With a great showing for Zell teams Roomer and HocSpot at Seedcamp behind us, we are ready to go forward into Spring and the real venture creation push at Zell. Spring means gearing up for the trip and beyond…it means getting customer validation nailed down, use cases tried and tested, Minimal Viable Products out into the world, elevator pitches honed and presentations perfected and for some it ultimately means no go or …get on the entrepreneurial roller coaster…and either way, that too is a beginning of something…We are also at the beginning of the new recruitment process for Zell 12, the twelfth Zell class. With a record number of potential Zellots, we will start the grueling screening process including application review, alumni interviews and director interviews…and then, the Summer Induction Program, otherwise known as SIP after that. This year SIP will do a joint project with the Zell Alumni Gives Back initiative.
In fact, this initiative represents another new beginning in itself. We just had the alumni board meeting at my house last week. Zellumni representing Zell 1,4,5,7,8 and 9 all met to discuss, update and brainstorm on the amazing Zellumni projects going on. Zell Goves Back is just one of many initiatives and it aims to rally alumni into social causes. The first one will be a project with the Bialik Rogozin School. There are many of these great alumni projects, and one in particular worth mentioning, is Z2Z, the ad hoc peer review group organized by Uri Haramati with Jonathan Russo, which met last week and got great reviews on quality of feedback from Ilan Lapidot of Zell 5 who presented. Great stuff.
And since we are deep in Passover mode, I thought I would share a link on Warren Buffet and Chametz shared with me by Oded Stern of Zell 5. For all of Zell 10, this should be particularly nostalgic, as it was a year ago we visited him in Omaha as part of the trip and many of the stories were mentioned either in the dinner we had with him, or in the company visits the next day. The picture attached is from the memorable dinner… Moadim Le’Simcha.