The Rise of Intelligent Assistants

Day 9 of my 30 day blogging challenges. This year, 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated assistant at least once a month, doubling last year’s figure, forecasts eMarketer.  Competition is heating up, and the potential these devices have extends far beyond the home into the car and workspace. Continue Reading

Occupy the App Store!!

As developers grow increasingly desperate for monetization, Amazon (which runs its own app store in 200 countries) identified success factors of the Top 50 applications. Continue Reading

From a modest $200 million in bi-lateral trade in 1992 (when diplomatic relations were established), India-Israeli trade surpassed $6 billion in 2012-13. This number is projected to double with the passage of a Free Trade Agreement. Continue Reading

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

The BUBBLE came to Israel too, with a record $4.2 billion in exits, averaging $83 million. While there were IPOs (notably Wix in November), most of the acquisitions were made by global technology companies with R&D Centers (and their corporate M&A teams) in Israel, including Apple, Google, EMC, AOL, Cisco, IBM and now Facebook. Continue Reading

French President Hollande Leads Delegation to Meet Israeli Startups

French President Hollande, Israel's President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu hold a robot snake in Tel Aviv

Francois Hollande, President of France, led a delegation this week of 260 senior French executives and government officials to Israel for the 2nd annual France-Israel Innovation Day. The objective was to connect French companies with innovative Israeli startups. Continue Reading

Invest in Israel Newsletter – August 2013 Edition

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.  This month’s top headline is that Israeli exits in 2013… Continue Reading

Invest in Israel Newsletter – July 2013 Edition

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.  This month marks yet another full plate of Israeli startup… Continue Reading