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

IVC Report: The most active VC Funds in Israel in 2012

IVC VCCAFE

A new report by IVC Research center, ranks the most active VC funds in Israel according to their first money investments. Carmel Ventures topped the list with 11 new investments followed by Horizons Ventures. In total, 90 VC funds in… Continue Reading

Israeli Startup Outbrain Raises $35 Million to Rule the Recommendations Space

In a world that suffers from content overload, personal recommendations are a bare necessity. Israeli startup Outbrain, one of the leading companies in the recommendations space, has completed a $35 million in Series D led by Index Ventures and joined by previous investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. This brings Outbrain’s funding to $64 million total since its inception in 2007. Continue Reading

Israeli Startup Wanova Raises $10 million in Series B

Wanova Cloud Israeli startup

Wanova, the Israeli corporate cloud services provider, has announced the completion of its round B financing totaling $10 million. The round was led entirely by previous backers: the Israeli offices of Greylock Partners and Carmel Ventures, as well as US fund Opus Capital. Continue Reading

Israeli Startup Picapp Merges with YBrant Media

Picapp images that click logo

Ybrant Media, an large Indian Media portfolio of companies, has acquired Israeli startup PicApp for an undisclosed amount. This is Ybrant Media’s second acquisition in Israel. The company has previously bought Advertising startup Oridian in 2007. Continue Reading

Facebook Acquires Israel’s Snaptu For an Estimated $60-70 Million

Snaptu, the app store for feature phones

Facebook surprised with its first acquisition in Israel today, with the announcement that it is buying Israeli startup Snaptu (previously known as Moblica) for an estimated $60-70 million. Founded in 2007 by Ron Makavy, Micha Berdichevsky, and Barak Naveh, Snaptu raised a total of $9 million in three rounds Continue Reading

Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)

The VC funding news from Israel are piling up on my inbox. Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Continue Reading

LiveU Raises $11 Million from Pitango in its Third Round

LiveU has announced a third round of $11 million, led by Pitango and joined by existing investors, Carmel Ventures and Canaan Partners. This brings LiveU’s total investment to date to over $23 million.As a result of this round Isaac Hillel, managing partner at Pitango, will join LiveU’s board. Continue Reading

Oversi Gets $4.9 million from Carmel, Cisco, Smac and StageOne Ventures

Israeli startup Oversi has announced a series C round of $4.9 million investment round led by Carmel ventures and joined by Cisco, Smac partners and StageOne ventures. Oversi offers a multi-service platform for over-the-top (OTT) content, including Internet video, peer-to-peer (P2P) and other media applications. Continue Reading