TechNation: TriPlay Wins $11 Million in New Funding

Madonna’s Meerkat debut flops, trying again; SimilarWeb launching big hiring drive; Zebra Medical raises $8 million.

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Madonna performs at the Brit Awards 2015 in London, Feb. 25, 2015.Credit: AP

Zebra Medical raises $8 million

Zebra Medical Vision, which is building a database of anonymous medical images for research use, said Tuesday it had raised $8 million from investors led by Khosla Ventures. DeepFork Capital and CEO Marc Benioff joined in the round, it said. Zebra said it also launched a closed beta version of its Medical Imaging Research platform, which offers medical researchers X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans of real patients whose names and other identifying details have been removed. Zebra’s database should enable researchers to create computer algorithms that can diagnose diseases more accurately. “Advances in machine learning and computer vision have made it possible to create diagnostic quality algorithms based on big data, that surpass current reading accuracy rates,” explained CEO Elad Benjamin. (TheMarker)

Madonna’s Meerkat debut flops, trying again

Madonna tried to premiere a cut from her latest album “Rebel Heart” on the hit Israeli live video broadcasting app Meerkat on Tuesday. “Be here at 10am PST tomorrow for the world premiere of Madonna’s Ghosttown video!” promised a message on Madonna’s official Meerkat profile, which The Guardian said had just under 1,000 subscribers. But the debut had technical glitches, and most viewers saw nothing more than a 500 Error Page. The singer was due to try again Wednesday evening. If successful, it will be a major shot in the arm for Meerkat, which has gone through a rough patch after Twitter cut off its access to its social graph and then introduced a rival service called Periscope. (TheMarker)

TriPlay wins $11 million in new funding

TriPlay, whose platform allows users worldwide to easily access and share music, photos and videos across computers, cellphone and tablets, said Tuesday it landed $11 million of financing from funds belonging to the Fortress Investment Group as well as from existing investors Kenges Rakishev and Tamir Koch, TriPlay’s founder and CEO. TriPlay said it would use the proceeds for marketing, research and development and to buy technology developed by Intellectual Ventures, a company that buys and develops intellectual property. New York-based TriPlay employs just 20 people, four of them in Israel. (Inbal Orpaz)

SimilarWeb launching big hiring drive

SimilarWeb, whose platform collects and analyzes user-engagement statistics for websites and mobile apps, is joining the wave of high-tech hiring in Israel (see story on page 15). The London-based company, formed six year ago by Israelis Or Offer and Nir Cohen, said Wednesday it was launching a hiring drive to hire 100 new staff members in Israel. SimilarWeb, which now employs 130 people in Israel, is looking mainly for sales people and developers, and is renting two more floors of Tel Aviv’s Levenstein Tower to house them. “The current round of hiring is aimed at supporting the company’s rapid growth and the new customers joining us every day,” said Offer. SimilarWeb raised its last round of capital in November, when it took in $15 million. (Inbal Orpaz)

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