How I closed a round with 7 Investors and Survived [Guest post]

Funding is never easy. Even when you hear stories about entrepreneurs who walk out of a VC with a personal check from the managing director, it is usually after 6 months of pitching and hearing ‘no’. This is the story by Yaniv Nizan from Soomla, who raised a round from 7 investors and lived to tell the tale. 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

Games of Luck vs Games of Skill and What it Means for the Tech Industry

There’s been a lot of talk recently about small startups being over funded.  Sean Parker, founder of Napster,  President of Facebook and Founders Fund investor,  said: “The market is ridiculously overcrowded with early-stage investors. A lot of these early-stage investors… Continue Reading

Dos and Don’ts When Raising Venture Capital For the First Time

Every now and then I run into a post that I’d love VC Cafe readers to see. The post “What I learned from raising venture capital” by Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of DuckDuckGo is one of them. WHAT TO DO WHEN RAISING VENTURE CAPITAL: Save up good news for the middle of the process – launching features that promote growth and getting recognition from the industry (awards, etc) in good timing can help “maximize luck” Continue Reading

Since the beginning of 2011, Israeli startups raised $1.57 Billion

The latest IVC Online report is out and it offers interesting color on the funding of Israeli startups. According to the report, 137 startups raised $522 million in Q3 of 2011, up 53% from the equivalent period in 2010, but down 8% from the $549 million raised in Q2 2011. Continue Reading

eBay acquires the GiftsProject and Opening Social Center in Israel

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

Innovid Raises a $9.5 Million Round Led by Sequoia

Innovid, a video advertising startup, has raised $9.5 million round led by Sequoia Capital with Genesis Partners and T-Ventures (Deutsche Telecom) participating in the round. As part of the funding round, Sequoia partner Gili Raanan will join Innovid’s Board of Directors. Continue Reading

Thoughts on Spanish Startups from La Red Innova 2011

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I’m currently in Madrid, Spain, giving a keynote in La Red Innova, speaking about mobile search and its impact on ecommerce. Red Innova is a thought leadership conference held for the third year in Madrid Continue Reading