Technology Impact Investment platform #Impact1st

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Dear friends, As you may know, our Technology Impact Investment platform #Impact1st, is making investments in Israeli socially driven technology startups that are making an effort to make our world better. here is a story about one of our portfolio companies, #AngelSense, which developed solutions for autistic children. in the below link you can read about ...

פרידה מצחי פישביין חברנו האהוב

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צחי אהוב. ליוויתי אותך שנים רבות, מקרוב ומרחוק, מאז נפגשנו לראשונה בכיתה ט-2 בבית הספר התיכון “אורט טכניקום” בגבעתיים, שם חלמנו להיות אדריכלים. היית נער יפה תואר, שובה לבבות. בפעם הראשונה בה ראיתיך עלה על פניך חיוך רחב, ועיני התכלת שלך הצטרפו לצחוק החם שלך, שלא היתה בו טיפה של זיוף ולא נימה של מבוכה. חשבתי על היום הזה אתמול, ...

Post 18: Paving the China-Israel Economic Highway(Observations from “Circle One”)

Dear Friends,The China Israel business collaboration model is changing these days from Joint ventures in China to overseas strategic investments. This change is unleashing enormous economic potential never seen before. China will soon establish itself as the most important strategic economic partner to Israel’s eco-system, second only to the US.In the past, Chinese counter-partners suggested collaborating in the ...

Post Seventeen: Impact Investments and the Start-up Nation (Observations from “Circle 1st”)

Dear Friends, In the business world today more and more people worldwide are looking beyond financial gain and are getting more engaged in making a positive impact on the world. A more holistic approach on capital is moving to the mainstream, aligning capital gains with social impact. The field of impact investing reflects this trend, bringing the ...

New York, an Israeli Start-up City (“Observations from Circle One”)

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Dear friends, For many years, the City of New York represented the US and global financial center, whereas Silicon Valley represented the heart and soul of innovation and entrepreneurship. This is why New York was always an Israeli high-tech companies’ focus when they were going public on NASDAQ or NYSE, but when focusing on building start-up ...

An Economic Model of Sharing (“Observations from Circle One”)

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Dear Friends,  As the Internet continues to grow and connect billions of people all over the world, it is also becoming more social, local and mobile (as defined in Silicon Valley as “SoLoMo”). In parallel, we are also witnessing the emergence of the “Internet of Things”, known as Machine to Machine Communications (or M2M), which connects ...

The Growing China-Israel Technology Collaboration (“Observations from Circle One and Circle Three”)

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Dear Friends,  Over 90% of the funds that help create innovation in Israel come from the U.S. However, in the next decade, we will see strengthening ties between Israel and China, where China will become a dominant strategic partner of the high tech industry in Israel.  We have always felt there to be great potential for China-Israel collaboration ...

The “Early-Late” Stage Startups (Observations from “Circle One”)

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Dear Friends, During the last year, we have witnessed the emergence of a new investment stage: “Early-Late” stage. This stage refers to companies who, for all intents and purposes, should have been defined as young startups. They are usually in just their second or third year of operations, and in most cases, their management teams are ...

The Rise of the Small Business Market (Observations from “Circle One”) *

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Dear friends,  Over the last few weeks, I found myself exploring startup companies that address the “SMB Market”, and even just the SB (Small Business) Market. While we all know small businesses around the world are an important economic growth engine, and even more importantly, an “out of poverty” growth engine, still, most of the investments ...

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