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Startup Roundup

Israel’s Webydo simplifies web development for designers

With Wix’s IPO filing, competition in the website-building tools market is intensifying. Enter Webydo — a platform for web professionals that makes beautiful websites in less time and for less money. Oh, the kicker? It doesn’t require any coding. Read more about what Forbes had to say about the Wix competitor. Click here

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Technology Corner

Israeli-made bionic contact lenses that turn touch into vision

Much in the way Braille allows people who are blind to “see” the written word, a new bionic contact lens “presses” images onto the surface of the eye to help the brain decipher through touch what the wearer is looking at. Read how Israeli researcher Prof. Zeev Zalevsky plans on activating the original sense of vision in the blind. Click here.

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 Trending Israeli Entrepreneurs

One-on-one with Wix CMO, Omer Shai

With a recent filing for an IPO, Israel’s Wix is the talk of angel investors, venture capitalists, and competitors. With more than 36 million users and 440 employees, Wix’s Chief Marketing Officer, Omer Shai discusses his plans for global expansion and monetization in a short interview. Read it here.

Immigration Innovation: Why Israel has world-class startups

How has immigration played a significant role in the rise of the startup nation? OurCrowd’s Sammie Vega explains the connection between immigration and high-tech, economic growth. To read the full article, click here

Israel tech firms raise $493M in Q2 from VCs

Israeli high-tech firms raised $493 million in venture capital in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 4% from the first quarter and 3% higher than the same quarter in 2012. To read more about the trend, click here.
OurCrowd’s News Nuggets


Can crowdfunding solve the startup capital gap? (Harvard Business Review)
Chekkt raises $1.25M to help you find the right SaaS (GeekTime)
Beyond Verbal raises $1M to develop emotion recognition tech (PandoDaily)
Chinese-Israeli electric car venture partners with American co. (NoCamels)
Israeli app, BillGuard, launches new version for iPhone (TheNextWeb)
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