Monthly Archives: May 2016

The first Geek PicNic outside of Russia

Geek PicNic Jerusalem is a three-day outdoor science and technology fair that was exported from Russia for the first time in its five-year history. It featured a massive Russian-made metal dragon robot and a US-made “Hand of Man” robotic glove … Continue reading

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Sergio Mendes to perform in Israel

Brazilian Bossa Nova artist Sergio Mendes will perform two concerts in Israel in June. The musician is one of the most important names in Brazilian music, with over 55 releases.  See him at the Caesarea Amphitheater on June 23, or … Continue reading

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Pharrell Williams “happy” to come to Israel

Multiple Grammy award-winning American musician Pharrell Williams, who shot to global superstardom with his hit “Happy” in 2014, is going to appear on July 21 at Live Park in Rishon Letzion. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/212782#.V0WH4r4bN30

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New Israeli stamps

The latest issue of beautiful Israeli stamps includes Markets (Jerusalem, Acre and Jaffa); the Knesset Building; Israel Memorial Day; Israel-Spain: 30 Years of diplomatic relations; Bridge of Strings Jerusalem; Israeli achievements (Digital prepress & printing); Seasons – Spring. http://www.history-of-israel.co.il/stamps/index-2016.html

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Houzz is Google Play’s “Best App”

Israeli-made Houzz won “Best App” in the first-ever Google Play awards. Houzz, created by Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen, is an app for the popular home-design website.  Adi and Alon previously won Forbes “newest power couple” award. (see Oct 2014 … Continue reading

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Anadot is a “Cool Vendor”

Israel’s Anodot, the real time analytics and automated business incident detection company, has been named a “Cool Vendor” in Analytics in the 2016 Gartner report.  Gartner reports Anodot as one of five “innovative vendors that are redefining the types of … Continue reading

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Israeli startups compete in Hong Kong

Three Israeli mobile app developers, will take part in the Hong Kong finals of the Asia Smartphone Apps competition in June. Castle Builders’s Bookclip allows users to build story apps. Tekoia’s Sure is a universal remote controller. E.Soof’s Bazz prevents … Continue reading

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VW invests $300 million in Gett

German car giant Volkswagen has invested $300 million in Israel’s Gett.  Gett offers a range of transport and courier services in 60 cities worldwide including New York, London, and Moscow.  Ironically, Gett is a direct competitor to German taxi company … Continue reading

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An ultra-Orthodox investment club

The 12Angels investment club focuses exclusively on high-tech startups headed by ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) entrepreneurs in the KamaTech accelerator (see previous mewsletters). The club recognizes the growing Haredi participation in Israel’s high-tech ecosystem. http://www.israel21c.org/12angels-pool-investments-in-ultra-orthodox-startups/

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Incentives to airlines for direct flights

Israel will provide subsidies to airlines that launch new non-stop gateway flights to Israel. To be eligible, the flight must be from an airport located more than 74 miles from an airport that already offers direct flights to Israel. http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/Israel-Offers-Subsidies-To-Airlines-Launching-Direct-Service-To-Tel-Aviv

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