Israel dominates in all high technology categories

“Despite Israel’s small size geographically, it is a leader in the cybersecurity sphere and a desired partner for collaboration worldwide, said former CIA director [Retired] General David Petraeus … at the [2018] annual CyberTech conference in Tel Aviv.

Speaking at the event, which is hosting some 15,000 attendees from 80 countries over the course of three days, including representatives from 210 companies and 160 international delegations, Petraeus said, “Israel is a small country in all aspects, but it is a cyber superpower. …

The ex-CIA chief added that the collaboration between the US and Israel reached “new heights time and time again, far beyond what is being published in the media”. – 2018

Israel ’15 years ahead’ in cyber warfare capabilities | However, the Israeli military does boast some of the most advanced cyber capabilities in the world.

“We are ahead of the rest of the world in digital capabilities by at least 15 years. We’re integrated operational internet capabilities which enable any commander to do anything in any place,” the officer explained. – Israel National News 2016

[Laughable cover story] How Google Started in Susan Wojcicki’s [Jewish] Garage | YouTube Chief Executive Officer Susan Wojcicki joins host Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Studio 1.0” to discuss how Google co-founders Larry Page [Jewish] and Sergey Brin [Jewish] started the company in her Menlo Park garage. – Bloomberg 2016

5G mobile revolution designed in Israel | “Qualcomm is developing chips, and the first generation of 5G is being developed here.” – Globes 2017

Qualcomm’s $2 billion 5G deal will power 2019 Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi phones | Qualcomm announced partnerships with six Chinese manufacturers to accelerate availability of 5G devices in China. Preliminary Qualcomm agreements with four of the companies have an estimated value of at least $2 billion over three years, beginning with the 2019 release of domestic and global smartphones.

Under the new “5G Pioneer” initiative, Qualcomm expects to provide Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo, Wingtech Technology, Xiaomi, and ZTE with a platform to develop “premium tier and global 5G commercial devices,” importantly including RF front-end components that convert analog radio waves into digital signals. RF front-ends are critical parts in wireless phones, and can dramatically reduce power drain along with battery size if properly engineered. – VentureBeat 2018

Nokia’s cloud business expands with T-Mobile 5G win | Nokia’s CloudBand unit came from the acquisition a couple of years ago of Alcatel-Lucent, where the cloud business unit was built from scratch. Knowing this was a whole new ball game, it started bringing in new talent and building the core team in 2011 with personnel in Israel.

When Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent two years ago, they took advantage of the situation to do a reset of the portfolio. Then in 2017, Nokia started seeing the first deployments as a result of that strategy, and according to Guy Shemesh, vice president of CloudBand within Nokia’s software unit, it’s already off to a strong start in 2018. Shemesh was co-founder of Alcatel’s Cloud Business Unit based in Israel that became the core strategy at Alcatel-Lucent. – FierceWireless 2018

Are 5G and AI Linked? Can India Vault To Pole Position In AI Race With 5G Rollout? | After shaking up the telecom market with $25 million 4G wireless network, Reliance Jio is now working with Israel’s Airspan to bring 5G service in India. – Analytics India Magazine 2018

Israeli Digital Forensics Firm Can Now Hack Into Almost Any Cellphone, Tablet |  The Israeli digital forensics firm Cellebrite claims it now has the ability to unlock almost any phone on the market, including iPhones installed with the latest software said to be of top-notch security, as well as tablets like iPads. – 2018

Cellebrite has a Talpiot connection: Oren Felenberg, Security Researcher at Cellebrite, “Talpiot” Program Cadet

How one company is getting smartphones to rat out their criminal owners | Digital forensics firm Cellebrite has moved from copying contacts on mobile phones to digital forensics, helping police collar the bad guys along the way. – ZDNet 2014

Terrorist’s iPhone didn’t turn up any useful information, FBI admits | It was nevertheless reported that the FBI unlocked the device with the help of Israel’s Cellebrite, a company that specialises in mobile forensic software. – The Telegraph 2016 [2016 San Bernardino shooting was a black op:]

In the U.S. specifically, Cellebrite  has taken over $2 million worth of purchase orders from the FBI since 2012—the agency renewed its software contract with the company earlier this week, according to public records.

Israel Can Cook Up the Next Big Thing in Fintech (financial technology) | [T]he minimal market size is probably what caused Israel’s human capital to seek global financial expertise overseas. This in turn may have been the catalyst for the creation of many successful global fintech companies. Israelis who have held positions in financial institutions in New York, London, or Asian financial centers, utilized their financial background as the driving force to build fintech startups like alternative financiers Behalf Inc. and FundBox Inc. Israelis who have held roles at global fintech enterprises like PayPal have later ventured onwards to build new and more agile businesses like fraud prevention company Forter Ltd.

The former employees and executives of success stories like FundTech Ltd. (sold to D+H), Traiana Inc. (sold to ICAP, now the NEX Group), Mint Bills Inc. (Sold to Intuit), Fraud Sciences Ltd. (sold to PayPal) and Actimize Inc. (sold to NICE), have gained strong industry expertise and now reap the fruits of obtaining such expertise by building new disruptive fintech-focused ventures.

Several leading financial institutes such as J.P. Morgan, Citibank and Barclays have opened development centers in Israel in recent years, looking to tap local expertise and talent. The latter two have also set up fintech-oriented accelerators, looking to court some of the country’s home-grown fintech startups, which number around 500 according to estimations made by the Israeli Ministry of Finance in 2017.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Israel has become globally known for its successes in various industries such as unmanned aerial vehicles, cryptography, data manipulation and cyber security, all of which already have and will continue to have a huge impact on global financial institutions, including insurance carriers, who are in need of disruptive solutions to improve their legacy systems.

After assessing all the input I have gathered from industry leaders and fintech founders over the past few years, I believe the following technological advancements currently coming out of Israel will be the backbone behind the next generation of Israeli fintech companies.

  • Big data aggregation and data manipulations can significantly enhance risk modeling, false claim detection and insurance underwriting, impacting how policies are priced, how risk is calculated and how an insurance carrier can make sure it has the necessary reserves to fill claims.
  • Artificial intelligence and computer vision expertise can help build strong automated systems, understand who the customer is and what financial products are most relevant. Let’s not forgot autonomous vehicles, who will utilize computer vision technologies, providing critical data for insurance carriers as they assess immediate and ongoing risks.
  • The quantum computing developments that are coming out of Israel’s leading universities in the fields of medicine and data algorithms can disrupt capital markets and certain types of trading, by executing more complex algorithms than today’s computers, in a much faster way.
  • Targeting, retargeting and NLP technologies that have been used to market to e-commerce purchasers and website visitors can be utilized as a strong marketing tool to reach new insurance policy holders and provide them with the most relevant and customized products.
  • Anti-malware, anti-phishing and security technologies that have been used in defense systems can be utilized to recognize potential cyber attacks and mitigate damages. It’s clear that insurance companies need updated defense mechanisms to match evolving cyber threats.
  • Cryptography and blockchain-based technologies that have been used to cryptographically store and transfer sensitive information can be utilized to secure massive amounts of customer data, authenticate transactions, verify transacting parties as part of “know-your-customer” standards and connect the unbanked/underbanked to new banking and payment systems they could not access beforehand.
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles, smart sensors and other connected device technologiescan bring a new generation of drones, autonomous vehicles, smart homes and other IoT devices; all of which continue to be a substantial disruptor in the insurance industry. …

As financial markets continue to evolve and embrace new business models, Israeli fintech startups will be sure to adapt to those changes as well. We are already seeing it happening in the world of blockchain and digital currencies, where three of the largest ICOs (initial coin offering) to date were performed by Israeli startups.

Thus, Israel has advantages and disadvantages in its pursuit of becoming a global fintech hub, and time will tell if regulations and capital markets will help or hinder Israel in that goal. In the meantime, I believe we are just beginning to see the potential that lies within Israel’s human capital, bringing forth the next wave of successful global fintech companies. – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3731717,00.html

AI Takes Center Stage in Israeli Tech | From eBay’s automated personal fashion designer to Amazon’s hunger for local talent: a spotlight on Israel’s AI scene

Tech powers fight over Israeli AI specialists, but local talent is in over-demand. Amazon, Intel, Nvidia, and Intuit vie for Israeli AI specialists, but local talent is already stretched thin, with high demand coming not just from multinationals, but also from homegrown startups. – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3732521,00.html

Israel is becoming an artificial intelligence powerhouse | It should come as no surprise, that Israel, a country whose technology acumen and startup prowess is well-documented, is a hotbed of AI innovation and well poised to lead the way.

As has been the case in other tech sectors, including Cybersecurity and Fintech, Israeli AI startups are generating quite a buzz. Broadly speaking, Israeli tech startups have continued to attract tremendous interest from investors, raising a total of $5.24 billion in 2017, an increase of 9 percent from the previous year. Yet, broken down by sector, it is astounding that a staggering $1.1 billion of investment, nearly 20 percent of the aforementioned total, was directed towards AI companies. Driven by multi-sector demand for AI technology, activity in the sector is broad and encompasses all industries, with Israeli AI firms developing solutions across a wide cross section of verticals including Technology, Industrial, Automotive, Enterprise, Healthcare, Fintech, and Marketing. Given the breadth of activity, it is not surprising that Israeli AI startups are receiving global acclaim. Last year, seven Israeli AI companies appeared on CB Insight’s list of “the most promising artificial intelligence companies in the world”.

If the trend continues, and there is no reason to believe it won’t, we can expect a great deal of innovative activity coming out of Israel’s AI sector. As an example of what the future offers, below you will find five interesting Israeli companies whom you may be hearing more about in coming years. – Times of Israel 2018

Michael Radwin, Director, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Intuit explains why they come to Israel for development due to the best AI data scientists and machine learning engineers [35:40] – OurCrowd TV Israel 2018

AI experts call on mobile operators to get in the game | The founders of innovative companies developing solutions based on artificial intelligence stressed the importance of mobile operators, with Ran Krauss, CEO of Airobotics, most blunt in his assessment. “There’s no other way to get this done without partnering up with mobile operators,” he said.

Krauss, who was joined by executives from Teralytics and MOV.AI, was speaking in the Creating an Artificially Intelligent Future keynote.

Based in Israel, Airobotics has developed a pilotless drone solution, which is self-deployed and works using AI algorithms. The company has already made inroads into what Krauss calls the ‘industrial internet’ space, targeting sectors such as above-ground mining, oil and gas, and seaports. – Mobile World Live 2018

Interview: Quantum tech is tip of iceberg, full application expected to come in decades: Israeli scientist | The “beautiful” work made in China shows a development in the direction of the quantum technology, but this kind of application is still in the beginning, said Stern.

The Israeli scientist would like to encourage more communication between China and Israel in the field of quantum technology and it will be significantly helpful to develop good connections between the two countries. There are a lot of very difficult problems in the field, Stern said, “We need to combine all the brain power of the world.”

Quantum technology is a new field of physics and engineering, which transitions some of the properties of quantum mechanics into practical applications such as quantum computing, quantum sensing, quantum cryptography, quantum simulation, quantum metrology and quantum imaging.

Quantum mechanics in some sense gives the possibility of doing two things in two places at the same time, and “coherence” is a big obstacle that should be overcome in the process of pushing forward the development of the quantum technology, Stern said, adding that if there are 1,000 bytes, the number of possibilities will then become “very large” simultaneously and scientists should do many calculations in parallel. – Xinhua 2018

Government Innovation Arm Marks Next Frontiers for Israeli Tech: Quantum Computing, Personalized Health, and Precision Agriculture | The country’s influential government innovation arm intends to invest in domains that may bring about the next spurt of growth of Israeli tech, said CEO Aharon Aharon

Israel aims to nearly double its technology workforce within the next ten years, according to a report published in October by the government arm headed by Mr. Aharon, officially called the Israeli Innovation Authority (IIA). – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3732546,00.html

Israeli Partnerships Help Gulfstream Soar | The Savannah company’s jet aircraft incorporate Israeli tech, earning it Conexx’s U.S. Company of the Year award.

Since 2001, Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries have collaborated to design, develop and certify more than 500 business aircraft.

IAI delivers advanced technologies and systems in all domains: air, space, land, sea, cyber, homeland security and ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance). IAI manufactures systems for the Israel Defense Forces and other national militaries.

General Dynamics acquired Gulfstream in July 1999. The company soon identified IAI’s business jet products to complement its product line of private jets typically flown from coast to coast in the United States. – Atlanta Jewish Times 2018

eBay Unveils Personalized Fashion Design AI | The new algorithm is currently being tested at eBay’s Israel R&D center, and a controlled pilot will be launched among Israeli shoppers this year – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3731862,00.html

Netflix for virtual reality’ targets your living room | Working with any brand of headset, Tel Aviv-based Inception will use VR to transport viewers inside reality TV programs and much more. – ISRAEL21c 2018

OurCrowd CEO Jonathan Medved Biography | Jonathan Medved is an investor, serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”.  In the NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel. – CBN 2017[Jonathan Medved’s father worked at NASA]

OurCrowd, a Jerusalem-based crowdfunding venture capital fund, announced Thursday the launch of Cognitiv, a $100 million fund to invest in early-stage companies in the field of artificial intelligence, deep-learning, IoT, robotics and digital manufacturing.

OurCrowd TV Israel 2018

Israel hosts 1st int’l cybersecurity conference for [smart] cities | Participants will meet with leading cyber security experts for a global brainstorming session on the challenges and threats of smart cities.

Among the speakers are Israeli Minister of Economy Eli Cohen; Jonathan Reichental, chief innovation officer of Israel Electric Corporation; Roy Zisapel, cofounder and CEO of Radware, and former Mossad Director General Tamir Pardo. – ISRAEL21c 2018

The Solar Storm: Electroshock Troops and Robotomies | Kyle [Hunt] speaks about the advancements of computing, cybernetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, the singularity, transhumanism, the jewish connection, media portrayals of our mechanized future, and much more. – Renegade Broadcasting 2017

6 Ways To Make Smart Cities Future-Proof Cybersecurity Cities | “There is no place like Israel to teach local government leaders how to make their cities and citizens cybersecurity resilient.” – Forbes 2018

Smart Cities Under Attack | As cities become smarter, the existence of citizens is left vulnerable to cyber attacks that threaten to shut down critical infrastructures, leading to chaos and major disasters. Join efforts with the leading Israeli and global cyber guardians in war game exercises, learn major cyber fight strategies and technologies. Cyber security thought leaders will present new cyber weapons and prognosis on cybercrime developments

First ‘Smart City’ Cybersecurity Conference In Tel Aviv Hosts 80 International Delegations | Former head of the Mossad Pardo, who since finishing his term with the Mossad in 2016 has joined the Israeli cyber firm XM Cyber, gave some of the more memorable and grim statements of the event on the issue of cybersecurity.

Cyber, he said using a term often used by in Hebrew to mean cybersecurity or cyber threats, “is a nuclear weapon — a soft and silent nuclear weapon.” …

“There is a lot more chaos coming. Chaos is the biggest threat to democratic countries,” Pardo warned, outlining different scenarios where hackers, whom he refers to as “hunters” with levels of sophistication that is “generations ahead,” [Israel’s kill switch diplomacy] take out telecom systems, electricity grids, and power installations, and engage in advanced ransom schemes that can inflict significant damage on brands. Some of this has already happened, he acknowledged. – 2018

Israeli companies talking to Saudi Arabia about $500b. ‘Smart City’ | A number of Israeli companies are talking to the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia about developing the proposed 26, “Smart City” zone, The Jerusalem Post has learned, a blow to the decades-long Arab League boycott of the Jewish – Jerusalem Post 2017

Russia to invest billions of dollars in Saudi Arabia’s future megacity | As part of the work on Neom, RDIF plans to attract leading Russian companies working in solar energy, health, artificial intelligence technologies, high-speed transport, and the construction of port infrastructure. – Russia Today 2017

Israeli defense electronics and weapons specialist] Rafael focus on “4th industrial revolution” reaps dividends | Now the company is leveraging developments in what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, namely artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data, to improve defense-related products and systemsIn order to harness this latest in technology for defense purposes, Rafael has established a number of facilities outside of the company that work with academia and collaborate with commercial entities. – Aviation International News 2018

Doctor Writes ‘Epic Saga’ Of Jews in Medicine | “Jews and Medicine” (Ktav Publishing) examines one of the largest and perhaps greatest of Jewish endeavors: the Jewish contribution to medicine — from its origins in ancient Israel up until 1950.

“Five hundred years ago, 50% of the doctors in Europe were Jews,” Heynick said at a recent reading of “Jews and Medicine,” at a Brooklyn Barnes & Noble. At the time, Jews made up less than 1% of the total population of Europe. But from the lowest rung of society to the court physicians, Jews were deeply embedded in the medical profession. Medicine was a profession that the Jew — wandering from land to land — could take with him. “Fast forward 500 years: 36 Nobel Prize winners in medicine were Jews — and [the Jews] are not even approaching 1% of the world population,” Heynick said. …

“Yes,” Heynick said, the common view was that “Jewish physicians poison their patients. But only one in 10. That was an interpretation.” According to the medieval logic, Jews would not be able to survive if they poisoned every single one of their patients, so they poisoned only a minority. – The Forward 2003

The [Jewish] Poisoners: A Thread | “If they [the Jews] could kill us all, they would gladly do so, aye, and often do it, especially those who profess to be physicians. They know all that is known about medicine in Germany;

They can give poison to a man of which he will die in an hour, or in ten or twenty years; they thoroughly understand this art.” – Martin Luther

Merck Group Inaugurates Jerusalem Innovation Lab | The new lab is located at Merck subsidiary Qlight Nanotech, acquired by the pharmaceutical company in 2015 – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3731393,00.html

With 67 startups behind him, Israel’s Gigi Levy-Weiss can spot a winner – Haaretz 2015 [Gigi Levy-Weiss “held senior positions at several Israeli companies including Amdocs, where he was the president of the European and Latin American division.”]

Billionaire Donates $20m to Israel’s Sheba Hospital for Nuclear Medicine, Research Center | Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Ramat Gan has begun to build a new 2,000-square-meter medical center for nuclear medicine and research after receiving a gift of $20 million from Russian Jewish billionaire Roman Abramovich.

The three-story center will focus on nuclear medicine, molecular imaging and research, using a cyclotron – a particle accelerator that can pinpoint and kill cancer cells by using radioactive ion beams.

Abramovich has long been a generous supporter of Sheba Medical Center; in past years he has donated $57 million, and partnered with the hospital on pediatric heart and cancer research. He serves as Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, and is a trustee of the Moscow Jewish Museum, in addition to being a generous supporter of the Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic movement. – 2018

Predictive Patient Care Startup Medial EarlySign Raises $30 Million | Predictive patient care startup Medial EarlySign has raised $30 million in Series B funding, the Israel-based company announced Tuesday, bringing its total equity raised to $50 million. The round was led by Israel-based life science fund aMoon Partners, with participation by Li Ka-Shing’s Horizon Ventures.

Established in 2009, Medial EarlySign combines machine-learning technology and decades-worth of electronic health records (EHR) to create an artificial intelligence-based risk predictor. The company’s algorithms can analyze dozens of EHR factors such as demographics, medication and lab results to identify “red flags” that could point to individuals at high risk of developing medical conditions like cancer and diabetes. – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3733533,00.html

How Salesforce is compelling Israeli retailers to go online | “We’re in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution, and the world is changing very rapidly,” Short said. “We’re seeing the whole impact of mobile, cloud, artificial intelligence, robots and 4-D printing.” – Jerusalem Post 2018

Israel on Track to Become a Crypto-Powerhouse, Says Attorney – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3731099,00.html

Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy | It has also signed preliminary agreements with a number of leading government organisations – Perry would not disclose which ones, nor how much the product will sell for. – Reuters 2018

Without Proper Security, No Connected Car Should Be Allowed on the Road- Argus CEO Explains | Founded in 2013, Argus has decades of experience in both cyber security and the automotive industry. Today, the Argus team consists of over fifty people, the vast majority of whom are ex-8200 military intelligence officers who collectively bring tens of decades of experience in cyber technology to the company. Argus also has hired automotive industry veterans. With the knowledge base of the team, Argus solutions and services are built for the automotive industry by automotive and cyber experts.

With headquarters and R&D located in Tel Aviv, Israel and offices next to major automotive centers in Detroit, Silicon Valley, Stuttgart and Tokyo, Argus is well positioned to play a central role in the industry for years to come. – vpnMentor Blog

Despite Low Profile, Israel’s Online Games Firms Earn Big for Startup Nation | But the games industry may be just as big, as seen by the $500 million acquisition of Plarium by Australias Aristocrat Leisure, one of the worlds largest makers of slot machines. Plariums portfolio of online games includes Vikings: War of Clans, which has been among the top-10-grossing strategy games since its release two years ago. – Haaretz 2017

Israeli Start-ups Are Leading the Growth of Gaming | What is special about Israeli expertise? What is the competitive advantage?

The Israeli gaming industry benefits from the great local startup ecosystem. Israeli engineers are at the forefront of innovation for sensors (to detect movements, emotions, wellness, etc.), Big Data (for online marketing, leverage user databases, etc.), computer vision and video analysis (VR, AR, etc.), Artificial Intelligence, IOT, and many more. In addition, since the end of the ‘90s and the rise of the Internet, some Israeli companies became world leaders in the online casino and poker industry and developed exceptional know-how around online user acquisition, retention, marketing, and monetization. – Start-Up Nation Central Blog 2017

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10 Israeli Startups Founded by Ultra-Orthodox Jews Seeking New York Investors | “When we founded KamaTech and began working to accelerate ultra-orthodox startups, people thought it was a joke,” KamaTech Founder and CEO Moshe Friedman told Calcalist. “The process has been amazing. We started five years ago with five startups and by now over 1000 startups have applied to our program.” – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3732537,00.html

First Israeli research nanosatellite launches from India | Foot-long, 11-pound BGUSAT orbiter successfully reaches space, will study weather, desertification, airglow and other phenomena

Israel successfully launched into space Wednesday a new nanosatellite, the first for Israeli academia, that will conduct scientific missions for Ben Gurion University of the Negev. – Times of Israel 2017

SpaceX signs a deal with Israel to launch two of its communication satellites into orbit | Israel’s Space Communications has signed a deal with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch two communication satellites into orbit, after a prior attempt ended in disaster.

9900 supplies real time information to all levels of the establishment: The political leadership, top military decision makers, battalion commanders and even smaller units. Since 9900 can monitor distant countries most of the demand for its information comes from the defense establishment. The unit’s commander explains: “Information is sent out immediately after the request is received. We instantly aim a satellite camera at the requested zone. Since Israel has 10 satellites, each one orbiting the earth every hour and a half or so, we effectively have worldwide coverage. An Elbit system, for example, synchronizes surveillance activities in a certain order, and that’s how we receive real time information.” – iHLS 2013

The latest hot start-ups to emerge from Israel’s cybersecurity war machine – CNBC 2017 

[Creepy video] Technology Allows Us to Unleash Deep-Seated Needs and Desires, Says Google Executive | As innovation unlocks new technologies, people still feel the need to connect it to their everyday lives, says Head of Strategic Planning at Google Abigail Posner – Calcalist 2018,7340,L-3734357,00.html

Ex-Mossad Chief Recruits Over 30 Elite Israeli Hackers For Cybersecurity Firm