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

Teva Launched Corporate Venture Arm to Invest in Biomed [Guest Post]

Last month, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has announced the launch of a corporate venture capital fund. The new fund will be headed by Dr. Aaron Schwarz, a Teva veteran, and will seek investment in biotech companies. In doing so, Teva joins a list of leading pharmaceuticals that increasingly shift their attention externally as a way to stimulate their product pipeline. Continue Reading

BVCA Report: The Global State of the IPO Market

VC Cafe report BVCA state of IPO

The latest Global Trends in Venture Capital report, compiled by the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and Deloitte, asks the question: “Is a an active IPO market in your home country essential for the success of the venture capital industry in that market?” Continue Reading

Most Active VC Funds in Israel 2010

Most active Israel VCs in 2010 IVC Research

With six first investment deals Evergreen Venture Partners was the most active VC fund in Israel in 2010, according to the latest IVC Research Center report. The second place was shared by Battery Ventures Israel and Pontifax, with five investments each. Continue Reading

Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)

The VC funding news from Israel are piling up on my inbox. Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Continue Reading