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YKC: The light shines through


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February 16 · Issue #102 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

“What is to give light must endure burning”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … A ray of light shining through the winter… sometimes it is hard to gauge how the global battle against COVID is going by reading the news. But it looks like things may be beginning to move in the right direction.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Don’t pray for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs”
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Rise To Your Greatest Potential - Mike Tyson / Tom Brady on what motivates him: It comes down to this one question: Both have that killer mindset, the winner mentality. What separates the two athletes is from where they draw their strength. Brady, who in his 40s is the epitome of a winner pushing through along with peak physical performance when he should be past his prime vs. Mike Tyson, who in his 50’s is still channeling his demons.
Brady’s quote of coach John Wooden saying “success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming”, is what motivates him and is reminiscent of the Stoic idea that only your actions are in your control, the results are not. Professional athletes who compete at that level are at the elite of physical performance, what creates true winners is their mindset; how they interpret the experiences around them and keep pushing for greatness.
With Mike’s life and philosophy, I haven’t seen a video which expresses such an unabashed view of the human condition in some time. Regardless of what you think about him, there is wisdom to be gleaned from someone who stared into the abyss and came through the other side. Wisdom from experience, as mistakes and many failings edit knowledge.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ You must face humiliation: Only then will use rise to your greatest potential, otherwise it is not worth doing.
⚪️ Mind over matter: I learned this as a young soldier in the IDF, you don’t know what you’re capable of until you’re pushed to your mental limit.
⚪️It really is the journey: We need the difficult journey to give context to the suffering we all go through.
Rise To Your Greatest Potential - Mike Tyson
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.
⚪️ Satellite: In just 8 weeks, you’ll land a sales job at a world-class tech company, working remotely from Tulsa. If you’ve got grit and enthusiasm, they can help you land a great job. The talent revolution is happening outside of Silicon Valley and NYC. The Satellite program is partnered with future-thinking cities across America, starting with Tulsa, Oklahoma. Apply here.
⚪️ TU-Team8 Cyber Fellows: The University of Tulsa & Team8 Cyber Fellows initiative is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to earn a Ph.D. degree while redefining research and development across cyber, data science and machine learning. This unique and highly competitive initiative brings together premiere cyber education from TU’s College of Engineering & Natural Sciences with Team8’s company-building experience and ecosystem to identify real-world industry challenges and transfer cutting-edge research into cutting-edge startups. Apply here.
⚪️ Chaos Photo Marathon: They invite photographers, designers, artists and creators from all fields which use the language of photography as their tool, to engage in a creative and inspiring 24-hour exploration of various aspects of the “Chaos” theme. They invite you to embrace the chaos of our times and think of it as an engine for innovative, independent creation, a path to the re-examination of our basic assumptions and an avenue for creating work which embodies flexibility, inventiveness, ingenuity, and personal and professional development. Register here.
⚪️ Tech7 Magnet AcceleratorRaise your Seed Round with Tech7 Magnet Accelerator‏. Startups have to keep growing fast. They’re looking for the 10% who can do it , and make them skyrocket!! They are looking for early stage startups that possess the magic blend of an amazing idea and the right attitude for success and they surround them with the best setting for 3 months of pure value: Office space. Advisory board. VC’s. Pro mentors. Zero Equity Are you the 10%? Apply for the accelerator here.
⚪️ Aleph: Aleph Office Manager. Aleph is an early stage venture capital fund and equal partnership focused on partnering with great Israeli entrepreneurs to build large, meaningful companies and impactful global brands. This is a unique opportunity to work with the most exciting Israeli startups and entrepreneurs, while learning about the venture capital world and the high tech ecosystem. As the office manager, you’ll be involved in every aspect of Aleph’s activities, so the opportunities to evolve and take initiative are endless. Apply here.
⚪️ antidote: Director of Business Development. Interested in joining an organization that’s being recognized for the evolution of its products and the impact this has on clinical trial recruitment? They are looking to strengthen their sales team with the addition of a Director of Business Development. Reporting to the Exec VP of Business Development and joining an existing team of 2, this person will help to accelerate the commercial growth of the business with sponsors and CROs. Apply here.
⚪️ B Capital Group: B Capital is looking for a pre-MBA Associate who has an incredible drive to assist in the investment process from end-to-end. Primary responsibilities will be helping identify new investment opportunities through research-driven sourcing, researching markets and sector trends, evaluating deals, and conducting detailed business and financial due diligence. The individual will work across all four of their primary industry verticals – consumer enablement, financial services/insurance, health/wellness, and industrial/transportation. Apply here.
⚪️ FirstMark: FirstMark is looking for a talented Investor to join their team in New York City. With $2.5 billion of assets under management, FirstMark is the first full-stack venture firm, investing in companies at every stage of their journey. They are proud to partner with the ambitious founders of some of the most iconic companies in the world, including Shopify, Pinterest, DraftKings, Airbnb, Discord, and many more. Apply here.
⚪️ Grasshopper Bank: Director, Marketing and Communications. Grasshopper Bank is a nationally chartered digital commercial bank supporting the innovation economy. They believe that proactive authentic relationships, coupled with their technology, are an enabler for delivering meaningful and relevant value to their clients. Apply here.
⚪️ OneTable: At OneTable, they help people end their week with intention, rest, community – Shabbat. As they expand and evolve in cities across the country, they are looking for team members aligned with our values of joy, elevation, and hospitality. Opportunities here.
⚪️ Startup Nation Central: Content Manager. They are looking for a passionate Content Manager, who is a storyteller at heart, to join their team. You will take part in the design of our content strategy and create engaging content to support their business goals: content that motivates, inspires, educates and converts leads into clients across a wide variety of platforms. You will also create content that raises brand awareness and positions Start-Up Nation Central as a thought leader. Apply here.
⚪️ TAMID Group: Community Manager. They train the next generation of leaders and provides them with a strong and lasting connection to Israel. The TAMID Fellowship is an 8-week summer internship program for undergraduate students that takes place in Tel Aviv. Program Dates: June 8 - August 12. The Community Manager is responsible for leading and managing their group of Fellows, delivering educational content, and accompanying the participants when necessary. Please send CV’s to
⚪️ ff Venture Capital: At ff Venture Capital they are asked often if they have a job opening, and it rare that they do. However, today is the day that they can say we are looking widely for an amazingly talented person to join them as a two year associate. Apply here.
⚪️ NFX: Head of Public Relations & Social Media - Reinventing VC. They are NFX, the largest seed venture fund in the world and one of the fastest growing brands in tech. Their mission is to build the next-gen VC firm. Now they’re looking to expand their PR and social media presence.  But, they’re not looking to hire just anyone… This is an unusual job that requires a unique background. They believe in people who are self-driven and ambitious. If you’re the best person in the world for this, you’ll find your way to them. Apply here.
⚪️ Oktopost: One thing they’ve enjoyed pretty much during the Oktopost journey is watching their super talented team do what they do. And now they’re hiring for some pretty big roles! Insanely talented people, take a look here.
⚪️ Salto: Content Marketing Manager. Hot off the press! A new opening in their team, this time for a content marketer role. This is a great opportunity to join a young startup on the rise and play a pivotal role in the shaping of its brand, positioning and narrative. Apply here.
⚪️ The Smithsonian: The Smithsonian is hiring a new role – the Head of Digital Transformation.  It’s a senior-level position reporting to Secretary Lonnie Bunch’s office . Secretary Bunch is an innovator himself – building the National Museum of African American History and Culture in just ten years. He is a fantastic fundraiser and visionary and would like to build the Smithsonian into a more relevant and impactful resource in the digital realm. This is the first such position in the 175 year history of the Smithsonian. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Coast-to-Coast Bootstrapper Breakfast for Q1: Join them for a chat with their Bootstrappers Breakfast moderators as they reflect on what they have seen over the years with startups. As moderators they have seen it all and have some fun stories to tell. They will share their views looking forward to future opportunities. Feb 16, 2021 11:30 AM in Eastern Time. Register here.
⚪️ 1 Million Cups February: 1 Million Cups is a monthly gathering where 2 entrepreneurs give a 6-minute presentation of a quick overview of their company and ONE BIG CHALLENGE they are working on right now, followed by Q&A from the community. Feb 17, 2021, 8:30 AM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Vaccinating Israel: What the World Can Learn: Join ISRAEL21c’s Editor and Israel Director Nicky Blackburn, vaccine industry veteran Dr. Ronald Ellis, and immunologist Dr. Ella Sklan. Israel has more people vaccinated per capita than anywhere else in the world. And yet even in Israel, COVID-19 numbers are still going up. Dr. Ronald Ellis and Dr. Ella Sklan will share their thoughts on how the vaccine will impact the spread of the virus and its mutations, what lessons we can learn from Israel’s vaccination campaign, and when we’re likely to return to normal. Feb 17, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time. Register here.
⚪️ Energy Innovation Night: You are welcome to join the Israeli Ministry of Energy and meet the leading entrepreneurs of Israel in the energy sector. Hear from six successful Israeli energy companies featuring breakthrough innovative technology. Feb. 18 18:00 CET. Register here.
⚪️ Breakfast With An Investor: Sapna Shah, Red Giraffe Advisors: Sapna Shah is an angel investor, retail expert and three-time entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna makes pre-seed investments in the future of retail, including startups in B2B retail tech, ecommerce, marketplaces and DTC brands. Thu, February 18, 9:30 AM EST. Register here
⚪️ Webinar: AdTech: What Comes Next?: At the tail end of 2020, all eyes in the AdTech world were on Q4 and what it would mean in the midst of the new normal. Companies moved to adapt to the virtual environment, preparing for the worst. Thursday, February 18 4:00 PM EST. Register here
⚪️ Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg: Harlem Capital’s Jarrid Tingle: Bloomberg, Cornell Tech, and Tech:NYC invite you to tune in for the latest installment of the Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Speaker Series, featuring Jarrid Tingle, Managing Partner of Harlem Capital, in conversation with Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg Television. Thursday, February 18, (6 PM EST). Register here.
⚪️ Webinar: The Power of the Pivot with BentoBox: Over the last year we’ve experienced one of the biggest business disruptions in our lifetime, and the ability to pivot successfully has been what’s kept many companies alive. Join them as they explore the power of the pivot with Krystle Mobayeni, CEO of BentoBox, and Rowan Trollope, CEO of Five9, and learn how BentoBox mobilized and pivoted to provide restaurants with expanded digital capabilities and support as they were forced to close due to COVID-19. Thu, 04:00 PM / Feb 18. Register here.
⚪️ The Consumer VC Summit: Three days of online panels and curated discussions with the top investors and innovative founders in commerce and retail technology innovation. One of the highlights of the Consumer VC Summit is professional networking across the spectrum of emerging startups and retail-focused VCs. February 23rd-25th. Register here.
⚪️ 8200 Impact 6th Cycle Showcase Event: 8200 Impact is proud to present its 6th cycle startups in an international Showcase Event. Join them and the hundreds of leading investors, international innovation hubs, and acclaimed professionals in the industry to watch the 10 graduating startups of 8200 Impact’s 6th cohort. Tue, February 23, 10:30 AM. Register here.
⚪️ ZORA Impact Founders Series: Wasteless: Read on below for news on their latest innovations, recognitions, awards, and tackling of milestones across both R&D and Biz Dev.  As always, they are proud to have the opportunity to back these incredible teams, to be building Israel’s leading impact tech portfolio, and to have a fantastic group of values-aligned investors along with them.  Tuesday, February 23rd, 9:00 PT / 12:00 ET / 19:00 IL. Register here.
⚪️ Avoda Chairwoman Merav Michaeli in-English: Tel Aviv International Salon, presents the Election Series: In partnership with the Jerusalem Post. Avoda Chairwoman Merav Michaeli. Online event will be held in-English + Q&A. Tue, Feb 23, 1:00 PM EST. Register here.
⚪️ DLD ALL STARS: Their DLD21 motto “What The World Needs Now …” is your call to action! Join us and our inspirational speakers from 15 years of DLD history on February 21-23, 2021, 4:00 - 8:00 pm CET daily. Ursula von der Leyen,Oliver Zipse, Ben Horowitz, Scott Galloway, Reid Hoffman, Kara Swisher, Esther D. Register here.
⚪️ Hack The Crisis: Join them for a lively conversation about Israel’s Hi Tech industry and Covid-19: How do we manage and where do we go next? Guest Speaker Yaron Carni and moderated by Liat Aaronson. Time: 9:00 PM Israel | 2:00 PM EST | 11:00 AM PST. Register here.
⚪️ What AI Can Do and Not Do for Your Business: The future is already here, and Artificial Intelligence will certainly be a big part of it. What AI can do and not do for your business? How to test the market fast with an AI project? Wed, March 3, 10:00 AM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Hear best-selling author Walter Isaacson in conversation with Alexi Nazem on how life sciences as the next frontier of tech will re-shape humanity: Walter Isaacson, bestselling author and biographer of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs joins us on the Company stage in conversation with Dr. Alexi Nazem, Founder & CEO of Nomad Health. Join them to hear how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and colleagues developed an invention that will transform the human race: CRISPR, an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. With life sciences as the next frontier of technology, how will we shape the future of the human species? Thurs, March 4, 12pm EDT. Tickets here.
⚪️ Axis Tel Aviv 2021: Axis Tel Aviv is Axis Innovation’s flagship innovation conference and is going virtual for 2021. Organized for the past 7 years and recognized as one of Israel’s most effective startup events for dealmaking, Axis Tel Aviv is a unique opportunity to meet, learn, and network with global investors and corporations and leading Israeli tech startups. Wed, March 17. Register here.

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