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

10 Tools for Understanding and Dissecting an Industry

Databoard for Research

Whether you’re a startup founder, angel investor or VC, you’ve probably had the need to quickly understand an industry. Dissect the supply and value chain, understand how money flows and what companies are playing in each category. Wouldn’t it be great if you could quickly understand what’s going in mobile gaming, SaaS, marketplaces, etc? Continue Reading

Israeli Consumers Prefer ONLINE Media

Israel Tops All Countries Surveyed in Online Media Consumer Surplus

In a survey released this week by Google and BCG, among the 11 countries surveyed, Israelis ascribed the most value to their online media. The value that Israeli consumers attach to online media suggests that business models will need to rapidly adapt to this new environment. Continue Reading