‘Wired’ highlights Tel Aviv start-ups

Israeli start-up companies are excellent models of leading businesses in their field, according to an article in prominent technology magazine, Wired. In its September 2011 print edition, the award-winning magazine highlights Tel Aviv’s Top 11 start-ups. They are: The Gifts …

Israeli start-up companies are excellent models of leading businesses in their field, according to an article in prominent technology magazine, Wired. In its September 2011 print edition, the award-winning magazine highlights Tel Aviv’s Top 11 start-ups.

They are: The Gifts Project, Face.com, Wibiya, Onavo, Billguard, Snaptu, Any.do, Soluto, Boxee, Taykey and Rank Above.

Guy Rosen of Onavo

Guy Rosen of Onavo.

Israeli start-up companies regularly top headlines. ISRAEL21c has written about many of Israel’s extraordinary high-tech successes for over a decade. And following the publication of Start-Up Nation, media from across the globe also turned the spotlight on the country’s high-tech specialization.

Now, Wired chose to highlight Tel Aviv as one of the world’s ‘hot digital cities.’ The list of the Top 11 start-ups in Tel Aviv is part of the magazine’s first annual guide to Europe’s rising stars.

“The entrepreneurial spirit is boosted by an intense commitment to R&D — the country reinvests about 4.5 per cent of its output in civilian research, making it number one in the world for R&D as a percentage of GDP,” reports the magazine. “In 2010, Israel’s technology exports hit $28.5 billion, 35 percent of overseas sales. Israeli companies comprise the biggest non-US block on the Nasdaq exchange. And the country is home to R&D departments of some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Intel.”

Wired‘s list focused on The Gifts Project, which sells plug-ins, standalone sites and white-box software that allow people to buy a group present for a friend online. It also included Wibiya, an easy-to-install and easily customizable apps for website owners to add to their sites; Face.com, a face recognition software; Onavo, smartphone apps that cut travellers’ roaming fees; Billguard, scans customers’ online credit-card and utility bills for errors, hidden fees, scams and fraud; Snaptu, a service that turns internet enabled phones into smartphones by running apps in the cloud; Any.do, expected to launch an app that will use voice recognition and semantic analysis to translate commands into actions; Soluto, uses crowdsourcing to improve PC performance; Boxee, relays rich media from the internet and a user’s home collection to their television; Taykey, business-to-business provider that tracks internet trends in real-time, giving advertisers more accurate data about their customers’ interests; and Rank Above, search-engine optimisation for companies whose websites extend to thousands or millions of pages.

About Viva Sarah Press

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.