Lost Love, "Bad Jews" and Getting Funded
Startup advisor responds to controvesrial article of forlorn love and cultural insensitivity by drawing analogy to struggling startups and cautious Angel Investors.
What happens when you date across racial or culutral lines? How about crossing religious lines - especially when the groups have vastly different histories, one of which has been dominance and the other, potential extimination?
Are there special rules? Are there misunderstandings and divides that can never be crossed. Are there issues about "robbing the tribe?"
These are the concerns that haunt cross-cultural dating. But it becomes even more sensitive when the groups are Jews and WASPS - pairing one of the smallest and possibly even endangered minorities with a member of the nation's dominant culture.
Can they really get along? Is one unable to read the cultural cues of the other? Are there hidden protocols that neither actually understands?
The author of the Washington Post article, Southern journalist Carey Purcell,has some damning words to say about her chosen - and unchosed suitors after being left twice at the altar,
But writing about that in the Washington Post set off a firestorm of angry critisicim from members of the international Jewish community resuting in a contrite apology by the author.
Ms. Purcell, made some subtle cutural mistakes that Startup Advisor, author and reality TV star, Alan Brody, noticed were also very similar to the mistakes Entrepreneurs make when going after funding from Angel Investors.
By drawing the comparison between dating and the mating game of Entrepreneurs and Investors - two vastly diffrent cutlrual groups, Brody notes there are similar neuroses, hidden rituals, lingusitic codes, thwarted expectations and landmines with long tripwires.
To see the full story, Lost Love, "Bad Jews" and Getting Funded
To see Washington Post story visit: "I am tired of being the Jewish Men's Rebellion" (https://www.washingtonpost.com/
What's in a Sandwich?
I have a Christian friend who was once about to marry a young Jewish doctor until his mother visited and my friend offered her a ham sandwich. Years later, she still never got it – even when I tried to explain. Sure, that Jewish mother was known to have eaten bacon but you, prospective tribemember are not supposed to offer it.
So it is when it comes to people with money, to whom the potential of Startups to incinerate their fortunes has a similarly chilling effect. Just like Carey Purcell, you can say the wrong thing to them and just never realize it.
A Heimishe Rumspringa?
Let it be said that not every investor is a wary, nay-saying tire-kicker - people do in fact get funded. Likewise, not all Jews are on a Heimishe Rumspringa at some poor Shiksa's expense. Both may be more open than she thinks but just not in the way she realizes.
You need to read between the lines and that, after all, is why the Jews came up with Freud…..
The Tale of Two Tells
In Carey's case there were two giveaways. One was her passing statement that she got along so well with the Jewish guys, who weren't religios at all, that they even helped decorate her Christmas tree. That sounded good to because Christmas is so….everywhere. But not so much to Jews, to whom it sounds more like the Pharoah's wife saying she gets long with Jews so well she had a couple of their lads over from the camps to decorate the pyramids. This article ran over Passover when Jews remember their bondage. In any event, it comes across as cultural smothering.
What she should have said is, she got along so well, she helped light their menorahs.
A startup would run into a similar problem with Investors if they said their business was so good it's growing by 10% annually......
Read on at http://ibreakfast.blogspot.com/
Startupalooza, Alan Brody