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

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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

Invest in Israel Newsletter October 2011 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. COMMUNICATIONS GIANT ARRIS… Continue Reading

10 New Israeli Startups, Hear Them Roar

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This post takes a look at 10 Israeli startups funded in the last year. The descriptions of the startups are self reported. 1) Caftor (button in Hebrew) Caftor is two things: 1) a platform for connecting the real world with… Continue Reading

Israeli Startup Picapp Merges with YBrant Media

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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

Most Active VC Funds in Israel 2010

Most active Israel VCs in 2010 IVC Research

With six first investment deals Evergreen Venture Partners was the most active VC fund in Israel in 2010, according to the latest IVC Research Center report. The second place was shared by Battery Ventures Israel and Pontifax, with five investments each. 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

Report: Only 3% of Israeli VC Investments Go to Seed

Goodbye 2010 hello 2011

joint report by IVC Israel and KPMG, summarizes 2010 in Israeli venture capital. Israeli high-tech capital raising in 2010 reached $1.26 billion, 13 percent above 2009 level but the Israeli VC Fund investment share continues to decline. Continue Reading