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"To get lost is to learn the way” -African proverb

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December 11 · Issue #44 · View online
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“To get lost is to learn the way” -African proverb

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back to YKC. Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrated. A bit of a rushed newsletter this week; I’m traveling back from East Africa to the States (and reality). This trip has been nothing short of an eye opening experience.
You can follow my adventures on Instagram @yonzes
Elephant was staring hard- Tarangire safari, Tanzania 🐘
Elephant was staring hard- Tarangire safari, Tanzania 🐘
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” 
-Nelson Mandela
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Kenya’s Growth Doesn’t Help All Kenyans by Sabine Cessou: Despite what we may believe in the States (from afar) every African country is highly complex and nuanced, with their own particular challenges and inner conflicts. (I spent time in Tanzania and an even shorter time in Uganda so take my personal experience as one data point) but I was actually surprised by how pervasive “dumb” phones were. That and how difficult it was to get on WiFi.
I feel the important thing about traveling is that you get to feel fairly ignorant (read, dumb) so that you have to open your mind to actually learn something new. I certainly felt that some of my unintentionally patronizing ideas were challenged. I self selectively naively believed the Silicon Valley myth that despite the crushing poverty in places like East Africa all that is needed is unlimited WiFi, a hot desk at a local working space, some seed capital. and boom, Silicon Savannah tech utopia (ex., Facebook to grow Africa’s technology startup ecosystem). That high-growth scaleable tech entrepreneurship would flatten the playing field and bring prosperity. Though a net positive, as in most places the digital revolution is not benefiting the whole population, and could lead to further inequality.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Local entrepreneurs solve hometown problems: When we think about innovation we think about lifestyle and paradigm changing technologies but many times it’s local entrepreneurs solving problems for their communities. I did however encounter some big tech (ex, Uber in Uganda, that offers motorbike transportation going to head to head with Estonian Taxify), and the Chinese presence in the region is hard to ignore.
Where are the superheros: I was hard pressed to find local hometown heroes who were tech entrepreneurs. This a classic challenge not just in building a tech ecosystem but in undeserved populations around the globe. Young aspiring people need someone to wish to become.
Women play an active role: This was a positive surprise, but I saw that women played a major role in the East African countries I visited. Ex, I saw more women police officers then I would even in a place like New York City.
Kenya’s Entrepreneurial Explosion
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
ZipRays TechTalks - The State of the Israeli High-Tech: Join them this week (Dec 11-13th) at this unique virtual conference to learn about The State of the Israeli High Tech without leaving the comfort of your desk (or laptop). Register here and use the discount code: SPEAKERFRIEND20
New York Angels Office Hours: Meet and be advised by members of New York Angels and attorneys for the Technology group of Goodwin Law! New York Angels are the largest group of early stage investors in New York, investing over $25.2M in 62 early stage companies in the past 24 months. Advising is by appointment only. Please register for a half hour time slot with the member that best fits your advising needs. Wednesday, December 12, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Goodwin, New York Times Building. 620 8th Avenue. Attend event.
Hedge fund position: Entry level position with a prestigious firm, competitive pay and a good way to break into this industry. This person will support 2-3 investment analysts in their NYC office. Responsibilities include calendar management and coordinating travel arrangements, phone coverage, correspondence and updating contact, general administrative support. Contact me directly if this position is relevant for you or another top candidate.
The Xcelerator (Shin Bet/TAU Ventures): The Israel Security Agency (ISA) and TAU Ventures, Tel Aviv University’s investment fund, invite you to submit your candidacy for the second cycle of The Xcelerator. The program addresses pioneering tech projects in the initial stages of development that are not necessarily aimed at the defense market (cyber ​​Security, Robotics, IoT and Fintech). Up to 9 projects will be accepted into an intensive four-month program and will receive a $50,000 grant. Apply here.
NYCx Moonshot Challenge: JVP and the City Of New York launched the “Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge” to protect small businesses from cyberattacks. Winning proposals will receive over $1 million investment from JVP and additional cash prizes. Contest also leverages international partnerships with Israel, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Berlin, Helsinki, London, and Paris to launch challenge. Register here.
On Deck NYC: Intimate gatherings for top talent looking to start or join their next big thing. On Deck is an evolving community of world class entrepreneurs and operators who are openly—or secretly—about to start or join their next thing. The purpose of this community is to support the growth of extraordinary people and their next moves through intimate dinner events, an exclusive network, and high-quality content. Apply here to join the NYC community.
Urban Future Lab: Eager to be a part of the solution to climate change? Enthusiastic about working with entrepreneurs and corporate innovators? They’re looking for a candidate to join their expanding team in an exciting role. Learn more and apply here
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
1Kprojects: 1Kprojects is a curated marketplace where makers sell their neglected projects for less than $1,000.
I love this marketplace. I’m always looking for projects I could buy up to help augment my business and life (ex., I’d love to find a platform to add to this newsletter to help connect people and build community), as well as good ideas. Definitely worth a look, you never know what you might find.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
DJ Zap Music: My friend Jason strives to create the perfect event. His professional staff pays attention to every detail in order to make your special occasion run seamlessly. Each event is customized as they carefully listen to their client’s requests and flawlessly create the stimulating atmosphere you are looking for. They provide talented DJs, MCs, dancers and entertainers as well as high tech lighting and unique games. Their goal is to create the event of a lifetime for you and your guests. To learn more email at or call 973-868-1579.
NYU Tandon Future Lab’s Holiday Party: Join them next Tuesday for food and libations to celebrate a year of exciting and innovative work within the NYU Tandon Future Labs startup community. Food, drinks, decorations, photobooth! Tuesday, December 11 at 6 pm, The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St. Register here.
Amazon AWS Loft: Hiring Top Talent for Your Startup: Hiring is hard, but hiring for startups can be even harder. When money is tight, credibility has yet to be established, and you have limited access to large pools of technical talent – luring the best and brightest can be a challenge for any founder. Understanding that the success of your startup depends on building a team of great people, what can you do to attract and retain top talent? 6:30PM. AWS Loft, 350 West Broadway. December 11. Register here.
Breakfast with an Angel: Kevin Siskar, Managing Director, Founder Institute: Having built a portfolio of over 100 early stage technology companies, Kevin Siskar is a highly ambitious investor with a vision for a futuristic tomorrow. He is the Managing Director of the Founder Institute New York, host of the Ambition Today podcast, Venture Partner with Outbound Ventures and a co-founder of the NYC Innovation Collective. Thursday, December 13, 8.30 am, KettleSpace @ Distilled NY, 211 West Broadway. Register here.
How to Raise while Scaling like a Rockstar - NYC: Are you a startup raising your series A+ or looking to scale your company? Attendees will have the opportunity to learn actionable tips from VCs, Bankers, Human Resources, CFOs, Lawyers, and Startup Founders. Thu, December 13, 8:30 AM. Fenwick and West, 902 Broadway #14. Register here.
Authors @Company: Scott Belsky: Scott Belsky is the Founder of Behance, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, and a Venture Partner at Benchmark. In his latest book, The Messy Middle, Belsky argues the most important (and often ignored part of a startup) is not the start, or the finish, but rather the middle stretch. Ticket includes a hardcover copy of his book. Company HQ, 335 Madison Avenue, December 13, 5:15pm. Tickets here.
Africa Tech Summit: The Africa Tech Summit is an exclusive event featuring Africa’s growing network of exponential tech influencers. The annual program brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, pioneers, and creatives under one roof to address the greatest exponential technologies launching across the continent and its future role as the world’s final tech frontier. The summit also serves to teach fundamentals of frontier tech investments, startup development and ecosystem building via exclusive workshop sessions with award winning experts. SAP America HQ, 10 Hudson Yards. Dec 14th, 9am. Tickets here.
Entrepreneur NYC Shabbat dinner, Friday Dec 14th: JICNY event for Young Professionals ages 20s & 30s Invites you the Entrepreneur Shabbat Dinner Series. A small, intimate dinner with meaningful conversation and Special Guest Speakers. Criteria to join the dinner: Has started a company or non-profit org OR is in the process of establishing a start-up. Dec 14th. UWS private home near W. 70th St. $30 early-bird tickets; $36 after. Register here. 
IAC Dor Chadash Shabbat Dinner: IAC Dor Chadash in collaboration with B'nai Jeshurun Congregation invites you to join them for a community Shabbat Dinner on the UWS. IAC Dor Chadash builds an engaging and vibrant community of Israeli & American Jewish Young Professionals (20-30s) through unique Israeli experiences & a shared passion for Israel. Friday, December 14, 2018 from 7:00PM, B'nai Jeshurun 270 West 89th St. Tickets here.
Rafael’s Drones Startup Challenge Launch Event: Join innovation execs, investors, and entrepreneurs to learn about the amazing opportunities the leading defense company, Rafael, is offering for deep technology startups including an up to $100k POC, licensing services, infrastructure for drones testing and more! *This program is targeted towards startups developing innovative solutions in areas such as: platforms, sensors, swarms, energy, communications, algorithms, autonomous driving, navigation* Mon, Dec 17, 6:00PM. SOSA. 13 Shocken Street. Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
End Of The Year Cocktail Party with Special Guest: Join Startup Grind Israel to celebrate the end of 2018. Their partnership is more than just throwing parties, they make sure there’s value in all our events. To wrap up 2018 they invited Amir Shevat straight from the Silicon Valley to share with entrepreneurs in any stage his tips from Google, Amazon, Slack and Twitch. Dec. 26, 7 p.m. Be-All, 94 Yigal Alon St. Tel Aviv. Register here.

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