Invest in Israel Newsletter – June 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.  For the Invest in Israel archive, click here.  The highlight this… 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

CEO Interview with BlazeMeter, Self-Served Load Testing in the Cloud

Israeli startup BlazeMeter, a load testing in the cloud compatible with open source Apache Jmeter, has recently raised an undisclosed round from Yoav Leitersdorf’s YL Ventures. I’ve contacted Blazemeter’s CEO Alon Girmonsky, to learn more about the product and the load-testing… Continue Reading

Pound Around the World – My Thoughts from Random Hacks of Kindness

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This weekend, I took part in Random hacks of Kindness, a social enterprise hackathon taking place all around the world. I usually attend these things as a mentor, but this time I decided to roll up my sleeves, pitch an idea and get a project done in one weekend (48 hours) Continue Reading

Adap.tv is Bullish on Online Video Advertising Growth

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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

Binpress – A Marketplace to Find Affordable and Trustworthy Code for Web Development

Binpress, the latest project by the Israeli startup incubator Lionite is making waves in the coding community with their source code marketplace. The purpose of binpress is to save coders time coding by finding existing solutions to time consuming problems. Their focus is on code for web applications in all sorts of languages, frameworks, and platforms. Continue Reading

Upwest Labs Launched the Ycombinator for Israeli startups

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As silicon valley veterans who are experienced working with startups Gil Ben Artzi, a former Yahoo exec, and Shuly Galili, founder of the CICC and organizer of the Israel web/mobile/cleantech tours, spotted the gap and launched Upwest Labs, a new accelerator for Israeli startups in Silicon Valley. 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