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CTech’s Daily Israeli Tech News Roundup

CTech’s Daily Israeli Tech News Roundup

Zimperium appoints Swiss angel investor and former CA Technologies executive Eric Grotefeld as chief revenue officer

CTech | 17:23  28.02.2018
Marshall Islands to issue national cryptocurrency. Israeli entrepreneur Barak Ben-Ezer paid close attention when the U.S. tax authority said it defines a currency as the legal tender of a sovereign country. He drafted a list of small countries that don’t have their own currency, eventually deciding on the Marshall Islands because of its democratic rule and strong ties to the United States. The tiny Pacific republic announced this week it would raise money by issuing its own cryptocurrency. Read more

 

Hilda Heine the president of the Marshall Islands. Photo: PR Hilda Heine the president of the Marshall Islands. Photo: PR Hilda Heine the president of the Marshall Islands. Photo: PR

Japan's biggest online retailer Rakuten announces new crypto coin. Rakuten has been accepting payments in bitcoin in some of its marketplaces since 2015. In a November interview, CEO Hiroshi Mikitani said that Rakuten is "probably in the best position" to utilize blockchain technologies, as it already has substantial fintech assets. By making use of these technologies, the company can make some of its services “more scalable and efficient,” he explained. Read more

 

SEAT to integrate in-car sensors to monitor drivers’ alertness. The technology, developed by Israel-based gesture recognition company eyeSight, is currently being featured at the Mobile World Congress Show in Barcelona. EyeSight’s technology uses infrared sensors and edge computing to monitor the driver’s attention to the road, detect distractions and drowsiness and alert the driver or take proactive action through the car’s built-in safety systems. Read more

Most ICOs will not result in a viable product, says Mangrove Capital partner Roy Saar. Mangrove Capital Partners plans to invest tens of millions of dollars in Israeli blockchain companies. “I believe many of the companies that conducted a crypto offering in 2017 will disappear. Hundreds of companies conducted an offering last year and I estimate that 90% will not reach product,” he said. Read more

Elliott Associates “restarted” information security company Imperva. Since it first disclosed a stake at Imperva in the summer of 2016, activist investor Elliot fund made clear its intention to push for dramatic changes at the information security company. Nine executives have left Imperva since, including the company’s founders. Earlier this month, the company reported a quarterly net profit for the first time, and in its annual reports published Monday, it beat analyst forecasts. Read more

Israeli city of Haifa to spearhead tech investment fund. Private investors have proposed to commit up to $52 million to the fund being planned by Israel’s third largest city. The vast majority of Israel’s startups are based in the Tel Aviv area in central Israel. A 2016 Israeli government report places only 4.5% of Israel’s thousands of startups in Haifa. Read more

Verizon, Motorola Solutions back high-speed augmented reality startup. Edgybees develops AR technologies for objects on the move, including cars, airplanes, and drones. The company announced a $5.5 million Seed round. Read more

Customer engagement company Totango raises $9 million to support expansion. Founded in 2010 with a research and development center in Tel Aviv and corporate headquarters in San Mateo, California, Totango offers recurring revenue businesses a way to predict and lower their customer churn rate. Read more

 

Lung disease treatment company raises $9.8 million in private placement. Israel-based AIT Therapeutics will use the funding to support its ongoing clinical programs. The company develops nitric oxide-based treatments for lung-related conditions such as bronchiolitis and cystic fibrosis. Read more

 

In fourth quarter, 3D printing company registers modest growth. Nasdaq-listed Stratasys published its fourth quarter and annual reports on Thursday, coming within the upper range of its updated financial guidance for the year and ending the quarter with $328.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. Read more

Mobile cyber startup Zimperium hires Eric Grotefeld as chief revenue officer. Mr. Grotefeld is a Swiss angel investor and former CA Technologies executive. Zimperium develops on-device cybersecurity software protecting companies and private clients from attacks targeting iOS and Android devices. The company has over 100 employees according to company data. Read more

In fourth quarter, 3D printing company registers modest growth. Nasdaq-listed Stratasys published its fourth quarter and annual reports on Thursday, coming within the upper range of its updated financial guidance for the year and ending the quarter with $328.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. Read more

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