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

B2B Marketing in 2014: Content + Technology

2014 will be a BIG year for Digital Marketing. AdAge’s annual survey of top B2B marketers found that 80% have boosted their digital marketing budgets, the highest proportion ever. A new wave of Israeli marketing technology startups are helping CMOs get more bang for their digital buck. Continue Reading

Social TV Has Arrived…Is There a Business Model?

Nielsen has made it official- Multi-tasking across screens, particularly while watching TV, is now the norm. With US Smartphone penetration on pace to reach 80% next year (Asymco) and 2012 tablet sales of 136 million units, the era of Social TV has arrived. Continue Reading

Israeli Startup Outbrain Raises $35 Million to Rule the Recommendations Space

In a world that suffers from content overload, personal recommendations are a bare necessity. Israeli startup Outbrain, one of the leading companies in the recommendations space, has completed a $35 million in Series D led by Index Ventures and joined by previous investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. This brings Outbrain’s funding to $64 million total since its inception in 2007. Continue Reading

Adap.tv is Bullish on Online Video Advertising Growth

adaptv state of the video industry

Apap.tv, an Israeli startup headquartered in San Mateo, and Digiday, partnered on a report that summarizes the Internet’s Digital Video advertising market. Over 600 agencies, publishers, advertisers and online video tech providers provided their input on the poll back in September 2011. Continue Reading

Qwilt Raises $24M to Reduce Data Load of Video by Up to 80%

Qwilt is on the hot on the heels of something big in high-data video delivery. Founders Alon Maor from Cisco and Dan Sahar from Crescendo Networks, plan to reduce the overall load of online for landline networks, mobile carriers, content providers, and consumers. Continue Reading

Taboola Raised $9 million in Series B for Video Recommendations

Taboola Israeli startup

Bloomberg, New York Times, CNN, USA Today… these are just a subset of Taboola’s customers. Israeli startup Taboola has announced a $9 million series B round led by Crescent Point Group, with participation by Evergreen Venture Partners. Continue Reading

Vikido Launched Social Network and Web Browser for Parents and Kids

Israeli startup Vikido has launched in beta, what some blogs call the Facebook for parents and their kids. The self proclaimed “social network with training wheels”, enables kids to create and share audio, video and images with their parents, who can then control with whom the kids information is shared whether it is public or private (similar concept to Google+ Circles) as well as what channel is used for sharing, be it other social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google+ etc) or email. Continue Reading

IBC 2011 Attracts 28 Israeli Media and Mobile Startups to Amsterdam

IBC 2011 Amsterdam

The International Broadcast Convention (IBC) 2011 is the leading global tradeshow for broadcasting media and entertainment industry, covering the latest developments in broadcasting, mobile TV, IPTV, digital signage and forward looking R&D. This year, 28 Israeli startups in mobile, media and broadcasting technology are flocking in to IBC 2011. Continue Reading

Thoughts From The Front [CEO guest post]

Leading fron the front

Gil Rozenberg – co-founder and CEO of Ineze.com, an early-stage technology startup based in Israel, shares his lessons learned on starting a tech startup for first time entrepreneurs. In spite the fact that we’ve already made some nice achievements, and that the future looks promising, I know that our biggest challenges are still ahead. Continue Reading