley is leading a discussion for members, friends in the ecosystem and special guests around why now is a unique time to invest in technology and healthcare innovation and what are some of the key considerations when investing in the asset class of venture. This will be a highly engaging and thought provoking conversation on Wednesday, March 20th. They have a few seats left so please email Josh@plumalley.co to reserve a seat.
⚪️ Investor Breakfast with Meghan Cross Breeden, Partner, Amplifyher Ventures: Meghan Cross Breeden is a Partner at Amplifyher Ventures, investing in outstanding female founders. Previously as the original Managing Partner of Red Bear Angels, she built the Cornell alumni angel network of 100+ accredited investors and led investments across 20+ companies including Lyft. Meghan received her venture training from Foundation Capital and Bowery Capital. Thu, March 21, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace @Baar Baar13, East 1st St #100. Register here.
⚪️ Fundraising Lunch and Learn with Silicon Valley Bank: Join Silicon Valley Bank for an engaging lunch and learn session at the Voyager Clubhouse geared towards early-stage founders gearing to raising a Pre-Seed, Seed, or Series A round. Thursday, March 21, 12:00 PM, Voyager Clubhouse, 137 West 25th Street, 11th Floor. Register here.
⚪️ Everything you need to know about today’s internet culture with Taylor Lorenz: Taylor Lorenz, a journalist covering tech and culture at The Atlantic and one of the foremost experts on today’s internet and social media culture, will join us for an entertaining and thoughtful discussion on how we got here and where we’re headed. Company HQ, 335 Madison Avenue, 3rd Fl. March 21, 6:00pm. Tickets here.
⚪️ Amazon AWS Recurring Revenue for Startups[BarkBox]: Carly Strife, Co-founder of BarkBox, will share how the sweat equity put in during the early days and hustling to scale has resulted in their exponential growth today. Learn how they built a successful recurring revenue model, reaching 600,000 dogs nationwide, with a 90% customer retention. March 26 | 7PM. AWS Loft. 350 West Broadway. Register here.
⚪️ IBM thinkLeaders: How Can We Build AI for Everyone? Join them for for food, drinks, and a panel discussion with some of the brightest minds in AI. Hosted by IBM with the futurist Pamela Pavliscak, Chief Data Scientist at the NYT Chris Wiggins, and game designer Mitu Khandaker, who will be discussing AI trust, bias, ethics, and transparency. AI is going to change the world, and we want to know how to change it for the better. A Q&A will follow, so bring your best questions. Wednesday, March 27th, 6pm. Civic Hall, 118 West 22nd Street, 12th Fl. Register here.
⚪️ ERA NYC Happy Hour: Founders - if you’re thinking about applying to their Summer 2019 program, please come join them on Wednesday, March 27th for free beers & networking with the ERA team, their alumni founders & mentors. ERA invests $100Kin seed funding with potential follow-on funding & gives entrepreneurs access to NYC’s largest mentor network of 500+industry leaders & the strongest alumni network of 180 companies. Wednesday, March 27 at 06:30 PM, Amazon AWS Loft, 350 W Broadway. Register here.
⚪️ Mobility Pitch Night: At Mobility Pitch Night, five innovative startups at the forefront of mobility disruption will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of industry leaders and investors, as well as an audience of travel startups, corporate partners and technologists. Audience and panelists will vote for the winner according to business model, presentation, product-market fit, and fundability. March 28, 6:30 p.m. -VOYAGER HQ 137 West 25th Street, 11th Floor. Tickets here.
⚪️ NYC Marketing Mixer Networking Happy Hour: They’ve scheduled this month’s networking event for Thursday, March 28th at Galvanize in West SoHo. They’ll be providing free pizza, wine, and beer for all attendees. Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:30, Galvanize (303 Spring St, between Hudson and Greenwich). RSVP here.
⚪️ Private Investors, VCs and Entrepreneurs: They are holding a networking event for entrepreneurs, private investors and corporate finance professionals. Startup companies pitch for investment and this is followed by networking over drinks. Thursday the 28th of March from 6:30pm. Floor Seven of Americas Tower. RSVP here.
⚪️ Venture Capital For Startups - Fundraising Advice For Founders: Funding is one of the biggest pain points entrepreneurs face when building their companies. Join them for a panel discussion with founders & investors who’ll share their own insights from both sides of the table about securing early-stage funding. Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 06:30 PM Betaworks Studios, 29 Little W 12th St. Tickets here.
⚪️ LTV CONF 2019: Join them and hundreds of other guests for North America’s leading SaaS Conference. LTV Conf 2019 will bring like-minded SaaS entrepreneurs, private and public companies as well as active investors from all over the world into one space to collaborate and take away meaningful connections and ideas to drive future growth. 3-4 April at Convene, 117 West 46th Street. You can use the YKC discount code discount code is JBS99 - $99 per ticket (instead of $599). Tickets here.
⚪️ Funny as Tech (“Let’s Talk about Sextech”): On April 9th, Funny as Tech will explore the issues around sex and technology and the growing NYC sextech community in its panel show, “Let’s Talk about Sextech.” Special guests for this sure-to-be-memorable night include Bryony Cole (CEO of Future of Sex), Polly Rodiguez (CEO of Unbound), and Mal Harrison (Center for Erotic Intelligence). Tues, April 9th at 6 pm at the Peoples Improv Theater (123 E. 24th Street). It will be Dr. Ruth meets WIRED by way of the NYC sextech community…inside a comedy theater. Tickets here.
⚪️ Urban Future Summit - April 22, Earth Day 2019: They’re excited to bring you an afternoon of pitches from the outstanding cleantech finalists of their Urban Future Prize Competition. This year they’re launching their inaugural Urban Future Summit, an all day conference where we’ll hear from leaders in the cleantech sector on innovations shaping up the industry. As New York State’s environmental goals become bolder, they’d like to highlight recent developments likely to make the largest impact for urban sustainability. April 20th, 8am, 7 World Trade Center. $50 off if you register before 3/20. Register here.

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