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

Bitesize Friday: NowForce, Cotendo, United Parents, Zerto and Entrepreneur Resources

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Facebook Expands Credits Offers to Europe Via SupersonicAds – a huge deal for the Israeli startup, perhaps thanks to its UK office? AT&T set up new R&D and incubation center in Israel in collaboration with Amdocs – welcome AT&T Foundry. More headlines on this VC Cafe Bitesize Friday Continue Reading

Bitesize Monday: Recap of Israeli startup investments and product launches

June 2011 kicks off with the completion of HTIA, Israel’s high tech association conference, where more than 90 (!) startups have exhibited. May has been a busy month for Israeli startups with great exposure in Techrunch disrupt in New York, funding rounds and debate about the future of the Israeli venture capital funds. Below are the headlines. Continue Reading

Business As Usual: Onavo, VideoSurf and Kaminario Raise Funding

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The LinkedIn IPO this week may have opened the gates for an Israeli market thirsty for exits, but in the meanwhile, VC funding in Israel continues with business as usual. Below are three recent founding rounds in Israeli venture-backed companies. Onavo, Kaminario and VideoSurf are three recent examples of venture-backed Israeli startups that have raised funding. Continue Reading

60 Second Interview with TokBox’s CEO on Pivoting Your Startup Business Model

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Tokbox raised $12 million after going through a significant pivot. The company essentially stopped developing its consumer facing product, and instead focused on Open Tok, its video chat API, as its core business. We had a chance to conduct a short interview with Ian Small, CEO of TokBox to find out the pivot decision was made. Continue Reading

Bitesize Tuesday: Fifty one, Provigent and Time to Know

# 80 schools in New York are testing Time to Know’s computer-based curriculum in the class room as part of a $7.2 million project – http://goo.gl/TAFp
# Fabless semiconductor company Provigent is named the most promising startup in Israel by Globes and E&Y – The company had $25 million revenue in 2009 and expects $40 million in sales this year Continue Reading

Bitesize Sunday: Weekend Reading on VC, Startups and Beyond

I’m testing the new version of Mozilla Firefox 3 beta 5 (you’ll be amazed how much difference there is with beta 1). Even though the speed is dramatically better, it is no excuse for having so many browser windows open.… Continue Reading