Relocating to the US – the dilemma every Israeli entrepreneur faces

Most Israeli startups target the U.S. as their primary market. As an Israeli entrepreneur, your customers, partners, potential acquirers, future investors, and most importantly, your competitors – are mainly based in the United States. Almost by definition Israeli startups start with an inherent disadvantage when trying to win the U.S. market. At some point, Israeli… Continue reading Relocating to the US – the dilemma every Israeli entrepreneur faces

The stark difference between US and Israeli VCs

We see it over and over again: Israeli entrepreneurs coming back from a fundraising roadshow in the Valley excited and hopeful. They met some of the top investors in the world during their visit and generally heard positive feedback. For the most part, the investors they met seemed genuinely interested and indicated that they want… Continue reading The stark difference between US and Israeli VCs

Mobileye’s acquisition: Breaking the myth about Israeli startups

Intel announced today that it has agreed to buy Israeli driverless technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, the largest ever acquisition of an Israeli high-tech company. But besides the great outcome for Mobileye’s co-founders and early investors and the obvious benefits to the local tech scene, this deal finally breaks the myth that Israeli startups… Continue reading Mobileye’s acquisition: Breaking the myth about Israeli startups

The real winner behind Snap’s IPO

The big tech story of the week was the highly anticipated Snap S-1 filing release. But besides revealing user growth, revenue, and (partial) engagement metrics, the big takeaway from the filing was Snap’s deal reached with Google a few days ago. As part of this partnership Snap committed to purchasing $400 million in Google’s cloud… Continue reading The real winner behind Snap’s IPO

How to build and approve your startup’s budget

We are now in the midst of the budgeting season, where startups plan and approve their 2017 budgets. As a startup CEO, the annual budget is one of the main tools you have to manage your company. The annual budget sets clear goals for the employees, the management team, and the board to stand behind and do… Continue reading How to build and approve your startup’s budget

The meteoric rise of cloud platforms in 6 images

One of the major trends transforming the technology world is the meteoric growth of the large cloud platforms. Only a decade ago Amazon launched AWS to provide online services for other web sites or client-side application, and by doing so changed the way tech services would be served and consumed forever. Several other cloud platforms quickly… Continue reading The meteoric rise of cloud platforms in 6 images

Angel investing or how to avoid being the sucker at the Poker table

In the past few years, we have witnessed a constant rise in angel investing (startup raising capital from individuals). The Kaufman Foundation estimates that angel investments have long surpassed early stage venture capital investments. Surveys by the Center for Venture Research at UNH indicate that the total U.S. angel market grew from $17.6B in 2009… Continue reading Angel investing or how to avoid being the sucker at the Poker table