Israeli equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd worked with marketing firm Evolve Inc. to handpick a list of 800 influential members of the crowdfunding community.
Jerusalem, IL and San Diego, CA. – January 22, 2014 – OurCrowd, Israel’s leading equity-based crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, today announced a project uncovering the 100 top thought leaders in crowdfunding today. The project, based on an Evolve!, Inc. analysis of the impact of more than 800 members of the crowdfunding community, pinpoints thought leaders whose leadership, actions, blog posts, articles, tweets and commentary provide a framework for understanding new rules, structures and players in innovation finance.
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When researching the emerging crowdfunding industry, we discovered a number of individuals providing remarkable insights into the new market structures, rules, players and opportunities. Using innovative ideas and approaches, these thought leaders have created a road map for investors and entrepreneurs who want to better understand and participate in this revolutionary form of innovation finance.
At OurCrowd, we are deeply committed to identifying and delivering exceptional opportunities for accredited investors to invest in leading early stage companies alongside experienced investors. By listening to and following these thought leaders, our knowledge of the rapidly changing landscape continues to grow and inform our unique crowdfunding model.
Working with influencer relations agency Evolve Inc., we selected and carefully vetted 800 of the most knowledgeable, most influential and most social thought leaders in crowdfunding today, including industry insiders, regulators and politicians, journalists, platform vendors, angel investors, entrepreneurs, artists and industry analysts.
Evolve used a broad range of influencer discovery and engagement tools to identify thought leaders, including Traackr, Little Bird, Group High and Google. The list was scored using a proprietary formula designed to quantify their actions, leadership and influence. It takes into account a variety of factors such as social footprint, popularity among industry insiders, engagement frequency, citations by influential writers in venture finance, and related factors. Weights were assigned to each factor to identify a ranked list of the top 30 and unranked list of 100 top crowdfunding thought leaders.
Here we take a look at the 30 who best represent the crowdfunding industry:
We’ve saved you the trouble of following everyone on the list below:
Highest on the list are the leaders of three top crowdfunding platforms: Perry Chen, co-founder, chairman and former CEO of Kickstarter; Naval Ravikant, founder and co-maintainer of AngelList; and Slava Rubin, CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo (Tweet this).
Fred Wilson, founder and managing partner of early stage venture capital firm Union Square Ventures also ranks high on the list. In 2012, he predicted that crowdfunding will grow to $300 billion annually and make the current VC model obsolete (Tweet this). Wilson foresees VCs leading rounds with small increments of capital and using their brands to attract crowdfunds to the startups they deem the most promising.
Congratulations to all those who made the list!
Of course, our ranking is not the final word on the subject but rather the beginning of a discussion. Who do you believe belongs on the list (Tweet this)? What role will community play in venture investing in 2014? Please share your thoughts.
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OurCrowd’s portfolio company Crosswise was featured in Israel’s leading financial publication, Calcalist.
Excerpt from the article (translated from Hebrew):
“Hong-Kong mogul Li Ka-shing through Horizon Ventures participated in a $2 million funding round in Israeli startup Crosswise, which operates in the online advertising field. The funding round was led by Israeli Giza Ventures. Additional investors participating int he funding round include OurCrowd and other private investors, such as Moshe Lichtman, the previous President of Microsoft’s Israel R&D Center.”
Read more on Calcalist (Hebrew)
OurCrowd’s portfolio company Easy Social Shop‘s founders Nissim Lehyani and Ofir Tahor have been featured on the first page of L’Express’ coverage of the Israeli startup scene. L’Express is a leading and influential French weekly news magazine.
Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv is not only renowned for its Bauhaus buildings. It became the haunt of more than 700 startups and 1,000 high-tech companies – which are concentrated there despite the high rents. “We are here in the heart of the ecosystem,” enthuses Lehyani Nissim, 31, creator of EasySocialShop, a boutique concept on Facebook.
“You see this building?” asks Nissim Lehyani on the terrace of his tiny office. “Within five years, we will occupy the top three stories.”
Read the full article in French here: La Toile de David – EasySocialShop (PDF download).
Lost in some of the excitement around Israeli startups’ push into consumer technology is the country’s history in the software market.
A key part of Israel’s success story — part of the economic fabric of the Startup Nation — is the enterprise software market.
Established in the 1980s, Comverse, Amdocs, and Mercury Interactive were considered top-tier competition (especially in niche markets) to multinationals like SAP and Oracle. While their prominence may have faded somewhat, they did seed a whole ecosystem of enterprise-focused software startups that began in the 1990s and continues through today. That hasn’t been lost on companies like Oracle, which has purchased firms like Primavera, Demantra, and Convergin over the past decade.
The following is a presentation given by OurCrowd‘s founder, Jon Medved, addressing the historical roots of the enterprise software industry in Israel, its enablers, and where the market may head in the near future.
Special thanks to OC’s Prescott Watson in the preparation of these materials!
Venture capital investors, angel funds, accelerator, these concepts are familiar today to every high-tech entrepreneur in Jerusalem, and there are quite a few of those.
Among those present were Shahar Tzafrir of Magma Venture Partners (a primary investor in Waze), Evelyn Rubin of Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, Ben Wiener who recently launched a Jumpspeed, a micro-fund for early-stage startups in Jerusalem, Jerusalemite angel investor Reuven Ulmansky and Aviram Zolti, Israel’s Vice Chief Scientist.
A last minute addition to this group was Zohar Levkovitz, an entrepreneur turned investor who recently sold his ads company Amobee to Singaporian SingTel for almost $350 million. This wasn’t the only event held in Jerusalem that week. One of the participants was complaining that the previous night there were 2 events appealing to the same target audience.
This example illustrates the type of “difficulties” a Jerusalem entrepreneur faces these days.
Over the past year and half something good and refreshing has been happening in Jerusalem. Israel’s capital was dormant for almost 20 years while its Tel-Aviv sister witnessed a flourishing of high-tech ventures that attracted the world’s leading high-tech companies. Truthfully, this description isn’t 100% accurate.
Intel settled in Jerusalem before Microsoft and Google opened R&D centers in the holy city and before ICQ was sold to AOL in the late 1990s. NDS was established in Jerusalem by a group of software developers who graduated from the Jerusalem college of Technology long before the developers of Waze from Ra’anana introduced the GPS applications and changed the way you looked at a smartphone. Venture Capital was also present in the capital before the 2000s. Funds such as JVP and other smaller funds and angel investors from Jerusalem have been active since the end of the last century and the early 2000s.
It turns out that there are many Jerusalem entrepreneurs, the majority of which realized their high-tech visions outside the city or abroad. Hanan Brand of JVP was one of the first people to do something about it when two years ago he established Capital-J in order to connect between Jerusalemite entrepreneurs. This trend has not gone unnoticed by the members of The Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) who launched last year a number of programs to support Jerusalem’s high-tech entrepreneurs.
SifTech, a non-profit organization that aims to promote entrepreneurship and high-tech initiatives in Jerusalem, was established in March 2012. SifTech was established under the sponsorship of the Students Union at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in cooperation with a variety of partnering organizations and professionals in Jerusalem. Following was the establishment of Made in JLM, Startup Hub, PICO and several more institutions and services that appeal to technology entrepreneurs in Jerusalem.
Next year in Jerusalem
2013 has turned out to be a very successful year for Israeli high-tech in general and Jerusalem-based startups specifically. OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding site for accredited investors, is based in Jerusalem and has a great ringside seat for seeing what’s trending in the city (and Startup Nation!) right now.
This blog post includes translated excerpts of the original article by Oded Greenberg which was featured in Israel’s leading financial social network, TheMarker Cafe: The Jerusalem startup scene has never been better! (Hebrew)
Back in October during Apple’s media event in San Francisco, it was revealed that Apple’s iOS App Store lists more than one million apps and has generated $13 billion in revenue for developers since it was first introduced. The Next Web, a leading website for international tech news, put together a list of the more notable apps and services to launch for Apple’s mobile platform in 2013.
Out of the 89 apps listed by TNW, 8 of them are Israeli products fresh out of the Startup Nation. Besides being very useful additions to anyone’s collection, these smart calendars, budgeting tools and funky cameras represent the crème de la crème of Israeli innovation.
Here is the Made-in-Israel edition of the TNW’s list of the best iOS apps launched in 2013:
We were very excited to see OurCrowd’s portfolio company Takes on the list! Takes is a cool app that lets you capture video simply by taking photos. Every time you snap a picture, Takes is capturing video, too. It effectively provides a brand new way for you to share your experiences by simply doing what you already love to do, capturing still images on your smartphone.
Israeli music app Serendip is a social music discovery service that connects you with your music friends, who share your music taste and love for music. The music they are sharing will become your playlist and you can share your favorite tunes with them.
Israeli startup Any.Do launched a smart calendar app called Cal. The app’s uniquely designed interface gives you clear perspective on what’s on the horizon of your day and what’s already been accomplished. As your day goes along, Cal is right there with you, up to speed on your progress with a host of newly designed features that add to your momentum.
Jerusalem-based startup Lightricks’ photo editing app, Facetune, lets you touch up your photos automatically and edit your portraits to perfection. Editing tools available include whiten, smoothing, details, reshape, patch, tones, red eye, de-focus and filters.
Israel’s Perion has developed an app called Molto (formerly Incredimail). The app is designed to deliver your messages from any of your existing email accounts with a social feel that emulates social networks and mobile messaging apps.
Israeli startup BillGuard‘s smart money app is the fastest, easiest and most elegant way to manage personal finances. It helps you stay on top of your spending, lower your bills at your favorite places, and protect your cards from unwanted charges.
Israeli Nutrino is a virtual personal nutritionist. The app uses your medical and physical profile, your eating habits, preferences, and creates a meal plan tailored to fit your needs.
Israeli mobile gaming startup JoyTunes, winner of “World Summit Award” from the UN and “Parents’ Choice Award”, knows how to make practicing the piano fun! The Piano Mania app helps you learn to read sheet music and practice rhythm and technique on your piano or keyboard.
Israeli mobile apps and investment opportunities
Until recently Israel hasn’t had a lot of success with consumer apps, but the lucrative Waze-Google acquisition may have finally put Israel on the map as a major player in consumer innovation. Israeli mobile apps are launching into the market right now and OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding site for accredited investors in Israeli startups and based in Israel, has a great ringside seat for seeing what’s trending right now.