Israeli startup Fiverr, the world’s largest marketplace for creative and professional services, has raised $30 million in Series C funding. Fiverr lists over 3 million jobs in more than 100 different categories across 196 countries, making it one of the top 130 websites in the world. Alongside the funding round announcement, Fiverr launched version 3.0 of its platform.To read more about the funding round and the company’s role in the growing Gig Economy, click here.
Wear it well: The top ten wearable tech made in Israel
Wearable technology is steadily becoming the next frontier for high tech companies, investors and consumers. From earphones to pedometers, we are only at the beginning of a rising trend in wearable technology gear, gadgets, and gizmos. Israel plays a leading role in this steadily growing sector. In a short span of time, the country has produced an impressive number of incredible technologies for people to wear. To read more about the top 10 wearable technologies made in Israel, click here.
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‘TalkItt’ helps people with speech impairments to speak clearly
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Tel Aviv University launches R&D institute focused on alternative fuels
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