Each year, more Israeli businesses enter the global startup arena. In a country deemed “The Startup Nation,” there are thousands of startups aiming to grow into global tech companies. I’m one of them as well. I co-founded a company called Mapme (a platform to create smart maps with zero development) that is now based in Herzliya, Israel. I even moved from New York City to Israel in order to become part of this startup nation. As well, more and more major tech companies are buying Israeli startups to tap into the local talent. Facebook, Prosper and Microsoft have all recently acquired Israeli companies to expand their presence here.
As part of this ecosystem, I look out for other up-and-coming companies. The following are a few growing Israeli startups with promising futures ahead.
Founded by Yuval Ariav, Tomer Michaeli and Eyal Shinar, Fundbox is a company that offers business owners a simple way to fix their cash flow by advancing payments for their outstanding invoices. It is growing rapidly and has already raised over US$100 million from well-known investors. The Founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos even participated in the latest round.
Started by Roy Shaham and Erik Ashepa in 2013, GetStocks is an online brokerage Web and mobile platform. It matters because its Web and mobile platform makes stock trading and investment accessible and secure. Users can also follow and interact with financial experts to make better investments.
A paperwork and document organisation company founded by Nadav Naaman and Nadav Weizman in 2014, it provides a software that organises documents and paperwork with a particular emphasis on data security and privacy. This is incredibly important in the age of identity theft.
The live streaming mobile app Meerkat was founded by Ben Rubin and Itai Danino in 2012. People like to communicate visually, and Meerkat provides a live streaming application that broadcasts video publicly via Twitter. Anyone can view and chime in with comments sent as Twitter replies.
Founded in 2014 by Jishai Evers, Ole Filippov, Gilad Manor and León Markovitz, Dadaviz is a website that provides a collection of visually impactful data-visualization displays. It matters because showcasing data visually provides more shareable and compelling content for people who don’t have the patience for words. Dadaviz presents statistical data such as the highest paid athletes or least fuel efficient cars in easy-to-understand visual presentations.
ZUtA Labs is a mini robotic printer founded by Matan Caspi and Tuvia Elbaum in 2014. The days of the oversized printer have finally ended. ZUtA Labs had it right when it created a pocket-sized device that prints on any size piece of paper. It connects directly to PCs and smartphones and has a rechargeable battery allowing for up to an hour of printing.
A mobile app connecting users about daily activities and whereabouts, Neura was founded by Ori Shaashua and Gilad Meiri in 2015. It’s a very recent addition to the world of startups, and it notifies followers of a user’s whereabouts and activities. You can keep in touch with loved ones throughout the day with status updates like “at the grocery store, need anything?” or “leaving work now. See you soon.”
An IoT security and predictive analytics company, Imbuit provides crucial security systems to protect information on all Internet-enabled devices. The company was founded by Gilad Cohen, Meir Tseistlin and Nadav Cohen in 2015, and focuses on the security issues that are arising as everything becomes cloud-based.
Started in 2013 by Tomer Weingarten and Almog Cohen, SentinelOne is an endpoint security firm. The founders’ combined resumes include working at Intel, McAfee, IBM and the Israel Defense Forces. Their expertise in endpoint protection led them to establish SentinelOne, a security platform protecting against high-level threats and nation-state malware, essentially an anti-virus software that meets high-level industry and government standards.
Jaco is a zero integration user recordings and web analytics software created by Danni Friedland, Ran Klein and Itay Adler. The company matters because knowing the activities of users on a website or app delivers important analytics, which increases retention and conversion. Jaco allows companies to view and record users on how they actually use an application in real-time.
Israeli startup entrepreneurs represent today’s innovators. They are the game changers. Whether or not these names ring a bell, these promising startups will surely make an impact among global startups of the future.
The author, Ben Lang, is the Co-founder of Mapme. He has created projects that have been used by millions of people and been featured on sites around the world such as TechCrunch, LifeHacker, NYT and more.
The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organisation comprising the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship programme that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.