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E.ventures, a global investment firm with offices across Europe, the Americas, and Asia, has announced a new $150 million fund targeting early-stage European startups.Founded in 1998 as BV Capital, the organization unified its various international funds under one umbrella back in 2012, when it rebranded as E.ventures.Today, the firm says it manages more than $1 billion and has some notable names in its portfolio, including App Annie, Sonos, Groupon, Azimo, and Delicious.In addition to the new $150 million fund, E.ventures will draw on a $290 million pot to begin making growth investments across Europe, with the plan to accompany entrepreneurs through the full investment life cycle, it said.Our willingness to explore every corner of the continent and provide operational support to the businesses we invest in increases the potential of our funds.E.ventures also announced that it s adding a new partner — Bernardo Hernández, who founded real estate listing platform Idealista.com and has also served as senior director of product at Google and general manager at Flickr.Hernández isn t new to the investment realm either, having previously started StepOne Ventures in San Francisco back in 2008, a firm geared toward helping European startups hit the U.S. running.E.ventures latest fund is just one of many to arrive on the scene in recent times.Notion Capital introduced a $120 million fund for cloud startups last year, while Lakestar launched a $400 million fund for both European and U.S. startups.More recently, Index Ventures closed a fresh $550 million fund for seed and venture investments in Europe, the U.S., and Israel; Accel unfurled $500 million for Europe and Israel; a Chinese investment vehicle announced $715 million to help European startups target China; and just this week, Runa Capital raised a $135 million fund for later-stage U.S. and European startups.
In recent years, tech has infiltrated just about every sector of our lives actually though and art is no exception.Paddle8 is home to an extensive contemporary art collection carefully selected by specialists.The Israel-based startup also lets you curate your own art collection and share your favorite pieces with fellow art enthusiasts.FRAEMd lets you swipe through different works, saves your preferences and sorts their large art database according to your tastes.ArtsperExperts select the best of contemporary art galleries and put them up for sale on Artsper.Find out more about who s challenging conventions in the art scene on Index!
It s no wonder that software development kits SDKs are making mobile game and app developers weary.Herzliya, Israel-based SafeDK released the report today as part of an effort to educate mobile app and game publishers and developers about the trends that they should pay attention to on a macro level.The report analyzes SDK trends in the Android market based on deep analysis of tens of thousands of free Android apps and hundreds of SDKs.The first report looks at data from April 2016 that draws from more than 30,000 Android apps, including popular free apps that are regularly at the top of the charts.It also looks at hundreds of SDKs that are used by big and small companies around the world.The report addresses facts like how many SDKs, on average, are integrated into mobile apps and how this number changes based on the app category and number of downloads.2 at 27.5 percent, followed by Facebook Audience Network at 22.5 percent, UnityAds at 19.5 percent, and Mopub at 19.2 percent.In mobile apps, the average number of SDKs used in games is 17.5, followed by sports apps at 16.5, shopping at 15.1, news and magazines at 14.9, and weather at 14.4.Within mobile games, casino games lead the way with an average of 18.7 SDKs per app, followed by 18.4 for action games, 18.1 for role-playing games, and 17.9 for strategy games.The chart below shows the most popular categories for types of SDKs.And this chart shows the top makers of SDKs.
Adi Soffer-Teeni's family helped found Tel Aviv about 100 years ago.Today, Soffer-Teeni carries on their legacy as one of the leading tech founders in Israel.Over the past 16 years, she has started and run a handful of companies in the education, online gaming, and consumer software markets.Now she runs Facebook s Israel operations and is considered one of the country s top executives.Hello World host Ashlee Vance met up with Soffer-Teeni during a visit to Israel to discuss how the country emerged as perhaps the premier tech center outside Silicon Valley.During a walk along one of Tel Aviv s famous beaches, she discussed her time in the Israeli Air Force, when she helped determine who could become a pilot.She also explored the effect that serving in the Israeli Defense Forces has on a businesswoman in Israel and the ways in which the country s tech scene is evolving from its focus on business technology to more of a consumer push.Check out full episodes and more clips from the Hello World series here.
Gett Inc., a taxi-ordering application that competes with Uber Technologies Inc., raised $300 million in a strategic investment from German carmaker Volkswagen AG to fund its growth in Europe and New York City.Gett, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, has offered rides for as low as $1 and expanded its services to include deliveries of goods.Volkswagen s contribution brings total funds raised by Gett to more than $520 million, the taxi service said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement.Volkswagen made the investment as part of a push to boost digital offerings and move beyond its diesel-engine manipulation scandal.Mobility services promise strong growth prospects and earnings potential in coming years, VW said Tuesday in a statement.Within the framework of our future Strategy 2025, the partnership with Gett marks the first milestone for the Volkswagen Group on the road to providing integrated mobility solutions that spotlight our customers and their mobility needs.With operations in over 60 cities worldwide, including London, Moscow and New York, Gett is a major ride-hailing provider and services will be expanded further as part of the alliance with VW.More than 250 employees are developing the plan, which will comprise eight key initiatives across the group, Mueller said last week at an internal management meeting at the carmaker s Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters.Volkswagen is not the first car manufacturer to get involved in the ride-hailing business.
The round, led by leading healthcare provider InterMountain Healthcare, will be used to accelerate the development of Zebra s imaging analytics engine and create neural networks that will use Zebra s vast imaging dataset to assist radiologists with automated diagnostic algorithms.KIBBUTZ SHEFAYIM, Israel– BUSINESS WIRE –May 25, 2016– Zebra Medical Vision https://www.zebra-med.com/ is announcing an additional financing round of $12 million led by InterMountain Healthcare, with the participation of existing investors.Zebra Medical Vision was founded in 2014 with the vision of teaching computers to automatically read and diagnose medical imaging data.The company s analytics engine helps physicians and healthcare providers analyze millions of imaging records, in an effort to close the diagnostic gap created by a billion people worldwide joining the middle class in the coming decade, who will require diagnostic services.These algorithms, developed using Zebra s platform, can be applied to provide health and risk management insights to patients and providers.We are privileged that one of the top healthcare systems in the U.S. has placed such confidence in our team and our platform, added Elad Benjamin, Zebra s CEO, In an environment where computing power and machine learning frameworks are becoming a commodity, the ability to quickly and efficiently curate large quantities of data from a world class integrated healthcare provider can make the difference between simplistic tools and insights that can truly add clinical value and positively impact patient care.
Toyota said the two companies would share also knowledge and speed up their research efforts in areas such as driverless cars.Volkswagen announced an investment in Gett, an Israel-based rideshare operator.Gett chief executive Shahar Waiser also stressed that the partnership with VW would involve technology and innovation.Uber's deal with Toyota follows Apple's $1bn investment in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing.That has been regarded in some quarters as a political move by the US technology giant to bolster its presence in the crucial Chinese market.In March, General Motors invested $500m in US Uber rival Lyft to help develop an on-demand network of self-driving cars.
Over 90 percent of last year's equity investment in the Swedish tech company goes to companies with male founder, recently showed an audit of Di Digital. News The site has reviewed in 2005 the founder of American startup companies that have raised at least $ 20 million in funding between 2009 and 2015. The female founders took in an average of $ 77 million in venture capital for their businesses, according to the survey. This figure agrees well with the average pay gap between men and women in the United States. The survey also shows that 22 percent of the founders received their education outside the United States, most universities in India, Israel and Canada. More than half of their company was not established in California.
This week she demonstrated and researchers from Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, Israel and Turkey, they arrived at a seminar in Linkoping, where a large number of representatives from the police authorities in different EU countries participated. - It has mainly been about the possibilities to act against a suspected suicide bomber, that is not an identified, but one suspect, says Anna Pettersson to new technologies. Part of the background to the project is that the British police in 2005 shot and killed an innocent student of the London Underground, when chased four suspected suicide bomber who was on the run. - Improvised sprängladdingar used by terrorists, can look like almost any shape, says Anna Pettersson. - It is innovative with our ballistic protection, is that it is transportable and can fit in a bag or box. But all that easy is not.
Conducted in partnership with the Israeli stem cell research company Accellta, Nano Dimension s recent experiment represents a dramatic shift from its typical focus on electronics such as circuit boards and nanotechnology-based inks.Accellta would bring its incredibly deep well of stem cell research — including a suspension-based cell culturing system that produces billions of stem cells — while Nano Dimension would, obviously, contribute its cutting-edge 3D printing technology.The partnership would allow for what would likely be a significant step forward in the ongoing study of bioprinting human organs and tissue.Nano Dimensions 3D printing of living cells is a technology that is already playing a significant role in medical research, but in order for it to reach its full potential, for the field to evolve further, there is a need to improve printing speeds, print resolution, cell control, and viability as well as cell availability and bio-ink technologies, said Nano Dimension s CEO Amit Dror.Though it s certainly not the only bioprinting entity in the mix, Nano s work shows that IDTechEx s estimation of the growing market isn t all that far-fetched.By combining our high-speed, high-precision inkjet capabilities with Accellta s stem cell suspension technologies and induced differentiation capabilities led by a world-renowned group of experienced engineers and scientists, we can enable 3D printing at high resolution and high volumes, Dror added.
Mobli's layoffs were first reported by Israeli business Calcalist, and confirmed by Business Insider.Mobli's CEO Moshe Hogeg told us the company has cut 15 employees this week and is closing its Israeli R center.Sources are telling us this represents all of Mobli's remaining Israeli employees, although Hogeg insists that the company is not being closed down entirely.It jumped from one failed product to the next.How is this company still alive?Mobili sprung to life in 2010 as a photo-sharing social media site backed by starangel investors like Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams, and Tobey Maguire.It later landed $60 million from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, it said, for a total of $86 million raised.For instance, Armstrong used Mobli to share that famous photo of himself with his Tour de France jerseys after he was banned for life by the International Cycling Union for doping.But then Instagram came along, Facebook bought it, and that pretty much killed Mobli as a photo sharing social network.The company pivoted to other apps."The people we talked to has marveled that Mobli says it is still in business and can't understand how.Amongst are investors: Carlos Slim, Leo DiCaprio and Kenges Rakishev and all that info is readily available.The phone is aimed at wealthy people who want a fast and stylish phone that also encrypts all their data.Sirin says it raised $72 million in funding and has 85 employees based in Switzerland, Sweden, England and Israel.
On Wednesday, IBM announced an acquisition that could help.The PC giant will acquire Israel-based EZSource, it said, in the hopes of helping developers "quickly and easily understand and change mainframe code."Essentially, it exposes application programming interfaces APIs so that developers can focus their efforts accordingly.Developers must often manually check thousands or millions of lines of code, but EZSource's software instead alerts them to the number of sections of code that access a particular entity, such as a database table, so they can check them to see if updates are needed.Large organizations still run a lot of mainframe systems, particularly within the financial-services sector, noted analyst Frank Scavo, president of Computer Economics.It's a smart move for IBM, he added.
MorePeople walk past an IBM logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 25, 2016.REUTERS/Albert Gea/FilesJERUSALEM Reuters - IBM said on Wednesday it will acquire EZSource, an Israel-based application discovery company, to help developers modernise mainframe applications for digital business.IBM, which has made 13 other acquisitions of Israeli companies since 1998, said the planned purchase is expected to close in the second quarter subject to completion of governmental review.It noted that applications can be made up of hundreds of thousands of lines of code and updating the code may take weeks.EZSource, it said, provides a visual dashboard to show developers which applications have changed to ease the modernization process.EZSource was founded in 2003 and has offices in Israel, the United States, UK, Switzerland, Japan and Romania.
TEL AVIV—Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese telecommunications firm that has barreled into emerging markets around the world, has been cautious about its footprint here.Toga is also developing tools that can help telecommunication providers examine data moving through their routers.The work here comes against a backdrop of intense U.S. scrutiny over Israeli technology transfers to China, and concern that some products developed here could be used to eavesdrop on global internet and telecom users.Huawei s networking equipment has been effectively shut out of the U.S. market following a 2012 congressional report which cited concerns that it could be used for Chinese espionage.The next year, the U.S. urged Israel to sever arms trade with China—even going as far as subjecting nonmilitary-technology transfers to China to U.S. screening—and to impose stricter export control mechanisms.Israel agreed.
Photo: Sirin LabsPeople in Israel's tight-knit start-up community are talking about the reported death, and the odd life, of once high-flying start-up Mobli.Mobli's CEO, Moshe Hogeg, said the company has cut 15 employees this week and is closing its Israeli R centre.It later landed US$60 million from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, it said, for a total of US$86 million raised.The people we talked to have marveled that Mobli says that it is still in business and can't understand how.Amongst are investors: Carlos Slim, Leo DiCaprio, and Kenges Rakishev and all that info is readily available.Sirin says that it raised US$72 million in funding and has 85 employees based in Switzerland, Sweden, England, and Israel.
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News: CEO Phil Smith warns of significant challenges in getting the company to continue to invest heavily in the UK if the country leaves the EU.Since May of this year, we have known which side of the EU fence Cisco sits on in the Brexit debate with global CEO Chuck Robbins voicing support for the remain camp.Smith joins an ever-groing coalition of businesses stating that leaving the EU would have far reaching ramifications for the UK.Reflecting the almost daily rhetoric of exchange rate fears, global partnership worries and economic instability, Smith warned that the UK does not 'need that kind of uncertainty for the next couple of years.As for Cisco's operations in the UK, the CEO said he faces "heavy competition from Paris, Berlin, Rome, Israel, and other places" and does not discard the possibility of the company "putting its money and its resources" in one of those markets.Smith also waded into the debate over the differing ways in which the Stay and Leave camps have conducted their campaigns, saying: "I do think that there are some messages that could be more carefully thought out than we portray.