Like others, it sees an opportunity to not just re-create Windows on the Web, but perhaps to even replace the traditional operating system. I see some interesting notions, but a lot of challenges in these models.
But what struck me most about the company is its unique workforce. Ghost has a few workers in Israel, while most of the company is located in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The idea is to show the world as … Read more
Who's bringing the electric car back to life? Mayor Gavin Newsom hopes he can help in San Francisco by partnering with Project Better Place, according to Earth2Tech.
The venture, founded by the mayor's friend Shai Agassi, aims for all passenger vehicles in Israel to run on batteries rather than gasoline. Drivers would subscribe to cars much like they subscribe to cellular phone plans. The biggest challenge is to create the electric car infrastructure, a network of stations for charging vehicles and replacing batteries.
In Israel last week, Newsom met with CEO Moshe Kaplinsky and volunteered to make the … Read more
With Earth Day upon us again, News.com green reporters sat down and selected five leading companies in five different clean technology categories. Here are the ones to watch in the areas of food and drink:
1. Purfresh: Formerly Novazone, the company's goal is to become the giant in organic pesticides. It makes a system that kills fungi and microbes in bottled water and food with ozone, and also offers a sunscreen for fruit. It cuts back on industrial chemicals, boosts the amount of food that makes it from the field to the table without spoiling, and saves water. … Read more
AqWise, which builds condominiums for bacteria, has raised an additional $3.6 million in funding. The founder, though, is toiling in a new venture.
The company, with which we spoke during a swing through Israel in 2006 (just in time for the outbreak of border hostilities), has created an intricate polymer cylinder that, when placed in wastewater treatment ponds, clusters microbes that consume contaminants. The water can then be safely discarded or used to irrigate fields.
The trick is that the honeycombed cylinder sports a huge amount of surface area for microbes to grow. The greater amount of surface area … Read more
Microsoft has acquired Israeli ad-targeting start-up YaData.
The price tag is somewhere between $20 million and $30 million, Israeli business daily Globes reported.
The acquisition, announced Wednesday, comes as Microsoft pursues its vastly larger acquisition target, Yahoo.
Microsoft said the YaData team will be folded into the software giant's existing research and development center in Herzliya, Israel, and will operate as part of its ad unit. YaData focuses on so-called behavioral targeting, which serves up advertising based on what users are doing at their computer.
"The purchase of YaData brings the Israeli R&D center into the … Read more
I couldn't escape the irony of spending Wednesday morning on Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus, listening to show-and-tell presentations from 15 Israeli tech start-ups.
While Microsoft is trying to buy its way into becoming a more serious challenger to Google, here was a collection of very talented bootstrap operations trying to turn their respective "aha" moments into real businesses.
What with global stock markets going from bad to worse nearly every day, this was a tonic reminder that some incredibly creative development work continues apace regardless of the manic gyrations on Wall Street.
The sessions were organized … Read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW--Israel is brimming with technology upstarts that want what Silicon Valley has--venture money, partnerships, and a bridge to the rest of the world.
On Wednesday, 15 Israeli companies showed off their technology to a group of investors and tech leaders here at Microsoft's offices. The conference, called IsraelWebTour 2008, was like a Demo for Israeli companies, but with potentially more upside for a start-up looking for influential ties.
"I love it. This gives us a lot of first-time introductions to major players like eBay, Microsoft, Google, and Ask.com," said Tai Schwartz, co-founder and CEO of … Read more
If you'd like to get a feel for cutting-edge water technologies, go to Israel, a densely populated country that gets only four to six inches of rain a year.
Stanford Venture Capital Holdings on Monday said it has committed $10 million to Israel-based AquAgro Fund, a division of Gaon Agro Industries.
Israeli newspaper Globes reported Tuesday that the AquAgro Fund made its first move, a $4 million investment in Advanced Desalination Technologies.
The AquAgro fund plans to invest in different technologies, including filtering and water recycling, as well as computerized irrigation systems.
Water scarcity is often cited as a … Read more
Correction 10:35 a.m. PST: This blog initially misidentified the prime minister of Israel. He is Ehud Olmert. It also misidentified the person whose speech can be found on the Project Better Place Web site--it is by Shai Agassi--and as such an earlier version of this post also incorrectly attributed a quote from that speech.
Renault-Nissan, the government of Israel, and an electric charging station start-up founded by Shai Agassi are mounting an effort to make electric cars part of ordinary life in Israel in the next decade.
Project Better Place, Agassi's organization, will try to build 500,… Read more