Enigmatic Zon Networks Renames as Hola! – Best Kept Secret in Israel?

Two years ago, VC Cafe reported that Zon Networks had raised a $7 million round from DFJ. At the time, DFJ commented that Zon Networks is going to change the Internet the way that Skype changed VOIP. Fast forward two years… the company has changed its name to Hola! but there’s still very little known about it.

Poking around in the usual spots, here’s what I was able to dig:

From YouNoodle:

ZON is developing software in communications.  They plan to launch ZON 1.0 in the autumn of 2009. ZON was founded by Ofer Vilenski Derry Shribman, the founders of Jungo, and is backed by leading venture capital funds, including Draper Fisher Jurvetson (initial backers of Skype Hotmail), Trilogy Partners, Magma Ventures and DFJ TF Ventures.

From Hola!’s LinkedIn company page:

Founder and CEO Ofer Vilenski was previously the CEO of Jungo, provider of broadband home value-added service solutions.

We’ve been working on hola! for over 2 years now (previously ZON-Networks), and we’re almost ready to launch, so stay tuned!

We also know that HOLA! has been growing in the recent months:

From the Bloomberg Business Network:

Hola! develops network management software. Hola! was formerly known as Zon Networks, Ltd. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Poleg, Israel.

From Crunchbase:

ZON was founded by Ofer Vilenski & Derry Shribman, the founders of Jungo, and is backed by leading venture capital funds, including Draper Fisher Jurvetson (initial backers of Skype & Hotmail), Trilogy Partners, Magma Ventures and DFJ TF Ventures.

A job board in Israel had long threads between engineering applicants, talking about the hard tests Hola! put them through… given the following code, implement the attrib_t struct and attrib_get function:

[gdocs type=’document’ id=’1XEGuhGWgDJ6wk91v9kRbCe0H8sKReSojaWughe3ihhM’]

It is rare to see such an enigmatic company in a small country like Israel. Do you know Hola!? Can you shed some light?

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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Ezewas a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.
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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Eze was a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.

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