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:
At some point in your life, you probably have played this game called “the Marshmallow Challenge” where you work in a small group, normally from 4-5 people. You are given 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. Your goal is to build the highest free-standing tower possible with the marshmallow on top.
It sounds easy. But as a two-time player, I won neither times and stressed the hell out of it. Continue reading
June16-18: The weekend spent at Jerusalem was tiring but never boring. Our schedule was filled with intermittent company visits and historical cite visits. Here are some of the pictures I took during our first weekend excursion of the program in Jerusalem. Continue reading
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
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
June13. It was a pretty ordinary day at IDC learning about different Israeli companies and venture capital. Continue reading
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