Angels and VCs will tell you that success is all about pipeline. “If you don’t see the deal, you can’t do the deal”, told me a veteran VC in London once. Well, if pipeline is what you’re after, being active on AngelList is like drinking straight from the hose. The challenge is cutting the wheat from the chuff. I’ve been a member on AngelList for the last couple of years, and have been impressed by the growth of the platform – not only in the number of startups that join, but also in the features being added. VCs are joining the party, too. AngelList is currently has 23,971 startpus across countries, Investors can track colleges, market, industries, founders or startups. Entrepreneurs can recruit, market, fundraise and list their skills for other startups/companies. Judging by the panel with Naval Ravikant last week at Google I/O, AngelList is just getting started.
There are more than 350 startups from Israel looking for capital on AngelList. To give you a sample, I’ve selected a sample of 10 interesting Israeli startups which are currently raising funding on AngelList. Take a peak:
Bizzabo – LinkedIn + FourSquare + Events –
Bizzabo is an early stage startup with a mission to unleash and maximize the true potential of networking during events. We make business networking easier. Bizzabo is a location-based mobile app that helps event attendees make the professional connections they really want to make. On the event organizer side, Bizzabo is a way to mobilize, socialize and localize an event, in less than 5 minutes.
CelluDrive – Technology for safer driving
Celludrive analyzes actual driving patterns and allows results to be shared with anyone. The driver installs the application on a Smartphone and it begins to automatically register speeding, harsh breaking, sudden accelerations and sharp turns while the vehicle is in motion. Periodical emails to driver will provide an assessment of driving techniques.
Grippity -Handheld Input reinvented
Grippity lets you use the previously un-emplyed 8 fingers at the back of any handheld electronic device. With an aproved US patent and others pending, Grippity owns the back side of mobile phones, handheld keyboards, poratable gaming consoles and gaming controller, as long as these are transparent. Touching the back side of a transparent display allows for very accurate touch, as the finger doesn’t hide the pixels. It also allows the use of all ten fingers, not just two thumbs.
FunkKit – Threadless for shoes
FunkKit brings creative solutions for customizing and designing shoes. The company combines technology, community and art to footwear by offering a new range of user-generated stick-on designs to customize shoes on a daily basis. Similar to skins for laptops, ipods and cellphones. FunkKit’s designs are based on a community of artists and provides an opprtunity for designers to showcase their artwork on a platform striving to lead a new category of expression in global apparel.
Storyteller – Self-publishing platform for interactive children app stories
Storyteller lets amateurs and professionals create an interactive story as an app for Ipad, for free, in a simple intuitive manner. The platform can be used by individuals or as white label for publishers and others. We are working on an Alpha version with an LOI from a children content producer in the US.
Moolta – Social platform where friends can ‘dare’ each other for social and tangible incentives
moolta lets friends dare each other for group funded cash prizes or virtual glory. It’s about creating fun and engaging experiences through the concept of social ‘dares‘. Friends create epic moments that cross beyond their social circles. Our super engaged users offer a unique opportunity for publishers and brands to interact with their target market, initiate the creation of exclusive original content and stand out beyond the noise. Imagine guerrilla marketing with measurable ROI.
Preen.Me – Personalized, relevant, social recommendation for beauty
Preen.Me aims to transform a currently inefficient $60B US beauty market into a modern marketplace. Utilizing social graphs and crowdsourcing, Preen.Me will provide personalized product recommendations based on preferences of women with a similar profile. A broad variety will enable women to compare products at different price points on one web site. Preen.Me provides everything necessary to make a confident purchase, while creating the fun and engaging experience that buying beauty should be.
Indoorgo Navigation Systems – We develop indoor location based intelligence system.
Indoorgo’s initial product is downloadable mobile client software for indoor navigation and server software that enables public place authorities to affordably collect and use location intelligence from mobile clients. The solution is applicable for any exhibition or retail store, where client location intelligence is important and behavioral patterns are analyzed and translated into revenues. We use Wi-Fi networks for positioning, navigation and short messaging in portable devices
Friendize.Me – Tap Your Friends’ Knowledge
Friendize.Me is developing personal trusted advice service based on real friends to help consumers in purchasing of the right products or choosing the right service provider. Established by seasoned entrepreneurs and targeted for US market, the service provides structured framework for actionable and objective advice by friends suitable to specific needs – “virtualization” of real-life process.
Superfly – Reinventing Flight Search
Data is barely used in the travel industry. Even market leaders like Kayak essentially arbitrage web traffic. Superfly created an award winning experience for travelers to help them organize all their travel, and find the best value flights. Superfly created a back-end were suppliers can build special segmented offers. This enables us to generate 10x revenue per user vs. other meta search sites
Israeli/European startups – If you’d like me to refer you to investors on AngelList, please get in touch via the contact form or find me on Twitter at @ediggs.
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