eBay acquires the GiftsProject and Opening Social Center in Israel

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eBay acquired Israeli startup The GiftsProject for an undisclosed sum, according to AllthingsD. Founded in 2009, The GiftsProject has created a social commerce application, enabling users to vote, comment and buy a gift together as a group. Back in February, the GiftsProject announced a partnership with eBay as well as $1 million seed round from Gemini and Index ventures. Continue Reading

Top 11 Startups in Tel Aviv (and Other European Cities) by Wired Magazine

Top startups in Europe according to Wired magazine

Wired magazine published a great spread on its print version, covering Europe’s hottest startup capitals, including Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Barcelona, ranking the hottest startups in each of the cities (link to the pdf version after the jump). Continue Reading

Bitesize Monday: Recap of Israeli startup investments and product launches

BITESIZE TUESDAY VC CAFE

June 2011 kicks off with the completion of HTIA, Israel’s high tech association conference, where more than 90 (!) startups have exhibited. May has been a busy month for Israeli startups with great exposure in Techrunch disrupt in New York, funding rounds and debate about the future of the Israeli venture capital funds. Below are the headlines. Continue Reading

Wibiya Opens Its Platform: Will it be the new Conduit?

Wibiya, the two year old on-site social toolbar provider (held by parent company Modular Patterns), has announced it is launching a developer platform and an open API which will enable third party applications on the Wibiya toolbar. It is approaching the reach of Conduit, the successful Israeli startup providing customized downloadable toolbars, which works with 250,000 publishers and 170 million users – except that it took the latter ten years to get there…. Continue Reading