Simona Weinglass

I'm an old-school journalist who recently decided to pivot into high-tech. I work in high-tech marketing as well as print and broadcast media covering politics, business culture and everything in between.

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a geek since Aug 2014

Accelerators

This Palestinian smartphone gadget just quadrupled its Indiegogo goal

The team behind BOLD Gadgets transplanted themselves to Tartu, Estonia to manufacture and market stylish tech
Jul 15, 2015

Watch the ‘Waze for cancer patients’ and 10 other startups at Microsoft’s Israeli Accelerator

From catchier CAPTCHAs to Waze for cancer patients, this year's hopefuls strutted their stuff for Israel's tech elite.
Jan 27, 2015

Why buy a company when you can launch six?

Germany’s HitFox enters FinTech industry by launching its own incubator
Dec 03, 2014

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Big Data

4 startups that are disrupting the time suck that is commuting

Studies show people hate commuting more than housework. Here are 4 startups that are trying to help
  May 01, 2015

Clients won’t pay promptly? Fundbox uses machine learning to advance you cash

Fresh off $40 million in funding, Fundbox wants to level the playing field for freelancers and small businesses whose clients take forever to pay. They use machine [Read More...]
  Mar 26, 2015
Photo Credit: Sisense

From a $145M exit to CEO of Sisense, Amir Orad could lead this big data company to a grand future

Think big data is boring? This fast-rising Israeli startup, with $50 million in funding, wants to put the Eureka back into statistics
Mar 23, 2015

Meet Israel’s low-profile unicorn: ironSource

Founded just five years ago, ironSource has a valuation over $1 billion – which it earned one download at a time
Jan 18, 2015
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Consumer

Finally — a solar charger for coffee shop sitters

Solar Paper, which has reached its Kickstarter goal ten times over, lets you charge your phone while looking stylish and eco-conscious
Jul 23, 2015

10 moving tweeted tributes to Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, dead at 28

The entrepreneur was a much-loved mentor figure in Gainesville's startup community
Jul 21, 2015

This British shoe salesman launched an Indiegogo campaign to bail out Greece

Could crowdfunding succeed where others have failed to save the Greek economy? For 6 euros, you can help - and also get a Greek feta and olive salad
  Jul 01, 2015

This Arizona startup creates cool drones and copters – and just surpassed $200K on Kickstarter

From emergency medical uses, to 3D camera footage, to fancy cruisers for high-net worth individuals, Arizona-based startup KrossBlade is developing promising aerial [Read More...]
Jun 14, 2015
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Education

These four entrepreneurs are still in high school, but they plan to eradicate malaria from Africa

Citi and Junior Achievement Kenya launch crowdfunding campaign for a sugar and yeast-based mosquito trap
Apr 27, 2015

Africa has a dynamic startup scene. But is it scalable?

A Nigerian blogger says Africa can’t advance unless it learns to make things. He sees hope in his continent’s maker movement
Dec 07, 2014

How much would you pay to look inside a tornado?

This Kickstarter campaign plans to send a a drone into the heart of a tornado
Oct 06, 2014

Entrepreneurship

The coop and the startup merge: RocketClub offers shares to early adopters

RocketClub empowers users by giving a startup’s early adopters company shares. And now they have six new companies that real, regular folks can invest in
Jul 28, 2015

10 moving tweeted tributes to Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, dead at 28

The entrepreneur was a much-loved mentor figure in Gainesville's startup community
Jul 21, 2015

This Palestinian smartphone gadget just quadrupled its Indiegogo goal

The team behind BOLD Gadgets transplanted themselves to Tartu, Estonia to manufacture and market stylish tech
Jul 15, 2015
LIthuanian annual festival. Photo Credit: astudio / Shutterstock

Why Lithuania is punching above its startup weight

When it comes to startups, this tiny country of 3 million is starting to make a real name for itself. Find out why in this post
Jun 04, 2015
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Events

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FinTech

Backfeed wants to decentralize the Internet and help you earn what you deserve

Founded by a small group of graduate students with a vision for a fairer society, this startup aims to start a revolution as big as the Internet itself
Aug 19, 2015

The coop and the startup merge: RocketClub offers shares to early adopters

RocketClub empowers users by giving a startup’s early adopters company shares. And now they have six new companies that real, regular folks can invest in
Jul 28, 2015

Stox raises $8M Series A round to make investing accessible – and social

This online stock brokerage for beginners platform wants to let regular Joes and Janes experience the joys of dividends - and learn from each other
  May 19, 2015

Clients won’t pay promptly? Fundbox uses machine learning to advance you cash

Fresh off $40 million in funding, Fundbox wants to level the playing field for freelancers and small businesses whose clients take forever to pay. They use machine [Read More...]
  Mar 26, 2015
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Gaming

Facebook acquires Israel’s Pebbles Interfaces for reported $60 million

Facebook's Oculus Rift to acquire VR startup Pebbles Interfaces to expand the social network's reach into virtual reality
  Jul 16, 2015

FACEIT raises $2 million to organize tournaments online for competitive gamers

Think gaming isn't a sport? FACEIT's millions of competitive gamers would prove you wrong
Jun 16, 2015

U.S.-based GameFly merges with Israel’s Playcast to stream video games over Amazon Fire TV

Will Amazon take over gaming? They might be one step further with this partnership deal
  Jun 02, 2015

Von Bismark hopes you’ll use your gaming console for shopping (VIDEO)

“The Mall on Xbox One is the first ever e-commerce platform for a smart television,” Eoghan O'Sullivan, Von Bismark’s CEO, tells Geektime at Microsoft's Think Next [Read More...]
May 14, 2015
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Hardware

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Health

Merck acquires Israel’s cCAM Biotherapeutics for $605M to fight cancer

The Israel-based company helps your immune system target cancer cells, scoring an impressively large exit within just five years of operation
  Jul 29, 2015

Israel’s Pluristem raises $17M to bring placental stem cells to the masses

The company uses cells from an adult placenta, rather than fetal stem cells, which are the subject of ethical controversy
Jun 30, 2015

Simplee offers Rx for patients who hate to pay their bills

This five-year-old startup helps U.S. health care providers get payment from patients by making the experience less unpleasant
  May 29, 2015

Intendu raises $1.2 million to rehabilitate victims of brain injury (VIDEO)

Joining the crowded space of brain training software, Intendu says it has succeeded where others failed to help the brain impaired
May 27, 2015
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Industry

Finally — a solar charger for coffee shop sitters

Solar Paper, which has reached its Kickstarter goal ten times over, lets you charge your phone while looking stylish and eco-conscious
Jul 23, 2015

Leadspace raises $18m to predict who will buy

With IBM and Microsoft among its clients, the B2B predictive analytics company is set for expansion
  Jul 23, 2015

10 moving tweeted tributes to Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, dead at 28

The entrepreneur was a much-loved mentor figure in Gainesville's startup community
Jul 21, 2015

Trackbuster busts open the little-known world of email tracking

This app tells you who is tracking your emails and neutralizes their plan. Your Inbox will never look the same again
Jul 09, 2015
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Innovation

The coop and the startup merge: RocketClub offers shares to early adopters

RocketClub empowers users by giving a startup’s early adopters company shares. And now they have six new companies that real, regular folks can invest in
Jul 28, 2015

In Israel, behind every successful entrepreneur stands a lot of government support

Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist has been called the “killer app” of Israel’s startup ecosystem. A new report sheds light on what it does
Apr 19, 2015

In clinical trial, bionic eye restores sight to the blind

Three subjects who were all blind for over 20 years can now see large objects and navigate a room
Dec 11, 2014

Africa has a dynamic startup scene. But is it scalable?

A Nigerian blogger says Africa can’t advance unless it learns to make things. He sees hope in his continent’s maker movement
Dec 07, 2014
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Internet

Backfeed wants to decentralize the Internet and help you earn what you deserve

Founded by a small group of graduate students with a vision for a fairer society, this startup aims to start a revolution as big as the Internet itself
Aug 19, 2015

This Israeli startup lets you walk onto your website and look your customer in the eye

VideoStir is a sophisticated platform that lets small businesses do something simple — create floating videos to interact with website visitors
Aug 05, 2015

Trackbuster busts open the little-known world of email tracking

This app tells you who is tracking your emails and neutralizes their plan. Your Inbox will never look the same again
Jul 09, 2015

Beautiful, sophisticated and creepy? Visualead rolls out new QR code technology for Alibaba (VIDEO)

The new, more secure QR code technology hardly has any dots, making them more appealing to consumers. But you need to download Alibaba's app to scan them. Alibaba hopes [Read More...]
  May 18, 2015
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Lists

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Media

This startup hopes to save the news with an army of citizen journalists

Slant, which Mobli cofounders Moshe Hogeg and Ido Sadeh launched this week, wants to reinvent journalism by repackaging the contributions of regular folks
  Jun 26, 2015

Wibbitz raises $8 million in Series B funding to automate video production for news outlets (VIDEO)

The company uses natural language processing to generate instant videos from text
  May 21, 2015
Taboola Founder and CEO, Adam Singolda. Photo Credit: PR

Baidu invests ‘millions’ in content recommendation engine Taboola

China’s answer to Google says it controls 75 percent of search in China. The CEO of Taboola, which predicts your searches, tells Geektime, “Combining the assets of [Read More...]
  May 18, 2015

Radio silence no more – AudioBurst wants you to search and share on-air shows (VIDEO)

In a video interview with Geektime at Microsoft's Think Next conference in Tel Aviv, the company said it wants to let you find and share your favorite snippets, finally [Read More...]
May 12, 2015
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Mobile

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News

This Israeli startup lets you walk onto your website and look your customer in the eye

VideoStir is a sophisticated platform that lets small businesses do something simple — create floating videos to interact with website visitors
Aug 05, 2015

Merck acquires Israel’s cCAM Biotherapeutics for $605M to fight cancer

The Israel-based company helps your immune system target cancer cells, scoring an impressively large exit within just five years of operation
  Jul 29, 2015

This Satmar Hassid just sold his company to Microsoft

Microsoft said the field services management company stood out among its competitors
  Jul 20, 2015

Facebook acquires Israel’s Pebbles Interfaces for reported $60 million

Facebook's Oculus Rift to acquire VR startup Pebbles Interfaces to expand the social network's reach into virtual reality
  Jul 16, 2015
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Robotics

Security

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Social Media

Facebook acquires Israel’s Pebbles Interfaces for reported $60 million

Facebook's Oculus Rift to acquire VR startup Pebbles Interfaces to expand the social network's reach into virtual reality
  Jul 16, 2015

Move over Facebook. Synereo wants to decentralize social networks – and the world

Using Bitcoin’s blockchain, a sophisticated new social network is crowdfunding its plans to save the middle class. The first step? Join a platform where users reward [Read More...]
Mar 25, 2015

Nigeria’s Prayerbox.co is a social network that caters to devout Christians

In a country bedeviled by Boko Haram, instability and corruption, a niche social network for prayers could be just the thing.
Dec 16, 2014

Will work for travel accommodations

KeyBoots.com helps young travelers extend their stay when they’re short on cash
Nov 26, 2014
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Space

Telecom

Venture Capital

Quick: Which country in Europe attracted the most VC funding over the past year?

While not technically in Europe, Israel outperformed economies more than ten times its size, including those of Britain, Germany and France, according to a just-released [Read More...]
     Jul 22, 2015

First we take Berlin, then we take Manhattan: Point Nine Capital announces new €55M fund

The European tech scene is growing and with it, its ambitions, says Point Nine Capital Founder Pawel Chudzinski. Here, he lists some of Europe's most promising startups
Jun 03, 2015

Eucalyptus Growth Capital fund to raise $300M for late-stage Israeli companies

Dadi Perlmutter, Rami Hadar, and Eldad Tamir want to increase the amount of late-stage funding so Israeli companies can grow bigger before they exit
May 12, 2015

Israel’s Viola Private Equity Fund II hits $250 million

Flush with cash, the VC fund is ready to invest in later stage Israeli startups
Apr 15, 2015
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Wearables

With a sports hero CEO, this tennis wearable has smashed through its Indiegogo goal

A tennis bracelet that keeps score and finds same-level players nearby has hit its $75,000 Indiegogo goal and is set to ship by October - and Grand Slam champion Andy [Read More...]
Jun 24, 2015

Want to understand your moods better? This Finnish ring could help

This Finnish designed ring is stylish, tracks your mood, and is available for sale on a recently launched Indiegogo campaign
May 21, 2015

How video games and biofeedback help relieve stress

A device called the PIP uses biofeedback and video games to help Type A personalities “switch off”
Oct 29, 2014

IT

Samanage manages to raise $16 million in Series B funding

The company started out helping IT departments manage their assets. Now they want to help HR, marketing and everyone else
May 20, 2015

Israel’s Panaya acquired by India’s Infosys for $200 million

As the world gets more automated, Infosys is relying on Panaya to help make it more efficient
Feb 16, 2015

Marketing

Content marketing for app developers: App discovery startup Drippler raises $4.5M

How do you get users to download your app? With good old-fashioned journalism
Jun 29, 2015

Forget anonymized and aggregated. Facial recognition just got very personal

Retailers are using facial recognition to identify customers as they come in the store. Cool or creepy?
Dec 14, 2014

Science

Joint Israeli-NASA team achieve semiconductor breakthrough

Team develops photo detectors with quantum efficiency of 100 percent - a major scientific achievement
Apr 22, 2015
Photo Credit: PR, Foundation for Space Development in South Africa

Africans crowd fund a mission to the moon

With 70 percent of the population living on less than $2 a day, sub-Saharan Africa seems like an unlikely venue for a space program. Or is it?
Dec 02, 2014

Women in tech

This woman created a dieting app on maternity leave – now it has 8 million downloads

My Diet Coach was conceived when developer Anat Levy was on maternity leave. Eight million downloads later, it’s become her new career
Mar 09, 2015

This woman had two babies and grew her startup from $1M to $10M in annual revenue in two years

Meet Chen Levanon, CEO of ClicksMob, which Forbes has called one of the “most promising” companies of 2015
Feb 03, 2015