Thank you Israel for welcoming our British startup (Guest post)

Cover of "Start-up Nation: The Story of I...

Guest post by Daniel Abrahams, founder of CurrencyTransfer. I’ve always been intrigued by the success of the ‘Startup Nation.’ In this post, I want to share my story. That of a British startup which naively arrived for three months in Tel Aviv and hasn’t looked back since. Continue Reading

UK and Israel – Growth through Partnership (Guest Post)

UK and Israel

One can clearly see a close and compelling partnership between Britain and Israel, specifically in business and trade, where both countries recognising their partner’s strengths, seek to use it to encourage and enhance their own potential. Continue Reading

Invest In Israel Newsletter – January 2013 Edition

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As every month, VC Cafe is re-posting the “Invest in Israel” Newsletter, published by the investment promotion center of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, which offers many helpful tools for prospecting investors. For the Invest in Israel archive, click here. Continue Reading

A Look Back On VC Cafe’s Journey Since 2005

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VC Cafe turned seven! in this post I cover the journey of starting VC Cafe, the highs and downs along the way, and the path I followed to evolve it from a news reporting blog to a site that provides founders with practical advice. Continue Reading

Israeli Tech Funding & Exits in 2012: Lots of Chutzpah but Show Me Your Instagram

IVC - Venture Capital Investment by sector in Israel

Groucho Marx could have been talking about the Israeli hi-tech sector when he said “I made a killing on Wall Street a few years ago…I shot my broker”. In 2012, as Israeli exits topped $5.5 billion, there was reason to celebrate but plenty of cause for concern. Continue Reading

PWC MoneyTree Report Q3 2012: Israeli VC Investments Down 33%

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Last week PWC released its quarterly moneytree report on the state of the venture capital industry in Israel. The top line figures indicate a 33% decline in VC investments in Q3, reaching $171 million compared to $255 million in the previous year. The main reason stated is the decline in availability of local VC funding. Overall in the first 3 quarters of 2012, Israeli companies raised $591 million, compared to $904 million in the equivalent period in 2011. Continue Reading

Invest in Israel Newsletter – September 2012 Edition

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As every month, VC Cafe is re-posting the “Invest in Israel” Newsletter, published by the investment promotion center of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, which offers many helpful tools for prospecting investors. For the Invest in Israel archive, click here. Large US tech companies continue to open innovation and R&D centers in Israel – Apple with the acquisition of Anobit, eBay with the acquisition of the Gifts Project, Yahoo who bought Dapper and so on… See the headlines below. Continue Reading

Allen Lew, CEO, Group Digital life at SingTel: “Let Someone Else Be the Dumb, Fat, Pipe”

Allen Lew Singtel

SingTel is the world’s second largest wireless group, owning all or part of 8 APAC wireless carriers and 462 million subscribers. In April, the company restructured into three business units- Consumer, ICT and Digital- naming Allen Lew to transform SingTel into a multimedia market leader. At the HTIA conference in Jerusalem last week, Allen discussed reinvention, Asian markets and areas of strategic opportunity. Continue Reading

HTIA 2012 – 18 startups present in Israeli accelerators demo day

HTIA 2012

During HTIA 2012, for the first time ever, 18 startups from three of Israel’s all-star startup accelerators (DreamIt, The Junction and Microsoft Accelerator) gave five minute pitches to a full house of technology enthusiasts and the like. Continue Reading

HTIA 2012 – The Current VC Vibe in Israel

“Financing in Times of Uncertainty” Roundtable Session, HTIA 2012 Conference by IATI

On a macro level, VC funding for the most part hasn’t really changed. We’ve seen some pretty good years recently, with VC funding in Israel reaching an all-time high in 2011 at a record $2.2 billion in VC investment. While overall this is quite impressive, only 24% of VC investment in Israel actually came from Israeli VCs. Continue Reading