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“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” 🦃

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November 26 · Issue #70 · View online
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“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” 🦃

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}}… wishing you and your family a meaningful Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays… while I have an aversion to social media posts on gratitude being truly grateful something I have personally struggled with. How can you strive to improve if you’re content with what you have? That being said, we all have so much to appreciate, something to think about when we start to go down the rabbit hole of comparing ourselves to people around us (especially on social).
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny by Dennis Ross and David Makovsky: This is the book you need to read right now. I love the title, as it seems being of “good courage” is something many political leaders are lacking across the global these days. This biography of some of Israel’s legendary leaders is well researched, and as a self-proclaimed Middle Eastern history nerd I learned a significant amount reading this book.
While not a business “leadership” book per say many of the lessons learned from the actions of these leaders are relevant for decisions made today. Two ideas come to mind; the first one is grit. The generations who fought and won WWII and built the State of Israel where as gritty as they come. Maybe we’ve become soft in our snowflake culture. Maybe we just need to be tested to rise to the occasion. The second idea is “strong beliefs - loosely held”, at some times being what Thoreau called the “unreasonable man” was the path forward in order to bend reality to ideology. In other times, in Menachem Begin or Ariel Sharon’s case, decisions pivoted as the times change.
As a guarded optimist I’d like to believe our current times can create political future leadership, especially as millennials are the most ideological driven generation since the baby boomers. What my concern is, is if we’ll have the grit to truly deal with many of the challenges facing the globe.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ “Not all readers lead, but all leaders read”: Reading doesn’t substitute taking action however. Leaders and autodidacts like David Ben-Gurion were able to make visionary and strategic decisions because of their understanding of history gleaned through reading volumes of books.
⚪️ Struggle can be a gift: This is not a pleasant lesson, especially if you’re going thought it as we all do from time to time. But as the Buddhist quote famously states “no mud, no lotus”, meaning you probably need to go through some BS to self-actualize.
⚪️ Leadership is not when things are going well: This is so relevant for entrepreneurs building companies as it is for leaders facing political strife. It’s all great when things are going well, it’s when sh#t hits the fan that things start to get real.
Ross: Leaders must put country before politics
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ ISRAEL21c: They are seeking to develop the next generation of digital communication experts. By engaging and developing ISRAEL21c’s audience, Digital Ambassadors will play an active role in sharing positive news about 21st century Israel with diverse communities across the globe! The all-new Influencer Track is a paid internship for the social media savvy student who wants to use social media for a greater purpose. Applications are now open for the January 2020 - November 2020 cohort. Applications due 11/30 but have been extended into the first week of December. Click here to go directly to the application.
⚪️ Schusterman Foundation: (Israel) Senior Technology Officer. The Technology Team at Schusterman facilitates the implementation and refinement of the Foundation strategy through the use of technology resources and data analytics. The Senior Technology Officer (STO) is a member of that team and is based in Schusterman’s Jerusalem office where they will primarily support the technology needs of the ROI program team as well as the Schusterman Foundation Israel grant making team. To apply click here.
⚪️ New Jersey State Office of Innovation: The New Jersey State Office of Innovation was created by Governor Phil Murphy in August, 2018 with the appointment of Dr. Beth Simone Noveck as the State’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer. Founded with the mandate to improve the lives of New Jerseyans by designing and deploying more effective and efficient government services, the Office of Innovation works in partnership with the Governor’s Office and State agencies to create innovative policies and technologies that address complex public problems by working differently. Apply for roles here.
⚪️ Jemm Ventures Health Accelerator: They are starting interviews for their their upcoming accelerator program that will launch in Feb 2020. To be interviewed, startups must submit an application. Online interviews will be for the following dates: Nov.25-27 & Dec. 26 In person interviews will be conducted in SF and NYC: Dec.3-5. Apply here.
⚪️ Morgan Stanley accelerator: Multicultural Innovation Lab 2020 for women and multicultural led tech startups. Six-month program offering office space at Morgan Stanley headquarters, a cash contribution, and more. Deadline January 3. Apply here.
⚪️ The Runway Startup Postdoc Program: Part business school, part research institution, and part startup incubator and based at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Runway ushers recent PhDs in digital technology from an academic mindset to an entrepreneurial outlook. 12–24 months and incorporates academic, business mentorship, a package valued at $175,000 in the first year and $102,000 in the second year. Deadline February 15. Apply here.
⚪️ Telsa: (Israel) Country Manager: The country manager will be responsible for recruitment, and will need to participate in the strategic design of their charging infrastructure footprint in the market. Calcalist article on the topic: Tesla Is Recruiting Israel Country Manager. Link to Tesla careers page here.
⚪️ Venture University: Venture University is the world’s leading Investor Accelerator Program, focused on curating and developing top diverse talent for the venture capital and private equity industry. Venture University’s full-time programs are available in-person in their San Francisco and NYC offices and they have part-time and virtual program options as well. Apply now for Venture University’s Winter Cohort 7: Jan-March 2020 here.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ The future of philanthropy: Join Axios Co-founder Mike Allen for one-on-one conversations on the future of philanthropy and innovation in corporate giving with: Mr. David Heath, CEO & Co-founder, Bombas and Mr. Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation. View from the Top segment with Axios Executive Vice President Evan Ryan and: Mr. Andrew Plepler, Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance, Bank of America. The Altman Building, 135 W 18th St. December 3, 8:00am. RSVP here.
⚪️ Amazon AWS Re:Invent 2019: Can’t attend re:Invent 2019 in Vegas? The AWS Loft in New York has you covered. They’ll be live streaming the keynotes by Andy Jassy, Doug Yeum, & Dr. Werner Vogels. We’ll also feature key technical breakout sessions on AI/ML, Serverless, & Data services each day, with Tuesday’s schedule including happy hour to kick off the week! Tuesday, December 03 at 10:00 AM. Amazon AWS Loft, 350 W Broadway. Register here.
⚪️ Meet Ivan Alo from New Age Capital at Breakfast: Join Early Growth, Pacific West BankCooley LLPTriNet, and Cushman and Wakefield at our “Meet the VC” event as they sit down with an investor to talk investment thesis, current investment client and more. Founders will have the opportunity to ask the VC questions as it pertains to their particular business. Representatives from each service provider will also be on hand to help address any startup infrastructure needs you may have. Wed, December 4, 8:30 AM. Cooley LL 55 Hudson Yards. RSVP here.
⚪️ Global Cities Initiative - Cybersecurity: Join the Global Cities Initiative for a breakfast at SOSA NYC with Germany’s State Secretary & cybersecurity industry experts. With Stephan Mayer (State Secretary, Germany), Nils Gerhardt (VP & Head of Products, Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security), Eiko Okamoto (GM, Cybergym), Baptistin Buchet (Head of Cybersecurity & Digital Trust, Wavestone). Wednesday, December 04 at 08:30 AM. SOSA NYC, 149 5th Ave, 9th Fl. Register here.
⚪️ Jews in Tech Happy Hour: They hope to see you all next week at their upcoming happy hour. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket, please do so. They are free (thanks to our sponsors) but they need your name for security purposes. December 4th. Time: 6pm. 1251 6th Ave. 17th Floor RSVP here.
⚪️ Starta Ventures Batch 8 Demo Day: Starta Ventures is proud to present their 8th Batch of international founders! Enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle with our founders directly instead of listening to pitches from afar. Engage with their projects up close and find out more about the latest market trends. They invite the frontrunners of the NYC Tech scene, entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs and industry insiders to join them for a night of invaluable business networking and opportunities. Thursday, December 5, from 6:00 PM. 220 east 23rd street, Suite 400. Tickets here.
⚪️ Chef Erez’s Winter Secret Table: Join them for an unlimited 2 hour family style feast serving Chef Erez’s most recent creations.  Expect to be wowed by off-menu items such as Mansaf - 5 hour cooked lamb shoulder with pistachios, apricots, Uzbeki raisins served on a mountain of rice or Taboon roasted Celery Roots served with lavender honey, watercress and chestnuts and many more surprises. December 5, 2019 from 6:30PM. Mint Kitchen, 83 University Place. Tickets here.
⚪️ Sit-down Breakfast with Marc Prosser: How to Find or Become an Advisor – and Use the Relationship Effectively: Marc Prosser is an angel investor, entrepreneur – and advisor extraordinaire. Trust us, Marc is one of the most knowledgeable people you’ll ever meet in this business and they thought they’d round out the year with something a bit different. Fri, December 6, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @Pondicheri 15 West 27th Street. Tickets here.
⚪️ Grit Daily Live! Miami Art Summit Co-Hosted by JADA Art: This year, Grit Daily Live! Miami Art Summit – hosted by JADA Immersive Art – brings epic, live journalism in an immersive art space in Miami. Don’t forget the VIP breakfast, speaker’s dinner, and Miami’s hottest after party! Hosted by JADA on North Beach Miami, Grit Daily ups Miami’s content game asking the real questions around expression, identity, and the gritty side of art and business. Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 10:30 AM – Sat, Dec 7, 2019, 6:00 PM. Miami 1250 Normandy Drive Miami Beach, FL. Enter promo code “gritdaily25” and receive a 25% DISCOUNT! Tickets here.
⚪️ Venture University - REVERSE DEMO DAY - Cohort 6: Venture University is an investor accelerator (vs. a startup accelerator), so rather than having startups pitch at DEMO DAY, they have the investors within the cohort pitch the companies they selected to invest in and explain why they chose to invest. Mon, December 9, 6:30 PM. Spaces @ The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue. Tickets here.
⚪️ CornellTech@Bloomberg: Carolyn Childers, Chief CEO/Co-founder of Chief: They’d like to invite you to join Bloomberg, Cornell Tech, and Tech:NYC for the latest installment of the Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Speaker Series from 5:30-8:00 PM EST on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 PM EST for an evening featuring Carolyn Childers, CEO and Co-founder of Chief, in conversation with Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg Television. RSVP here.

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