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  • Autotalks

    Communications technology for road safety

    Autotalks is a fabless semiconductor company developing a solution for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. The company's security and positioning technologies support worldwide standard flavors with unique integration of safety features.

     

    • CEO:Nir Sasson
    • Location:Kfar Netter, Israel
    • Category:Semiconductors & Components
    • Year Founded:2008
    • Gemini Investment in:2009
    • Gemini Partner:Menashe Ezra
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  • ColorChip

    High-Speed networking and communications solutions

    ColorChip designs and manufactures optical sub-systems and components for the Datacom and Telecom markets. These sub-systems and components are based on Application Specific Photonic Integrated Circuits (ASPICs) that leverage the company's unique and robust PLC technology.

    • CEO:Koby Segal
    • Location:Yokneam, Israel
    • Category:Semiconductors & Components
    • Year Founded:2001
    • Gemini Investment in:2009
    • Gemini Partner:Menashe Ezra
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  • ConteXtream

    Network virtualization for service providers

    ConteXtream is a privately held software company delivering the industry's first cloud-based network virtualization framework for carriers, cloud service providers, and private cloud operators. Leveraging the power of proven virtualization and grid technologies, ConteXtream's market-ready products help extract more value and profitability from networks through higher performance, greater scalability, and lower operating and capital expenditures.

    • CEO:Dr. Yaron Simler
    • Location:Palo Alto, CA
    • Category:Mobile Applications & Platforms
    • Year Founded:2006
    • Gemini Investment in:2007
    • Gemini Partner:Eran Wagner
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  • EyeView

    Personalized video advertising technology

    Eyeview helps brands customize their TV commercials for the digital medium. Eyeview's technology provides the ability to manipulate video creative in real-time while maintaining broadcast quality advertisements. Eyeview's solution enables brands to deliver a local, real-time, personal message to each and every viewer, which, in turn, makes ads more relevant and effective. Eyeview is headquartered in New York and has an R&D center in Tel Aviv.

    • CEO:Oren Harnevo
    • Location:New York, NY
    • Category:Digital Media & Advertising
    • Year Founded:2007
    • Gemini Investment in:2008
    • Gemini Partner:Menashe Ezra
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  • FTBPro

    Football leagues by the fans

    FTBpro is the largest fan-generated media platform in online football, enabling millions of fans across destination sites, mobile apps and social networks to contribute, participate, write and share their opinions.  The site, which can be accessed from all major platforms  and includes multilingual support in English, German, Spanish and Italian, targets a network of over 150 team communities in Europe and South America, and receives 20 million pageviews and over 100 million Facebook and Twitter impressions monthly.

    • CEO:Asaf Peled
    • Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Category:Online Services & Consumer Media
    • Year Founded:2011
    • Gemini Investment in:2012
    • Gemini Partner:Rotem Eldar
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  • Implisit

    Intelligent CRM Data-Mining Solution

    Implisit introduces a unique intelligence layer to plain vanilla CRM systems. This innovative technology combines full data entry automation and intelligent data mining algorithms to yield important insights to company sales teams. 

    • CEO:Gilad Raichshtain
    • Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2012
    • Gemini Investment in:2013
    • Gemini Partner:Rotem Eldar
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  • JFrog

    Redefining Repository Management

    JFrog is an enterprise software company that developed the world's first Repository Management Solution. The company's flagship product, Artifactory, is a software and repository management solution that has revolutionized the way software moves through development to testing to quality assurance and eventually to deployment at enterprises. It serves both application developers and IT operations teams and allows for the efficient management of binary repositories. The software sits as a proxy between other development tools used in managing software repositories and continuous integration, and caches software artifacts so repeated downloading is not necessary. JFrog offers its Artifactory repository management software in three versions, Pro, Cloud and open source.

    • CEO:Shlomi Ben-Haim
    • Location:Netanya, Israel
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2008
    • Gemini Investment in:2012
    • Gemini Partner:Yossi Sela
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  • LoyalBlocks

    Powering mobile loyalty clubs

    LoyalBlocks provides location-based loyalty solutions for small businesses with the objective of driving more foot-traffic to local businesses. With LoyalBlocks, business owners can transform their customers' mobile device into a loyalty card and provide them with promotions as they walk in. LoyalBlocks requires no unique hardware and business owners can be up and running with a fully customized loyalty program in minutes.

    • CEO:Ido Gaver
    • Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Category:Online Services & Consumer Media
    • Year Founded:2008
    • Gemini Investment in:2011
    • Gemini Partner:Yossi Sela
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  • MassiveImpact

    Targeted mobile advertising

    MassiveImpact is the world's leading mobile advertising platform, operating in five sites across the globe and reaching more than 1 billion mobile internet users, from 190 countries. MassiveImpact's real time performance (RTP) approach enables advertisers to acquire new customers by targeting specific users , based on their actual conversion history. Traditional mobile ad solutions focus on conventional mobile marketing based profiling methods that typically ignore 98% of available data; TargetAdLive®, MassiveImpact's flagship product,  utilizes all available data to rate each user's likelihood of purchasing the advertised product, matching it with the a relevant ad and guaranteeing a much larger sales volume. With its pure-performance approach (CPA), MassiveImpact's advertisers pay only for delivered results, thus they incur not risk on their end and are able to maximize mobile marketing budgets.

     

    • CEO:Sephi Shapira
    • Location:Taipei, Taiwan
    • Category:Digital Media & Advertising
    • Year Founded:2005
    • Gemini Investment in:2007
    • Gemini Partner:Omer Regev
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  • Metrolight

    Energy efficient solutions for high power lighting

    Metrolight provides proven energy-efficient eHID and LED solutions for high-power lighting. Metrolight's smart universal electronic ballasts and managed lighting solutions significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emission by up to 70% in an array of applications such as retail, industrial, commercial and municipal. Pioneering lighting energy solutions since 1996, Metrolight operates worldwide with over 750,000 systems deployed and over 8 billion hours in operation.

    • CEO:Zvi Segal
    • Location:Netanya, Israel
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:1996
    • Gemini Investment in:2007
    • Gemini Partner:
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  • Moovit

    Social mobile navigation platform for public transportation

    Moovit is everything commuters need to ride public transit smarter. By combining transit data with live inputs from the crowd, Moovit gives a complete real-time snapshot of what the trip will be like so users can save time and ride in peace. Moovit is available across more than 100 cities around the world including New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, Mexico D.F., Sydney, Toronto, and Tel Aviv. The app is free for iPhone and Android.

    • CEO:Nir Erez
    • Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Category:Mobile Applications & Platforms
    • Year Founded:2011
    • Gemini Investment in:2012
    • Gemini Partner:Eran Wagner
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  • Oliver Solutions

    Pioneering SDN & NFV in Access Networks

    Oliver Solutions delivers accessFlow™ , the world's first SDN/NFV based management software for access networks.

     

    Major Benefits include OPEX reduction by unifying and centralizing the management of access networks, new services enabled by SDN capabilities such as BaaS (Bandwidth as a Service) and service activation accelerated by running accessFlow™ on standard hardware.

    • CEO:Gilad Aloni
    • Location:Herzliya, Israel
    • Category:Mobile Applications & Platforms
    • Year Founded:2010
    • Gemini Investment in:2011
    • Gemini Partner:Menashe Ezra
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  • OpTier

    Ensuring the smooth flow of IT business transactions

    OpTier develops "Business Transaction Management" (OpTier BTM™) technology that enables IT managers to better control service performance and availability. In computer networks, a business transaction occurs when a user utilizes an IT application, such as in an account balance query, an ATM withdrawal, a stock trade or an inventory update. OpTier BTM assures the quick and successful execution of all business transactions by managing every step of every transaction. It delivers unparalleled visibility of all business transactions in order to eliminate outages, effectively manage change and improve end-user experience. OpTier, with a fast-growing list of Global 2000 customers, pioneered the concept that transactions are where IT and business meet.

     

    • CEO:Israel Mazin
    • Location:New York, NY
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2002
    • Gemini Investment in:2007
    • Gemini Partner:
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  • Outbrain

    Helping readers discover interesting content

    Just as Amazon recommends books and Netflix movies, Outbrain recommends news, blogs and other content. Outbrain's technology uses a complex set of algorithms to serve up stories of particular interest to each individual reader's preferences, finding content that simple "related links" would not. Tens of thousands of websites have installed Outbrain, and tens of millions of ratings and recommendations are being served by Outbrain daily. 

    • CEO:Yaron Galai
    • Location:New York, NY
    • Category:Digital Media & Advertising
    • Year Founded:2007
    • Gemini Investment in:2007
    • Gemini Partner:Yossi Sela
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  • Panaya

    Cloud-based automation for ERP customers

    Panaya sells software that reduces the cost and risk of making changes to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which integrate all of a company's departments and functions into one program. Panaya automatically analyzes the impact of pending changes and informs all stakeholders on a need-to-know basis. The product can be used during implementation, maintenance and upgrades. Becaues Panaya sells its software as a service (SaaS) over the Internet, it can be deployed within a few hours to instantaneously lessen the risk of business disruption and reduce ERP maintenance costs.

     

    • CEO:Yossi Cohen
    • Location:Netanya, Israel
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2006
    • Gemini Investment in:2006
    • Gemini Partner:
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  • PlayScape

    Platform-agnostic mobile game development tool

    MoMinis is a game publisher that provides game developers with simplified end-to-end mobile gaming solutions, from development to distribution.  MoMinis encompasses a network of 35 million participating game players in its PlayScape game network, and is a privately held company funded by BRM Capital, Gemini Israel Ventures and Mitsui Ventures.

    • CEO:Itzik Frid
    • Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Category:Mobile Applications & Platforms
    • Year Founded:2008
    • Gemini Investment in:2012
    • Gemini Partner:Menashe Ezra
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  • QualiSystems

    Test automation and management solutions

    QualiSystems develops and sells test automation and management solutions designed for testing any type of software, hardware, semiconductor or embedded system along its entire lifecycle. QualiSystems' platform enables a distributed testing approach over a central database. These capabilities address the major pains of the test administration space, enabling cost saving, time saving and improved quality.

     

    • CEO:Lior Koriat
    • Location:Ganey Tikva, Israel
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2004
    • Gemini Investment in:2011
    • Gemini Partner:Yossi Sela
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  • SAManage

    Secure On-demand IT Asset Management System

    SAManage provides SaaS IT Service Management solutions that help people deliver a superior service desk to their employees, better control their IT inventory, organize licenses and contracts, and detect risks and license compliance gaps. SAManage empowers companies of all sizes with IT management capabilities that were previously available only to large organizations, making it easy to automate and simplify the daily tasks associated with establishing IT governance, control, compliance, and user satisfaction. 

    • CEO:Doron Gordon
    • Location:Cary, NC
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2007
    • Gemini Investment in:2012
    • Gemini Partner:Yossi Sela
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  • Sckipio

    Delivering ultra high-speed broadband solutions

    Sckipio develops chips for next generation high speed broadband access. The company is focused on implementing the evolving G.fast ITU standard designed for providing fiber-like bandwidth of up to 1Gbps per subscriber using existing short range telephone copper wires. The work on the standard was initiated and is strongly supported by some of the world's leading telecommunications companies and its initial drafts are expected to be approved by the end of 2012. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, the company was founded by a veteran team of communications experts with a combined 60 years of experience in broadband access and home networking solutions. 

     

    • CEO:David Baum
    • Location:Ramat Gan, Israel
    • Category:Semiconductors & Components
    • Year Founded:2011
    • Gemini Investment in:2012
    • Gemini Partner:Menashe Ezra
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  • TaKaDu

    Monitoring water networks

    TaKaDu is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that provides water utilities with water infrastructure monitoring. TaKaDu detects, alerts and provides real-time insight into leaks, bursts and network inefficiencies. The solution is based on complex statistical algorithms that correlate and analyze existing online data from meters within the network (such as flow, pressure, quality, etc) and external data (weather, holidays and more). TaKaDu's patent-pending technology is easy to deploy and set-up, and requires no changes to a water network, no additional devices and no capital expenditure.

    • CEO:Amir Peleg
    • Location:Yehud, Israel
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2009
    • Gemini Investment in:2009
    • Gemini Partner:Menashe Ezra
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  • Totango

    Customer engagement management for SaaS

    Totango develops a software solution which allows managers of SaaS companies to gain real-time visibility into how their business is doing. SaaSPulse integrates into any live software service, and unlocks the business information buried within that service for the benefit of its manager. The company's vision is to become the Business Platform for Customer Success Automation, where Customer Success is defined as customer acquisition, retention and up-sell.

    • CEO:Guy Nirpaz
    • Location:Mountain View, CA
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2010
    • Gemini Investment in:2010
    • Gemini Partner:Eran Wagner
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  • WalkMe

    Step-by-step online navigation

    WalkMe is  the world's first interactive online guidance system that makes any website or application easier to use and navigate. WalkMe enables online businesses and service providers to increase conversion and improve service while slashing the cost required to support customers. By using WalkMe, business owners and service providers are able to build and overlay on-screen 'Walk-Thrus that assist end-users to quickly and easily complete any online process, turning even the most complex tasks into intuitive and user-friendly experiences

    • CEO:Dan Adika
    • Location:San Francisco
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2011
    • Gemini Investment in:2012
    • Gemini Partner:Rotem Eldar
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  • WatchDox

    Enables organizations to access, share and control their critical documents on any device

    WatchDox enables organizations to access, share and control their critical documents wherever they go: on any tablet, smartphone, or PC, even those beyond the IT department's control. Available as SaaS or on premise, the WatchDox document-centric security platform allows organizations to collaborate with partners, adopt bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives, and control or wipe their documents remotely, all while providing their users a superior experience across every device.

    • CEO:Moti Rafalin
    • Location:Mountain View, CA
    • Category:Enterprise Infrastructure & Software
    • Year Founded:2007
    • Gemini Investment in:2008
    • Gemini Partner:Eran Wagner
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  • WeFi

    Bandwidth sharing social network

    WeFi develops software that allows the owners of WiFi wireless Internet access points to form a network across a large geographical area, with each member of the network being able to surf the Internet using the access points of all the other members. By creating a community of access points, WeFi can facilitate social networking between users and offer location-based services.

    • CEO:Zur Feldman
    • Location:Fairfax, VA
    • Category:Mobile Applications & Platforms
    • Year Founded:2006
    • Gemini Investment in:2006
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  • Wikio

    Social networking news

    Wikio is a multi-lingual Internet portal that searches for and aggregates news from thousands of media Web sites, blogs and the contributions of its members. Users can create personalized pages by selecting the information that is most relevant to them and can vote for the most interesting articles. This allows them to influence the search results, with the most popular content tending to appear more often.

     

    • CEO:Pierre Chappaz
    • Location:Luxembourg
    • Category:Online Services & Consumer Media
    • Year Founded:2006
    • Gemini Investment in:2007
    • Gemini Partner:
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  • Xjet Solar

    Inkjet deposition technology for the manufacturing of solar cells

    Xjet Solar develops inkjet printers for use in the manufacturing of solar photovoltaic cells, which are mostly made of silicon and convert sunlight into electricity. The company's machines print silver grid-like contacts onto the cells for the collection of the electricity generated. The printers can cost-effectively carry out large jobs at a high speed and without the drawbacks associated with existing products, such as low resolution, the frequent breakage of cells and regular maintenance halts.

    • CEO:Ofir Baharav
    • Location:Rehovot, Israel
    • Category:Semiconductors & Components
    • Year Founded:2007
    • Gemini Investment in:2007
    • Gemini Partner:Yossi Sela
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  • 76Hudson

    Online social marketplace for independent fashion

    76Hudson was previously known as Sense of Fashion, an online marketplace for independent clothing designers. The website enables these designers to set up their own Internet stores and sell their products, thereby providing them with a greater distribution than would otherwise be possible. The company also allows consumers to discover new clothes, communicate with like-minded people and read about fashion.

    • CEO:Ori Levy
    • Location:New York, NY
    • Category:Online Services & Consumer Media
    • Year Founded:2007
    • Gemini Investment in:2010
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  • AbirNet

    AbirNet developed Internet and Intranet protection software to safeguard networks from intrusions and abuse. The company's system offered "see-it-all" filtering, blocking, alerting, logging and scanning technologies. The type of products it developed ultimately became known as "Intrusion Detection" software.

     

    Exit: AbirNet was sold to fellow Israeli start-up Memco Software in June 1998. Memco itself was sold to Platinum Technology International in the same year, with the latter being acquired by CA (NASDAQ: CA) in 1999. 


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    • Adap.TV

      Customized ad trading solutions

      Adap.TV builds technology that destroys the inefficiencies of television and video advertising. It delivers a programmatic way to plan, buy, sell and measure across multiple sources, screens and methods of transacting. Adap.TV is comprised of two operational units - the Adap.TV Platform and the Adap.TV Marketplace.  The Adap.TV Platform provides advertisers, publishers and ad networks with automated ad trading solutions customized to meet any business goal. As the world's largest source of video supply and demand, the Adap.TV Marketplace has thousands of sellers and hundreds of campaigns running daily. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Adap.TV has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, London and Sydney.

      • CEO:Amir Ashkenazi
      • Location:San Mateo, CA
      • Year Founded:2006
      • Gemini Investment in:2007
      • Gemini Partner:Yossi Sela
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    • Allot

      Allot Communications (NASDAQ: ALLT) developed Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology that would allow companies to improve the use of the bandwidth on their systems, whether they were the providers of the bandwidth or companies and organizations with large networks. The providers, such as telecom operators and Internet Service Providers, would use Allot's products to manage over-subscription and offer different levels of service and prices. Other companies would use the technology to improve productivity and control traffic whilst containing costs.

       

      Exit: Allot completed a Nasdaq IPO in November 2006 and raised $78M.

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      • Amadesa

        Website testing and relevance targeting

        Amadesa is an enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution with a fully integrated suite that includes testing, targeting and automated content delivery. The Amadesa Customer Experience Suite™ offers end-to-end testing and relevance targeting solutions to help online businesses maximize revenues, enhance customer engagement, increase conversions and improve marketing ROI.

         

        Exit: Amadesa's Predictive Intelligence technology and intellectual property were acquired by LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN) in May 2012.

         

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        • Business Layers

          Business Layers developed "eProvisioning" software that enabled companies to make IT services available over the Internet, Intranets and Extranets to employees, contractors and business partners. The company's products aligned IT resources with business priorities and automatically provided users with the access to the devices, applications, systems and services they needed.
           
          Exit: Business Layers was acquired by US software firm Netegrity in December 2003, a year after the companies had signed a global distribution agreement. The latter was itself bought by CA (NASDAQ: CA) in 2004.

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          • Butterfly VLSI

            Butterfly developed advanced chipsets that enabled short-range wireless connectivity in personal computer accessories and cordless telephones. The company's technology provided a high-performance multi-user platform at a low cost.

             

            Exit: Butterfly was sold to Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) in January 1999.

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            • Ceragon

              Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ: CRNT) developed broadband microwave radio products for metropolitan area networks (MAN). These products enabled the transfer of up to 155 megabits of data per second over distances of several kilometers. Today, Ceragon engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of point-to-point wireless backhaul solutions. Its products include FiberAir IP-10/IP-MAX-G, a high-capacity Ethernet used in WiMAX backhaul, metro area networks, and private networks; and FiberAir 3200T, high-capacity circuit-switched Ethernet.

               

              Exit: Ceragon was previously known as Giganet when it was a private company. It carried out a Nasdaq IPO in August 2000 and subsequently raised $85M.



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              • Commtouch

                Commtouch (NASDAQ: CTCH) developed Internet-based e-mail that it distributed through OEM agreements to business customers and that it supplied free to consumers via Internet Service Providers (ISP) and Web sites. Today, Commtouch safeguards the world's leading security companies and service providers with cloud-based Internet security services.

                 

                Exit: Commtouch completed an IPO on Nasdaq in July 1999 and raised $48M.

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                • dbMotion

                  Innovative connected healthcare solution

                  dbMotion™ provides an innovative connected healthcare solution that integrates  patient information from disparate health information technologies and delivers it to clinicians at the point of care. Harmonizing health information across the enterprise and throughout the community, the dbMotion interoperability solution semantically organizes volumes of data, and enables providers to easily access and manage information within familiar workflows. The dbMotion solution bridges clinical settings to facilitate seamless transitions of care and nurture referral relationships. Built on an SOA platform, the dbMotion solution facilitates better care and disease management, and helps to prepare organizations for healthcare reform. This robust solution has been implemented in the world's most demanding healthcare IT environments since 2001. 

                   

                  • CEO:Yuval Ofek
                  • Location:Hod HaSharon, Israel
                  • Year Founded:2001
                  • Gemini Investment in:2005
                  • Gemini Partner:
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                • Diligent

                  Diligent Technologies provided software that would enable companies to save backup data to disk instead of tape, which was the prevalent method. This would make it faster to back up and retrieve information. The company's flagship software was ProtecTIER, a "deduplication" product that would eliminate redundant data, such as in emails sent to multiple addresses, and reduce the amount of disk space needed by 25 times or more.

                   

                  Exit: Diligent, originally spun off from EMC (NYSE: EMC) in 2002, was sold to IBM (NYSE: IBM) in April 2008.

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                  • Envara

                    Envara produced chipsets for wireless local area networks (LAN) that provided flexibility and reliability while ensuring low costs and high performance. The chips prolonged the battery life of the devices that used them, increased the network coverage range by up to 70%, allowed for complete privacy and security, and were compliant with worldwide radio regulation requirements.

                     

                    Exit:  Envara was sold to Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) in April 2004.

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                    • Exactium

                      Exactium  designed online computerized catalogs and sales configurators on a project basis for what was, at the time of Gemini's first investment in 1996, the newly created "sales force automation" industry. Through the experience gained from these projects, the company developed a scaleable toolset and an off-the-shelf application for developing and deploying complex client/server software. The toolset also supported HTML, enabling the company to activate the sales configurator over the Internet and on Intranets.

                       

                      Exit: Exactium was sold to Sweden's Industrial & Financial Systems AB in April 1999, not long after the companies signed a partnership agreement.

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                      • Itemfield

                        Itemfield developed software that could transform data from any format to the XML computer language and vice versa, regardless of whether the information was stored on Windows or any other type of operating platform. In addition, the technology could handle unstructured data, such as in Word, in real time and without the need for extra coding. This enabled users to more easily integrate their separate systems and boost IT productivity.

                         

                        Exit: Itemfield was acquired by Informatica (NASDAQ: INFA) in December 2006. The companies already enjoyed a strong relationship, with the transaction coming about a year and a half after Itemfield had signed an OEM agreement to embed its core technology into Informatica's flagship data integration platform, PowerCenter.

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                      • Jacada

                        Jacada (NASDAQ: JCDA) developed tools to help migrate so-called "legacy" systems to distributed client/server environments, namely to enable older software developed for larger computers to be used on a network of modern PCs. Today, Jacada is a leading provider of agent desktop and process optimization software solutions for the customer service and support market. 

                         

                        Exit: Jacada carried out an IPO on Nasdaq in October 1999 and raised $49.5M.

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                        • Mellanox Technologies

                          Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX, TASE: MLNX) develops products based on InfiniBand, a technology for the high-speed transmission of data between storage components, servers and clusters of computers. When it was part of Gemini's portfolio, the company's designs included silicon-based switches and adaptors and software for high-performance computers (HPC).  

                           

                          Exit: Mellanox completed an IPO on Nasdaq in February 2007 and raised $117.3M.

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                          • nLayers

                            nLayers developed tools for IT managers to automatically detect various applications running on their networks and the dependencies between them. This would prevent service disruptions, eliminate vulnerabilities and enhance productivity in complex systems and environments.

                             

                            Exit: nLayers was acquired by EMC (NYSE: EMC) in June 2006 after the companies signed a partnership agreement one year earlier.

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                            • Oramir

                              Oramir Semiconductor Equipment designed a laser-based technology for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. The company's system, the L-Stripper, carried out photoresist stripping during the production of semiconductor wafers. Photoresist is a light-sensitive coating that is applied to a substrate or board as part of the process of etching circuitry onto a chip, but needs to be totally removed by the end of the manufacturing process.

                               

                              Exit: Oramir was acquired by Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT) in June 2001 following a period of around two years in which the companies worked together. Applied Materials had also invested in Oramir.

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                              • Oridion

                                Oridion Systems (SIX Swiss Exchange: ORIDN) develops technology for the detection and measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) in exhaled breath. This is used for capnography, which monitors a patient's ventilatory status, and for the non-invasive diagnosis and monitoring of various conditions in specific internal organs. 

                                 

                                Exit: Oridion carried out an IPO on the SWX Swiss Exchange (now the SIX Swiss Exchange) in April 2000, when it raised $77M. Gemini no longer invests in medical device companies.

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                                • Ornet Data Communications Technologies

                                  Ornet Data Communication Technologies developed high-speed switches for local area networks (LAN) that were based on Ethernet technology. The company's LANbooster product line provided increased network capacity at the desktop and LAN backbone without requiring any changes or additions to the existing infrastructure.

                                   

                                  Exit: Ornet was sold to German conglomerate Siemens (NYSE: SI) in November 1995. In April that year, Yossi Sela had been appointed acting CEO and he steered the company to its exit. One of Ornet's founders was Orna Berry, who served as a Venture Partner at Gemini from 2000-2010.

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                                  • Precise

                                    When Gemini first invested in Precise, the company developed software for improving the performance of applications residing on databases. Yossi Sela was actively involved in saving Precise from closure during a difficult period in 1997.

                                     

                                    Exit: Precise carried out an IPO on NASDAQ in June 2000 and raised $68M. The company's shares soared 50% on their debut, making it one of the most successful openings for an Israeli IPO. In August 2003, Precise was acquired by storage software provider Veritas in a transaction valued at $609M in cash and stock. Veritas itself was bought by Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) in 2005, and in 2008 Precise was sold to San Francisco private equity firm Vector Capital.

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                                    • PrimeSense

                                      Fabless semiconductors for the consumer electronics industry

                                      PrimeSense develops low-cost gesture-control technology comprised of a chip, a camera and an infrared sensor that enables a computer to "see" and "understand" the world in 3D. In other words, the chip allows the computer to discern depth and movement just like humans do and react accordingly. One of the company's major foci is on a device for video games that enables a player to carry out the actions of the character on the screen rather than merely pressing buttons to control it. 

                                       

                                      • CEO:Inon Beracha
                                      • Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
                                      • Year Founded:2005
                                      • Gemini Investment in:2006
                                      • Gemini Partner:Yossi Sela
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                                    • Radnet

                                      Radnet produced "Edge Multiplexers" for telecommunications networks that used Asyncronous Transfer Mode (ATM), which was seen as the broadband communications technology of the future. The company's products were designed to facilitate a transition period during which the use of ATM would slowly increase, allowing telecom operators to take a gradual approach to the deployment of the technology.
                                       
                                      Exit: Radnet was sold to a consortium of Siemens (NYSE: SI) and Newbridge Networks in November 1997.

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                                      • Riverhead Networks

                                        Riverhead Networks developed technology for service providers and data centers to protect their networks and their customers' networks from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These occur when multiple systems are used to target a single system, causing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, which is when a network stops working because it is being flooded with useless traffic. Riverhead's hardware and software ensured that any assaults on a system would not disable it.
                                         
                                        Exit: Riverhead was acquired by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) in March 2004. Riverhead represented a classic example of Gemini's investment strategy: to help finance a start-up at the seed stage, recruit a CEO and then bring the company to maturity by participating in the subsequent rounds of financing along with top-tier investors such as Sequoia, Intel and Cisco.

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                                        • Saifun Semiconductors

                                          Saifun Semiconductors licensed semiconductor technology used in a variety of consumer electronic products, such as mobile telephones, digital cameras and laptop computers. It also developed what it called nitride-read-only memory, or NROM, for the non-volatile memory market. Non-volatile memory devices can retain stored data when the power is switched off.

                                           

                                          Exit: Saifun completed an IPO on NASDAQ in November 2005 and raised $135M. In October 2007, California-based Spansion (NYSE: CODE) disclosed that it had agreed to buy Saifun for $368M in cash and shares.

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                                          • ServiceSoft Technologies

                                            ServiceSoft Technologies developed software that enabled companies to provide customer support over the Internet. This included supplying requested information, helping facilitate e-commerce, processing transactions, and resolving problems within customer support. 

                                             

                                            Exit: ServiceSoft was sold to US company Broadbase Software in 2000. The latter then merged with fellow US firm Kana the following year.

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                                            • Starhome

                                              Global Mobile Roaming Solutions

                                              Starhome develops solutions that enable mobile operators to maximize profitability in a multi-network environment. With over 12 years of experience in MNO networks, the IT environment and the mobile user experience, Starhome's solutions and products are used globally to facilitate and simplify the increasingly complex requirements of multi-network mobility.  Our solutions and products are designed to assist operators in meeting their toughest challenges using innovative capabilities to capture new growth opportunities.

                                               

                                              Exit: Starhome was acquired by Fortissimo Capital in October 2012.

                                              • CEO:Eitan Achlow
                                              • Location:Zurich, Switzerland
                                              • Year Founded:1999
                                              • Gemini Investment in:2004
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                                            • The Gifts Project

                                              The Gifts Project is a social ecommerce platform for Group Gifting that helps online retailers, marketplaces and gift stores to leverage their social buying experience. This white label solution brings major ecommerce websites a Social Group Gifting Platform with a winning combination of Social Networks and Group Payment straight to their checkout process.

                                               

                                              Exit: eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) acquired The Gifts Project in September 2011.

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                                              • Traiana

                                                Traiana provided software that would automate post-trade processes in financial market dealings. Its Harmony service was designed for the foreign exchange and derivative markets, and its Trade Relationship Management (TRM) product for the prime brokerage industry.

                                                 

                                                Exit: Traina was bought by leading UK interdealer broker ICAP (LSE: IAP.L) in December 2007.

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                                                • Ultracom Communications Holdings

                                                  Ultracom Communications developed two-way cable modems for data, voice and video communications, targeting the home, school and small-office markets. The company's products were extremely bandwidth-efficient and offered a significantly improved cost/performance ratio compared with rival products.

                                                   

                                                  Exit: Ultracom was sold to Terayon Communication Systems in April 2000. Terayon was itself acquired by Motorola (NYSE: MSI) in June 2007.

                                                   

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                                                  • Verisity

                                                    Verisity provided software tools that assisted the developers of electronic systems and integrated circuits in verifying the correctness of their designs. This process was one of the most problematic, expensive and time-consuming stages in the development of hardware and software products.

                                                     

                                                    Exit: Verisity carried out an IPO on NASDAQ in March 2001 and subsequently raised $28M. In April 2005, Verisity was bought by California-based Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS).

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                                                    • Watchfire

                                                      Watchfire became part of Gemini's portfolio in 2004 when it merged with existing portfolio company Sanctum, which developed security products for website applications. Sanctum's AppScan software scanned these applications for vulnerabilities in the code and taught customers how to deal with them, while its AppShield product detected hackers and blocked them from performing unauthorized actions.

                                                       

                                                      Exit: Watchfire was acquired by IBM (NYSE: IBM) in July 2007.

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                                                      TEAM

                                                       
                                                       
                                                      • Yossi Sela

                                                        Managing Partner

                                                        Yossi Sela has been with Gemini since its formation in 1993. A prominent member of the Israeli venture capital arena, Yossi sits on the boards of Gemini portfolio companies JFrog, LoyalBlocks, Outbrain, QualiSystems and Xjet Solar, and has played a pivotal role in the investment lifecycles of Allot Communications (NASDAQ: ALLT), Saifun Semiconductors, Commtouch (NASDAQ: CTCH), Precise and Ornet Data Communication Technologies, among others, during his nearly two decades at the fund. Yossi recently oversaw the sale of two companies of which he served as board member, Adap.tv (sold to AOL, NYSE: AOL) and PrimeSense (sold to Apple, NASDAQ:AAPL).

                                                         

                                                        Prior to joining Gemini, Yossi served as Vice President of Marketing at DSP Group (NASDAQ: DSPG) and later DSP Communications, a spin-off of DSP Group that also made a NASDAQ debut but was later acquired by Intel. He began his high-tech career as marketing manager at Daisy Systems in the Silicon Valley.

                                                         

                                                        Yossi spent ten years in an elite intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces, reaching the rank of Major. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

                                                         

                                                        Yossi is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University, and was named to the Managing Committee of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute of the Technion. In addition, Yossi is a board member of Takdim, the Ramat Hasharon Community Foundation. In 2006, Yossi was named number one venture capitalist on the Forbes Israel Midas list, and appeared on the global Forbes Midas list that same year. 

                                                         

                                                         

                                                      • Menashe Ezra

                                                        Managing Partner

                                                        Menashe Ezra joined Gemini in 2008 as a Managing Partner. His principle areas of interest include semiconductors, wireless communications and networking. Menashe sits on the boards of Gemini portfolio companies Autotalks, Axxana, ColorChip, Mominis, Oliver Solutions, Sckipio and SupportSpace. He also serves as Chairman of Altair Semiconductor.

                                                         

                                                        Menashe has over 25 years of experience in information technology, both as an entrepreneur and investor. He is a former Managing Partner of Israeli venture capital firm BRM Capital, where he led investment rounds in leading technology companies including Passave (acquired by PMC Sierra for $300M) and Oplus (acquired by Intel for $100M).

                                                         

                                                        Prior to joining BRM in 2001, Menashe founded and served as CEO of WaveAccess, a wireless network company that was sold to Lucent in 1998. Lucent then appointed Menashe to lead the Fixed Wireless Network Systems department where he served as Vice President.

                                                         

                                                        Menashe is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Israel National Security Award, which he received while heading an elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

                                                         

                                                      • Eran Wagner

                                                        General Partner

                                                        Eran Wagner joined Gemini in 2011 as General Partner. His areas of investment focus include enterprise software, telecommunications and security; he also shows keen interest in the juncture of sensor networks, robotics and real-world applications. Eran brings to Gemini over two decades of rich entrepreneurial experience and executive knowhow having developed and scaled businesses in the hi-tech industry from the earliest stages of team building, fundraising, product definition and go-to-market to executing successful exit strategies. He sits on the boards of Gemini portfolio companies Cloudshare, ConteXtream, Moovit, WalkMe, ToTango and WatchDox.

                                                         

                                                        Prior to Gemini, Eran served as the President of North American Operations at cVidya Networks where he built the company's business throughout the continent including establishing sales channels, marketing and introducing cloud-based offerings. Before joining cVidya, Eran was Vice President, Portfolio Strategy and Planning at Amdocs, which he joined after a company he co-founded, XACCT Technologies Inc., was acquired by Amdocs in 2004. He also previously co-founded the Xpert Group in 1993, a system integration project for corporate and service providers' networking and Internet/intranet environments, and subsequently sold it to One in Israel in 2005.

                                                         

                                                        Eran holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and is a serial inventor with multiple granted patents. He is a co-founder of both the IEFF (Israeli Entrepreneurs and Founders Forum) in the Silicon Valley and the Israel Conference (www.theisraelconference.org) in Los Angeles and is an active fellow of the Aspen Institute.

                                                         

                                                      • Rotem Eldar

                                                        Partner

                                                        Rotem Eldar joined Gemini in 2011 and became Partner in 2013. His areas of investment focus include enterprise software/SaaS, security, storage and telecommunications. Rotem sits on the boards of Gemini portfolio companies FTBPro and Implisit.

                                                         

                                                        Prior to joining Gemini, Rotem was Vice President of Products at Onset, a Boston-based company operating in the enterprise mobile market. Rotem defined a new data security and regulatory compliance product and headed the re-launch of a legacy messaging product. Working closely with the CEO and Board of Directors, Rotem led the definition and execution of the company's go-to-market strategy and spearheaded engagements with customers and partners.

                                                         

                                                        Previous positions include Director of Product Management at Rhythmia Medical, a company developing an advanced mapping system for cardiac arrhythmia, and analyst at Precede Technologies, an Israeli investment and entrepreneurship firm working on establishing new ventures.

                                                         

                                                        Rotem spent nearly a decade in an elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, where he managed complex and innovative technological projects developed under extreme constraints. Rotem was awarded the prestigious Israel National Security Award from the President of Israel.

                                                         

                                                        Rotem is a graduate of Talpiot, an elite military institute designed to train technological leaders for the defense sector in Israel. He holds a BSc in physics, mathematics and computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business.

                                                         

                                                      • Omer Regev

                                                        Chief Financial Officer

                                                        Omer Regev joined Gemini as Chief Financial Officer in 2011 with over two decades of experience in global financial management, private fund raising and mergers and acquisitions. His background guiding both publicly-traded as well as privately-held companies, in Israel as well as in the Silicon Valley, facilitates his role as a key player on Gemini's investment team. He sits on the boards of Gemini portfolio companies Eyeview, Massive Impact and Takadu.

                                                         

                                                        Prior to Gemini, Omer served as CFO at a number of technology companies: cVidya, a leading revenue intelligence and fraud solutions to telecommunication operators, Chegg.com, the leader in online textbook rentals, NetManage Inc. (Nasdaq: NETM), a provider of emulation software which was acquired by Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO), PortAuthority Technologies, a provider for Information Leak Prevention (ILP) solutions, acquired by Websense (NASDAQ: WBSN), Kagoor Networks which was acquired by Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR) and XACCT Technologies which was acquired by AMDOCS (AMEX: DOX). In addition, he was the Controller for the Enterprise System Division of LANNET /Madge Networks and served as a business analyst at the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

                                                         

                                                        Omer holds a BA in Economics and an MBA, both from Tel-Aviv University.

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                      • Anat Shukhman

                                                        Vice President of Human Capital

                                                        Anat Shukhman joined Gemini as Vice President of Human Capital in 2011, and brings nearly twenty years of experience as an organizational consultant and human resources executive. At Gemini, Anat works closely with the investment team in the due-diligence process to evaluate new investment opportunities, as well as with existing portfolio companies by helping build effective management teams and HR infrastructure.

                                                         

                                                        Anat began her career as an HR and recruitment manager at Cellcom before joining Chromatis as HR Director during the company's initial stages. At Chromatis, Anat built-up the company's global HR infrastructure and was responsible for defining and implementing the overall HR strategy through to Chromatis' acquisition by Lucent Technologies, where she continued her role as part of corporate HR. Subsequently, Anat worked as an independent HR and organizational consultant at a number of hi-tech companies, one of which was Precede Technologies. Most recently, Anat served as Vice President of Global Human Resources at Leadcom and ClearForest (a Thomson Reuters company) before joining Gemini.

                                                         

                                                        Anat holds a BA in English and French Literature from Tel Aviv University, and an MA in Organizational Development and Consulting from The College of Management. She also received a Certificate in Group Dynamics from Bar-Ilan University.

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                      • Noam Kaiser

                                                        Principal

                                                        Noam Kaiser joined Gemini in 2013 as Principal, and is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals and working with existing portfolio companies. His focus lies primarily on the mobile, Internet, enterprise software and semiconductors sectors.

                                                         

                                                        Prior to joining Gemini, Noam served as an investment manager with the Ofer Group's technological incubator, Naiot Venture Accelerator. He led various due diligence processes and investments in companies active in the enterprise software, Internet and healthcare IT sectors. Noam played an active role in outlining the portfolio companies' strategies, partaking in their business development activities and early commercialization. He served as member of the board of directors of various companies, including Concealium, CmyCasa and Mediscale. Before that Noam served as VP Sales and Business Development at BAlink, Salesforce's leading technological partner in Israel, and acted as New Media Manager at Yes Satellite TV, a Eurocom Group company.

                                                         

                                                        Noam also founded VentureApp, an online business analytics application provider of cloud-based solutions to the Venture Capital and Private Equity sectors.

                                                         

                                                        Noam holds both a BA in Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

                                                      • Talia Rafaeli

                                                        Head of Investor Relations & Marketing

                                                        Talia Rafaeli joined Gemini in 2012 to lead the firm's global investor relations and marketing efforts. She brings to Gemini nearly fifteen years of experience across the financial services industry. Previously, Talia was a partner with BootCamp Ventures, a boutique corporate advisory firm.

                                                         

                                                        Talia began her career as a management consultant in the corporate finance division of Arthur Andersen where she advised mostly nascent technology companies. She then moved to Robertson Stephens, a boutique technology advisory, as an investment banking analyst. In 2004, Talia joined an all-star equity research team at Goldman Sachs in New York where she covered fifteen companies across two sectors and published equity research. She then joined the fixed income division of Barclays Capital as an associate, where she worked on structuring asset-backed securities deals and covered ABS securities and derivatives, and worked from both the firm's New York and London locations. 

                                                         

                                                        Talia graduated with a BA, cum laude, from Emory University, and holds an MBA from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business. She has been an active mentor at two non-profit organizations, Agora Partnerships and TechnoServe, working with entrepreneurs in Honduras, Guatemala and Peru. Both organizations strive to help men and women in third world countries build self-sustaining and value-generating businesses.

                                                      • Ed Mlavsky

                                                        Chairman Emeritus and Founding Partner

                                                        Ed Mlavsky founded Gemini Israel Ventures in 1993 and is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of Israeli high-tech and venture capital.  A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, he was chosen to manage the first venture capital fund to emerge from the Israeli government's Yozma program.

                                                         

                                                        Prior to founding Gemini, Ed served as Executive Director of the Israel-US Bi-national Industrial Research & Development Foundation (BIRD) where he was responsible for investments of $100 million in more than 300 joint projects between US and Israeli high-tech companies. Before that, Ed was Executive Vice President of Mobil Tyco Solar Energy Corporation. Until 1974, Ed held a number of positions at Tyco, a company he co-founded, including board member, Chief Technical Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer. Today, Tyco International (NYSE: TYCO) has a market capitalization of $24B.

                                                         

                                                        Ed's long list of lifetime accolades includes, but is not limited to, being elected in 1989 as a member of the elite Cosmos Club in Washington DC. In 1994, he was awarded the degree of Doctor Scientarium Technicarum Honoris Causa by the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. In April 2003, Ed received the Israel High-Tech Award from the Israel Venture Association in recognition of his unique contribution to the development of the Israel high-tech industry. In 2010, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israel Management Center (IMC). Ed also serves as the Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel.

                                                         

                                                        Ed holds a First Class Honors BSc degree in Chemistry (1950) and a PhD in Physical Chemistry (1953) from Queen Mary College, University of London. His publications include 53 scientific and technical papers, and 24 patents.

                                                      NEWS & EVENTS

                                                       
                                                       
                                                      • VMware invests in software wrangler JFrog

                                                        By Barb Darrow

                                                        JFrog, a maker of tools to streamline the building and distribution of software, now has $7 million in a funding round that includes a contribution from VMware. This brings total backing to about $12 million.

                                                         

                                                        The company, with offices in Santa Clara, Calif. and Israel, claims big customers including Apple, Netflix and Twitter. Its main products are Artifactory, for managing software code and projects, and Bintray, for distributing the end result.

                                                         

                                                        Jfrog supports binary code - a packaged-up version of the source code that developers typically need to run the software itself. As a Jfrog spokeswoman said, if you think of source code as the blueprint, binary code is the house.

                                                         

                                                        The company, founded by Shlomi Ben Haim, Fredric Simon and Yoav Landman (pictured above), will use the money to staff up R&D, expand sales and marketing worldwide and finance open-source activities. 

                                                      • Autotalks Named "Cool Vendor" by Gartner

                                                        By PRWeb

                                                        Autotalks, the leading provider of V2X automotive-grade vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) chipset, has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the Cool Vendors in Semiconductors, 2014 report by Gartner, Inc., published on May 7th by Jim Tully, Jon Erensen, Ganesh Ramamoorthy, Steve Ohr, Paul O'Donovan and Satish R.M.

                                                         

                                                        Autotalks provides its OEMs, Tier1s and Tier2s customers an unprecedented level of integration and a comprehensive V2X solution. Autotalks works on optimizing system bills of materials, minimizing system size and power, thus reducing overall system cost.

                                                         

                                                        Autotalks is leveraging its own expertise and partner with leading vendors to complement its offering. Autotalks solution supports both US (IEEE1609) and European (ETSI ITS G5) specifications, enabling USDOT NHTSA decision to move forward with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology and the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) deployment plans.

                                                         

                                                      • Football Website FTBpro Raises $18M

                                                        By Globes Correspondent

                                                        Football fan written website FTBpro Ltd has raised $18 million from current investors Battery Ventures and Gemini Israel Ventures and new investors, London-based Dawn Capital and a major Asian media company. The company will use the proceeds to expand into Asia and open offices there to cater to the region's 1 billion football fans, and to expand its mobile and video offerings.

                                                         

                                                        FTBpro was founded in 2011 by CEO Asaf Peled. It is headquartered in London and has offices in Tel Aviv. In the past two years it has established a base in the European, North and South American football markets, and raised $24 million to date, including the current round.

                                                         

                                                        FTBpro's content is written by thousands of regular contributors providing hundreds of daily articles in seven different languages. It has more 100 million page views and millions of active monthly users on the internet, mobile, and social networks, and has chalked 50% quarterly growth. The company has commercial deals with the League Managers' Association and the Professional Footballers' Association in England, and has secured the naming rights for the Fan Player of the Month and Year Awards for the 2013/14 season. The company's content features regularly on "MSN", "Huffington Post", "GQ", "London 24", "Manchester Evening News", and other outlets.

                                                      • Implisit Undergoes $3.3M Initial Financing

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini Israel Ventures led a $3.3 million initial financing round in Implisit, a company that provides a SaaS based product for boosting sales and improving the productivity of sales teams.  Rotem Eldar, Partner at Gemini, joins the company's board of directors following the round.

                                                         

                                                        Implisit has developed a product that introduces a unique intelligence layer to plain vanilla CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems. This innovative technology combines full data entry automation and intelligent data mining algorithms to yield important insights to company sales teams. The first element assures that CRM data is always complete and accurate, thus allowing salespeople to enhance their productivity by focusing on sales efforts.

                                                         

                                                        The second element is Implisit's recommendation engine, which points the sales teams to the most pertinent opportunities, while allowing sales managers to better forecast and predict outcomes. 

                                                         

                                                      • Totango Locks Down $15.5M

                                                        By Jordan Novet

                                                        There's good money in helping cloud-software companies make more money. Totango, a startup that shows software sellers which users are at risk of leaving in order to maximize engagement, subscription renewals, and increased cloud spending, has just raised $15.5 million in new funding.

                                                         

                                                        That money should help Totango pick up some new users of its own, by helping the company bring on more sales and marketing people, Guy Nirpaz, Totango's chief executive and a cofounder, told VentureBeat. Money will also go into further developing Totango's software, particularly around forecasting what could happen in the future.

                                                         

                                                        Just as predictive lead scoring can give salespeople hints about which leads are worth contacting based on what could lie ahead, Totango "will be able to point out customers who, without further attention, will churn, or point out customers that if you're going to take a certain action, perhaps they will upgrade or they will buy more of your stuff," Nirpaz said.

                                                      • Moovit Raises $28M in Series B Round From Sequoia And Others

                                                        By Leena Rao (TechCrunch)

                                                        Social transit app Moovit is announcing a massive round of funding this morning, closing a $28 million round led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from its existing investors BRM Group and Gemini Israel Ventures. Gili Raanan will represent Sequoia on the Moovit board. The Israeli company previously received $3.5 million from BRM Group and Gemini Israel Ventures.

                                                         

                                                        In the same way Waze was able to crowdsource traffic data, Moovit has been able to be the social destination to find data around public transit. Moovit, which  launched in 2012, offers Android and iOS apps that gives users data around when the next bus or subway or train or ferry (any public transport) is due to arrive in real-time. This data is brought in from its own users, as well as from public sources, like timetables from transit authorities. Users can also plug in points in their origin and destination, and Moovit will show them the fastest routes using public transportation, and whether these routes are running on time.

                                                      • Apple Confirms Acquisition of PrimeSense

                                                        By Mike Isaac and John Paczkowski

                                                        Apple has completed its acquisition of PrimeSense, the Israel-based company focused on 3-D sensor technology, for a price sources said was around $360 million.

                                                         

                                                        Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet confirmed the PrimeSense deal to AllThingsD with the boilerplate comment the company typically provides when news of one of its acquisitions leaks: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

                                                         

                                                        A spokeswoman for PrimeSense said: "We can confirm the deal with Apple. Further than that, we cannot comment at this stage." The exit marks the end of months of  deliberation between the two companies, finally bringing the semiconductor company responsible for advances in motion and depth capture under Apple's aegis.

                                                         

                                                      • Totango takes home CloudBeat 2013′s Innovation Showdow

                                                        ByJordan Novet

                                                        It seems that a new software-as-a-service company pops up every day with a freemium business model in tow. Many, if not all, of such startups want to become going concerns with consistently paying customers. Totango, a company that simplifies that process with a simple monitoring tool, won the Innovation Showdown today at VentureBeat's CloudBeat 2013 conference.

                                                         

                                                        Totango helps companies identify the right trial users to focus on in order to turn up the volume on subscription signups and renewals.

                                                         

                                                        The service ingests data from external services such as customer-relationship management software, and it also derives signals from actual user behavior, said Guy Nirpaz, a cofounder and the chief executive of Totango.

                                                      • Adap.tv to Get Acquired by AOL Inc.

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        The Gemini Israel Ventures team is proud to announce the acquisition of one of the bastions of the Gemini IV portfolio, Adap.tv, by AOL for approximately $405 Million, excluding unvested options, in both cash and stock.

                                                         

                                                        AOL has been looking to expand its presence in the online digital video advertising arena, and the addition of Adap.tv's technology and market leadership is expected to significantly enhance AOL's banner ad business, the company's fastest growing.

                                                         

                                                        Adap.tv was an early stage investment that was made in June 2007, and the company has made excellent strides over the years by positioning itself as the leading video advertising marketplace. The combination of AOL's On Network and Adap.tv is forecasted to create the most powerful cross-screen solution for brands, agencies and publishers.

                                                      • Gemini Leads FTBPro Sports Content Platform to Scale

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini Israel Ventures invested in FTBPro's Series A financing round alongside Battery Ventures to close out a $5.8M cash injection. FTBPro is the largest fan-generated digital media platform in football with over 20 million monthly page views, greater than 1,000 contributing fan writers with more than 200 articles being published daily covering all major leagues worldwide. The company will use this financing round to expand to key geographical markets.

                                                         

                                                        FTBpro enables fans to contribute, participate, write and share their views with millions of fellow football fans. Content popularity is determined by readers who rank articles, and by FTBpro's editors who further promote the highest quality writing, topics and opinions. The company counts Bleacher Report as one of it's main competitors; Time Warner acquired Bleacher Report during the second half of 2012 to enhance its online media platform.

                                                         

                                                      • Allscripts Announces Strategic Acquisitions of dbMotion and Jardogs

                                                        By dbMotion

                                                        CHICAGO and NEW ORLEANS - Allscripts acquired dbMotion, Ltd., a leading supplier of community health solutions and Jardogs LLC, the top-rated patient engagement solution provider, both privately held.

                                                         

                                                        Combined with the existing Allscripts Community solution, these new capabilities deliver comprehensive care coordination and population health management across acute, ambulatory, and home care systems.

                                                         

                                                        These acquisitions advance Allscripts' strategy to offer full integration of heterogeneous systems across the care continuum, enabling solutions for a Connected Community of Health™.

                                                         

                                                        Leading healthcare organizations, such as Sharp Healthcare, Orlando Health, and Phoenix Children's Hospital have embraced these solutions to gain actionable insights from data to improve their medical decision-making and overall population outcomes.

                                                      • Ex-Yahoo CFO Tim Morse Joins Adap.tv

                                                        By Amir Efrati

                                                        Tim Morse spent the past 20 years working at companies that generate billions of dollars a year in revenue, most recently as the chief financial officer at Web pioneer  Yahoo. Now he's trying to build one.

                                                         

                                                        On Monday, Morse, 43 years old, became the CFO at privately held Adap.tv, which helps advertisers to buy video-advertising space on thousands of websites including Yahoo and music-video giant Vevo. Video ads generally are 15- or 30-second spots that appear before someone watches a video of their choosing, like this one.

                                                         

                                                        The fast-growing Adap.tv, which was founded in 2007 and is based in San Mateo, Calif, said it generated nearly $100 million in revenue in 2012, up about 200% from $33.4 million in 2011. The company and its competitors, which include BrightRoll, Google and other video-ad "marketplaces" that match buyers with sellers, generally take a 20% to 30% cut of any transaction.

                                                      • Gemini Lecture Series Hosts Red Hat Executives

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini is proud to host Red Hat executive, Dion Cornett, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for a Gemini Lecture Series event at our offices on Wednesday evening, June 13. The event will be titled, "Open Source in the Enterprise: The Next Ten Years".

                                                         

                                                        This month, Red Hat marks the tenth anniversary of its flagship product, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Mr. Cornett will be visiting Israel to share Red Hat's vision for future open source physical, virtual and cloud IT environments.

                                                         

                                                        Mr. Cornett manages the company's global ISV, customer free-to-fee, start-up and venture investment programs. His prior responsibilities include launching the company's global systems integration business, Vice President of North American Sales and Vice President of Investor Relations. He previously worked as a General Partner of a private equity firm with $600M under management. Before his career in technology, Mr. Cornett served as a Nuclear Submarine Officer.

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                      • Gemini Hosts MoMoTLV's Largest Event of the Year

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        On Monday evening, June 11, Gemini Israel Ventures will be sponsoring Mobile Monday Tel Aviv's largest and most talked-about event of the year at Dublin Irish Pub in Herzliya Pituach. On deck will be our own Danny Cohen, who will be speaking about the wonders of crowdsourcing technologies.

                                                         

                                                        We will be sharing the stage with the newest addition to our Gemini V porfolio, TranzMate, a company that is positioned to revolutionize the public transportation market by offering a crowdsourcing technology solution. This event takes place the evening before the annual Israel Mobile Summit, which is expected to draw a large international crowd this year.

                                                         

                                                        The MoMoTLV event is expected to draw a crowd of 200-300 mobile aficionados both from Israel and abroad.  Gemini is thrilled to partner with Mobile Monday Tel Aviv and be a sponsor of the event as well as an associated sponsor of the Israel Mobile Summit.

                                                      • Gemini Israel Ventures Leads $6M Round in MoMinis

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini Israel Ventures has invested in mobile game publisher MoMinis along with the company's current investors in a $6 Million financing round. MoMinis, headquartered in Tel Aviv, is currently in its fifth year of operations and has reached 35 million users, 5.5 million actives and 1 million daily actives. The company also has 100 games in the development pipeline.

                                                         

                                                        CEO Itzik Frid described a New York game developer that partnered with MoMinis and saw more than 1 million downloads in a month. Frid also pointed out that MoMinis has been highlighted as a top developer on Google Play.

                                                         

                                                        The new funding comes on the heels of a $4.5 million round earlier this year, bringing MoMinis' total funding to $15.4 million, including more than $10 million this year alone. Proceeds from the latest financing round will go to expand the team, move to other platforms like iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Facebook, and to add new revenue channels.

                                                         

                                                      • LoyalBlocks helps small businesses zap deals and rewards to customers’ smartphones

                                                        By New York Daily News

                                                        These days, the bargains are hunting you. Retailers and restaurants are honing in on regulars with the help of a New York City-based startup that beams deals and rewards right to their smartphone the minute they walk in the door.

                                                         

                                                        The service, LoyalBlocks, launched in a pilot program early this year and has spread to more than 300 small businesses around the city.

                                                         

                                                        It works like this: LoyalBlocks provides companies with an Android-based smartphone that sends out a signal to visitors who have downloaded the company's free app. Those customers immediately see discount offers pop up on their mobile device or get a punch on their virtual loyalty card when they stop by.

                                                         

                                                        "We want it to be a seamless and frictionless experience for consumers," said the company's co-founder CEO, Ido Gaver. The goal: Get customers to keep coming back - and bring their friends

                                                      • WatchDox Updates iOS Application to Enhance Secure, Mobile Collaboration

                                                        By WatchDox

                                                        WatchDox, a provider of secure access and collaboration solutions, today announced new features for its  iOS application. Updates include more document access and sharing options, expanded annotation tools and an enhanced interface, allowing users to leverage iPads and iPhones to perform intuitive document collaboration on the go while providing their enterprise IT departments visibility into and control over their organization's data.

                                                         

                                                        iOS dominates the workplace, and more employees and executives are looking to their iPhones and iPads to conduct mission-critical business. In a  recent survey, Gartner found that almost 60 percent of enterprises plan to standardize on Apple's iOS by April 2013. Additionally, the number of users performing business functions via their personal iOS devices continues to rise as enterprises adopt bring-your-own-device ( BYOD) initiatives.

                                                         

                                                      • Gemini's Advertising Technology Event; DLD Tel Aviv

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini along with The Nielsen Company, Orange, Unilever, McCann Erickson Israel and Matomy will be hosting Israel's first event dedicated to Advertising Technology, both in Israel and worldwide.

                                                         

                                                        We have partnered with the DLD Conference in Tel Aviv this year as an ideal platform to bring this important topic to center stage.

                                                         

                                                        We will be discussing international trends, fireside chats with leading industry players and showcasing some of Israel's hottest start-ups in this space.

                                                         

                                                        More information to follow.

                                                      • Gemini is Front-and-Center at DLD Tel Aviv with Ad-Tech Event

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini Israel Ventures will be partnering with the DLD Tel Aviv Conference along with corporate leaders Orange, Nielsen Company, Unilever, McCann Erickson Israel and Matomy to bring Israel's first-ever event dedicated to advertising technology, and ad-tech in Israel specifically.

                                                         

                                                        The event will take place on Tuesday, October 23, at 14:00 in Hangar 2 of the Jaffa Port as a satellite event during the week-long DLD Tel Aviv Conference. This is the second year running for the DLD conference in Tel Aviv and has garnered high regard and support in the New Media arena.

                                                         

                                                        The focus of the event will be to bring together key industry players to participate in an open discussion on the future of the ad-tech space, as well as highlight key Israeli start-ups that are looking to disrupt the future of ad-tech. The event is invitation-only. www.dldtelaviv.com.

                                                         

                                                      • JFrog Announced as Red Herring Global 100 Winner

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        JFrog recently joined 99 other private companies from around the world to receive a high profile accolade by global media company Red Herring. Each year, Red Herring ranks the most promising private ventures from around the world, starting with regional rankings in Asia, America and Europe and culminating in a global competition that highlights the 100 most exciting startups.

                                                         

                                                        Hundreds of companies from each region are reviewed in a rigorous 3-step process that looks at all aspects of the company.  Applicants must be a technology/life science company, headquartered in the specific region of the corresponding Red Herring 100 award program and privately held and not listed on any exchanges anywhere in the world.

                                                         

                                                        Red Herring 100 Awards are widely recognized as one of the industry's more prestigious recognitions, with up to 1,400 candidates from each continent competing each year. 


                                                      • Águas de Cascais Rolls Out TaKaDu for Water Network Monitoring and Water Loss Reduction

                                                        ByTaKaDu

                                                        The water utility pioneers the use of cloud computing for network efficiency in Portugal

                                                         

                                                        Águas de Cascais has announced today that it has rolled out an innovative Water Network Monitoring service provided by TaKaDu. This web-based service allows the water utility to detect leakage and network problems as they occur. Águas de Cascais is the first water utility in Portugal to adopt such a solution. The TaKaDu service analyzes data received from existing meters and sensors already installed in the AdC network, and identifies inefficiencies or faults before they escalate. Following a successful rollout during 2011, the entire network in theMunicipality of Cascais is now monitored via this remote service.

                                                         

                                                        Águas de Cascais holds the concession for the supply of water and wastewater for the Municipality of Cascais, with over 1,300km of drinking water mains. The company has been focused on improving network efficiency, reducing water losses and saving costs.

                                                         

                                                      • Adap.tv’s Video Upfront Marketplace Signals the End for the RFP Process

                                                        ByAdap.tv

                                                        San Mateo, Calif. - Feb. 27, 2012-Adap.tv, the company that provides a programmatic way to plan, buy, sell and measure television and video advertising, today announced the launch of the Adap.tv Upfront Marketplace, the first and only media buying platform to automate the entire process for securing future inventory across multiple screens; dramatically reducing the amount of time and money media buyers and sellers spend managing this once time-consuming process.

                                                         

                                                        While video advertising has grown categorically for years, the buying and selling process remains a relic to the pre-digital world, with RFP buyer-execution and seller-review rooted in an offline, manual process. According to recent data, 20% of the average media plan cost is currently wasted on administrative activities around the planning and buying process. Long a pain point for modern media buyers, Adap.tv's automated process allows agencies the unprecedented ability to negotiate and execute upfront buys across hundreds of sellers at once.

                                                         

                                                        Horizon Media, the largest independent media company in the world, is currently using the Adap.tv Upfront Marketplace to further create efficiency and transparency in their buying process. "By aggregating video inventory sources, Adap.tv allows us access to better long-term insight into pricing and availability," said Mary Shirley, vice president, digital media activation, Horizon Media. 

                                                         

                                                        Utilizing the Upfront Marketplace to engage sellers in an auction, media buyers can secure the inventory that is right for them, quickly and easily. The power is in the data; users simply identify audience-specific inventory using target demographics and connect with the sellers whose inventory matches their specifications.

                                                         

                                                        For sellers, the improvements and automations made to the media buying process result in a reduced cost of sale and improved access to additional demand. Prior to being invited to participate in the Upfront Marketplace, sellers are pre-qualified across a variety of data and metrics, eliminating the need for RFP or response. The sale is qualified for buyers, which streamlines deal closings and time to cash for sellers.

                                                         

                                                        "Operational inefficiencies caused by a sixty year-old system that isn't sophisticated enough to support the complexities of modern TV and video advertising are wasting huge amounts of time and money," says Toby Gabriner, president of Adap.tv.  "A programmatic approach remedies the pain points caused by audience fragmentation and the proliferation of viewing devices, making the process automated and significantly more efficient." 

                                                      • Gemini Invests in TranzMate Series A Round

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        TranzMate, which has developed a social mobile navigation application aimed at users of public transportation, today announced that it has closed its Series A round of funding of $3.5 million from Gemini Israel Funds and BRM Group.

                                                         

                                                        Last month TranzMate launched a beta version of its mobile application for the iPhone and Android mobile platforms.

                                                         

                                                        The application capitalizes on crowdsourcing technology to facilitate public transportation users to plan their routes from every destination point within Israel. TranzMate delivers real-time information from public transportation operators regarding estimated arrival times of buses to a target bus stop, and calculates estimated walking distance and time between said stops. Events such as delays or other unexpected occurrences that could hinder the flow of transportation are also provided in real-time by the operators.

                                                      • Appatyze And Adap.tv Raise The Game On In-App Video Advertising

                                                        By Adap.TV

                                                        Appatyze today announced that it will use Adap.tv's programmatic ad trading platform to support the buying and selling of video through its ad network, the Appatyze MARKETPLACE.  Under this new partnership, Appatyze's Facebook app developers get the automated tools and services they need to access to a wider range of demand sources, while video advertisers gain a straightforward route to reach their target audience.

                                                         

                                                        Social games are highly popular on Facebook, but because most of them operate a freemium model, advertising is an increasingly important source of revenue for developers. Until now, access to video advertising demand has proven challenging in the complex digital media landscape. Appatyze has resolved this using Adap.tv's technology to seamlessly connect hundreds of advertisers with inventory generated by the increasing number of top Facebook developers who use their platform. 


                                                         

                                                         

                                                      • Assurant Solutions and SupportSpace Partner

                                                        By Assurant Solutions

                                                        Assurant Solutions, a leading provider of extended service contracts, and SupportSpace, Inc., the leading provider of crowdsource-based premium remote technical support for major computer and tech brands, today announced the launch of a 'one-stop-shop' solution for enhanced services and support.   

                                                         

                                                        Assurant Expert Services enables Assurant Solutions' partners in the telecommunications, consumer electronics and major appliance sectors to sell, manage and deliver revenue-generating support and services to their customers without the time and cost associated with building a technical infrastructure, identifying technology experts or managing a program. Assurant Expert Services provide turnkey solutions for in-home, in-store and on-line services, including a web portal that enables real-time remote services, scheduling and management through a functional and flexible work-order system. 



                                                      • Casas GEO Selects Axxana’s Disaster Recovery System for Zero Data Loss

                                                        By Business Wire

                                                        TEL-AVIV, Israel - Axxana today announced that Casas GEO, the leading housing developer in Mexico, has purchased The Axxana Phoenix System® RP to protect its mission critical applications. Axxana's system guarantees zero data loss at unlimited distances while enabling Casas GEO to use minimum-cost communication between their data centers.

                                                        The Phoenix System RP is an unparalleled, cost-effective solution developed in conjunction with EMC® RecoverPoint, delivering synchronous replication benefits over asynchronous infrastructure for an unprecedented price. The Axxana system is designed to protect data through high application peaks or low-bandwidth availability, and provides unmatched WAN link failure data protection. These capabilities will allow Casas GEO to overcome bandwidth size limitations and to avoid costly communication line upgrades now and in the future.

                                                      • Blackstone Group: WatchDox will be a $1B Company

                                                        By Green Technology News

                                                        Blackstone Group CTO William Murphy does not hide his enthusiasm over the first Israeli investment by the world's largest private equity fund -- an investment in data security start-up WatchDox Ltd. in March. He told "Globes" during an interview at Blackstone's offices on Park Avenue in Manhattan, "It is going to become a billion-dollar company.

                                                         

                                                        "We all agree that everything would be simpler if people were better," said Murphy. "In an ideal world, you'd leave your door open, but unfortunately, because of today's risks, you have to lock it." "Globes": Define "lock".

                                                         

                                                        Murphy: "Let's say that there is a disgruntled employee at an enterprise who says, 'I don't like Bill. I'm going to send this document to "The New York Times" because it has unflattering material. The journalist receives the document, but thanks to WatchDox, he cannot read it. Here's another example: I am sure that you have documents from your previous workplace on your home PC, right It's quite common. 

                                                      • ConteXtream Builds Software-Defined Networking for Carriers

                                                        By TMCnet

                                                        ConteXtream is a software company which provides the first cloud-based network virtualization framework for carriers, cloud service providers and private cloud operators.

                                                         

                                                        Its solutions lead to efficiency, cost savings and improved management - and come in response the changing needs of carriers.   

                                                         

                                                        "The network of carriers is going to resemble a Google-like data center," Joel Brand vice president of marketing at ConteXtream, predicted to TMC CEO Rich Tehrani in a recent interview.

                                                         

                                                        Adding, "There is no reason why you couldn't run the network of a carrier out of a data center, leveraging technologies, like virtual machines, like software defined networking, running on software rather than big custom hardware components. We build the infrastructure for that."

                                                         

                                                      • dbMotion and Jordan Hospital Team Up

                                                        By dbMotion

                                                        dbMotion, a provider of connected healthcare solutions, has been chosen by Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Mass., to help the local medical community offer a single aggregated patient record to caregivers-functionality that is critical to the success of the Greater Plymouth Health Information Network (GPHIN), which serves residents throughout the South Shore and Cape Cod.

                                                         

                                                        The Greater Plymouth Health Information Network (GPHIN) is comprised of Jordan Hospital, a 155-bed acute care hospital, along with approximately 140 affiliated physicians and independent ambulatory and outpatient physicians, clinics, laboratories, imaging centers, pharmacies, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living communities and related support organizations. 

                                                      • JFrog Raises $3.5 Million from Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        JFrog, an enterprise software company that developed Artifactory, the world's first Repository Management Solution, today announced that it has closed its Series A round of funding of $3.5 million from Gemini Israel Ventures. Yossi Sela, Gemini's Managing Partner, will join the company's board of directors.

                                                         

                                                        The company's flagship product, Artifactory, is a software and repository management solution that has revolutionized the way software moves through development to testing to quality assurance and eventually to deployment at enterprises. It serves both application developers and IT operations teams and allows for the efficient management of binary repositories. 

                                                         

                                                      • Gemini Sponsors The Israel Conference 2012 in Los Angeles

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini Israel Ventures is a proud Topaz sponsor of this year's Israel Conference, an annual event that pays homage to Israeli industry and takes place annually in Los Angeles, California. This is the fourth year that the conference will be held, and General Partner Eran Wagner is one of the conference's founders. This year, delegates from a large number of international companies will be present, most prominently from leading technology companies in the Silicon Valley and other key technological hotspots in the United States. In the venture capital space, Gemini is the sole Israel-focused sponsor, while members of Sequoia Capital and Blumberg Capital will be present to represent their respective sponsoring firms. 

                                                         

                                                        General Partner Daniel Cohen will be present on Thursday, May 31, to lead the Fast & Cool segment of the days' events, which consists of selected Israel-related technology start-ups that will present throughout the day to the conference's full audience.

                                                      • Gemini to Sponsor Israel Mobile Summit 2012 Mobile Monday Event

                                                        ByGemini Israel Ventures

                                                        On Monday, June 11, 2012 Gemini Israel Ventures will be sponsoring Mobile Monday TLV's largest and most talked-about event of the year, which will take place the night before Israel's Mobile Summit 2012.

                                                         

                                                        As a result, Gemini will also be positioned as an associate sponsor of the summit. Gemini will share the stage with newest portfolio addition, TranzMate, in front of a group of 300 participants at Arthur's Irish Pub in the Tel Aviv port.

                                                         

                                                        Gemini partners Danny Cohen and Eran Wagner will be on deck with the rest of the Gemini team at this important event to display the firm's steadfast support of innovation in the Israel mobile industry.

                                                        This year's Israel Mobile Summit is expected to draw an unpredecented number of people from all over the world with a number of new players taking key roles in the event. We expect the event to be a true celebration of the successes of the Israel Mobile Industry.

                                                      • ITU Readies New Broadband Standard That Fuels Sckipio

                                                        By ITU

                                                        G.fast, a new ITU broadband standard, that promises up to 1 Gbit/s over existing copper telephone wires, is one step closer following a meeting of ITU-T Study Group 15 this week. G.fast is designed to deliver superfast downloads up to a distance of 250 meters, thereby eliminating the expense of installing fibre between the distribution point and people's homes.

                                                         

                                                        The Geneva meeting saw first stage approval of ITU standard, Recommendation ITU-T G.9700, that specifies methods to minimize the risk of G.fast equipment interfering with broadcast services such as FM radio, paving the way for G.fast to be approved in early 2014. 

                                                         

                                                      • LivePerson to Acquire Predictive Intelligence Technology from Amadesa

                                                        By PRNewswire

                                                        NEW YORK


                                                        LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), a provider of real-time chat, voice and content solutions that increase conversions and improve customer experience, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire technology and intellectual property assets of Israel-based start-up, Amadesa, Ltd. in an all cash transaction scheduled to close later in the second quarter.


                                                        "Amadesa technology will provide us with sophisticated, machine-learning predictive modeling that we can leverage across multiple engagement channels, enhancing our real-time intelligent engagement platform," said Robert LoCascio, CEO and Founder of LivePerson.  "We will also welcome on board Amadesa's experienced team of data scientists and programming talent.  As we focus on organic product innovation, we remain open to accelerating development and adding talent ...

                                                         

                                                         

                                                      • MassiveImpact Launches World's First Freemium Exchange

                                                        By Business Wire

                                                        MassiveImpact Ltd introduces today its new Freemium Exchange at Mobile World Congress, revolutionizing mobile publishers' traffic monetization. The new model increases publishers' earnings by eliminating all ad serving commission fees while guaranteeing full monetization of publishers' inventory.

                                                         

                                                        The Freemium Exchange Model connects publishers to leading ad networks' CPC and CPM offers with a single point of integration, free of ad serving or exchange commission fees. The new model further increases publishers' earnings by connecting them to a new segment of performance advertisers.

                                                         

                                                        "We boost publishers' earnings by using technology to simplify the value chain, cutting out the middleman," says Sephi Shapira, MassiveImpact's Founder and CEO.  

                                                      • You will soon be using a Kinect, even if you don't have an Xbox

                                                        By Dylan Tweney, Executive Editor, VentureBeat

                                                        In Microsoft's vision of the future, Kinect sensors are everywhere: In your living room, your kitchen, at school, and even in the supermarket, above the fruit display.

                                                         

                                                        And why not? The $150 motion-sensing device provides a cheap way to add gesture and voice controls to any application. Plus it's got a camera and two 3D depth sensors that give computers a tool to map out spaces in three dimensions, recognize people by their faces, identify real-world objects, and create 3D models of those objects.

                                                         

                                                        I spent a day at Microsoft's Redmond campus this week attending TechForum, a small gathering of about a dozen journalists hosted by Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie. Part strategy briefing, part new-product showcase, part science fair, TechForum was a chance for us writers to see an array of recent and upcoming technologies that Microsoft's been working on, both in its commercial products as well as in its pure research labs.

                                                         

                                                      • PrimeSense Joins Selective List of World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers

                                                        By TechCrunch

                                                        Every year the World Economic Forum picks a number of up-and-coming technology startups from around the world and dubs themTechnology PioneersPast members of this club  include Google, Mozilla, Mint, Etsy, Twitter, Amiando, Playfish, Obopay,  CloudFlare, Palantir, Kickstarter and Brightcove.

                                                         

                                                        Today, The World Economic Forum announced 23 new members of the 2013 class of Technology Pioneers, who will be honored at a conference in China in September. This year's group includes, AlienVault, Anhui LIGOO New Energy Technology, Azuri Technologies, Coulomb Technologies, Enphase Energy, Ingenuity Systems, LanzaTech, Liquid Robotics, Lookout Mobile Security, MC10, Mind Candy, PassivSystems, Practice Fusion, PrimeSense, Promethean Power Systems, RightScale, shopkick, SoundCloud, Tobii Technology, Transphorm, va-Q-tec, Vidyo and Voltea.

                                                      • Qualisystems Raises NIS 9 Million from Gemini, Evergreen

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        QualiSystems Ltd. has raised NIS 9 million from its current investors, Gemini Israel Ventures and Evergreen Venture Partners. Also joining in this round were Fishman Holdings, Altshuler Shaham Ltd. and Strauss Investments Ltd. 

                                                         

                                                        The company has raised NIS 31 million in the past two years, after raising $12 million in 2005-07. In total, Qualisystems has raised $24 million since it was founded in 2003. Lior Koriat is the company's CEO, while its honorary president is Mercury Interactive founder Aryeh Finegold. The company develops test automation and laboratory management systems for hardware-based components, with a focus on computer infrastructures for server farms and data centers.

                                                         

                                                        In a statement today, QualiSystems said that the investment was based on its 50% revenue growth and number of customers in 2012. The company will use the proceeds to expand its operations in the US and enterprise data center solutions. 

                                                      • Gemini Adds Leading IT Asset Management Company SAManage to Portfolio

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini Israel Ventures is happy to announce the latest addition to our fifth fund, IT Asset and Service Management Company SAManage. Gemini bought out existing investor Xenia Venture Capital in a Series A financing round on the back of robust momentum in seen in the company over the past several quarters. 

                                                         

                                                        SAManage provides SaaS IT asset and service management solutions that help organizations better control their IT inventory, organize licenses and contracts, and detect risks and license compliance gaps. In September 2012, SAManage completed a $3 million investment round from Carmel Ventures.

                                                         

                                                        Gemini Managing Partner, Yossi Sela, will join the company's board of directors. We are truly excited to be part of this great company and look forward to being part of SAManage's growth process. 

                                                      • Gemini Leads $4.25M Investment in Next Generation Broadband Co Sckipio

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Gemini Israel Ventures joined Genesis and Amiti Ventures in a $4.25M Series A investment in Sckipio Technologies Ltd. Sckipio is a semiconductor company dedicated to delivering ultra-high-speed broadband using next generation G.fast-based modems.

                                                         

                                                        The company is focused on implementing the evolving G.fast ITU standard designed for providing fiber-like bandwidth of up to 1Gbps per subscriber using existing short range telephone copper wires. The work on the standard was initiated and is strongly supported by some of the world's leading telecom companies and its initial drafts are expected to be approved by the end of 2012.  

                                                         

                                                        The founding team at Sckipio had a previous start-up, CopperGate Communications, which sold to Sigma Technologies in 2009 for just under $200M. 

                                                      • WalkMe Raises Another $5.5M To Make Sure That We Never Get Lost On A Website Again

                                                        By TechCrunch

                                                        WalkMe, an online guidance system that developers can plug into websites to create widgets that help walk users through their services, is today announcing that it has picked up a further $5.5 million in funding to continue expanding its business.

                                                         

                                                        This round includes investment from Gemini Israel Ventures, existing investor Mangrove Capital Partners (which put in $1 million earlier this year) and Giza Venture Capital.

                                                         

                                                        Since going live in April of this year, WalkMe's CEO Dan Adika says that it has signed up "thousands" of sites to its service. Its success comes from a mix of trends. Although we all become a lot more savvy about what works and what doesn't on the web, websites as a whole are gravitating to having less in-and-out traffic and more longer-term engagement from those who do come to the site. On top of that, a lot more interactivity is being put into sites, but often to a confusing end, where site visitors are concerned.

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                                                      • JFrog Co-Founder and Chief Architect Interviews for VentureBeat

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Fred Simon, one of the masterminds behind popular enterprise software company, JFrog, talks to Murry Shohat of VentureBeat about the most commonplace pains that impair the productivity of software developers. He cites the Google case study that finds that typos are the main reason a developers code won't compile as an important breakthrough to enhancing the efficiency of the development process.

                                                         

                                                        A major empirical study of programming errors concludes that typographical errors loom large in failed software builds created by experienced programmers.

                                                         

                                                        Produced over a period of several months, the published study looked at data from over 26 million builds by Google programmers working in the Java and C++ programming languages.

                                                         

                                                      • Merchants uncovering how to drive loyalty through coupon apps

                                                        By Rebecca Borison

                                                        With new coupon and deal applications surfacing every day, retailers and merchants are challenged to figure out which best serve their needs, but are now starting to uncover how to better reap the benefits of customers.

                                                         

                                                        Experts say it is inevitable that consolidation takes place in the space to solve the problems of audience fragmentation, but for now, retailers must make smart decisions based on whom they are trying to target. Instead of placing deals in apps including Groupon, LoyalBlocks, RetailMeNot, Ibotta and LivingSocial - and the list goes on-retailers need to be choosy with third-party apps.

                                                         

                                                        "We started using LoyalBlocks mainly as an alternative to an old fashion loyalty punch card," said Ashley Galloway, community relations manager at  Ciao for Now, New York. "We used to use those years ago and liked being able to reward our regulars, which we have a lot of. .

                                                      • Implisit Raises $3.3M For Self-Learning Service

                                                        By Alex Williams

                                                        Implisit has raised $3.3 million from Gemini Israel Ventures for its self-learning platform that mines CRM data to help sales people close more deals and cut manual data entry.

                                                         

                                                        The service connects email, calendars and the contact information in the CRM platform, said Co-Founder Gilad Raichshtain. It offers follow-up steps for a prospective deal, the best approach and other intelligence. Over time, the service adapts to the business processes, updating the intelligence as the users go about their daily work.

                                                         

                                                        When a new customer joins Implisit, the service analyzes its historical sales data (both communications and their historical CRM data) to determine the customer's specific sales patterns. From this, the engine creates tailor-made insights that fit the customer's processes.

                                                      • With JFrog, Binaries Get A Bit Of Respect

                                                        By Alex Williams

                                                        With JFrog, Binaries Get A Bit Of Respect, As Developers Face Open-Source Licensing Woes. Binaries, those pieces of an application that go with all that sexy code, are increasingly becoming important as documentation for how software and services are built.

                                                         

                                                        It's this documentation that is often overlooked with open-source software, according to a survey of 150 developers at Fortune 500 companies by JFrog, an Israeli company that manages binaries for developers. The survey results are a bit self-serving, but they do illustrate the state of the application-development market. Here are some highlights:

                                                         

                                                        Sixty-five percent of developers surveyed said it's this poor documentation and licensing that are the biggest issues when it comes to open-source software. Some of the top issues are unknown owners, legal issues, and inefficient instructions about the software.

                                                      • Content Marketing’s Got a Quality Problem

                                                        By Jack Marshall

                                                        Content marketing promised publishers an alternative to stuffing the bottom of their pages with pay-per-click ads. Instead, they could run links to high-quality content from recognized publishers. It's not even advertising, they said. It's content.

                                                         

                                                        In reality many of the ads on these services aren't bought by big-name publishers, but by direct-response marketers using the still-new realm of "content discovery" as a backdoor onto publisher sites. The links often point to lead-generation schemes, affiliate link farms and other traffic arbitrage plays, as opposed to ESPN or Elle. The pages might be "content," but it's content designed purely to drive users to make a purchase or to click an ad. Not quite what publishers expected. Time, Bloomberg, and Politico all use Taboola widgets to drive traffic to sites operated by Newsmax, for example. 

                                                      • Life after Kinect: PrimeSense's plans for a post-Microsoft future

                                                        By Nicole Lee

                                                        When PrimeSense founder Aviad Maizels put a prototype of a 3D sensor on a chip in front of Microsoft in 2006, he had no idea it would lead to the biggest turning point in the Israeli startup's history. Four years later, its partnership with the Redmond giant resulted in Kinect, the motion-sensing camera that made headlines around the world. In 2013, however, Microsoft unveiled an all-new Kinect, the result of years of entirely in-house development -- without PrimeSense's assistance. As fate would have it, the company returned to its chip-making origins a year ago, creating a new product called  Capri, a cheaper, lower-power and tinier version of its 3D system-on-a-chip; so tiny, in fact, that it's designed to be embedded inside tablets, laptops, thin displays and smartphones. With 3D use cases that go far beyond Dance Central, the Capri is the latest sign that PrimeSense is ready to break free from its video game roots.

                                                      • PrimeSense demonstrates Capri 3D sensor on Nexus 10

                                                        By Brad Molen

                                                        Take the 3D sensor inside the Microsoft Kinect, shrink it down to a tenth of its original size and add a bunch of mobile capabilities, and you have yourself PrimeSense's latest conquest, better known as  Capri. The company, which is  the brains behind the Kinect, has been openly working on bringing a tiny-yet-advanced 3D experience to tablets, televisions and smartphones for  quite some time now. And it's proud enough of its progress so far that it's willing to give some real-life demonstrations to developers attending Google I/O. You may not see Capri embedded on the PCB of your portable gadget anytime soon, at least, not until PrimeSense winds up wooing the pants off a lucky OEM or two, so in the meantime, the company has connected the sensor board to the Nexus 10 via micro-USB.

                                                         

                                                        Unlike the Kinect, however, PrimeSense doesn't think gestures will play a significant role in how we use Capri to interact with our gadgets. 

                                                      • Teach Computer Science To Kids On Your Way To Work

                                                        By Fred Wilson

                                                        [Excerpt Taken from AVC Blog] A few months ago,I read about this amazing program called TEALS that allows software engineers to stop by a local school on their way to work and teach computer science to high school students. I thought "what an amazing idea".

                                                         

                                                        Fast forward and I am happy to tell you that TEALS is coming to NYC this fall. About a dozen public high schools in NYC have expressed interest and the final group of participating schools will be nailed down in the next few weeks.

                                                         

                                                        The way this works is a software engineer literally stops by the school on his or her way to work, teaches the class in partnership with one of the existing teachers in the school, and is out the door on the way to work before any of his or her colleagues is out of bed. The TEALS program teaches two classes, an Intro To CS class based on the Berkeley curriculum, and an AP CS class based on the University of Washington curriculum. 

                                                         

                                                      • JFrog Unveils Industry's 1st Social Software Distribution Platform

                                                        By JFrog Press Release

                                                        SAN FRANCISCO, CA-JFrog, the company that's revolutionizing the way software is built, announced today the availability of Bintray, the industry's first social platform for storage and distribution of software libraries. Bintray is the new way for developers to publish, download and share software across one unified community around the world. The free, cloud-based platform empowers developers to control and streamline the entire process of making software libraries publicly available, with all the services needed to collaborate, advertise and deploy a new software solution. 

                                                         

                                                        "Created by developers, for developers to ease the pain of the software distribution process, Bintray is the holy grail that has been missing from the software lifecycle," said Yoav Landman, Chief Technology Officer at JFrog. "For the first time, we have an open, interactive platform that strengthens the relationship between the software publisher and the consumer community and amplifies the developer identity."

                                                         

                                                      • PrimeSense at CES: The Future of Shopping

                                                        By Lance Ulanoff

                                                        LAS VEGAS - When you go to the store, how often do you pick things up off the shelf, examine them and then put them back? Some items make it into the cart, others do not. Thanks to the check-out counter, retailers know when something's been bought, but not much about what made you stop and choose it in the first place. Now, 3D sensing technology may offer an unlikely, yet powerful, solution.

                                                         

                                                        Primesense, which unveiled its tiny Capri 3D sensor at the show, also provides the 3D sensing technology for Microsoft's Kinect for the Xbox 360. Its low-cost, tiny motherboards bathe the area in front of it in an infrared 3D mesh that a second camera interprets. It's how interactive games know not only where multiple people are in a room, but also exactly what each of them is doing. It's obviously super useful for virtual dancing and driving, but as Primsense demonstrated to me, the open platform can do far more than just play games.

                                                         

                                                      • Water Supply Ranks High in the WEF’s Global Risks 2013 Report

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        Portfolio company Takadu was quick to promote the World Economic Forum's 2013 Global Risks Report in which water supply crises were ranked #2 and #5 in terms of impact and likelihood, respectively, of top global risks in 2012.

                                                         

                                                        Furthermore, the report goes on to rank the same categories with respect to what can be expected for 2013. 

                                                         

                                                        Water supply remains in the second place ranking in terms of impact; in terms of likelihood, however, the topic jumped a ranking placing it as the fourth most important global risk in terms of likelihood in 2013.

                                                         

                                                        It is interesting to note that the topic did not make the top five ranking in neither category in the past five years. The report defines the crisis as a decline in the quality and quantity of fresh water combined with increased competition among resource-intensive systems, such as food and energy production.

                                                      • Moovit Powers Public Transit App With the Wisdom of the Crowd

                                                        By Liz Gannes

                                                        Waze, the crowdsourced navigation app for car drivers, has been one of the breakout start-ups of the past year. Now a different company with a similar pedigree is trying to do the same thing for public transportation.

                                                         

                                                        Founded in 2011, Moovit makes a free crowdsourced transit app for iOS and Android that has been downloaded 400,000 times. Two months ago it added support for cities around the world, including New York, Rome and Madrid.

                                                         

                                                        Moovit is hardly the only transit-trip-planning app out there. There are start-ups like Embark, heavyweights like Google, as well as local apps - New York's MTA just  launched its iPhone app.

                                                         

                                                        But using crowdsourced data makes Moovit a bit different. 

                                                         

                                                         

                                                      • How to Get Startup Ideas

                                                        By Paul Graham

                                                        The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.

                                                         

                                                        The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: they're something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing. Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Facebook all began this way.

                                                         

                                                        Why is it so important to work on a problem you have? Among other things, it ensures the problem really exists. It sounds obvious to say you should only work on problems that exist. And yet by far the most common mistake startups make is to solve problems no one has.

                                                         

                                                        I made it myself. In 1995 I started a company to put art galleries online. But galleries didn't want to be online. It's not how the art business works. So why did I spend 6 months working on this stupid idea?

                                                      • Tel Aviv Shines in Report on Top 20 Tech Hubs on the Planet

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        We were quite intrigued to stumble upon the Startup Genome project and discover a noteworthy accolade that ranks Tel Aviv, our home field, as the second top hub of entrepreneurship on the planet. No, we haven't been living under a rock; we are well aware of the high profile status our little ecosystem in the Middle East holds. Nonetheless, it is a nice reminder that our hard work is part of what has allowed this feat to unfold. 

                                                         

                                                        In the words of John Koetsier of VentureBeat, "The  Startup Genome has analyzed 50,000 startups around the world to create what it is calling the first "data-driven ranking" of the top 20 tech hubs on the planet. And to highlight just how important startups are to national and global economies."

                                                         

                                                        These are in order: Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, Boston, London, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Paris, Sydney, Sao Paolo, Moscow, Berln, Waterloo, Singapore, Melbourne, Bangalore and Santiago.

                                                      • Are We Mad?! Rocks DLD Tel Aviv Festival

                                                        By Gemini Israel Ventures

                                                        It would be paradoxical to say that the world of advertising is harbored from technological advancements, primarily the evolution of the digital economy. In fact, the space is front and center in the row between new and antiquated media channels.

                                                         

                                                        The Gemini Israel Ventures team, led by General Partner Daniel Cohen, helped bare the challenges (and hopes) of advertising technology through Israel: Are We Mad?!, the first annual event dedicated to advertising technology in Israel, and leveraged the exclusive DLD Festival platform for an afternoon filled with keen insights and expectations of future developments in the space. Apart from the Gemini team, executives from Orange, Nielsen Group, Unilever, McCann Erickson and Matomy were on deck to provide their perspectives.

                                                         

                                                        The event was sold out and oversubscribed and a full house enjoyed discussions accompanied by an open bar and an overheated hangar. Looking forward to next year's event!

                                                      • The perils of best practice: Should you emulate Apple?

                                                        By McKinsey & Co.

                                                        It's no mystery why companies emulate their most successful peers. Tried-and-true approaches often seem preferable to starting from scratch, whether for developing new products or running efficient supply chains.

                                                         

                                                        The quest for such methods went global during the 1980s and 1990s as European and US companies sought to retool their operations by transplanting Japanese factory practices, such as kanban and just-in-time production. Management consultants-ourselves included-naturally facilitate the process by extolling successful companies as models from which others can learn proven practices that reduce risks.

                                                         

                                                        However, perils abound when truly exceptional companies morph into ever more ubiquitous examples. 

                                                      • Reversing the Decline in Big Ideas

                                                        By Harvard Business Review

                                                        Many venture capitalists are up in the arms because their returns are down, their funds are drying up, and there appear to be a declining number of entrepreneurs pursuing big ideas.

                                                         

                                                        They've turned to blaming angel investors for encouraging " an entire generation of entrepreneurs [to build] dipshit companies and hoping that they sell to Google for $25 million." They say, "this 'think small' attitude is driving entrepreneurs who may otherwise build the next Google or Microsoft to create something much less interesting instead." And this has implications for the whole ecosystem because, "then everyone loses. No IPO. No 20,000 tech jobs. No new buyer out there for the startups that don't quite make it."

                                                         

                                                        Unfortunately, venture capitalists have mixed up their causality. Angel Investors are not the reason more entrepreneurs are thinking small. 

                                                      • Analysts pick 6 promising Israeli technology stocks for 2012

                                                        By Dror Raich and Oren Freund

                                                        Technology stocks have been all the rage this year. Comprising 38 local companies, the TA Technology Index, has risen 20 percent.  Tech-loving investors can thank mainly Infiniband microchip manufacturer Mellanox Technologies, which has shot up 74 percent this year, and Allot Communications, which has gained 60 percent. The question is of course what lies ahead, and for sure, in these uncertainty times stocks aren't for the faint of heart.

                                                         

                                                        Moreover, the bounce by the Israeli technology index prods memories of another stock market surge in early 2000, when the tech-heavy Nasdaq exchange spiked to 5,132 points.

                                                         

                                                        That boom was driven by investors storming for technology startups, mainly with Internet-based business strategies. Market valuations reached giddy heights but the party didn't last. By mid-2001, Nasdaq had plummeted to 1,423 points and what became known as the "dot-com bubble" had officially burst.

                                                         

                                                      • The top 10 icons of Israeli high-tech

                                                        By Karin Kloosterman

                                                        Israel's enterprising engineers and entrepreneurs have defined an industry for the world, from computer storage technologies and chip manufacturing to instant messaging and modern firewalls. They're transforming communications, entertainment and mobility, rivaling Silicon Valley in California.

                                                         

                                                        This high-tech legacy was actually begun decades ago by an iconic crew of Israeli men. Before the dot-com boom in the late 1990s, Israel was already a startup nation of highly educated engineers who were emerging from the army with a drive to build their country through industry.

                                                         

                                                        In a two-part series, ISRAEL21c pays tribute to the icons of the country's high-tech industry. We start here with a top 10 list of pioneers and catalysts of Israel's high-tech industry. The Israeli high tech "gene," we note, also seems to be associated with the longevity gene. The founding fathers, now in their 70s, 80s and 90s, remain productive to this day.

                                                         

                                                      • Hi-tech icons debate the merit of quick exits

                                                        By Nadav Shemer

                                                        To seek a quick exit or not? That is one of the questions Israeli start-up founders asks themselves, and one on which local hi-tech icons Zohar Zisapel and Ed Mlavsky could not agree Tuesday.

                                                        Quick exits are bad news for the economy, said Zisapel, who cofounded RAD Data Communications in 1982 and oversaw its expansion into a group of 14 companies with combined sales of $1.25 billion.

                                                        "It's good that we have entrepreneurs and that companies are being sold," he said. "But if you look at this from a national economic standpoint, it is better to have bigger companies. Bigger companies employ more people. It is better for the rest of the economy, not just for the elite - who are able to start new companies and new ideas."

                                                        But Mlavsky, founder of Gemini Israel Funds and widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of Israeli hi-tech, begged to differ.

                                                         

                                                      • Leakage detection twice as quick with TaKaDu

                                                        By Thames Water

                                                        Finding leakage hotspots has become double-quick for Thames Water with the help of state-of -the- art technology now in place across London.

                                                         

                                                        In the past two years, the company has installed a TaKaDu infrastructure monitoring system across the whole of the capital to help locate where leakage is most prolific, and where there are more likely to be bursts.

                                                         

                                                        The devices work as a 'smart grid', fitted with a hi-tech "central nervous system" that detects hot spots under the streets of London.

                                                         

                                                        Thames Water's partnership with TaKaDu's water infrastructure monitoring system allows it to monitor water flow and pressure changes in water mains and analyse real-time data and historical data to detect potential problems ahead of time.

                                                         

                                                      • VCs And Marketing: How The Big Players Play

                                                        By TechCrunch

                                                        "Marketing is the name we use to describe the promise a company makes, the story it tells, the authentic way it delivers on that promise." -Seth Godin

                                                        In an effort to appear in touch with Silicon Valley, the traditional media has recently turned its eyeon venture capital's marketing efforts.

                                                        Venture capital is certainly a changing landscape, especially as of late. With the chattering classes abuzz about the current state of VC, the tech industry seems to be taking the recent visibility of local investors personally. Traditionally a quiet industry, firms are now actively touting themselves and it is making some people uncomfortable.

                                                        Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' Charlie O'Donnell explains,"A lot of the VCs are feeling the need to explain to the market what you get by going with us versus the other guy."

                                                      • Java Developers Convene for the Jenkins User Conference (Hebrew)

                                                        By JFrog

                                                        JFrog recently hosted the Jenkins User Conference in Herzliya which drew a tremendous crowd of Java developers and the like from Israel and abroad. The event brings Jenkins experts and community enthusiasts together for an invaluable day of Jenkins-focused learning and networking opportunities, and  was tagged as a huge success. It followed similar Jenkins User Conferences around the globe in cities such as Paris, New York, Tokyo, Brussels and San Francisco.

                                                         

                                                        The company, which revolutionized the way binary repositories are managed, hosted Jenkins founder Kohsuke Kawaguchi, as well as Sascha Labourey, CEO of Cloudbees, who had sold his previous company, JBOSS, to Red Hat. Additional speajers included Anton Weiss from AT&T, Nir Koren from SAP, Elad Hirsch from Bituach Yashir and Eyal Edri from Red Hat. Frederic Simon and Yoav Landman, co-founders of JFrog, also participated as speakers at the oversubscribed event.

                                                         

                                                      • Kinect Reveals The Next Job To Be Replaced By Computers: Sports Coaches

                                                        By TechCrunch

                                                        "It's just as good as getting a personal instructor," says basketball coach Julio Agosto, speaking on the Xbox Kinect's new dribbling game, NBA Baller Beats. Agosto, an Emerald City Academy Basketball coach and father to b-ball Internet phenom, Jashaun Agosto, tells TechCrunchthat Kinect's digital eye is able to recognize and reward enough advanced dribbling skills that the new NBA game could replace human instruction at his basketball camp (at least the dribbling portion). This latest Microsoft development brings one more job closer to the chopping block of skills that can be done cheaper and more conveniently by a computer: sports and fitness coaches.

                                                        Baller Beats plays a lot like Rock Band but with a basketball; gamers are rewarded for dribbling to a (rockin') beat, with the familiar vertical scroll of colorful, raised buttons indicating when users should bounce the ball, and in what direction around the body.

                                                      • Teach Young People to be Innovative

                                                        By Roberta B. Ness

                                                        The world has an insatiable appetite for innovation. To feed this desire for technologic and scientific breakthroughs, nations invest in our celebrated universities.

                                                         

                                                        Tax and tuition dollars go to educate students -- the next generation of open-minded thinkers -- but also toward fostering research. After all, academia is the quintessential innovation incubator. Isn't it?

                                                         

                                                        Early in 2012, the eminent magazine "Science" invited young scientists worldwide to answer the question: "How will the practice of science change in your lifetime?"

                                                         

                                                        One particularly pained (and not unrepresentative) reply was: "The biggest challenge facing a generation of young scientists is breaking free of the shackles placed on them by their predecessors ... We are expected to fix broken peer-review systems riddled with small insular cliques ... 

                                                         

                                                         

                                                      • 'Li-Fi' Provides Light Bulb Moment for Wireless Web

                                                        By CNN

                                                        The light bulb figuratively suspended above a human head has long been symbolic of the eureka moment that every inventor craves.

                                                         

                                                        But for German physicist Herald Haas, it's the bulb itself that provides the inspiration for his bright idea.

                                                         

                                                        Haas and his team at the UK's University of Edinburgh, are the brains behind a new patented technology that uses beams of flickering light to transmit digital information wirelessly, a process known as Visible Light Communication (VLC).

                                                         

                                                        "My big idea is to turn light bulbs into broadband communication devices ... so that they not only provide illumination, but an essential utility," he says.

                                                         

                                                        Haas claims that data can be sent by adding a microchip to any humble LED bulb, making it blink on and off at a phenomenal speed, millions of times per second.

                                                      • 10 things entrepreneurs should do in the first 100 days of getting funding

                                                        By Matt Fates

                                                        Congratulations, you just sealed the deal on fresh capital for your startup. You've also just raised the bar on expectations and increased the pressure to perform.

                                                         

                                                        Are you ready?

                                                         

                                                        Most CEOs and founders already know how this new capital will be used, and assuming they have a high degree of confidence that the funding will close, they can get started on putting it to work ahead of time.

                                                         

                                                        Here are some other high-level action items that should be on every to-do list in those crucial first three months.

                                                         

                                                        1. Celebrate victories: Not in an expensive way, but in a team-building way. Share the news with your employees.  Explain the potential and also share the credit, ensuring everyone is aligned and pulling 100 percent toward the same goals. This is a great way to reward and recognize the hard work of your team and to excite them at a time when everyone needs step up.

                                                      • Are MBAs and Startups A Good Fit?

                                                        By Ed Zimmerman

                                                        "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" cry the defiant outlaws enlisting in a posse in Mel Brooks's classic "Blazing Saddles." Well, that's certainly how a good number of tech founders and investors feel about hiring well-educated talent wearing the M.B.A. badge: "We don't need no stinkin' M.B.A.s!" Many note the sense of entitlement newly-minted M.B.A.s sometimes display. Are these detractors right?

                                                         

                                                        Phin Barnes of First Round Capital told me that some of the best entrepreneurs he works with have M.B.As. (Disclosure: I'm an investor in First Round Capital). That said, Phin, who also has an M.B.A., takes a cautious approach to hiring M.B.A.s for early-stage startups, as he advised me this past weekend:

                                                         

                                                        "The best operators I work with in the startup industry make decisions quickly and are comfortable operating with extremely limited information. M.B.A.s have chosen to take two years to figure out what they want to do with their professional lives…"

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                                                        Gemini is a leading Israeli venture firm specializing in early and seed stage investments in technology companies in sectors that include mobile, digital media, enterprise software, online services and semiconductors.

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                                                        Gemini manages over $700M in five funds. We are currently investing out of Gemini V, a $150M venture fund. 

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                                                      • Software Engineer, Flex Front-End - San Mateo (US)

                                                        Job Responsibilities •This member of the engineering team will be responsible for designing and building new functionality, and improving existing functionality, on the Flex-based user interface of Adap.tv's existing web-based console •Ideally, this engineer will do both client-side (Flex, ActionScript) and server-side (Java, MySQL) development. •Will collaborate closely with product managers, user experience designers, other software engineers, and the QA team in the design and implementation process
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                                                      • Software Engineer, Forecasting & Optimization - San Mateo (US)

                                                        Adap.tv is looking for a smart engineer to work on our next-generation data mining and forecasting platform. The role involves working with business analysts and research scientists to build innovative forecasting and optimization solutions for online advertising; building models and algorithms to solve challenging problems such as estimating the click-through-rate of ads, estimating the cost of ad impressions, estimating the supply of different types of impressions, classifying web pages and web sites, improving online auctions, and so forth; and processing terabytes of data to extract insights using data mining, statistics, and machine learning techniques.
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                                                      • Software Engineer, Java, C/C++ for Big Data & Reporting -San Mateo (US)

                                                        Adap.tv is looking for software engineers to join our data warehouse and reporting team. We are a start up that has built an industry leading ad delivery platform that serves one out of every seven online video ads daily and processes a sustained 70,000 QPS -- all with only about 20 engineers. Our technology allows video advertising space to be traded like stocks on the stock market. We need bright engineers to help us tackle subtle and complex problems, build new innovations and improve our ad delivery reporting system.
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                                                      • Web Developer: HTML & Javascript - San Mateo (US)

                                                        Job Responsibilities: As a key member of the Adap.tv Engineering team, you will be responsible for designing and building new HTML applications, and improving existing functionality and develop new features for our current applications. Ideally you will have strong client side and UI focus to your experience, along with some server-side background. Will collaborate closely with product managers, user experience designers, other software engineers, and the QA team in the design and implementation process
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                                                      • Account Coordinator - New York (US)

                                                        As a member of the Adap.tv team, the Account Coordinator will work collaboratively with Agency Client Services, Publishers Client Services, and Demand Development to deliver best-in-class, custom solutions to meet the objectives of Adap.tv’s key strategic clients. The Account Coordinator will play a critical role in task management and operations including campaign deployment, UI console support, account set up, and QA. Do you want to be part of a technology company that is changing the online advertising industry? Are you smart, motivated and thrive in a fast-paced environment? Self-driven, intellectually curious individuals highly encouraged to apply. Potential hires will be assessed based on their initial candidacy, as well as their longer-term potential to advance within the larger organization.
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                                                      • Client Services Manager - New York (US)

                                                        The Client Services Manager will be assigned to specific accounts and be responsible for the successful and on-time execution of Adap.tv campaigns. From setting up and moderating Kick-Off-Calls through ensuring billing is complete the campaign manager is the primary owner of a campaign. The Client Services Manager will work with media agencies and publishers as well as Account Management and sales team in the office to ensure that campaigns meet and exceed client’s expectations. The Client Services Manager may manage a coordinator, back-up Client Services Manager peer, or handle certain clients’ work on a one-off basis.
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                                                      • SEC Technical Accounting Manager - San Mateo

                                                        Initial responsibilities include: Prepare and coordinate filing of all internal and external financial reporting, quarterly and annual reports, and other required SEC filings, including the information gathering process. Responsible for the compilation of financial statements, footnotes, management’s discussion and analysis and all other components of SEC filings; Assist with the annual proxy preparation process and shareholders’ meeting. ; Assist with the preparation of earnings releases, including financial exhibits, conference call script, and other communications/presentations for accuracy and completeness ;Responsible for the reporting of equity compensation on a worldwide basis for employees, Board of Directors and consultants both internally and externally in accordance with GAAP ;Responsible for the reporting of all equity based transactions, including treasury stock, employee Stock Purchase Plans, and 401(k) match as well as preparing equity schedules and footnotes disclosures for SEC filings ;Provide technical expertise and leadership to the finance organization on the treatment of accounting issues, implementation of new accounting standards and compliance with U.S. GAAP, SEC, and PCAOB regulations ;Assist with compiling information for Sarbanes Oxley testing and compliance ;Work with external and internal auditors on requests for assistance ; Support due diligence activities related to mergers and acquisitions ;Other projects as requested.
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                                                      • Account Director - San Mateo (US)

                                                        The Account Director based out of San Mateo, CA will drive growth for one of Adap.tv’s largest and most strategic publisher relationships. In this role, the seasoned Account Director will own all levels of the customer relationship and guide the publisher’s use of the Adap.tv Platform and buying/selling activity across the Adap.tv Marketplace. S/he will be responsible for leading cross-functional teams to ensure the successful execution of existing business, will partner with the sales team to pursue new growth opportunities within the account, and will build senior, advisory relationships throughout the customer organization.
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                                                      • Director, Client Services - New York (US)

                                                        The Director, Client Services will lead a team of Client Services Managers, to drive growth with Adap.tv’s leading customers. The Director, Client Services will own the excellence of the day-to-day execution of campaign related tasks and guide the customers’utilization of the Adap.tv Platform for buyers and sellers of video inventory.
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                                                      • Java, C/C++ Software Engineer for Data Warehouse - Hyderabad (India)

                                                        Adap.tv is looking for software engineers to join our data warehouse and reporting team. We are a start up that has built an industry leading ad delivery platform that serves one out of every seven online video ads daily and processes a sustained 70,000 QPS -- all with only about 20 engineers. Our technology allows video advertising space to be traded like stocks on the stock market. We need bright engineers to help us tackle subtle and complex problems, build new innovations and improve our ad delivery reporting system
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                                                      • Software Engineer (Java) - Marketplace Platform - Hyderabad (India)

                                                        Imagine you're an online Advertiser wanting to run a video advertising campaign where you can specify the sites and audience that you want to target. You have a limited budget and want to ensure that you maximize who you can reach across a span of time you choose. Of course, you want to see how well your campaign is doing anytime using reports that slice and dice data for your specific ad delivery. Now imagine you can do all this using a single platform. This is just one of the many complex and technical challenges you will face working on Adap.tv's Marketplace Platform. Adap.tv Engineers own their features, from the front-end to the back-end and are comfortable working in either space. Our continuous deployment process means code you write now can be released in hours or days, not months. You can help build Adap.tv's programmatic platform for buying and selling video advertising online.
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                                                      • Software Engineer, C++: Server team - Hyderabad (India)

                                                        Adap.tv is looking for software engineers to join its ad delivery team. We are a startup that has built an industry leading ad delivery platform that serves one out of every seven online video ads daily and processes a sustained 70,000 QPS -- all with only about 20 engineers. Our technology allows video advertising space to be traded like stocks on the stock market. We need bright engineers to help us tackle subtle and complex problems, build new innovations and improve our ad delivery system.
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                                                      • Technical Account Manager - Atlanta (US)

                                                        Outbrain is seeking an Atlanta based Technical Account Manager that will play a key role helping to grow our business. The Technical Account Manager will optimize implementations, deployments, and support the overall technical aspects of all our products, focusing primarily on our Scribit content syndication platform. You will work with both internal and external parties to ensure that technical issues are handled quickly and appropriately. The Technical Account Manager will form a close partnership with our Account Managers, Product Management, Engineering and Sales Teams and will actively contribute to the ongoing success of our products. You will resolve complex technical problems and answer detailed customer configuration questions for some of the largest brands and publishers on the web.
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                                                      • Software & Algorithm Developer - Netanya (Israel)

                                                        Outbrain is hiring a Software and Algorithm Developer who will play a key role in maintaining and expanding our business. The position entails development of software and algorithms in machine learning, search, optimization and personalization. The right candidate will pursue deeper understanding of Outbrain’s content recommendation system through independent research and demonstrate ability to move from an idea to working code. Outbrain offers full benefits, a competitive salary and equity in a rapidly growing (and well funded) start-up.
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                                                      • Paid Recommendations Team Lead - Netanya (Israel)

                                                        Outbrain is hiring a team lead for our paid recommendations team within the Recommendation Technologies group. The right candidate will lead a team of software developers and applied researchers to advance our multi-disciplinary paid recommendations technology, managing a wide variety of initiatives in mining big-data, machine learning algorithms, and large-scale software development. This is a unique opportunity to improve and create technology that will make strategic impact on the company’s business, empowering a team of talented engineers to take ideas from inception to production. Outbrain offers full benefits, a competitive salary and equity in a rapidly growing (and well funded) start-up.
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                                                      • DevOps Engineer - Netanya (Israel)

                                                        Outbrain is seeking an DevOps engineer for its Netanya office. Are you a talented, enthusiastic, quality freak, full-stack developer? Would you like to work with the hottest Open Source frameworks, and tools? Would you like to develop the hottest Open Source frameworks, and tools? Would you like to develop infrastructure to support massive traffic load and massive data sets? Would you like to be able to push your code changes to production at any given moment? Would you like to help us improve our Continuous Deployment system? This job is for you! Outbrain offers full benefits, a competitive salary and equity in a rapidly growing (and well funded) start-up.
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                                                      • Director of Business Intelligence - Netanya (Israel)

                                                        Outbrain is seeking an entrepreneurial, highly motivated business intelligence (BI) professional to lead the company’s BI team. Leading the content marketing space, which is the fastest growing category in online advertising, we help the biggest publishers and brands in the world increase engagement with their audience and drive traffic to their content. If you want to join a team of creative, passionate people pushing the evolution of content marketing and online advertising – and think the concept of content discovery is as important as we do for the future of true branding online – then we want to talk with you. As with any Outbrain employee, we’re looking for someone who is resourceful, bright, proactive, a go-getter, works well independently and as part of a team, and who will be passionate about what she or he does. For this position we are looking for a strong leader with research abilities and business understanding. We provide a casual, fun, fast-paced culture that is built on top performance. Candidates should be energetic self-starters who are proactive and committed.
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                                                      • Senior UI/UX Designer - Netanya (Israel)

                                                        The Outbrain Product team is looking for a talented UI/UX designer to help us continue building and simplifying the experience for beautiful web products. As a designer at Outbrain, you will be responsible for maximizing value for our customers while minimizing the required effort. You will find creative ways to visualize data and unify experience across products and collaborate with Product Managers, Marketing and Engineering teams globally. You will be joining a group of individuals who (like any other Outbrain employee) are passionate about recommending the most interesting pieces of content on the Internet to millions of people, every day. We like to get things done and have fun doing it.
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                                                      • Director, Brands and Agencies Sales – West - San Francisco (US)

                                                        Outbrain is seeking an entrepreneurial, highly motivated sales professional to grow direct sales of its content recommendations solution for brands and advertising agencies in the west coast. Combining massive scale with a highly-differentiated offering, Outbrain is an industry leader in the content marketing space, the fastest growing category in online advertising. We help brands like P&G, AMEX, Intel, CBS, Williams-Sonoma, Yahoo!, Red Bull, GE, and many others to drive engagement with their owned content as well as amplify their positive earned media.
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                                                      • Senior Director of Customer Acquisition, Self Serve - New York (US)

                                                        Outbrain, the leading content discovery solution, is seeking a seasoned marketer to lead our long tail self serve business line. If you are interested in joining a group of accomplished, passionate people pushing the evolution of online content marketing with some of the web’s top sites, then we want to talk with you. As with any Outbrain employee, we’re looking for someone who is resourceful, bright, proactive, a go-getter, works well independently and as part of a team, and who will be passionate about what she or he does. For this role, we are looking for a highly experienced direct marketer who has hands on knowledge of key direct response tactics and a strong analytical background.
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                                                      • Hispanic Account Strategist – Traffic - New York (US)

                                                        Outbrain is currently hiring Spanish speaking account strategists for its NYC location. We are seeking account professionals who are ready to take charge of maintaining and expanding traffic acquisition campaigns for premium publisher sites, brands and agencies. The right candidates can look forward to assisting in pre-sale proposal development, managing all post-sale aspects of the advertising campaign, and building relationships with clients.
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                                                      • Senior UI/UX Designer - New York (US)

                                                        The Outbrain Product team is looking for a talented UI/UX designer to help us continue building and simplifying the experience for beautiful web products. As a designer at Outbrain, you will be responsible for maximizing value for our customers while minimizing the required effort. You will find creative ways to visualize data and unify experience across products and collaborate with Product Managers, Marketing and Engineering teams globally.
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                                                      • ERP Integration Project Manager - New York (US)

                                                        Outbrain is seeking an experienced project manager to lead the integration of our new ERP system (NetSuite) to our internal and external systems, as well as assist with future system enhancements.
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                                                      • Product Manager - New York (US)

                                                        Outbrain is currently hiring a product manager for its New York location. Outbrain offers full benefits, a competitive salary & bonus plan, and equity in a rapidly growing (and well funded) start-up. Domestic and international travel required.
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                                                      • Director of Product Management - San Mateo (US)

                                                        CloudShare is seeking a product executive of exceptional quality who will lead the technology, product and business strategy that will facilitate CloudShare’s entry into the enterprise IT mass market. Innovation, intellect, drive and passion will be the foundational personal qualities, complemented by advanced professional and technical competency and deep knowledge of SaaS, enterprise IT, product design and go-to-market strategies.
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