Waze Raises $30M to Expand into China

Waze, the social GPS and traffic app, has raised a fresh $30 million from Li Ka-shing’s Horizon Ventures, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ iFund and Digital Growth Fund. This brings their total funding to over $57 million. Waze is headquartered in Israel but has another main office in Palo Alto. Continue Reading

Lool Ventures Bets on Tactus Mobile, Unveils ZooZ

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Globes reported a rumored $1.5 million A round for Tactus Mobile, an Israeli startup in the mobile payments space. The round was led by Lool Ventures, an incubator/micro fund started by ex AOL/Yedda execs and joined by Israeli angel Yuval Tal (founder of several payment startups including Payoneer) and additional private investors who led the company’s seed round. Continue Reading

Capple Factory Brings Couples Together Through Mobile Apps [Interview]

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I connected with Ofir to learn more about Capple Factory and Just Us. As app startups are growing in numbers and in popularity (taking Israeli startup Shaker who was crowned the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt yesterday), I was especially interested in the early stage challenges of launching an app and driving adoption Continue Reading

Israeli App Pops Brings Animations and Sounds to Mobile Notifications

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When mobile phones started becoming popular, ringtones quickly gained popularity. However, it seems like with smartphones (iPhone/Android) we tend to be more conservative and keep the phone default options for calls, emails or sms notifications. Here is where Pops comes in. Continue Reading

Israeli startup Zbang Launches Social-Inbox Multimi with AVG

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One inbox, all of your social media accounts and social network messages at the same place. That is the promise of Multimi, a new software app for Windows that launched yesterday, July 19th. Multimi was developed by Israeli startup Zbang in collaboration with Antivirus company, AVG. Continue Reading

VentureGeeks Unveils Pre-Seed Investments in Five Israeli Startups

Since their inauguration in February 2011, little has been shared on the VentureGeeks program or its participants – until now. Yesterday, VentureGeeks unveiled its first five investments in their Investor Day event, following the Y Combinator model. Continue Reading

Huge Round for Waze, Raises $25 Million for Social GPS

Israeli startup Waze, developer of the free social GPS app for smart phones, has announced a $25 million venture round to scale operations, continue building its platform for real-time location data and move its headquarters from Israel to Palo Alto, California according to the company blog, By The Waze. Continue Reading