Israeli Startup Landscape Maps

Augmented reality and Virtual reality startups in Israel

Startup landscape maps remain, in my opinion, one of the best ways to quickly scan an industry vertical and understand how it breaks down into sub sectors. In this post I collected the Israeli startup landscape maps in AR/VR, DevOps, Cybersecurity, IOT, Fintech and more. 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 – 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

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

The Early Stage VC Decision Making Process Infographic

Interesting infographic from Anna Vital in San Francisco, from the Kickstarter campaign “Becoming an Entrepreneur” Kickstarter campaign. Trying to get inside the mind of an early stage VC investor. Infographics could help dyslexic entrepreneurs to access the valuable insights that are currently “locked” in books or blog posts. The idea came to Anna as she is dyslexic herself. Continue Reading

Developer Funding – How to Build Your Team and Raise Money (Google I/O Panel)

The VC Panel at Google I/O

This morning, I attended the VC session titled “From Weekend Hack to Funded Startup – How to Build Your Team and Raise Money”, with Naval Ravikant (founder of AngelList, ePinions, VentureHacks), Rich Miner (Partner at Google Ventures and co-founder of Android) and Kevin Rose (founder of Digg, Milk, Pownce and Partner at Google Ventures), moderated by Don Dodge. Below are the highlights from the session, including some great questions from the audience. Continue Reading

Inspire and invest in our innovators

The UK has everything it needs to build great startups. Talent, money and ideas, the trinity of startup success, are all present in the UK.London has the largest venture capital and private equity industries in Europe. The city’s cultural vibe attracts global talent, and the UK enjoys far more public sector support than the US. So what’s holding back the UK from growing successful startups? 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

It’s a Family (tree) Business: My Herritage Acquires Polish Startup

Myheritage.com logo

Techcrunch broke the news on the acquisition of Poland-based Bliscy.pl by Israel-based MyHeritage.com. Bliscy will help MH increase reach as the acquisition brings MyHeritage family network to 56 million registered users and approximately 762 million profiles, 18 million family trees and 116 million photos. Continue Reading