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Mobile app testing company Perfecto Mobile raises $20M

Perfecto Mobile Inc., a developer of cloud-based testing, automation and monitoring solutions for mobile apps and websites, has raised $20 million to expand its virtual testing platform. Founded in 2006, the company is headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts with its R&D offices in Rosh Ha’ayin. To read more about Perfecto Mobileclick here.

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Israeli innovation protects airports worldwide against birds

Israeli company Xsight Systems has developed an automatic system to protect airport runways against birds and other foreign objects, which are significant aviation threats, capable of causing great damage. The basic FODetect system is based on a combination of optics and radar. Every unit continuously scans a runway segment using radar, sensors and image processing technology. To read more, click here.

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Rony Zarom, Israeli paratrooper turned entrepreneur, shares his secret to success

When you ask serial entrepreneur Rony Zarom, CEO of Israeli startup Watchitoo, about the secret to his success, he doesn’t talk about the companies he built, but the lessons he learned during his time as a paratrooper in the IDF. His top tips for aspiring entrepreneurs include: just jump, lace up your boots, trust your co-pilot, and know the terrain. To read more about Zarom’s tips for successclick here.

Google’s Exec. Chairman Eric Schmidt: “The next Google could come from Israel”

In a special letter to Calcalist, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Dror Berman, leader of Google-funded innovation venture fund, discuss Israel’s long history of innovation and entrepreneurial culture. Schmidt and Berman express confidence in the Israeli startup ecosystem to a point that they’ve made Israel a key hub for their investments. To read more, click here.

Israeli students develop an electronic ‘guide dog’ for the blind

Despite the advancement in cutting edge technology, most blind people still use low-tech aids like a cane or guide dog. Combining both high and low tech, three undergraduate students from the Technion have decided create an electronic guide dog for the blind. The device is based on a Kinect camera (also developed in Israel), a mobile phone app and headphones. To read more, click here.

OurCrowd’s News Nuggets


Israeli Google Glass-style tech does night vision, too (Times of Israel)
Intel acquires Ginger Software’s personal assistant for $10M-20M (Geektime)
Qualcomm in talks to buy Israeli chip maker, Wilocity, for $300M (Globes)
Israel one of 4 countries leaving Silicon Valley in their tracks (Fast Company)
The Trendlines Group to establish agri-tech incubator in China (Israel21c)
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