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Exit Nation: Israeli Startups Sell For $860 Million In First Four Weeks Of 2015


Large corporations are on a shopping spree in Israel, the innovation nation. How much money are they spending on startup companies and why?
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Content marketing (native advertising) lumascape by LUMA Partners LLC, so helpful to see sectors through this lens. More on here http://goo.gl/Shx28B
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Yes this LUMAscape is always useful indeed. And here's a another way to explore and track ad tech companies: https://dealroom.co/industry/advertising_technology (pardon the blatant self-promotion)
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Interesting review of Venture Capital in Europe & Israel 4Q 2014 by @gdibner http://www.slideshare.net/gdibner/europe-israel-4-q14-deals-done-review
Venture Capital in Europe & Israel; 4Q 2014
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9 years ago, I started blogging on VC Cafe. To commemorate the birthday, I distilled the top 10 highlights from my humble blogging experience
http://www.vccafe.com/2015/01/08/vc-cafe-turns-9/
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The Google Ventures 2014 year in review
Slack, Medium, and Cloudera joined the Google Ventures portfolio. Nest was acquired by Google, and HubSpot IPO'd. See the full Year in Review for more.
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Fail at any speed you like :-) #startups

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Google says these are 2014's best Android apps http://wp.me/p5HMd-f9zn some really great products on this list
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A cheat sheet of 19 different types of business models: http://s.hbr.org/1Jvh1WO  
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No proforma in list :(
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Craigslist homepage as a taxonomy for startups - seen a few versions of it, always interesting http://thegongshow.tumblr.com/post/94997398160/the-challenge-in-vc-over-four-years-ago-i-wrote … 
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A Year in Search: the moments that defined 2014


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Nature is inspiring. Check out the art of this Pufferfish courtship ritual http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p029nb9g …
A Japanese pufferfish makes an extraordinary sand sculpture to attract and win a mate.
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Stripe Inc. has raised $70 million in a financing round that values the digital-payments startup at $3.5 billion.
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Immersing myself in the startup community in London
Introduction
I'm a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe.

Before GV, I was the Head of Google for Entrepreneurs Europe, supporting startup ecosystems and helping them grow. In 2012, I've started and led Campus London, Google's first physical startup hub, providing founders with networking, learning and mentoring access, from Googlers, investors and thought leaders in the tech world. 

Prior to leading Campus, I was a strategic partnerships manager at Google, where I spearheaded several of Google's European commerce offerings including the launch of Google Shopping in Spain and Local Shopping in UK. Previously, I worked in a number of tech companies: I was Principal Product Manager of AOL Search in Europe, Senior Product Manager at Ask.com in San Francisco, Product Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group in New York and Team Leader at Shopping.com in Israel. Going back a bit, I co-founded a tech startup in Israel in 2003 and in 2005 I founded VC Cafe, a popular blog on early stage Israeli startups.

I have an MBA from London Business School and a BA in Business Administration, IT Management and Entrepreneurship from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel

I'm also a trustee of Up Europe and serve on the advisory board of BBC Worldwide Labs. I'm a frequent public speaker on startups and innovation. 
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I created Techbikers (www.techbikers.com), a non-for-profit that brings together the tech community through cycling events, to support children's education in developing markets. So far in 2 years, we've raised more than £100,000 for Room to Read.
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  • Google Ventures
    General Partner, 2014 - present
    Looking to back the most ambitious, game changing startups in Europe, as part of the newly established Google Ventures Europe fund.
  • VC Cafe
    Founder, 2005 - present
    VC Cafe (www.vccafe.com) is a popular blog on startups and venture capital, shining a spotlight on Israel and best practices for entrepreneurs. VC Cafe was ranked #14 out of the top 50 VC blogs.
  • Techbikers
    Founder, 2012 - present
    A non-for-profit cycling community for members of the tech industry. We ride from one startup hub to the other (i.e. Paris to London) to fundraise for children education in the developing world, supporting Room to Read.
  • Google Ventures
    Head of Google for Entrepreneurs Europe, 2013 - 2014
    Google for Entrepreneurs is our global effort to empower startups and entrepreneurs around the world. We work to foster entrepreneurship in local communities and focus on equipping founders with products, technology, and free and open access to high quality content to help them succeed. The team runs over 50 efforts in over 100 countries. We partner with leading organizations like Startup Weekend (Up Global), Women 2.0, and dozens of incubators and accelerators around the world.
  • Google
    Head of Campus, 2012 - 2014
    Head of Campus London (http://www.campuslondon.com) - Supporting and strengthening the European startup community at "Silicon Roundabout" in Shoreditch, East London. Campus offers entrepreneurs work and event space, access to mentorship and support and a vibrant startup community.
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