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

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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

Innovid Raises a $9.5 Million Round Led by Sequoia

Innovid, a video advertising startup, has raised $9.5 million round led by Sequoia Capital with Genesis Partners and T-Ventures (Deutsche Telecom) participating in the round. As part of the funding round, Sequoia partner Gili Raanan will join Innovid’s Board of Directors. Continue Reading

Special: Top 50 Israeli Startups for 2011

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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

Monetizing Groupthink – Interview with Israel’s Gift Project

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The Gifts Project is a social ecommerce platform enabling group gifting. Its CEO, Ron Gura, was a mentor at Seedcamp Tel Aviv 2011, an early-stage micro seed investment and mentoring programme. Startup Intelligence recently interviewed him for VC Cafe. Continue Reading

The Gifts Project Announces New Investor and a Partnership with eBay on Social Shopping

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The Gifts Project, a social commerce platform, has been making quite a few headlines recently. The company raised $1 million in seed from Gemini and a few days later, European VC Index Ventures was mysteriously added to its investors page. The terms of the additional funding were not disclosed. Today, the Gifts Project announced a partnership with eBay, in which the e-commerce giant will host the Gift Project’s ‘white label’ application, which enables users to set up their own Group Gift pages on eBay Continue Reading

Global From Day One: Two Can Win in the Market for Online Technical Support

FixYa: Problems and Solutions for the Apple iPod Nano 3rd Generation

Both FixYa and SupportSpace have demonstrated that there is significant consumer demand for online technical support services by taking very different approaches. While FixYa provides free access to a large repository of valuable troubleshooting insights, in addition to expert services, SupportSpace connects consumers with certified experts that resolve technical problems on web-connected devices. Continue Reading

Israeli VC Funds Raised $793 Million in 2008

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The capital available for investment now reaches $1 Billion, of which $400 million is intended for first investments in high-tech companies and the remainder reserved for follow-on investments. Forecasts for 2009 are pretty grim – IVC estimates only $300 million to be raised this year Continue Reading

Nickels and Dimes in Israeli Venture Capital

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The Israeli venture capital industry has experienced a $250 million decline in the past few months. Israeli venture capital funds have struggled to raise the target capital and the impact is likely to be felt on emerging technology companies in Israel. Continue Reading

IVC: Investment dollars in Seed Israeli start ups down 28%

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According to IVC Research, 28% of the venture capital investments were made in seed stage companies in 2008, compared to 43% in 2007. More than 30% of the vc funds in Israel made no investments in seed companies in 2008. Greylock… Continue Reading

Content Rating Just Got Better: Carmel Ventures Backs OutBrain

Outbrain has just announced a $12M Series-B investment led by Carmel Ventures. Outbrain’s previous investors – Gemini Israel Funds, Lightspeed Venture Partners and GlenRock Israel – all participated in the round. In addition, Zohar Gilon and Rhodium have also joined… Continue Reading