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New Greylock Partners venture capital fund to focus on Israeli tech startups

A new venture capital fund formed by four partners of the United States technology investor Greylock Partners has raised $200 million to invest in startups in Israel and Europe, TheMarker has learned. The new fund, which has yet to be named, will be managed by Yoram Snir, Erez Ofer and Arnon Dinur, now based at Greylock’s Herzlia offices, and by Laurel Bowden, who works for Greylock in London. The team will continue managing Greylo...

Israel tech firms raise $930 mln in Q2 from venture capital

Israeli private high-tech firms raised $930 million in venture capital in the second quarter, the highest quarterly amount since 2000, the Israel Venture Capital (IVC) Research Center said on Tuesday. This is up 38 percent from the amount raised in the first quarter and 109 percent above the year-ago quarter, IVC, in cooperation with the Israeli office of consultancy KPMG, said in a report. The quarterly figure included a $135 mil...

Israel tech firms raise $673 mln in Q1 from VCs

Israeli private high-tech firms raised $673 million in venture capital in the first quarter, up 53 percent from a year earlier, the Israel Venture Capital (IVC) Research Center said on Tuesday. This is 16 percent lower than the record amount raised in the fourth quarter but is still exceptionally high, IVC, in cooperation with the Israeli office of consultancy KPMG, said in a report. "The bullish U.S. capital market and capital ra...

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Business Plans & Pitching

7 Taboos of Business Pitching

Whether you’re pitching your business to angel investors for the first time ever or just the initial round this week, your mission is to incite their passion and provide compelling evidence of a potential boost to their bottom line. And you will likely have less than 10 minutes to accomplish this and will compete against dozens of other businesses in need of capital. As CEO of a medical device startup that has raised tidy sums t...

Creating A Killer Business Plan

Why You Need A Business Plan A business plan helps provide a foundation for your entire business. Before you make any long-term commitments to a business you should invest time and energy to create a business plan. Creating a business plan helps you in many ways before you even open your doors. First off, you will need to create a budget, an advertising strategy, a market analysis. All the data you will be compiling will help you tho...

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Fund Raising

3 mistakes to avoid when you're raising venture capital

FlexReceipts CEO Tomas Diaz was left at the venture capital altar twice — and you couldn't blame the ones offering the money. FlexReceipts — a Windermere-based tech firm that helps turn receipts into digital marketing tools for retailers — has raised $1.4 million to date from venture capital and angel investors, but getting there was no easy task. And mistakes were made. Diaz, in a candid conversation Aug. 26 at the VentureP...

How to Evaluate Your Startup Like a VC

When you build a startup, the most important thing to understand is how venture capital firms evaluate companies. That is the litmus test for any business. After all, they're the pros. They’ve been doing this for decades. And they know what they’re doing better than you do, that’s for sure. That’s not to say you can’t have a successful business without meeting their subjective criteria. Plenty of entrepreneurs were turned d...

Entrepreneurs Better Off Taking Less Venture Capital, Study Shows

Although it seems raising as much venture capital as humanly possible is Silicon Valley’s mantra, there are reasons to be cautious when signing termsheets. Startups raising a couple of million dollars had a median exit price of more than $10 million, while the outcome for those raising double that was actually worse, a recent study shows. The report, by San Francisco-based Exitround, a marketplace for M&A deals for small tech compa...

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Marketing & Social Media

Effective PR on a Start-Up Budget

The phrase 'if you build it, they will come' is often a strong inspiration for many start-up businesses. Realistically though, if no one knows about 'it' (your product or service) or how 'it' will affect/improve their life, it will be difficult to secure enough customers to stay afloat. For start-ups or for any company with a small marketing budget, PR is an extremely important tool because it can create awareness of your product/ser...

6 Signs Your Social Media Needs Help

Do you believe in signs? Sometimes, it’s pretty obvious that someone is trying to tell you something. They might flail their arms or raise their voice. But when it comes to social media for your business, how do you know? We’ve broken down 6 signs that your social media strategy needs a helping hand. You don’t have a plan. Putting a social media strategy in writing is essential for anyone that plans to run a Facebook pag...

5 Social Media Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Social media marketing holds a special allure for startups. It is the best vehicle, ever, for propelling your new business forward fast and gaining momentum you can build on. However, social media has to be done right. To execute properly, you have to begin strong, know what to do and what to avoid. As a newcomer, you get only one chance to make a good first impression with folks on social media. If you lose that chance you’re goin...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

8 Entrepreneurial Qualities That Contribute to Success

There are entrepreneurs who are extremely successful and everything they touch seems to turn to gold, and there are some that do not see as much success. What are the deciding factors that separate those that crank home run after home run and those that struggle at the plate? While the majority of entrepreneurs have no problem working hard, not all work smart and possess the following entrepreneurial qualities responsible for driving...

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