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  • lauren blanchard 2:12 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: employees anonymously contact tech companies, , israeli startup recruitement, , , woo   

    Recruitment Startup Woo Raised $2.35M In Seed 

    wooFebruary 11, 2016 | Israeli recruitment startup Woo (formerly has raised $2.35 million in seed funding from angel investors and tech executives, including Lord David Alliance and Moshe Lichtman of Israel Growth Partners, a former senior executive at Microsoft who founded and served as president of the Israel-based R&D center. Founded in 2o15 by CEO Liran Kotzer and CTO Ami Dudu, Woo lets employees anonymously contact top tech companies to see what jobs are available and how much they pay. The company plans to use the funds to scale its platform and expand its footprint both in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in additional regional markets.


  • lauren blanchard 1:55 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: automated cyber security incident response, , , israel cyber security hp ventures,   

    Cyber Security Startup Hexadite Raises $8M 

    hexaditeFebruary 11, 2016 | Israeli cyber security startup Hexadite has raises $8 million in a Series A round of funding, led by Hewlett Packard Ventures, Ten Eleven Ventures, and YL Ventures, who also invested in Hexadite’s seed round. The company plans to use the funds to accelerate R&D in Israel, expand its marketing and sales operations worldwide, and continue to build momentum for its solution, which fully automates cyber security incident response. Founded in 2014 by CEO Eran Barak and CTO Idan Levin, Hexadite is protecting more than 500,000 devices in the financial services, retail, technology, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, life sciences, and healthcare industries.


  • lauren blanchard 1:32 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: ecommerce israel startup, fintech israel startup, Fraud Detection platform israel startup, Riskifield   

    Fraud Detection Platform Riskifield Raises $25M 

    riskifiedFebruary 11, 2016 | Israeli fraud prevention platform Riskifield has raised $25 million in a round led by Qumra Capital with participation from The Phoenix Holdings, NTT DOCOMO Ventures, and existing investors, Genesis Partners and Entrée Capital. The new funding will enable the company to further develop and market its products to global retailers; Burberry, Wish and Viagogo are already customers. Founded in 2012 by CEO Eido Gal and CTO Assaf Feldman, Riskified has developed an e-commerce fraud prevention platform, which makes it easier for online merchants to accept high risk credit card transactions. In other words, the company reviews, approves and guarantees transactions that merchants might otherwise decline. The company also offers 100 percent money back guaranteed in the event that it approves a fraudulent transaction.


  • lauren blanchard 10:58 am on February 11, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: advanced detection threat, , , cynet, detection remediation advanced unknown threats, lazarus israel cyber security   

    Israeli Cyber Security Company Cynet Raises $7M 

    cynetFebruary 11, 2016 | Israeli cyber security startup Cynet has raised $7 million, in a round led by the Denver, CO based Lazarus Israel Fund. The new financing will enable the company to further develop and market their product globally. Founded in 2015 by Eyal Gruner, Idan Amir, and Boaz Zilber, Cybet provides an all-in-one cybersecurity solution for detection and remediation of advanced and unknown threats. Since its launch, the company has already grown its client base to include dozens of large-scale enterprises in finance, healthcare, government, retail, and industrial sectors.


  • lauren blanchard 6:19 pm on February 10, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: israel prize chemistry, israel prize physics, Prof. Leslie Leiserowitz, Prof. Meir Lahav,   

    Weizmann Profs Win Israel Prize In Chemistry & Physics 

    WeizmannFebruary 10, 2016 | The Israel Prize jury awarded Prof. Meir Lahav and Prof. Leslie Leiserowitz of the Weizmann Institute of Science the 2016 prize in chemistry and physics. The jury, headed by Prof. Itamar Willner, cited the pair’s joint breakthroughs in understanding the processes of self-assembly of chiral structures, molecules that have can take two forms which are mirror images of each other (thalidomide is the most famous example).

  • lauren blanchard 12:39 pm on February 10, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: , ivc apm report, ivc report most active vc israel, , most active vc israel, ,   

    Singulariteam Is Israel’s Most Active Fund, According To IVC Report 

    ivcresearchFebruary 10, 2016| Israeli fund Singulariteam made the most investments into Israeli startups in 2015, according to a report released today by Israeli research firm IVC and Israeli law firm APM & Co. Founded by Moshe Hogeg and Kenges Rakishev with $232 million under management, Singulariteam made 12 first investments in 2015, outpacing last year’s most active fund, Jerusalem Venture Partners by two deals. Placing second, with nine first investments each, were Israeli fund Carmel Ventures and American fund Innovation Endeavors, co-founded by Google’s Chairman, Eric Schmidt and Dror Berman. Carmel, with $802 million under management, invested from its vintage 2014 fourth fund. The third place is shared by two Israeli funds, Magma and TheTime, with eight investments each. Magma, with $450 million under management, invested from its fourth fund, raised in 2014, while TheTime is managing a $60 million fund dedicated to companies that started in their incubator. The Most Active Micro VC fund was crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd, with seven first investments from its vintage 2014 $10 million fund. Following OurCrowd was lool Ventures with six investments from a $33 million fund closed in 2011.



  • lauren blanchard 8:07 am on February 10, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: benslie investment group israel startup, fastouch suture system, israeli medical device startup hernia, lena levin, viasurgical   

    ViaSurgical Raises $6M For Hernia Repair Device 

    via surgicalFebruary 10, 2016 | Israeli medical device company Via Surgical has raised $6 million for its cartridge-based hernia repair device FasTouch, which has already received FDA approval. The device includes a reloadable cartridge with lockable sutures that close around the mesh and the tissue, which helps prevent foreign objects from entering. Benslie Investment Group led the funding and Nicolas Weinstein, a managing partner at Benslie, will join the company’s board of directors. “Their investment will greatly support the increasing clinical demand for improved fixation through our development and commercialization efforts in 2016,” Via Surgical CEO Lena Levin said in a statement.

  • lauren blanchard 6:07 pm on February 9, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: foldable carseat, grabngo car seat, mifold, oleh hadash startup, sweet capital carseat, sweet capital israel startup   

    mifold Raises Additional $1.5M For Foldable Carseat 

    mifoldFebruary 9, 2016 | Israeli car seat startup mifold has raised $1.5 million, led by Sweet Capital, the new investment fund created by the founders of King Digital Entertainment. Investors in the round include Founder of Silver Cloud Ventures Joe Stelzer, CEO of King Digital Entertainment Riccardo Zacconi, and former Barneys CEO Howard Socol. Founded by  Jon Sumroy, mifold has developed a car safety seat that is one tenth the size of existing products. The company has already has already pre-sold $1 million worth of its grab-n-go booster seats to nearly 13,000 customers in more than 100 countries and raised $3.3 million, including a successful crowdfunding campaign.


  • lauren blanchard 8:44 am on February 8, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: , fimi private equity, gilat satellite private equity, israel private equity, largest investment fund israel, ormat technology private equity   

    Israeli PE Fund FIMI Raises $1.1B, Largest Fund Raised In Israel 

    fimiFebruary 8, 2016 | Israeli private equity firm FIMI has raised its sixth fund, worth $1.1 billion – the largest fund ever raised in Israel. Evenly divided between Israelis and foreigners, the investors included large institution, private investors, international companies and universities, as well as managers of the fund itself, who invested $40 million. FIMI is Israel’s largest investment fund, with a current equity of $3.2 billion. To date, the private equity house has acquired control of 80 companies and has sold 51, generating an aggregate value that exceeds $4 billion. Its portfolio companies include renewable energy technology supplier Ormat Technologies and telecoms company Gilat Satellite Networks. CEO Ishay Davidi said in a statement that the newly raised fund will follow previous investment strategies, spreading $250 million a year across four or five Israeli companies.



  • lauren blanchard 8:27 am on February 8, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: red dot fund singapore israel, singapore fund israel startup, temasek israel high-tech, vertex venture singapore israel, yoram oron   

    Temasek Holdings Closes $150M Growth Fund For Israeli Tech Startups 

    temasekFebruary 8, 2016 | Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings has closed a $150-million fund that will invest in mature Israeli high-tech companies. Called the Red Dot fund, the new fund will invest invest between $10 million and $15 million in each company in its portfolio. According to Temasek, this fund will differ from their wholly owned investment arm, Vertex Venture Holdings, which was set up in 1997 and developed partnership with Israel’s Yozma initiative. However, Yoram Oron, General Parter of Vertex Venture Capital, will be chairman of the new Red Dot vehicle. While at Vertex, Oron oversaw the sale of Morecom to Liberate for $561 million, the sale of Tradeum to VerticalNet for $478 million, and the sale of Vision Tech to Broadcom for $250 million. Currently, Oron sits on the boards of Vertex portfolio companies Correlsense, CyberArk, and Heptagon. Other partners in the fund will be Tzvika Nagan, a former executive at Bank Hapoalim in charge of information systems, and Yaniv Stern, a former McKinsey & Company consultant.





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