Tag: M&A

Why Uber Bought JUMP

When Uber bought a small electric bike company in April 2018, it came as a shock to many. What was behind the acquisition of JUMP Mobility Technologies, an OurCrowd portfolio company? What did it suggest about how innovative companies could stay on the cutting edge of business models and technologies? A disruptive innovation gives new consumers at the bottom of a market access to a product or service historically only accessible to consumers with a lot of money or skill. These innovators figure out how to compete asymmetrically with market leaders, ultimately overturning — or disrupting — the status quo. New technologies, new business models, social trends or government policy may catalyze this process. This is exactly what happened in JUMP’s case. Municipalities granted existing bike-sharing vendors in cities like New York, San Francisco and Portland near-monopolies and they naturally grew complacent. These vendors essentially used pre-iPhone technology. Manual bikes needed to be picked up and returned to bulky, and often inconvenient, docking stations. Consumers grumbled about the mobile interface, pricing and the need to return the bike to...

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Israeli Exits through the Years: The Data Storage Industry

Not for nothing is Israel the #2 startup ecosystem in the world — it has more high-tech startups and a larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country. Over the past few years, Israeli M&A has been (and still is!) on fire with a lot of excitement and hype around several multi-million dollar deals. The interest of international tech giants in Israeli startups is nothing new, and as we know, one of the major strategies for Israeli startups is to transform into appealing acquisitions for large entities knocking on its door. Some of the top high-tech M&As in Israeli history have come straight out of the data storage industry. These companies working on developing various storage solutions (from software to hardware, and in between) typically exit in the mid-hundreds of millions of dollars range. Here’s an up-to-date look at the Israeli M&As in the data storage industry over the years: UPDATE: Storage giant Western Digital just announced (Oct. 21st, 2015) that it has agreed to buy SanDisk Corp for about $19 billion, marking yet another exit for Israel’s data storage sector! A look to the (near)...

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Reviewing 2014: Israeli tech winners, OurCrowd achievements, and more [OurCrowd Newsletter]

This past week, we waved 2014 goodbye and welcomed in the new year – but not without a bit of self reflection at what an amazing year it’s been for the Startup Nation. In 2014, Israel reached new heights – including perhaps a new nickname, Scale-Up Nation. And with so much going on here, OurCrowd, too, broke new records this past year.  Read on for the highlights. Start getting this weekly newsletter via email: Subscribe now From Startup Nation to Scale-Up Nation, Israel reached new heights in 2014 As we enter 2015, it’s safe to say that 2014 may have been the best year yet for Israeli tech. According to data collected by PwC, this year saw a total of 70 Israeli high-tech exits, reaching a record amount of $15 billion. From the largest number of Israeli IPOs since the dot-com boom, to the faith placed in Israel’s breakthrough cybersecurity and big data sectors by governments and multinational companies, this was a year of unprecedented progress and earnings for the Startup Nation. Learn more. OurCrowd in the News OurCrowd’s Zack Miller highlights top...

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Don’t believe these 4 myths about equity crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding is quickly finding its legs. For 2014, we estimated upwards of $700 million of capital invested in startups would be through equity crowdfunding platforms. Investors who have already migrated to these platforms are the early adopters, quick and flexible and open to trying an innovative new way to invest in the next Google, Facebook and Apple. However, many investors are still reticent to getting their feet wet since it’s still not entirely clear how equity crowdfunding works. This article dispels four myths about equity crowdfunding to offer investors a new investment track in some of the most exciting opportunities in the startup scene. Myth #1: Companies that choose crowdfunding couldn’t raise venture capital Raising money via crowdfunding channels may look easy, but in reality, it isn’t. And companies that are considering fielding an investment on an equity crowdfunding platform are, more times than not, choosing between many different sources of funding. Many of these companies have already raised an investment from an early stage venture capital firm or from other angel investors. Many will ultimately go on...

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IPOs: How they work and what they mean for your portfolio

In our ‘Teach-In Tuesdays’ webinar series, we explore investing in early-stage Israeli companies, identify and explain influential tech trends, stay up-to-date with the crowdfunding industry, and examine actionable insights from our own experience running OurCrowd’s investment platform. This past Tuesday, OurCrowd hosted a special edition of our ‘Teach-In Tuesdays’ webinar series, in light of the recent ReWalk IPO. ReWalk, the first OurCrowd portfolio company to achieve an exit, recently went public on the NASDAQ (RWLK) prompting a lot of questions from our investor community. Join OurCrowd partner Elan Zivotofsky to learn more about the IPO process and how early stage investors profit from this type of exit. To stay updated on future events and the best news from the Startup Nation, sign up for our newsletter, email us, and follow us on social media. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: View the FULL program Download/view the presentation To stay updated on future events and the best news from the Startup Nation, sign up for our newsletter, email us, and follow us on social...

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