Bitesize Monday: Recap of Israeli startup investments and product launches

BITESIZE TUESDAY VC CAFE

June 2011 kicks off with the completion of HTIA, Israel’s high tech association conference, where more than 90 (!) startups have exhibited. May has been a busy month for Israeli startups with great exposure in Techrunch disrupt in New York, funding rounds and debate about the future of the Israeli venture capital funds. Below are the headlines. Continue Reading

Special: Top 50 Israeli Startups for 2011

VC Cafe Israeli startups top 50

For the third consecutive year, Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist put together a list of the top 50 startups in Israel (in Hebrew). VC Cafe took note to bring you the full list of top 50 Israeli startups in English: PowerMat, Broadlight, Conduit, PrimeSense, Objet, Kenshoo, Imperva, Anobit, DoubleVerify, Wix, SuperDerivatives, AeroScout, Siano, Waze, TaKaDu, ExLibris, SolarEdge, Adsmarket, (Matomy), dbMotion, RADWIN, cVidya, Boxee, N—trig, Cotendo, Varonis, Kontera, Outbrain, RedBend, Mobixell, Celeno, AMIMON, Pontis, Gigya, Clarizen, Mobileye, Celtro, Altair, Amobee, WhiteSmoke, Cyber—Ark, OpTier, Wanova, ConteXtream, eXelate, Peer39, Netformx, Tradonomi (eToro), Surf, Zend, Soluto Continue Reading

Israeli startup Wix Raises $40 Million, Wants to Become a Large Company in Israel

Wix.com Israeli startup

Wix, the Israel-based flash website platform, has announced a D round of $40 million. The new investors in the round are Insight Venture Partners and DAG ventures who joined previous investors Benchmark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Mangrove Capital Partners that also participated in the round. Continue Reading

Bitesize Friday: Compass EOS, Soho OS, Supersonicads, Legolas Media and More

virtual good payments

Some call it “quick hits”, “first read” or “readings”. At VC Cafe we calls it Bitesize.

Below are the headlines for the week of July 8 2010:
Startups of the week

virtual good paymentsSupersonicAds – a dominant leader in virtual currency monetization for online games, virtual worlds and social networks. The company’s customizable, plug and play payment platform gives consumers the opportunity to earn virtual currency for free by completing targeted offers Continue Reading

Bitesize Monday: BitBand, TuneWiki and GreenRoad

Motorola Buys BitBand, Greenroad Gets $10 million from Al Gore and Sir Richard Branson to make roads safer, NTT Docomo wants TuneWiki to power Karaoke on Japan’s Mobiles Continue Reading

Avatar Creator Gizmoz Merges with Daz 3D

daz3d and gizmoz

News just broke that veteran Israeli start up Gizmoz, creator of 3D head avatars has merged with Utah-based Daz 3D, an avatar creation service offering virtual 3D bodies. Existing investors Benchmark Capital, Highway 12 Ventures, and Columbia Capital, put in an additional $5.3 million into the new merged company. Continue Reading

The Impact of the Dollar Devaluation on Israeli Startups

dollar bill

This year alone, the Dollar dropped 20% against the Shekel, causing startups to run out of money quicker than what they expected. In the article “Start-ups stuck in winter doldrums“, Globes interviews Erez Shachar, a managing partner at Evergreen Venture… Continue Reading