Roundup of 2017 VC Predictions and Tech Industry Reports

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”   Niels Bohr Hope your 2017 is off to a great start. With more VCs blogging, it’s great to see the plethora of predictions being shared. Below is a selection of themes and… Continue Reading

Israeli Startup Landscape Maps

Augmented reality and Virtual reality startups in Israel

Startup landscape maps remain, in my opinion, one of the best ways to quickly scan an industry vertical and understand how it breaks down into sub sectors. In this post I collected the Israeli startup landscape maps in AR/VR, DevOps, Cybersecurity, IOT, Fintech and more. Continue Reading

The 50 Most Promising Israeli Startups in 2016

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The 50 most promising private Israeli startups in 2016, according to Calcalist. The startups were nominated and evaluated by some of the top VC funds in Israel. Continue Reading

Passing the torch

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” — Ben Sweetland I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to start things both in my personal life and professional career. I love the rush of creating… Continue Reading

VC Cafe Turns 9

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

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