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All posts tagged "Israel"

  • 3 key insights SA’s tech ecosystem can take from Israel

    Mind-set, connectedness and government support are everything when it comes to building and sustaining a far reaching tech culture set to breed innovations across the globe. If it is a key imperative for tech businesses to replicate their business models and product innovations on an international scale, some key insights and lessons can be learnt from Israel, dubbed ‘the start-up nation’ who has successfully built an intimate tech culture and community with a far reaching global impact. 1. Connectedness Everyone in the tech world in Israel is connected. They talk, they engage and they discuss – it is essentially one big community...

  • Apple set to launch R&D centre in Israel

    This is big news for the Israeli tech scene. Apple is set to open up a research and development centre in the country. According to Israeli business publication Globes, the centre will be based in the city of Ra'anana and will be staffed by 100-150 former Texas Instruments employees. The new Apple employees come from the ranks of 250 or so people who were laid off by the chip-maker a few weeks back. The R&D centre is Apple's third in the country, joining its existing operations in Haifa and Herzliya, where it acquired flash memory developer Anobit. The Next...

  • Waze hit 34m users in 2012, expects to double that this year

    It looks like there may well be something to this collaborative mapping lark after all. Social mapping and traffic tool Waze says it hit the 34-million user mark last year and expects to double that this year. The Israeli-based company briefly posted a blog announcing the news. It's unclear what the reasons for the blog being taken down were, but if the numbers are correct, it represents pretty solid growth from the 28-million users it last reported having back in October. Along with the blog post, the company released an infographic to celebrate going past the 34-million user mark...

  • Israeli Vice Prime Minister’s blog, email, social accounts hacked

    A pro-Palestinian group calling itself the Z Company Hacking Crew (ZHC) has claimed responsibility for a widespread hack of a number of social accounts held by Israel's Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. The group has managed to gain access to Shalom's Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, YouTube, Picasa, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts -- and it's threatening to release information it's found, including his contacts and personal phone number. It seems that Shalom either used the same password for multiple accounts, or that he registered for all the services using his Gmail address, which allowed ZTE to reset the passwords once they had...

  • Israel strikes on Palestine spark mass hack attacks

    Isreal's strikes on Palestine have provoked mass hacks on the country's government websites. According to Reuters, some 44-million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government sites since it began airstrikes in Palestine last week. So far, says Israeli finance minister, only one hacking attempt was really successful, taking a site down for ten minutes. The rest of the time, he claims, the defence systems have been able to keep sites up...

  • The hows and the whats — 5 tough questions VCs ask

    Over the past six months I have spoken with a wide variety of people who have shown, in varying degrees, interest in investing in my company. Many of these VCs have specific ways that they conduct a call, interview or meeting. Many of them have lead me down long and wasteful due diligence processes, many have been kind, some have been blunt and harsh but all have been pedantic and specific about the types of questions they ask. I have found that, on the whole, the questions are standard and the steps straight-forward but there are always the tough questions...

  • Apple buys Israeli startup for $400m

    Apple has finalised an acquisition deal for Israeli flash memory maker Anobit. The deal was widely reported by Israeli news services and is thought to be worth around US$400-million. "The deal was closed on Friday and yesterday the company's staff were notified," business daily The Marker reported. "Anobit has developed flash controllers for devices which are reportedly already embedded in Apple's iPads and iPhones," Globes daily added. Anobit was founded in 2006, and has...

  • Israel denies being successfully attacked by ‘Anonymous’ over Gaza flotillas

    Websites for the Israeli military and intelligence services were down on Sunday, the start of the Israeli work-week. The outage followed hacktvist group Anonymous joining calls against the interception of aid flotillas bound for Gaza with a warning video, all which Israel ignored. The office of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Natenyahu was quick to rubbish claims that Anonymous was in any way attached to the shut-down of the Mossad and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) websites, two of the country's most feared and respected security apparatus. "Israeli government websites crashed today because of a server malfunction, not as a result of a...

  • Is Brazil the next ‘startup nation’?

    Startup Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle is a must read for entrepreneurs and policy markers alike. This incredible book details how the country's 5 000 startups have driven the once emerging market to a leading position in a number of fields. In the emerging markets context, though, Brazil is rising as a growing market where startups and SMEs are making their mark. As one of the top ten countries globally for entrepreneurship, Brazil is growing its share of startups in the technology space. According to data gathered by Endeavor Brazil, groups working to promote high-growth entrepreneurship, young enterprises play...

  • A decade on: The world remembers 9/11

    The events of September 11 2001 reverberated around the world. They affected everyone, American and non-American alike. It was to be expected, therefore, that various forms of social media would be flooded with memorials and remembrances as people marked the tenth anniversary of the fateful attacks. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, recognising the power of technology, created an official application "as a guide to understanding 9/11 through the eyes of who witnessed the events". Similarly, the New York Times created an interactive tool where people across the world could record where they were that day and their thoughts...

  • Silicon Valley: Will it ever be replicated?

    Silicon Valley is the world’s success story in an unprecedented age of technological advancement – not to mention the rapid wealth that has come with it. But is Silicon Valley a success that can be replicated, even partially? Memeburn has checked out the state of similar concepts around emerging markets. This is what we found across four of them. India Bangalore enjoys the nickname "Silicon Valley of India”. Besides some who miss the point and criticise the city for not being truly a valley, the defining aspects of the area when it comes to technology are present. Business...

  • 8 venture capital sources for your startup

    Raising funds in emerging markets may not be a walk in the park, but the process has become easier. Though some have complained the current economic environment is not favourable to startups, the current mindset is favourable to good ideas - no matter where they are. For startups with global vision based in emerging markets, here are eight sources of capital to consider. Venture Partners The US-based Venture Partners (USVP) has helped build great companies in the last three decades. Since its inception in 1981, USVP has invested more than US$2.7-billion in about 450 companies. After the investment the company’s...

  • Surviving the great dot.con

    As Google embraces the stock exchange, many dot.com kids are rubbing their hands with glee at what could signal a return of the good times. Matthew Buckland has been through dot.boom and dot.bomb and spent lots on expensive therapy to forget it all, but here he reminisces. (more…)