Two years ago, VC Cafe reported that Zon Networks had raised a $7 million round from DFJ. At the time, DFJ commented that Zon Networks is going to change the Internet the way that Skype changed VOIP. Fast forward two years… the company has changed its name to “Hola!“ but there’s still very little known about it.
Poking around in the usual spots, here’s what I was able to dig:
ZON is developing software in communications. They plan to launch ZON 1.0 in the autumn of 2009. ZON was founded by Ofer Vilenski Derry Shribman, the founders of Jungo, and is backed by leading venture capital funds, including Draper Fisher Jurvetson (initial backers of Skype Hotmail), Trilogy Partners, Magma Ventures and DFJ TF Ventures.
From Hola!’s LinkedIn company page:
We’ve been working on hola! for over 2 years now (previously ZON-Networks), and we’re almost ready to launch, so stay tuned!
We also know that HOLA! has been growing in the recent months:
From the Bloomberg Business Network:
Hola! develops network management software. Hola! was formerly known as Zon Networks, Ltd. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Poleg, Israel.
ZON was founded by Ofer Vilenski & Derry Shribman, the founders of Jungo, and is backed by leading venture capital funds, including Draper Fisher Jurvetson (initial backers of Skype & Hotmail), Trilogy Partners, Magma Ventures and DFJ TF Ventures.
A job board in Israel had long threads between engineering applicants, talking about the hard tests Hola! put them through… given the following code, implement the attrib_t struct and attrib_get function:
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It is rare to see such an enigmatic company in a small country like Israel. Do you know Hola!? Can you shed some light?