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

Techbikers 2014—Mission Accomplished!

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.” —Mark Twain We had three goals in mind this year When we set… 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

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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

Invest in Israel Newsletter – January 2014

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As every month, VC Cafe is re-posting the “Invest in Israel” Newsletter, published by the investment promotion center of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, which offers many helpful tools for prospecting investors. In this first edition of 2014, the highlight is in the 2013 performance of VC-backed companies in Israel, reaching a decade record in return. Continue Reading

Thank you Israel for welcoming our British startup (Guest post)

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Guest post by Daniel Abrahams, founder of CurrencyTransfer. I’ve always been intrigued by the success of the ‘Startup Nation.’ In this post, I want to share my story. That of a British startup which naively arrived for three months in Tel Aviv and hasn’t looked back since. Continue Reading