Bitesize Friday: Israeli Starup and High Tech Links for 5/23/08

memorial dayMemorial day weekend is upon us, and most of you will probably stay away from the computer (or at least try to) for a few days. While you’re waiting for your flight or getting ready to leave the office, enjoy the Israeli linkfest below.

A story with pictures:Israeli high tech innovation centers

BusinessWeek identifies the Israeli high tech hubs including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Herzliya, etc. What’s getting done in each.

TheFunded ranks the top VC partners, Gemini makes the list

Our very own silicon valley based Daniel Cohen, General Partner at Gemini makes the top 40 list. Congrats Danny!

Israel Economic & Financial Report (pdf report)

In this report by the economics department of Bank a Poalim, you can read things like: The Bank of Israel’s low interest rate and policy of intervention in the foreign currency market are increasing the risks of higher inflation during the coming months.

Is Zend trying to ‘lose weight’ for a Sale?

Israeli startup Zend Technologies has fired 25 percent of its R&D team in an effort to become cash flow positive before a sale. Zend offers its own distribution of PHP, the popular open-source scripting language for Web applications.

Israeli high tech firms raised $427 million in Q1 2008 (pdf report)

In their quartely MoneyTree publication, PricewaterhouseCoopers discusses the stability in number and level of investments in Israel.

Your Guide to the Crowdsourced Workforce

Jeff Howe coined the term Crowdsourcing in a June 2006 issue of Wired magazine. If you read the ‘four hour work week‘, you’ll enjoy this list.

Microsoft opens a second R&D Center in Israel

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer was the Keynote speaker at center’s opening yesterday in Herzliya: “Our company almost as Israeli as American”. Watch the video.

Clear Applications: Metacafe founders working on a new startup 

Arik Czerniak is now working on Clear Applications, a company that he co-founded seven months ago with two other Metacafe ex-employees, Oren Blatt and Gil Solomon. The self funded company (Arik cashed out) will use online tests to screen reality TV contestants. More on TheMarker (Hebrew).

Israeli Tech Sends Mixed Messages

Sarah Lacy, author and Business week correspondent, on the question whether Israeli entrepreneurs should move West to the US or stay at home.

Long Ideas: Buy Low, Sell High: Right Time for the Former
Michael Guntersdorfer has a fresh perspective on the winners and losers of the current economic situation

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That’s it for now. Drop a comment if you have any additions for weekend reading.

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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Ezewas a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.
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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Eze was a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google’s first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He’s an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.