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YKC: The light at the end of tunnel


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December 8 · Issue #97 · View online

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

“The light of the day is followed by night, as a shadow follows a body”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … Shalom from Tel Aviv. Wishing a meaningful Hanukah to everyone celebrating. The warriors of light are on the offensive against the forces of darkness, and while we’re not out of the woods yet (given the pandemic’s numbers), 2021 could be a more promising year. I will be visiting the US this month, so if you’d like to set up a Zoom call in EST hours just ping me here.
My latest piece in ISRAEL21c on the transformation the city of Tulsa is going through: The surprising US city where Israeli tech is heading next
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Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness”
-Anne Frank
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
The First Hanukkah Light in Bergen Belsen: If anything, this current wave of COVID seems like it could have been avoided… if only people were more resilient for a bit longer. Here in Israel, while many people are suffering from the pandemic (and ‘corona fatigue’ stems as much from the government’s inability to make concreate decisions) there is the hope that the vaccine will help in returning life to ‘normal’, though not immediately. For the first time this year, hope is not in short supply. 
It’s not just faith in medicine (as we truly don’t know the long term effects of the vaccines) but the faith in one’s self to overcome. Never mind that many ‘leaders’ both on the government level and in our day to day have failed, they just didn’t have the chops to deal with a real crisis. It’s not that we’re getting soft as a result of technology (we are) but sometimes it’s shocking to see how un resilient we are. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and sometimes one just need to live life from day to day… which is why a holiday such as Hanukah is so important now. Finding the guide light despite the overwhelming darkness, and gathering the inner strength to face a post-corona world.
We can learn a lot from those who came before us, and how they overcame crushing adversity, whether that be the Maccabees rebellion against the Greeks or the concentration camps. But they did overcome and passed the torch to guide us to where we are today.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Without darkness there is no light: We need to go through dark times sometimes to see the light.
⚪️ Patience and resilience: Two traits that in short supply these days.
⚪️ It’s the small things: It’s not the big things that break people, it’s the small things.
The Macedonian Conquest, Maccabees, and the Menorah
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.
⚪️ AteraCome work with them. Available Position: Customer Success/HR/Marketing/Product Management/R&D. Apply here.
⚪️Axis Corporate Edition: Telecom Innovation is back in 2020 virtually: Are you an Israeli startup with a unique technology solution for telecom operators? Apply now to present in front of leading global telecom operators from 10 countries, investors, and corporations interested to partner with startups. Apply here.
⚪️ 8200 for Startups by EISP 11th Cycle- Application Form: Thank you for your interest in joining 8200 For Startups by EISP program! Please note that due to the circumstance arising from COVID-19 and in alignment with the best practices laid out by the Ministry of Health and relevant entities, their next batch will begin in March 2021. Apply here.
⚪️ The NY Fashion Tech Lab 2021 Applications are **NOW OPEN**: They are delighted to announce the opening of their 2021 Program Applications. Over the past few months, they have been preparing for the 2021 lab, which will be accessible virtually. During this time, they have been staying in close contact with their community of fashion retailers and brands, alumni, industry experts, and investors to better understand their current and future needs. Apply here.
⚪️ Axios: Growth Marketer.  Their newest Growth Marketer will be responsible for managing, optimizing, and driving the growth of Axios’ media business through digital and social marketing efforts. They will be a key member of the growth team as the business continues to scale and build an iconic news and technology brand. Apply here.
⚪️ 645 Ventures: Investment Team Fellow. 645 is seeking to hire an Investment Fellow who will work as a member of the firm’s Investment and Research team. In this role, the individual will help the firm source new investment opportunities, assist with the firm’s research in evaluating new markets, and play a key role in the firm’s investment due diligence process. Apply here.
⚪️ Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast: Hiring: Market Analyst and Social Media Intern. They are looking for an intern with strong analytical and marketing skills who is eager to learn and broaden their knowledge and expertise in the field of International Trade. You will have the opportunity to interact and work closely with all our heads of sectors on the team (Healthcare, Gaming, Cyber, Fintech, Sustainability, Automotive, Smart Cities, IoT, Telecom, Investment etc.). Apply here.
⚪️ Laconia Internship Application: Laconia is a venture capital firm that leads seed rounds in B2B software companies revolutionizing legacy industries. The team is small and tight-knit, with just six full-time members. Interns get full exposure to all aspects of the business, gaining exceptional insight into the inner workings of a venture firm. Laconia’s culture is collaborative and transparent, both internally within the firm and externally within the venture ecosystem as a whole. Apply here.
⚪️ Zoog is an early stage, well funded startup that is creating a new format of storytelling. They are looking for a creative & talented motion designer to join their awesome team. Working closely with their designers and product team, you will be directing our interactive book reading experiences from bottom up. You will be in charge of animating graphics and creating vivid visual effects bringing the animation to life and at times creating it from scratch, as well as creating the AR interactions. Apply here.
⚪️ The Seven Seven Six Operator in Residence Program: The Seven Seven Six Operator in Residence Program is a full-time, paid, one-year appointment designed to engage high-potential operators who are interested in pursuing a career in venture capital. Whether you’re a developer, a marketer, or a product manager, working on the sales team, legal team, people team, comms team, or, yes, even finance — they consider you an operator. Apply here.
⚪️Enargite Startup Booster programThis is an intense 2 week program designed to boost and speed up operations and fundraising prospects for early stage startups worldwide by connecting 1 on 1 with top Silicon Valley experts and investors. The program is remote. Startup applications are now open. Website and application link here.
⚪️ YU Innovation LabIsraeli startups looking to expand to the US market? YU Innovation Lab, a business accelerator based out of Yeshiva University in NYC, is now accepting applications for the spring cohort (Feb-May 2021). The Innovation Lab, led by Dr. Maria Blekher, enables startups to leverage diligent YU students as members on their global growth team, as well as get support from leading mentors. Apply here.
⚪️ Techstars Tel Aviv Accelerator: This program focuses on helping international and Israeli startups, across all verticals, learn from one of the world’s most unique and innovative ecosystems, Tel Aviv. The application deadline is Dec, 20th and the program will be during the spring of 2021. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ THE STATE OF CORPORATE INNOVATION: A STARTUP’S GUIDEJoin them for an expert deep dive on how COVID-19 reshuffled the corporate and investment strategy landscape, its implications for adopting new technologies, and what these shifts indicate for startups in the days ahead. December 8, 9AM PST | 12PM EST | 7PM IST. Register here.
⚪️A Donut? Or A Cake? Ask Two British Bakers: Join ISRAEL21c’s Editor and Israel Director, Nicky Blackburn, and British bakers Georgia Green and Lee’at Gentely, who now live in Tel Aviv, on Tuesday, December 8th at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 8pm IST for their latest webinar, A Donut? Or A Cake? Ask Two British Bakers! Dec 8, 2020 08:00 PM in Jerusalem. Register here.
⚪️ Caitlin Owens and Sam Baker discuss the future of healthcare payments: Join Axios for a virtual event on the future of healthcare payments. They will unpack inefficiencies and inequities in the American health care system and the role of tech innovation. Tuesday, December 8, 12:30 pm ET. Register here.
⚪️ Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies: The impact of innovation and entrepreneurship on the economy and society more broadly cannot be overstated. The impact goes beyond aspects such as increased productivity, competitiveness, and job creation, and crosses over into infrastructure, the environment, political stability, regulation and social inclusion. December 8, 6:00 pm EST. Register here.
⚪️ Dan Primack and venture capitalists discuss what’s next for the future of VC: Join Axios for a virtual event on how the past year has changed the world of venture capital. They’ll discuss the “new normal” and how it could shift the future of VC funding in America. Wednesday, December 9, 12:30 pm ET. Register here.
⚪️ 8 Days of Light! (An Office Hour Extravaganza!): There’s nothing more Jewish than wisdom, and nothing more valuable than time. So this year for Hanukah, they’re introducing an 8 Days of Light: An 8 Day Office Hour Extravaganza!  Their generous community members have offered to bring some light into the world by sharing their wisdom and time with the rest of us so we can all learn from and connect with one another. To kick things off, they’re going to be lighting the first candle together on Upstream this Thursday (the 10th) at 7pm ET! Download Upstream here.
⚪️ Starta Investor Showcase Fall 2020: Starta’s first Investor Showcase live stream is happening on Thursday, December 10th @ 6 PM ET! They at Starta Ventures are stoked to present their 10th Batch of international founders and would love to have to join them! At their showcase you’ll get the chance to meet 8 of their innovative and disruptive tech startups from all over the globe. Fri, December 11, 1:00 AM IST. Register here.
⚪️ 365x Scale-up Israel Batch Virtual Showcase EventJoin them on December 14th and 15th at 6pm IDT/11am EST to meet and interact with the CEOs of 14 disruptive Israeli startups. Industries: TravelTech | Automotive & Fleet Management | Utilities | Cloud Computing & DevOps | Enterprise Software | eCommerce | Employee Wellbeing. Register here.
⚪️ Post-Covid: a Few thoughts on an Unprecedented crisis: Post-Covid: a Few thoughts on an Unprecedented crisis. Conversation between Prof Eva Illouz and Moshe Sluchovsk. Dec 16, 06:30 PM in Jerusalem. Register here.
⚪️ Join Tribe for Latkes of Sound on December 17th: As we kindle the lights of this season, they invite you to join them for a meditative sound bath to help us find our inner still small voices. After all, what came before light? Sound. Dec 17, 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada). Register here.
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