Wired presents Tel-Aviv’s top 11 start-up companies
The British edition of the major technology magazine expresses its esteem for the Israeli start-up scene.
The leading technology magazine Wired has selected Israeli start-up companies as exemplary models of leading businesses in their field, listing Tel Aviv's top 11 start-ups in its recent print edition.
Israeli start-up companies have frequently made headlines recently, such as the New York Observer’s extensive article on the “Israeli start-up mafia in New York.” Now, the British edition of the major technology magazine Wired published an article listing the leading start-up companies across Europe, including Tel-Aviv.
The article features the Gifts Project, a company that developed a system that facilitates the group purchase of gifts. The company enables its application in cooperation with EBay.
Also featured on the list is face.com, a company specializing in face recognition technology, and Wibiya that was purchased by Conduit.
One of the article’s text-boxes deals with where Tel-Aviv’s start-up companies are located.
“Israel is a small country – it takes just 50 minutes to drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv – which allows startups and established tech companies to choose ofﬁce space on cost rather than location. That said, there are clusters of high-tech industry in the town of Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, and in Ramat Gan and Ramat Hachayal in the city’s northern suburbs.”
“But the real buzz can be found in the cafés of Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard. Stretching from Neve Tzedek in the south roughly to midtown, Rothschild is an elegant, treelined avenue popular with pedestrians, cyclists and rollerbladers enjoying the city’s almost unending sunshine. On the pedestrian walkway that runs down its centre, a strip of hip, outdoor cafés is home to creative types on their laptops, thanks in no little part to the city’s free, widespread Wi-Fi network. ‘Rothschild is a mashup of everything,’ says The Gifts Project’s Ron Gura, whose ofﬁces overlook the street. ‘You can ﬁnd artists, coders, musicians, investors, marketeers, all hanging out together.’”
The text-box continues to describe the country’s thriving tech-camp scene, and goes on to mention TechAviv, a startup founders’ club, with 2,000 members meeting monthlyin Tel Aviv, New York, Silicon Valley and Boston.
During July, British Channel 4, sent reporter Benjamin Cohen to Tel Aviv to investigate what is Israel’s secret, and why it received its title “start-up nation.”
The French news agency AFP also recently ran story on Israel’s start-up industry, which received a lot of interest and was extensively talkbacked.
Gift Project CEO Ron Gura told TheMarker that “it was nice meeting the guys from Wired,” and that they “were happy to have them over,” Gura added that “they met with start-up companies from around the world and said they especially enjoyed their time in Tel Aviv, and were impressed by the companies they visited here, as was mentioned in the article.” Commenting on Gift Project’s selection, he said “I believe we were chosen because of what they picked up from the scene and their belief that social commerce is likely to explode in the future. What we are seeing now is only the beginning.”
The full company list:
1. The Gifts Project
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