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Israel’s content discovery company Taboola buys California-based Perfect Market

Leading Israeli content-recommendation platform, Taboola, is acquiring Perfect Market in order to broaden its portfolio and its products, and to offer content sites an additional, combined revenue engine. Founded in 2007, this is Taboola’s first acquisition. Taboola did not disclose financial details of the deal, but the fact that California-based Perfect Market has raised $30 million to date, indicates that the deal was likely to be in the tens of millions of dollars, at least. To read more, click here.

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Top 10 Furry Innovations: When the ‘Startup Nation’ turns its eyes to pets

The Israeli startup ecosystem is known for being at the forefront of business and creativity. The country’s technological ingenuities range from medtech to cleantech, and include even pet-tech. Israelis have developed an innovative range of out-of-the-box products for their furry, four-legged friends. From pet chip health monitors to high-tech dog-walking sevices. To check out some of the more ‘paws’-atively innovative ways that Israelis are making life better for man’s best friendclick here.

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Yissum: 50 years of bringing brilliant ideas from lab to market

The many groundbreaking products that came out of the labs of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem may never have moved from academia to market without Yissum Research Development Company, founded in February 1964 to protect and commercialize the university’s intellectual property. In celebration of Yissum’s 50th anniversary, CEO Yaacov Michlin discusses how this technology-transfer company earned a place among the top 15 globally in terms of income. To read more, click here.

Faces of the Startup Nation: Q&A with Doron Nir of HappySale

Doron Nir is the CEO and co-founder of HappySale, an Israeli app that promises “a fun new way to sell things online.” Nir, 40, an expert game designer, is also one of the founders of GameIS, the Israeli Digital Game Developers Association, and the director of the Garage Geeks, the largest group of entrepreneurs and tech professionals in Israel. To read about how Nir wound his way into the entrepreneurial world, click here.

Israel to retrain workers over 45 to fill tech jobs

After years of complaints of age discrimination in Israeli technology — workers being shown the door when they get to age 40 or so and finding it hard to get a new job — Israel’s government is turning the job picture on its head, actively seeking older workers for high-tech positions. The new program provides free retraining, teaching older workers the latest technologies that will allow them to step into the high-paying jobs. To read more, click here.

OurCrowd’s News Nuggets


#WYBI campaign showcases Israel’s world-changing ideas (OurCrowd blog)
Israel’s Rounds seeks to snatch WhatsApp chat crown (Times of Israel)
Video streaming service Vidmind raises $30M from Russian retailer (Ha’aretz)
Former Apple exec Eric Sirkin steers Israeli startups (Israel21c)
EndyMed raises $7M from Chinese distributor (Globes)
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