TechNation: Number of Israelis With Higher Education Who Are Living Abroad Grows in 2015

A quarter of Israelis who received a maths doctorate between the years 1980 and 2009 are currently living overseas.


Israel’s brain drain is growing worse, despite government efforts lure back academics, according to figures released this week by the Central Bureau of Statistics. Among the approximately 496,000 Israelis who received a degree from an institute of higher education between 1980 and 2009, 5.6% had been living abroad for at least three years in 2015, an increase from 4.9% just three years earlier, the CBS said. Among Israelis with doctorates, 11% were living abroad, up from 10.5% in 2012. The biggest losses were in key sciences fields, with no less than a quarter of Israeli math PhDs living overseas, 18.3% of those in computer science, 17.5% in biology and avionics and 16% in physics, chemistry and biochemistry, the CBS said. A one billion-shekel ($260 million) government program to lure Israeli academics back to the universities attracted hundreds of people in the last few years, but the program petered out last year, the CBS said. (Lior Dattel)

GuardiCore raises $20 million for server-farm cyber-security

GuardiCore, which provides cyber-security software to server farms and data centers, said on Tuesday that it had raised $20 million in capital from existing investors Battery Ventures and 83North (formerly Greylock IL.) They were joined by Cisco Investments, bringing the company’s total funding since it was formed three years ago to $33 million. The company said it would use the proceeds to recruit scores of new staff in Israel and abroad for sales and marketing and research and development. Its current headcount is 50. Two of GuardiCore’s three founders – CEO Pavel Gurvich and Chief Technology Officer Ariel Zeitlin, – acquired their experience in cyber-security in the army, while its third founder, Vice President for Business Development Dror Sal’ee, led marketing efforts at the Israeli startups Anobit and Passave. Its GuardiCore Centra is designed to provide protection for data traffic between servers, a segment generally overlooked. (Inbal Orpaz)

Skycure secures $16.5 million for mobile security

Skycure, whose software blocks mobile cyber-attacks, completed a second round of fundraising this week with a $16.5 million round led by Foundation Capital. The company said on Tuesday that it would use the funds to expand in Europe and Asia, broaden its foothold with Global 1000 customers and on research and development. All of the company’s previous investors participated in this round, including Shasta Ventures, Pitango Venture Capital, Skycure customer New York Life, and private investors Peter McKay and Michael Weider. This round brings Skycure’s total funding to $27.5 million since it was formed in 2012. Skycure also added Lane Bess, a former CEO of Palo Alto Networks, as a private investor. “Mobile is the biggest challenge to enterprise security today and it requires vastly different considerations than desktop, network, or even cloud security,” said Adi Sharabani, CEO and co-founder. (Eliran Rubin)

Jolt raises $2 million for live-talks marketplace

Jolt, a marketplace for arranging live talks given by industry professionals, said on Tuesday it had secured a first-round investment of $2 million from an investor group led by Hillsven Ventures. Gil Hirsch, a founder of, Upwest Labs and Tank Hill Venture also joined in the round, whose proceeds will be used to expand the company’s staff from the current six, working in Tel Aviv and San Francisco, to 10. Jolt’s live talks enable employees of businesses that sign up for them to interact with speakers on technology, social media and other business topics. “To keep pace with developments in areas like marketing, technology and management, companies need an efficient way to drink knowledge ‘right from the faucet’ and don’t want to rely on pre-packaged information,” said CEO Roei Deutch, who says he formed his first company and sold it at age 16. Other founders are Nitzan Cohen and Nadav Leshem. (Eliran Rubin)