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YKC: Turn back the clock

"Another fall, another turned page..."🍁 

Yoni's Kitchen Cabinet

November 12 · Issue #68 · View online
Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

“Another fall, another turned page…”🍁 

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back {{first_name}}… Some interesting upcoming events and updates below:
⚪️ CES 2020: If you’re planning on attending the globe’s largest tech conference in Vegas early next year let me know. I’ve put together this spreadsheet (which will be updated, feel free to add interesting events you hear about) and WhatsApp group for those attending. All this in order to curate this massive (and sometimes overwhelming) experience, and to drive more value from it for the attendees.
I’ll be covering the conference as media and will be on the look out for interesting companies and ideas, particularly Israeli tech and brand experiences at the conference. As I don’t like to waste a good opportunity to connect people I like I’ll most likely put together a meetup (a breakfast or drinks) at one of the hotels on the Vegas Strip so people I know at the conference can meet.
⚪️ Israeli Tech Happy Hour 2020: Tickets are now on sale for the winter edition of the Israeli Tech happy hour in mid February. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor in order to develop relationships and build brand equity in the NY (Israeli) tech space please respond to this email directly. Tickets can be purchased here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change/ What, if Anything, Should Be Done to Rein in Big Tech?: The topics in the new Marc Benioff book and this article got me thinking about a few things. First, when I was working in the non-profit world there was this idea that 1.) you either made money (and gave it away) or 2.) worked at a non-profit and did good. As the world changes I believe it’s become a less binary approach. The uber success of Big Tech and the people driving it over the past few years have redefined many of the ideas around making a positive global impact.
Big Tech, FAANG, or whatever you want to call them are not without their challenges and are driven by the same profit motives of any big company. The difference is the net positive that technology has had in improving our lives. True entrepreneurship is creating value (and solving problems) by creating something out of pretty much nothing. More entrepreneurs are waking up early in the AM believing in their heart that by solving customer’s problems they are doing good as well.
The second is that it’s becoming impossible not to get sucked into politics with the presidential elections approaching. Benioff touches on this in his book, but as 2020 is just around the corner it’s going to reach a fever pitch. There are obviously a plethora of tech related issues government needs to address; regulation, privacy, etc. but even non-political platforms are becoming politicized. Thinking ahead to CES I predict we’ll see more political statements on stage around controversial topics such as tariffs (ex., raising the price of gadgets from China) not just from the speakers, but the organizers themselves.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Millennial consumption habits drive the economy: At this point big brands can’t just give this idea lip service and need to actually “do good and be good”. We’ll see how they measure up.
⚪️ The definition of ‘social impact’ is changing: If there is another term which is used in so many forms please let me know. Venture, philanthropy, whatever.
⚪️ All the hype around entrepreneurship is OK: While its popular these days to be an entrepreneur (many should probably not) given the brutal failure rate it’s a net positive people are choosing this path.
Marc Benioff on how Salesforce was able to "do well and do good"
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Venture Unplugged: Podcast Editor (Internship). They are seeking an intern 2-3 hours per week to edit the podcast, Venture Unplugged. You will edit all audio and put together a completed episode from raw materials. Venture Unplugged is a podcast series that interviews top founders and investors. Season 1’s guested include Tim Draper, Justin Kan (Founder of Twitch), Leah Busque (Founder of Taskrabbit), Mike Novogratz (Founder of Galaxy), Muneeb Ali (Founder of Blockstack), Dave Heath (Founder of Bombas) and more. This is a good way to get your foot in the door in the venture space. To apply for the role email them by clicking 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.
⚪️ Open Innovation Content 10: (Israel) Is your startup ready to scale globally? Stop what you’re doing and apply for the 10th Open Innovation Contest organized by Deloitte, Pearl Cohen and NTT DATA. Regional finalists will be flown to Tokyo for the finals and have a chance to win $100K USD. Application deadline for Tel-Aviv regional semi-finals is **Nov 20th**. Apply 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.
⚪️ Triventures: (Israel) They are hiring an Associate for their new seed fund, Triventures ARC, in collaboration with Sheba Medical Center. If you are a go-getter, love working with entrepreneurs and passionate about healthcare innovation, this is an amazing opportunity! Send CVs to:
⚪️ Upstart Events & Marketing Associate: UpStart is seeking an Events and Marketing Associate to serve in a key support role for The Collaboratory, the largest annual convening of Jewish community visionaries and catalyzers of change in North America, and for UpStart’s Brand Strategy department, which implements UpStart’s marketing and communications strategies. This is an important opportunity to join a dynamic team charting The Collaboratory’s next phase, as well as supporting their efforts to highlight the inspiring work of our field. Please submit your resume, along with a thoughtful and concise cover letter, to their hiring team at
⚪️ Grand Frais I 365x: (Israel) With an annual revenue of $2.75 B, Grand Frais leads the French fresh products and grocery market. The brand is now counting 220 megastores throughout France and it is looking to find new technologies in the Israeli Startup Ecosystem to implement through its delivery and sales process. They are looking for *AI/Blockchain* technologies in the fields of: *Trackability*, Stock management and shelf life optimization, FoodTech, AgroTech, and Smart cash-out/ payment/point of sale process. Apply here.
⚪️ XRC Labs: XRC Labs is a startup accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods industries. They invest across the retail spectrum in everything from manufacturing, warehouse and supply chain optimization, ecommerce and ad-tech, consumer products and more. $100k, 250+ mentors, access to corporate partners. Operational support and exclusive access to a prestigious network of entrepreneurs, investors, seasoned industry leaders, and conferences. Deadline November 15, apply here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
HYPR: HYPR is revolutionizing influencer marketing by providing clients with in depth audience demographics of social influencers. This enables marketers, for the first time to effectively target their desired demographics, while using the ever powerful voice of influencers, lowering costs and making influencer marketing a science.
My long time friend and founder of HYPR Gil Eyal launched a new product called Halo, the complete influencer solution for SMBs which I look forward to using as I’m diving deeper into the micro-influencer space. Manage your entire influencer marketing workflow from one platform, at a low cost. Discover social media influencers from our database of millions, then evaluate, activate, and measure results. Try Halo risk-free with a 7-day trial now.
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Digital Health Networking Mixer: They are excited to launch their first networking event for Digital Health Entrepreneurs! This event will be a networking mixer at hosted by JFE Organization and Jemm Ventures at Bond Collective. They’re bringing together physicians, startup founders, investors, healthcare executives, and innovators to network together and accelerate Healthcare innovation. Tuesday, November 12, 7pm. 55 Broadway, 3rd Floor. Tickets here.
⚪️ Scaling Your Company in NYC and Beyond: “Scaling Your Company in NYC and Beyond” will help you take your startup to the next level – or, plan ahead - with actionable tips from key players within the NY startup ecosystem. This panel discussion will provide the tools you need to accelerate the growth and success of your business. Wed, November 13, 6:00 PM. Dentons Midtown NYC Office. 1221 6th Ave. RSVP here.
⚪️ Startup Mixer: Entre is hosting a special event geared towards the growing community of entrepreneurs, artists, creators, & innovators. Join them us as they build a community of startup enthusiasts in the Brooklyn area. This event is taking place at the all-new Spaces co-working space at Chrysler Building, in the heart of NYC, Midtown Manhattan.  Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 06:00 PM. Spaces at Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Ave, 9th Fl. RSVP here.
⚪️ What’s next for tech IPOs?: It has been a turbulent time for big tech companies looking to go public. Both Uber and Lyft flopped in their public debuts, and WeWork pulled its IPO after facing a barrage of criticism for its history of losses and the outsize influence of its now-former CEO. Will these high-profile stumbles cast a shadow over the next companies to go public?Join Carleton English (The Information), Alan Patricof (Greycroft) & Rett Wallace (Triton) for a discussion about the future of the IPO process. Tue, November 13, 6:00. Company, 335 Madison Ave, 3rd Fl. Tickets here.
⚪️ Sit-Down Investor Breakfast with Erica Duignan Minnihan, Founder & Managing Partner at 1000 Angels; Founding Partner, Reign Ventures: Erica has been an active investor and advisor to early stage companies for over 12 years and was an investment banker for 8 years prior to that. Before launching Reign and 1000 Angels, Erica was a Managing Director at DreamIt Ventures in NYC and also has served as a founding Executive Director at both STAR Angel Network and Golden Seeds. Thu, November 14, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @BaarBaar, 13 East 1st Street. Register here.
⚪️ Excelerate19Excelerate19 is an annual Summit hosted by Birthright Israel Excel. The Summit is the premiere business leadership convention for an international body of young professionals and students interested in cutting edge technology, innovative global business, philanthropy, and the flourishing North America – Israel relationship. Nov. 16-17, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 w 18th St. Discount code: excelfriend For more information, click HERE.
⚪️ How they did it: Growing Pains & Product Scale event: (Israel) WeWork Labs & AWS to host a leading founders panel and celebrate one year for WeWork Labs in Israel! November 19, 6:30pm. 34th Floor, Midtown, Wework Menachem Begin. 144 Derech Menachem Begin, Tel Aviv-Yafo. Tickets here.
⚪️ Investor & Entrepreneur Networking Event: They are holding a networking event for entrepreneurs, private investors and corporate finance professionals. Startup companies pitch for funding and this is followed by networking over drinks. The pitches typically cover a wide range of industries including fashion, fintech and VR. Their events are attended by representatives of leading venture capital firms like Insight Partners, leading angel syndicates like New York Angels and investment banks like JP Morgan and UBS. Tue, November 19, 6:00 PM. Floor 29, 900 Third Avenue. Tickets here.
⚪️ NYC Bootstrappers Breakfast: Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® they have serious conversations about building and growing a business. This group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. Your facilitators are Mike Krupit, serial entrepreneur (8 companies) and business growth coach, Lauren Kaplan, COO guru and coach, and Bonnie Halper, tech commentator and industry expert, editor of StartupOneStop and startup mentor. Wed, November 20, 8:30 AM. KettleSpace @ Baar Baar 13 E. 1st St. Register here.
⚪️ NFX Meetup 2019: (Israel) NFX Meetup 2019 at SOSA. James Currier Managing Partner, NFX- Secrets to Startup Success. Pete Flint Managing Partner, NFX - Fintech-enabled Marketplaces. SOSA TLV, Shocken 13. November 20th, 18:00. Hosted by NFX and SOSA. Tickets here.
⚪️ MITEF-NYC Fall Networking Event | Blockchain: Institutional Adoption: You are invited to an evening of networking, fun, and mingling! Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy great food, drinks, and most of all networking with the Board, current Members and other quality entrepreneurs at the MIT Enterprise Forum Fall Social Event. The MITEF-NYC is open to all who share an interest in business and entrepreneurship in NYC and beyond. Wednesday, November 20, |  5:30 PM. Winston & Strawn LLP | 200 Park Ave. Tickets here.
⚪️Investor Breakfast w/ Tribeca Venture Partners: Nitya Rajendran is a Senior Associate at Tribeca Venture Partners. She leads sourcing & diligence & serves as a Board Observer for ACV Auctions, Domio, Porter Road, & Vivvi. Her passion for entrepreneurship & investing began at Georgetown University where she was the Director of Operations at the Social Innovation Public Service (SIPS) Fund, a $1.5 million fund dedicated to fund student & alumni projects to improve the Georgetown community & the community at large. Thursday, November 21, at 08:30 AM. KettleSpace @BaarBaar, 13 E 1st St. Tickets here.

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