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CTech’s Daily Israeli Tech News Roundup

CTech’s Daily Israeli Tech News Roundup

Softbank leads $120 Million investment round for AI-based insurance company Lemonade. Teva CEO tells Netanyahu layoffs will proceed as planned. Israel to tax Airbnb hosts directly through the service’s website

CTech | 17:37  19.12.2017
Softbank leads $120 Million investment in AI-based insurance company Lemonade. The company's business model bypasses traditional insurance brokers and instead relies on bots and machine learning technology to connect with customers, who can contact the company through its website or dedicated apps. Lemonade currently offers property and casualty insurance policies in eight U.S. states and is licensed in 17 more. Read more


Teva CEO to Netanyahu: layoffs will proceed as planned. With 2,500 protesters gathered outside, Teva CEO Kåre Schultze had a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday. Mr. Netanyahu’s proposals to save some of the local jobs that are slated to be cut fell on deaf ears. Read more


Israeli farmers catch cannabis fever. Israel's medical marijuana regulators told lawmakers on Monday they are in the process of reviewing nearly 400 applications for permits to grow cannabis for medical purposes. Read more


How to disrupt regulated industries. Lessons from two of the people who helped insurance startup Lemonade cut through the red tape in New York and Florida and quickly debut its market traction ahead of Softbank's $120 million investment. Read more


WeWork launches under-the-radar startup program. A landing page for the project, dubbed Area 51 Paradise Ranch, or A51 for short, could be reached through the real estate company’s website. Read more


Mobile insurance company Asurion buys Israeli tech support startup. Founded in 2011, Drippler developed an app that uses behavioral research and analytics to provide tech support and device information for smartphone users. Read more


Israel to tax Airbnb hosts directly through the service’s website. The proposed model will see Airbnb collect income tax on any payments made to Israeli hosts through the service. Israel currently has no formal regulation regarding the taxation of Airbnb. Read more

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