By: Lea Cromwell I wanted to take today, International Women’s Day, to write a thank you to my team and highlight how we’re showing up for female inclusion in the venture capital ecosystem. So much is written about how we need more female investors at the table. VC funds are constantly doing PR lip service to diversity: praising female inclusion without actually adding women to their teams who have check-writing ability. I’m excited to see things changing, with a handful of US- and Israel-based funds recently adding women as partners; however, the industry is still far from parity. While the [...]
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By: Michael Eisenberg By offering a visa that includes a free vaccination, Israel can leverage its global health advantage to become an economic juggernaut #israelvaccinevisa When we read in this week’s Torah portion that Moses went to Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go,” we should immediately think and act on “Get my people to come.” Like the Exodus from Egypt 4000 years ago that led people to the Land of Israel in search of political freedom and independence, we can now envision an exodus that will bring economic and health freedom in the Promised Land. Moses introduced the concept [...]
By: Michael Eisenberg I returned this week from the first-ever Business Summit of the Abraham Accords in Abu Dhabi. Together with other Israelis and Americans, we traveled to the UAE, where we were warmly welcomed by the Emiratis. I think I speak for everyone on the trip when I say that we found incredibly welcoming, intelligent, thoughtful, and genuinely interested counterparts in the Emirates. I listened and learned a lot and found much to discuss regarding potential areas of cooperation for the future. The visit was a very encouraging first step. I spent all of Tuesday in Dubai meeting with [...]
By: Max Kane Last week, it was announced that Israeli actress Gal Gadot was cast to play Cleopatra in a new film about the Egyptian queen’s life. As wonderful as this news is for Israel, Gal Gadot and fans of quality films, that’s not what I’m writing about. Soon after the announcement, articles started surfacing claiming Gadot was “receiving backlash” for being cast as the Egyptian Queen. After all, she’s Israeli and not Egyptian. I won’t comment on which actors should be cast for which roles; that’s a topic for another post, and one I’ll hopefully never write. I want [...]
By: Abbey Onn Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the US in August 2005, 15 years ago this month. At the time, I was living in Los Angeles, splitting my time between the beach and the mountains. The devastation that the storm wrought was immediately apparent. Even more apparent was the fact that the underlying causes were much deeper than any weather phenomenon. Taking action felt essential for me. I moved from LA to Washington D.C. to oversee a national organization's relief efforts. I spent close to 12 months out of the next 36 on the ground in Mississippi [...]
By: Kevin Hanna “Yes, and” is the first rule. That’s what I learned from Yonatan Gruber, in his online improv workshop last week. I had never done improv before; nothing to do with my tendency to plan for everything 😅 Anyway, “yes and” is a powerful tool. On stage, you must accept whatever the other performers say. You follow the flow by adding ON TOP, and you can’t negate their narrative. It means you must LISTEN and hold your impulsive self that contradicts. Crazy right? 😁 You adapt, and build on top of others’ ideas. Trying to avoid a cliché [...]