As late as 2015, Westerners were still just coming around to understanding what QR (Quick Response) codes were—a two-dimensional barcode originally designed in Japan for the automotive industry. It was an ambitious, Israeli startup called Visualead that was already revolutionizing the technology that year.
Born in Israel and resident of the U.K., Teddy Sagi has been an integral facet of recent rounds of funding in Israel. Chiefly, Sagi invested $3 million in SmartGreen Ltd., which was announced by Sagi’s business group. He’s something of a British business magnate. His mobile ad firm, Glispa Global Group, generates considerable revenue, as does his online gambling game developer, Playtech PLC.
The world’s affluent elite have, for all intents and purposes, been ravaged by a Bermudan law firm’s release of the so-called Paradise Papers. The international scandal cast a brilliant light on the dark recesses of the global economy: tax havens shielding billions upon billions of dollars from the tax codes of various countries.
This year’s third quarter marks an impeccable period for fundraising deals in the Israeli tech industry. The sector raised $1.44 billion, which represents a 54 percent increase from the same quarter last year according to the latest report from the Tel Aviv law firm, Zysman Aharoni Gayer & Co., and IVC Research Center. Software companies accounted for a fourth of total market capital, which is actually a considerable decline from the two-year average of 35 percent albeit still significant.
Israel’s economy has long been heavily reliant on tourism. With the holy sites of Jews, Muslims and Christians, there is an almost unlimited tourist potential. For decades, the tourist industry has focused on group tours, travel packages and generic activities, with a small niche catering for high-end luxury travel. But in the past few years, a new breed of tourism providers has emerged, catering to budget travelers, independent backpackers and those alternative tourist experiences.
The Chief Scientist Office in the Israeli Ministry of Economy has long been seen as a model of success. Aiming to foster economic growth through technological breakthroughs, cutting-edge research, innovations and entrepreneurship, the office regularly gives out grants in the form of low-risk loans, only demanding the investment money back if the project is successful and financially viable.
Worldwide attention has been focusing recently on the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas rigs off the coast of Israel with new deals and exciting speculation every few weeks.
After deciding between competing offers from around the world, the Azrieli Group decided to sell its subsidiary to the Kusto Group from Singapore, for NIS 500 million ($144 million).
The Chinese state-owned food conglomerate, Bright Food, bought controlling shares (56%) of Tnuva, the iconic Israeli dairy producer from Apax equities in a deal estimated at $960 million.
The Israeli-based website creation platform, Wix.com, recently announced a series of predictions regarding record expected incomes for the second quarter of 2014.