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vringo video ringtones logoJonathan Medved is the founder of Israel Seed , a Jerusalem based VC , and also serves as the CEO of Vringo, an Israeli startup developing video ringtones. Jon, a California native, talked to the Washington Post about Israel’s unique tech industry and drew similarities between Israel and Silicon Valley.

Israel is a small country with seven million people, mostly unfriendly neighbors, and relatively high taxes. So why does it have the second-largest concentration of startups per capita after Silicon Valley? Jon says the two places are more similar than one would think.

  • Both Sillicon Valley and Israel share energized entrepreneurial spirit, informal work atmosphere, pioneering risk-taking ethos and a large number of high-quality immigrants.
  • 400 Israeli start ups emerge annually, more than any European country.
  • The number of funded startups has doubled since 2000.
  • Next to the US, Israel has more stocks traded on NASDAQ than any other country. High tech (which is minimally vulnerable to terrorism and political instability) accounts to 50% of Israel’s exports – about $15BN annually.
  • Israeli companies have easier access to Asian markets, since they are not perceived as a commercial threat.

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Eze Vidra

Head of Google for Entrepreneurs Europe and Campus London at Google
Eze is the Head of Google for Entrepreneurs Europe and Campus London. In 2005, he started VC Cafe to shine a spotlight on startups and Venture Capital in Israel, and in 2012, Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for-profit that supports education through cycling challenges for techies.
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