Tuesday Jul 01, 2014
Israelis Value Online Media 1.5x More Than Offline Media- Highest in Global Survey
Value Ascribed to Online vs. Offline Media in 11 countries
Digital media is a recent phenomenon in Israel. The first television broadcast, a military parade, did not occur until 1968. In the mobile era, the iPhone arrived in 2009 (two years after the US), followed by the iPad in 2011 and the iTunes store in 2012. Today, 60 percent of...
Monday Jun 09, 2014
Mobile applications are a lousy business. More than 60% of applications earn less than $500 per month (Vision Mobile). And the market is getting worse every day. By 2018, Gartner predicts that less than .01% of mobile applications will be financially successful. As developers grow increasingly desperate for monetization, Amazon (which runs its own app store in 200 countries) identified success factors of the Top 50 applications.
Tuesday May 13, 2014
Just back from a week of beer, black wardrobes and David Hoselhoff ads- yes, it was Web Week in Berlin. Again and again (after a few drinks, of course) my European friends confided the same perception about Israeli startups: wonderful technologies, horrendous marketing. Danish entrepreneur and Skype funder Morten Lund said it best “any cabdriver in LA is better at marketing (than Israeli founders). Before you reach the restaurant,...
Wednesday Apr 30, 2014
Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha’Shoah) this week– paying tribute to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis.
For two solemn minutes at 10am, a siren rang as Israelis honored the dead with silent reflection. At a ceremony where victims’ names were read aloud, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein said, "each and every child and every person must have a name. Not a number, not a figure, but an actual...
Sunday Apr 27, 2014
The healthcare sector is undergoing historic transition, spurred by the reforms of Obamacare and innovation in mobile, digital and nano technology. Many of these advances are in the developmental stage, such as virtual digital brains, recreational cyborgs, nanorobots in blood, gamification based wellness, full psychological simulation, holographic data input, home diagnostics, multi-functional radiology, remote touch, humanoid robots...