The “between things” stage is a fascinating point in people’s lives. Whether someone is looking to start a new company or join one, it’s a monumental, critical point in many people’s lives but one with tremendous potential.

Myself and Raphael Ouzan have organized dozens of On Deck dinners over the past few years to empower hundreds of people in that stage in an intimate, curated format. We’ve seen people form companies together, hire their first employees and become close friends through these connection points.

🎉 Introducing Tel Aviv Collective:

A few months ago we decided to run an experiment. What…

Browse through the best Notion templates available online.

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Notion is one of the fastest growing productivity apps to ever launch. The hardest part is getting started. Once you’re fully on board, it’s a game changer. I launched Notion Pages to help new users get inspired by all the possible use cases.

Here are 10 Notion app templates you can copy directly into your Notion workspace. Please follow these instructions to easily clone Notion setups.

1) ✍️ Journal

A simple and useful journal template for Notion. Available here.

Last week I posted a personal challenge of mine on Facebook: help 10 people find their next role by the end of 2018.

No finder’s fees, no business model, just paying it forward. Anyone located in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, New York or remote, looking for a job in tech.

Around 100 job seekers (some are openly looking while others more secretly) have reached out so far. 30 companies sent over roles they’re looking to hire for.

I’m tracking everything in Notion tables. One for talent, the other for startups hiring. …

At Spoke I had the privilege to work on all sorts of high impact projects, from Officekit, outbound, launch, conferences, to IT Kit and plenty more. Seeing a company raise $28M has been eye opening. The founders are world class and they’ve built an impressive team around them.

Why leave, you might wonder. Well, I’m not exactly leaving.

Over the past 16 months I’ve realized:

  • Taking ideas from zero to one is what gives me drive. The hard part is what comes after.
  • I thrive when building communities around a story. Being authentic becomes harder the more I do this.

As someone who doesn’t own a car, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to get around. Whether it’s an inner city commute, weekend trip or an adventure along the beach.

This past weekend I had the chance to try three fascinating transportation startups for the first time. Here’s a brief review of each.

Cabin 🚎

Trip: San Francisco to Los Angeles
Time: 8 hours

Cabin’s service has a lot of appeal. Skip the airport hassle, arrive in Santa Monica and get a great night’s sleep while cruising along the coast.

From the second you board the bus, it’s easy to…

TL;DR: After almost 8 months of personal exploration and nonstop travel, I’m off to a new adventure.

When I left Mapme, I had no idea what my next move would be. The years prior had always been about taking the best opportunities and going full steam ahead. The second I finished high school I did exactly that. I joined an accelerator, worked at a startup, served in an intelligence division in the Israeli military, spent some time at a VC firm, launched side projects with friends, organized meetups and spent years working on Mapme. …

tl;dr: After an intense few years, I’m off to my next gig. Our fantastic team at Mapme will continue to grow the company and our COO will take over as CEO.

Since starting Mapme, two years ago, the company has evolved from a job hunting site, to a community engagement platform, to a publisher tool and now to a freemium SaaS platform for visual content creation. As usual with startups, it took a while, but we finally hit a winner. I’m proud of how far we’ve come. …

My relationship with California goes way back. I lived in the Oakland area from age two to eight before I moved to New York. Back then I certainly wasn’t aware of the booming tech ecosystem.

After I finished high school in New York I moved to Menlo Park for four months. I was in the inaugural class of the Teens in Tech Incubator, an incredible initiative by Daniel Brusilovsky. That summer I fell in love with California.

After the program was over I wanted to stay, but I had already committed to joining the Israeli army. There were times when…

Over the past few years I’ve worked for several startups and a VC firm, served in the Israeli army, sold people’s stuff for them on eBay, built client’s websites, organized all kinds of events and plenty more. Without a doubt I’ve learned more this past year than all those years combined.

Before starting Mapme I had never been a “manager”, raised money or scaled a product. Early on, as we made progress I became increasingly more scared. We hired our first employees. What would my relationship with them be like? We raised a convertible note. What comes next? We need…

I’m no expert on managing investors. My only experience so far has been in the months following our seed round. As an early stage startup, I’ve been told over and over that the 🔑 is to keep our investors engaged and informed. The easiest way to do that is through monthly updates.

Buffer’s public investor updates

I’ve gone through a few iterations of Mapme’s monthly update. Here’s how it’s gone so far:

  • First few months: made one up on the go, added sections, removed sections. Wasn’t very effective. Here’s a snippet from one of them.
  • Next few months: good, bad and ugly. While this…

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