Showing posts with label Entrepreneurs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Entrepreneurs. Show all posts

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Israeli Start-Ups Get an Edge With UI/UX Expertise


Last night, at The Hub, Barak Danin (http://uniqui.co.il/ ), a UI/UX expert gave an introduction talk to a sold out crowd. Sometimes we forget how enthusiasm does not completely make up for experience. Israel has a desperate shortage of specialized skills expert. With a strong technology start-up field, UI/UX is a crucial specialty needed to produce successful product the first time out. Yet, as with many key specialties, not many technology entrepreneurs are familiar with UI/UX in product design. The good new comes from seeing Barak Danin spreads his message with ease which only comes with 17 years of experience.  
Read More...


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Northern Israel Entrepreneurs Active and Working - Technion Conference


While the venture capitalists in Israel have been concentrating on the big deals, investment in the range of US$10 million, entrepreneurs have been busy away from the spotlights. In Israel venture capital investment has gone down to pre-2005 levels. The consequence is very few large venture capital backed start-ups. There was a talk of this lucrative sector in the Israeli economy turning into different type of financing models. In Israel where high-tech start-ups is a big economic factor many are having a hard time dealing with the drop in companies and jobs. But contrary to predictions from two years ago, this does not mean people stoped innovating. Technologists have been developing new ideas some even building products. Some small teams have started marketing their products.

Yesterday, at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology, equivalent to USA's MIT) about 250 start-up workers and managers gathered to discuss the state of affairs. It seemed to me that most of the attendees were from northern Israel. Haifa is situated in the southern edge of Israel's gallil. Some of Israel's known start-ups are situated in northern Israel. But central Israel (the Dan region) is better known for start-ups, venture capital and entrepreneur services. Nevertheless, the meeting was well attended and a lecture hall in the engineering building was filled to capacity.

Read More...


Friday, March 12, 2010

Can Israeli Technologists Make THE Peace with Palestinians? (A Ghost Story)

If you are a follower of Israeli start-up scene you probably heard the story of Ghost. This is a virtual desktop start-up that just folded it's doors [start-up mania article] The idea was to offer the latest technology to replace the desktop in a cloud computing platform. The start-up was a collaboration of Israelis and Palestinians on a large scale. Large scale in terms of start-ups in Israel that is. For the first time Israeli investors and executives used Palestinian programmers. This was a big deal here. Most people were worried and suspicious. First of all, who has ever heard of successful Palestinian programmers? Actually, who ever heard of any Palestinian programmers??? This kind of thinking is what made the project such a anomaly to begin with. The company was in management and financial terms Israeli, but the work was "outsourced" to the west bank.

Read More...


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Start-Up Nation, Start-Up Mania, Start-Up Fever?

The recent book about Israel: "Start-Up Nation" [Amazon] [B&N] [Borders] brought for the first time the amazing story of Israel's technology start-up world out in the open. In Israel, high-tech entrepreneur success is a 20 year phenomena. The dream of many engineers is to develop an innovative product, sell a few units to show how great the product is... AND sell the venture to a US company. What a simple recipe for a get rich quick dream? The more ambitious entrepreneurs want to take the company public on NASDAQ. (Israel is the number two country with NASDAQ listed companies after the US.) Start-up success is held in almost mythical terms in Tel Aviv. Besides the financial rewards there is a reverence to entrepreneurs as creative inventors and productive managers. This attracts all kind of people to the world of entrepreneurship. Start-up fever or start-up mania (see blog) are a common condition seen around the high-tech community. Start-Up Fever condition comes in many forms, from chronically unemployed (or under-employed) entrepreneurs to job hopping early start-up engineers. There are also the "always in attendance" at tech meetings denizens. Essentially start-up fever is the blinding desire to have your own start-up regardless of reality. Let's face it, not all engineers are able to produce a good product and get on a shelf.

Read More...