Exits in Israel 2011: IPOs Pool is Dry, Buy M&A Activity up 134%

Chart 2- Israeli High-Tech Companies- Capital Raised from Investors vs. Proceeds from M&As & IPOs (2002-2011)

On aggregate, putting a dollar into Israeli high-tech could yield you more than double the returns (if only these things worked on aggregate!). In the last decade, Israeli high-tech companies raised approximately $15 billion from investors, compared to more than $37 billion received in M&A and IPO exits, according to the latest IVC report. 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

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

IBM to Buy Database Security Co Guardium for $225 Million

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IBM is about to acquire Guardium for $225 Million, according to Haaretz. Guardium provides software solutions for database activity monitoring, security, and auditing. This is the largest high-tech Israeli exit in 2009 and a great achievement for Guardium’s investors, who will be getting 10x returns on their bets. Continue Reading

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

Venture capital is the shi(r)t

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

Bitesize Sunday: Weekend Reading on VC, Startups and Beyond

I’m testing the new version of Mozilla Firefox 3 beta 5 (you’ll be amazed how much difference there is with beta 1). Even though the speed is dramatically better, it is no excuse for having so many browser windows open.… Continue Reading