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  • mayay 4:36 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: , , powermat wireless charging, starbucks powermat, starbucks wireless charging london,   

    Starbucks Launches Powermat’s Wireless Charging In London Stores 

    powermatlogoJanuary 21, 2015 | The popular coffee chain Starbucks announced that it will offer Duracell Powermat‘s wireless charging technology in ten of its central London stores. Technology invented by the Israeli company Powermat in 2009, Starbucks customers can ask for a ring at the counter that will help connect their phone to one of the wireless charging spots. The introduction of the technology into London franchises follows positive reviews for the technology in San Francisco branches of the beverage provider, a service that was launched last year in 200 different branches. Powermat, now popularly known as Duracell Powermat for the company’s cooperation with the international battery producer, was founded in 2006 by Ran Poliakin.

     
  • mayay 4:24 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: bank leumi partnerships, , israeli companies investment options, leumi partners, stifel nicolaus israel,   

    Leumi Partners Signs Exclusive Deal With Stifel, Nicolaus & Co 

    leumipartnersJanuary 21. 2015 | The investment arm of Bank Leumi in Israel, Leumi Partners, signed an exclusive investment banking collaboration deal with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company is one of the leading mid-market investment banks in North America and will work together with Leumi Partners to provide investment banking solutions for Israeli companies. Leumi Partners sees a growing demand by middle-market companies in Israel to expand internationally and seek out capital-raising alternatives, which is why they have turned to Stifel for assistance in providing such a service. “These strengths are expected to not only enhance Leumi Partners’ targeted client offerings,” added Prof. Danny Tsiddon, Deputy CEO of Leumi and Chairman of LP, “but will also contribute in a substantial way to Leumi’s newly established tech banking platform, LeumiTech.” Leumi Partners is headed by CEO Yaron Bloch.

     
  • mayay 4:12 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: , , check-cap x-ray pill, , , , x-ray pill for colonoscopies   

    Check-Cap Appoints New Board Members Ahead Of NASDAQ IPO 

    check-capJanuary 21, 2015 | Before its anticipated NASDAQ IPO, the Israeli medical device company Check-Cap announced changes to its board of directors. The company, which has developed a non-invasive X-Ray pill for intestinal screening, hopes to raise $15 million in its IPO that was announced last week. The new members of the board include Yuval Yanai, the former CTO at Given Imaging, a Check-Cap competitor that was sold to the Irish company Covidien for almost $1 billion, and Steven J. Hanley, a former president at Covidien and CEO of MediBeacon. Check-Cap was founded in 2005 by Dr. Yoav Kimchy.

     
  • mayay 4:02 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: , israel science news, israel-britain relations, israeli scientists england, , science news, university of cambridge israel   

    U Cambridge Issues New Investment Fund For Israeli Scientists 

    cambridge-logoJanuary 21, 2015 | The prestigious English University of Cambridge has set up a new multi-million pound investment fund for Israeli scientists. The money for the fund will be provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation with the hope of allowing Israeli scientists to pursue their post doctorate degree at the University. According to philanthropist Len Blavatnik: “I am very pleased to strengthen the Foundation’s existing links to Cambridge with this important initiative, which will serve the mutual interests of the university, the Israeli scientific community and those selected to be Blavatnik Fellows.” Three Israeli scientists are already benefiting from the grants, with each fellow receiving an annual stipend of £30,000, with the fellowships tenable for two years.

     
  • mayay 3:39 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: eric schmidt israel, , , taykey funding, taykey real time marketing, , trends-based advertising   

    Taykey Raises $15M In New Funding 

    TaykeyJanuary 21, 2015 | The preference and trends-based advertising solutions company Taykey announced that it received $15 million in new funding. In addition, the company released a new marketing platform that automatically discovers and activates trends according to age and interest. The $15 million investment comes from Eric Schmidt’s venture arm Endeavors, as well as SoftBank Capital, Sequoia Capital, Marker LLC and Tenaya Capital. The company has seen impressive growth, growing almost 600 percent since January 2013 while serving Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, Disney, Marriott, MasterCard and others. Taykey was founded by Amit Avner in 2009.

     
  • mayay 3:17 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: , equivio document analysis, , microsoft israel, microsoft israel acquisitions,   

    Equivio Document Analysis Platform Acquired By Microsoft 

    equivioJanuary 21, 2015 | Microsoft will acquire the Israeli startup Equivio for approx. $150-200 million according to reports. Equivio develops a text analysis software that is able to analyze various texts from a collection of documents, like emails. The company’s algorithm is used by companies to provide support in analyzing documents, particular law firms and organizations like the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Trade Commission, Deloitte and KMPG. Microsoft already has plans to integrate Equivio’s software into its Office 365 package. Raising only $500,000 from private investors, Equivio was founded in 2004 by Amir Milo, Yiftach Ravid and Warwick Sharp.

     
  • mayay 3:02 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: benny schnaider, , kvm hypervisor, rami tamir, ravello systems, ravello systems funding,   

    Ravello Systems Raises $28M In Third Round Of Funding 

    RavelloSystemsJanuary 21, 2015 | Ravello Systems raised $28 million in the company’s third round of funding, bringing total capital raised by the company to $54 million. The funding round for the Israeli company was led by Qualcomm incorporated through its venture capital arm Qualcomm Ventures as well as SanDisk Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners. Ravello’s system allows enterprises to achieve a balance between public and private cloud resources. Ravello was founded in 2011 by the team that founded the KVM hypervisor, President Benny Schnaider and CEO Rami Tamir.

     
  • mayay 2:44 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: , cloudon acquisition, dropbox acquisitions, dropbox israel, , mobile document editing,   

    CloudOn Acquired By Dropbox 

    cloudon-logoJanuary 21, 2015 | One of the world’s largest cloud file-sharing platforms, Dropbox, has acquired Israeli company CloudOn, a company that has developed platforms for mobile document editing. CloudOn’s platform allows for users to edit documents on any of the widely used cloud sharing platforms – Google Drive, Dropbox, Box etc. Founded in 2009 by Jay Zaveri, Milind Gadekar, and Meir Morgenstern, CloudOn raised $26 million in funding before it was acquired by Dropbox, serving over 9 million users, according to the company. With news of the acquisition, the company will reportedly shut down their service for two months, and will not accept new users. In addition, according to a TechCrunch report, CloudOn’s Herzliya offices will now become Dropbox’s first offices in Israel.

     
  • mayay 1:50 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: , appsflyer mobile app marketing, appsflyer nativetrack, , nativetrack for mobile apps, oren kaniel,   

    AppsFlyer Raises $20M In Series B Funding 

    appsflyerJanuary 21, 2015 | The mobile app marketing platform AppsFlyer announced that it raised $20 million in Series B funding. The company’s NativeTrack platform is used by developers, brands and agencies to launch campaigns that encourage app downloads and tracks in-app activity. Companies can then use the information collected by the NativeTrack platform to tweek software development, user experience and other factors to optimize the usage of their mobile apps. According to company CEO Oren Kaniel, the new funds will be used to further develop NativeTrack and its software features, as well as to open local offices in a number of countries and to possibly pursue an ‘acquisition,’ he reported to VentureBeat. The Series B funding round was led by Fidelity Growth Partners Europe, together with Magma Ventures and Pitango Venture Capital, and is added to the $18 million raised by the company to date.

     
  • mayay 4:43 pm on January 20, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: contact-free patient care, , earlysense investment, earlysense patient care, , samsung ventures,   

    EarlySense Raises $20M 

    EarlySenseJanuary 20, 2015 | The Israeli company providing contact-free patient monitoring, EarlySense, announced that it completed a $20 million financing round. The round was led by Samsung Ventures, which invested $10 million of the amount, along with Pitango Venture Capital, Welch Allyn, JK&B, Proseed and Noaber. EarlySense is a medical device company based in Ramat Gan, Israel that develops patient monitoring systems. The company is currently headed by CEO Avner Halperin.

     
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