Six Weeks Later…

Here I am, enjoying the comfort of my couch at home in Zhuhai, China, a coastal city right next to Macao.  I travelled for about 20 hours from my cozy little apartment on Ibn Gabirol St in Tel Aviv to my home in China. With a welcoming attitude since the beginning, Israel has given me nothing but a unforgettable summer. As I reflect on my journey in emerging into the local culture and exploring the startup scene, here are some of the things I have learned:

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Eighth Day: Jerusalem and Saul Singer 

June 15: We left early in the morning for Jerusalem. After about 1 hour and a half, we arrived at the First Railway Station at Jerusalem. From there, we started a tiring and yet cultivating weekend with meetings with different speakers and historical cite visitations.  Continue reading

Sixth Day: Meeting Ed Mlavsky from Gemini and Yoram Yaacovi from Microsoft Israel

June 14: We had the honor to visit Microsoft R&D Headquarter in Herzliya, Israel yesterday and listen to Ed Mlavsky, basically the father of Israel’s venture capital industry, and Yoram Yaccovi, the General Manager of Microsoft Israel R&D Center. Continue reading

Fourth day: About Being Whatever

 

June 11 was our first day of class in Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).

Before class started, we were required to read the book StarUp Nation by Dan Señor and Saul Singer. In the book, it mentions that Israelis have a unique spirit of chutzpah. As Señor and Singer interpret it, it means “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible “guts,” presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to (p.30).” Continue reading

Third day: Old Jaffa

 

July 10 was the day I forgot I have a body part called the neck. I forgot my neck exists while I was spraying sun screen before I embarked upon about 5 hours of walking outdoor. I thought my Florida base tan was able to protect me. But no. I have never burned so bad in my life.  Continue reading

Second day in Tel Aviv: Along the beach

July 9th. Our only group activity was a luncheon at 2pm in Sarona market. The lunch went well with some amazing pasta and we didn’t get lost. We were smart enough to follow a big group. (I also paid for some data on my phone to make sure I do not stray in the city again.) Continue reading