Where are the opportunities for machine learning startups? [guest post]

The pace of development and application to new data sets is what makes machine intelligence such an exciting space. In particular, there’s a real sense of momentum in London at the moment, with its proximity to a host of world-class academic institutions (Imperial, UCL, Oxford and Cambridge), an established start-up ecosystem (e.g. accelerators like Entrepreneur First actively targeting machine learning talent), and the location of target customer hubs?—?financial, legal, and governmental. Continue Reading

Passing the torch

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” — Ben Sweetland I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to start things both in my personal life and professional career. I love the rush of creating… Continue Reading

VC Cafe Turns 9

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Last week LinkedIn reminded me that it’s been 9 years since I started VC Cafe (Dec 2005). Several people sent their congratulations (thank you btw), and it reminded me it’s been a while since I blogged regularly. I prefer springing into action rather than being sentimental, but I thought a little summary and a selection of highlights may inspire someone who is thinking about blogging to share their thoughts through this medium. Continue Reading

Israeli tech exits hit $6.94 Billion in 2014

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A new report by IVC Research Center and law firm Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal found that 99 Israeli high tech exits reached $6.94 billion in 2014 up 5 percent from $6.59 billion of 2013 (90 exits). The IPO activity in 2014 reached a 10 year peak, to $2.1 billion. 18 companies sold in the range of $100 million to $500 million, compared to 12 in 2013 and the M&A equity ratio is up sharply. Continue Reading

Snapchat – The Next Great Advertising Platform (guest post)

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In his guest post, Levi Shapiro examines the validity of Snapchat as an advertising platform and the successful campaigns brands were already able to use on the product to reach millennials. Continue Reading

The Story of Techbikers (You can Play a role too)

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This is the story of Techbikers. When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Techies, community and charity, coming together for a higher purpose. Continue Reading