In the city of Tel Aviv, events are aplenty! Tech events seem to happen every night, entrepreneurs meet up to swap business cards and ideas, restaurants are bursting with people at all times of the day and it makes you wonder if anybody actually goes to work. Tel Avivers love a good coffee, a strong idea and an honest opinion.
With the arrival of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Conference, the whole city got a new and refreshing vibe. Gorgeous venues on the beach were erupting with wide-eyed 20- somethings looking to change the world, dapper-dressed and rearing to go, each character with a long list of accomplishments and some blow-your-mind ideas.
5 Observations from the Forbes 30 Under 30 Conference
- The “under 30’s” are rocking the networking. When I was in my early 20’s , I observed the people around me to learn how to network. I had no idea how to introduce myself, how to craft my elevator speech or just how to feel comfortable at these events. I learned fast and eventually excelled at networking but what really struck me about this event was how this younger generation really knows how to introduce themselves, exchange business cards, work a room and follow-up.
- Turning a negative into a positive is the new way to go. I got the opportunity to meet Monica Lewinsky . I approached her to say hi and she immediately made me feel comfortable. I ended up being a part of a conversation with her and a few other women entrepreneurs about women in business. She is graceful, welcoming and extremely smart. She took a terrible situation and flipped it. She overcame shaming and internet bullying and took the energy and channeled it into something positive. She is helping others overcome internet shaming and making positive changes for a great cause. In today’s internet world, every experience that you overcome can help another person. Check out her Ted Talk here.
- It’s not about being entitled. People are quick to criticize 20- somethings and talk about how they ‘re entitled. I really didn’t see any of that. I saw hard-working people who thrive on challenges, people who speak with eyes burning with passion and a whole lot of crazy ideas that have come to life! Yes, some of these people obviously came from privileged backgrounds but I really didn’t meet anybody who seemed to take advantage of that or who didn’t work their butt off to get where they are. People are learning more and more that even if you have opportunities, you still need to hustle, work hard and put in the blood, sweat and tears to make it happen.
- These young people are rocking the tools that they have. Here is what is different about this generation. They know the power of Google and they know how to use it. It used to be that if you wanted to learn about a niche, you would go into a bookstore, open a book and absorb it for hours, then maybe you would buy the book and finish it at home. Today’s 20- something entrepreneurs have so much more to work with and they are rocking it from every aspect! Want to learn something new? Find a class online, a book or follow a blog. The world is at your fingertips.USE THE INTERNET FRIENDS. EVERYTHING IS SEARCHABLE.
- Share it like you just DO care. You know what all these people had in common. They’re not scared to volunteer information and learn from each other. Every person I met offered me some kind of tip or information. It was almost contagious. People are not scared to share anymore. It’s the way to go, help others and they will help you. Reciprocity is the barter of the future!
Iris from Congo, helps children of poor families who send their kids off to be prostitutes by providing them with support and sanitary products or anything they need.
Chef Chris Coombs came in from Boston. He is the owner of Deuxave, Boston Chops & Dbar Restaurants. He was on the 2012 Forbes 30 under 30 list. The kosher (yes, he made them kosher!) fish tacos that he served with Chef de Cuisine Adrienne were out of this world! One should never underestimate the feelings of nostalgia that come with eating food that you are missing in your country!
Chef Osama Dalal and Meidan Seiboni cooked up some of the food for us. Both young, up and coming chefs have been rocking the Israeli food scene.