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

Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler: Cooperation Trumps Self-Interest

Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler has a radical premise: cooperation triumphs over self-interest. In a lecture this month in Tel Aviv, he called for cooperation and community as a tool to fundamentally transform business. Continue Reading

Older, Richer, More Customers: Accelerators Go Corporate

Corporate accelerators are a recent phenomenon, both in Israel and globally. Microsoft selected Israel last year to launch its very first accelerator program. The company takes no equity, with the emphasis on business and technical mentoring. Continue Reading

How to find an international MD for your startup

European startup flags International

It’s no secret that the London startup ecosystem is booming. It’s incredible to see it from the vantage point of Campus – new startups are created every day, and the slightly more mature international startups from the US and the… Continue Reading

Invest in Israel Newsletter December 2011

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. Below are the… Continue Reading

Former Head of Microsoft Israel Dreams of Billion Dollar Israeli Startups

Moshe Lichtman, the man once in charge of all of Microsoft’s technology development in Israel, says that the time has come to build a billion dollar Israeli company. In this post I break down an article by TheMarker.co.il about Moshe Lichtman, and why he is one of few men or women capable of leading an Israeli startup to global billions. Continue Reading

The Interconnected Tech Industry [Infographic]

Interconnected tech companies in the valley mashable infographic

Mashable published a brilliant infographic on the connections between the large tech companies in the valley, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Paypal, eBay and others. So whether someone was a Paypal Mafia member or a Xoogler, the conclusion is that they all end up filling their pockets and working for one of their neighbors in San Francisco, Mountain View or Palo Alto. Continue Reading