Thank you Israel for welcoming our British startup (Guest post)

Guest post by Daniel Abrahams, founder of CurrencyTransfer. I’ve always been intrigued by the success of the ‘Startup Nation.’ In this post, I want to share my story. That of a British startup which naively arrived for three months in Tel Aviv and hasn’t looked back since. Continue Reading

The New York Times Launches TimeSpace, Its Own Startup Incubator/Accelerator

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The New York Times is launching a new startup accelerator, TimeSpace, a 4 month program taking in early stage media startups into the NYT Headquarters. TimeSpace will bring in three to five start-ups to connect with NY Times staff, demo their product, and teach/learn alongside entrepreneurs and employees who make their livings in digital media, technology and journalism. Continue Reading

Stop the Clones. Create a Purple Cow

In a world of increasingly growing choice, consumers face a continuous need to make decisions. With limited resources (time, money, attention span), the decision to register/buy/vote/comment on your online store/website or blog, takes seconds at best. That is why, I suppose, creating differentiation for your product can make the difference between failure and success. 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

20 US Startup Trends: Get Inspired and Launch in Your Country

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Alley Insider, one of my favorite tech blogs, published an interesting post yesterday, titled “If We Hear About Any More Startups Like These, We’ll Scream”, listing some of the latest startup trends in idea buckets. Their frustration is coming from the sheer number of startups doing the same thing in the US, but for all of us living out of the US, the question should be: Is it currently being done right your country? Continue Reading

The Startup Genome Compass Tool is Live – Why Do Startups Fail?

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Three months ago, Bjoern Herrmann and 21 year old Max Marmer decided to put some hard data to the test, by benchmarking 3,200 statrups on 25 KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) in their very buzzed Startup Genome Report. They didn’t stop at just writing reports, and have put together a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley, called Blackbox. Continue Reading

Israeli Startup Wanova Raises $10 million in Series B

Wanova Cloud Israeli startup

Wanova, the Israeli corporate cloud services provider, has announced the completion of its round B financing totaling $10 million. The round was led entirely by previous backers: the Israeli offices of Greylock Partners and Carmel Ventures, as well as US fund Opus Capital. 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

Mitsui Ventures Invests $3 Million in MoMinis

Israeli startup Mominis has announced a second investment round of $3 million, led by Mitsui Ventures, BRM and existing private investors headed by Baruch Lebanon. Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship Week and Europe’s Best Startups 2010

This week (Nov 15-21, 2010) is the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and over 10 million participants in more than 100 countries will be taking part of some 40,000 events around entrepreneurship. Since a good aggregated list of European startups is not easy to come by, VC Cafe thought it would be helpful to publish all the nominees in one document. Continue Reading