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"Vivre sans temps mort (live without wasted time)"

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April 28 · Issue #81 · View online
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“Vivre sans temps mort (live without wasted time)”

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}} … wishing a solemn and meaningful Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'Atzamaut to those in Israel. I was planning an Israeli Tech Happy Hour on this date, but obviously given the circumstances that’s postponed. I am open to hosting a Zoom (or other platform) hangout in the near future if there is interest.
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Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently.”
-Shimon Peres - שמעון פרס
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Will You Choose Alive Time or Dead Time? I’m going to resist the urge to write that one should be productive all the time during lock down because I don’t think it’s healthy. There is a lot of pressure to feel we are always doing something during this time, but what we don’t have is a release valve. We can’t just walk away from our work and separate ourselves, so a lack of boundaries does not give us time to refresh and reflect. The other extreme, of just scrolling through memes and Netflix is not healthy either.
I think that on a whole we’ll look back, reflect, and find some good which came out of this situation. On a day to day some days we’re not going to feel like getting out of bed, and some days we’ll have energy to conquer our tasks in what has become the new normal for the time being. With the warmer weather coming into season and what looks like the end of the beginning of this saga there are some reasons to be optimistic. I feel stretched mentally like some of the people reading this right now, judging from the responses I’ve been getting, both positive and negative during the past few weeks. 
Personally, what I have found has helped me keep a sense of control has been daily exercise, journaling, and meditation as part of a routine. Baby steps on days you don’t feel like it but know you should. It can be a few minutes of each every day, but these tools have been key in helping me manage what we’re all going through these days. 
Key Takeaways:
⚪️“Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit”: Translated as ’perhaps it will be pleasing to have remembered these things one day.’ It’s hard to imagine that now, but the Greeks came up with this quote after a catastrophic defeat.
⚪️ This generation will understand what matters: Funny how so much of the petty nonsense which consumed us is less relevant these days.
⚪️ You’re preparing: When Nelson Mandela was asked how he survived all those years in a brutal South African prison his answer was that he “was preparing”; you’re just preparing now for when the economy opens.
Alive Time or Dead Time: You Choose If This Time Is Productive Or Not | Ryan Holiday | Stoicism
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Hapday Group Virtual B2B Sales BootcampHapday Group is launching a virtual sales bootcamp for founders, entrepreneurs, and companies looking to build, grow and scale their sales channel development. This bootcamp is a 6-week online intensive experience starting at the end of May and running through early July. It will feature workshops, coaches, and mentors to help you focus your sales efforts on growth. Apply here.
⚪️ TPESF Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program Application: With much of the country now working from home, The Paul E. Singer Foundation is offering support for young professionals looking to develop intellectually-driven, public policy and community-focused projects. Ideas for books, podcasts, video series, investigative research, essays, educational campaigns, and creative proposals. Apply here.
⚪️ Venture Capital & Private Equity Investment Apprenticeship Program: Venture University is the world’s leading investor accelerator for venture capital, private equity, and angel investing. The Investor Accelerator includes individuals who aim to join venture capital and private equity funds, angel investors and family offices who seek to professionalize their investment strategies, aspiring new fund managers, entrepreneurs who want to learn to think like investors, experienced professionals who would like to make career transitions, and undergraduate and graduate students. Apply here.
⚪️ Who’s hiringA list of all the companies that are currently hiring in Israel and abroad, with details regarding their open positions built by Pitango Venture Capital for the Israeli tech community. Help them support the tech community and build a database of companies that are hiring during these challenging times by submitting companies that are hiring via this form. Link to see who is hiring here.
⚪️ Front Row Labs Startup Contest: Funding competition for early-stage tech startups. Investment of up to $1M in selected companies, for startups w/transformation or disruptive tech or business models & large addressable market. With Front Row Labs; apply by Apr 30 here.
⚪️ Visa Everywhere Initiative: Global innovation program for fintech startups to solve payment & commerce challenges of tomorrow; $150K prizes; Challenges incl. Real-time payments, Digital banking, API-based money transfer, NFC, Pandemic recovery; apply by Apr 30 here.
 ⚪️ XRC Labs Cohort 10: They look at everything across the retail technology & consumer goods landscape. $135K in funding, mentorship, and support from world-class retailer and brand sponsors, and founding partners Kurt Salmon and Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York City, XRC Labs thrives as the first design-centric retail innovation ecosystem. Deadline May 10. Apply here.
⚪️ Call for Israeli and Global Startups: Security Accelerator’s 8th Batch with Ref to COVID-19: iHLS Security Accelerator invites startups from Israel and the world to join its 8th batch, specially adapted to COVID-19 conditions. In addition to dual-use technologies (civilian and military) – this is for new technologies coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline May 18th. Apply here.
⚪️ FoodFutureCo Accelerator The first scale-up accelerator in food, agriculture, and social entrepreneurship that empowers small but established companies (on track to grossing more than $1 million annually) that are providing unique products and solutions across our food system, to reach their next stage of growth. Cohort 7, deadline June 1. Apply here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
Featured Webinar: ICONYC Special Webinar: Company Building in The Age of COVID-19Join them on for a special webinar bringing together some of NYC’s top tech founders and VCs, as they share their take on how to adjust to the new reality of COVID-19 from a company building and investing perspective. April 30th at 12:00PM EST. Register here.
⚪️ Falling, Pivoting, or Booming with Cornell TechTechDay Town Hall features leading academics, business professionals, and startup founders. These webinars are curated to focus on strategies, resources, and information to help startups better manage during these uncertain times. Join Fernando Gomez-Baquero from Cornell Tech as he discusses examples from each category and recommends how startups should navigate current and future challenges. Apr 28, 11:30 AM. Register here.
⚪️ Coursera and Common Sense Media CEOs talk COVID-19’s impact on education: Join Axios for a live, virtual event on COVID-19’s impact on education. They will unpack how education leaders, policymakers, and parents are navigating the challenges and opportunities of remote learning and how to ensure kids are ready for the next school year. Tuesday, April 28, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET. Register to receive the livestream link prior to the event. Register here.
⚪️ Newlab Virtual: The Evolving World of Work: Today’s world of work has suddenly and dramatically shifted. While this is a stressful time for many, it’s also a time to think about what new opportunities are available for founders. Claudia Reuter, General Manager of Techstars Americas East and author of, Yes, You Can Do This!, will share her thoughts on the evolving world of work, and the positive potential it holds for entrepreneurs, and in particular female entrepreneurs. Wed, April 29, 12:00 PM. Register here.
⚪️ Deep Tech VC Panel: Entre is hosting a special investors panel on Deep Tech VC - AI, Big Data, Machine Learning, And Future of Tech - geared towards the growing community of entrepreneurs, artists, creators, influencers, & innovators. Join them for a panel featuring investors discussing entrepreneurship, strategies, & advice on how to pitch & scale your businesses. April 29, 2:00PM. Tickets here.
⚪️ State Of Fintech VC: Are you a fintech (includes blockchain) startup looking to pitch your company in front of an audience and panel of expert VC and Angel judges? This is your chance. Meet, field questions, and get immediate feedback from investors. Their judges all come from the fintech industry. Wed, April 29, 2:00 PM. Tickets here.
⚪️ In conversation with Josh Wolfe, Founder & Managing Director of Lux Capital: Their first event with Josh Wolfe, who will be exploring the broader implications of COVID-19. As Founder & Managing Director of Lux Capital, Josh invests in people who are inventing the future, like pioneers in the fields of nuclear waste clean up, metamaterials, satellites, and flying robots. April 30th, 03:00 PM. Register here.
⚪️ Virtual Venture Capital Speaker Series and Networking Event: DownToDash and New York Entrepreneurs Startup and Business Coalition presents a virtual night of networking & learning from venture capitalists. The Zoom Link will be emailed to you on the day of the event. They have four speakers that will be sharing tactics and strategies for startups and raising VC money. Thu, April 30, 6:00 PM. Register here.
⚪️ How To Create Meaningful (Digital) Gatherings: Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Priya Parker takes us inside various events to show what works, what doesn’t, & why. In her podcast, Together Apart, & her book, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet & Why It Matters, she investigates a wide array of gatherings, and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience, whether online or in-person. Friday, May 01, at 12:00 PM. Register here.
⚪️ Innovative Italian Startups Engage with Global Investors Online: Axis Innovation is hosting an online webinar for Italian startup companies, to pitch in front of a panel made of international investors and corporations. The goal of this initiative is to give promising Italian startups a professional international audience, creating excitement in the Italian innovation and generating opportunities for the startups without them having to leave their home. Monday May 4th, 9AM. Register here.
⚪️ Venture Summit | West:  Meet, interact and network with more than 1,300 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies at the prestigious Venture Summit | West. Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West presented by young Startup Ventures - is the event of the year you won’t want to miss. May 5-6 2020  Virtual Connect. Save 20% with discount code SOSVIP Tickets here.
⚪️ Managing Your Mental Health During Times of Stress: Jena Booher, strategic culture consultant and entrepreneur, will talk about managing your mental health during stressful times and will explore in depth various mental health challenges some of us may be experiencing right now. Jena will give tips on how to best manage working from home and how to maintain your mental health and well-being during this uncertain time. Wednesday, May 6, 4 p.m. ET. Register here.
⚪️ Virtual Investor Speaker Series and Networking Event: DownToDash presents a virtual night of networking & learning from venture capitalists and angel investors. They have some amazing speakers that will be sharing tactics and strategies for startups and raising money. Thu, May 14, 7:00 PM. Tickets here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Breakfast with an Investor: Dr. Joel Palathinkal: They’ll be hosting Dr. Joel Palathinkal, venture capitalist and part of a family office that has done direct investments in a wide range of sectors and stages like deep space exploration, lab grown meats, digital health, fintech, AI, B2B SaaS, and Consumer Technologies. He has invested in and advised both funds and early stage startups, and is Associate Partner at VU Venture Partners. Thu, May 28, 8:30 AM. Register here.

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