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We'd like to thank Viva for answering so many questions with such great quality. We'll be doing a wrap-up shortly!


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Thank you for including me in this Series. I'd love to do it again!




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pallycracker

thanks for doing this! how did you get into this type of work? is the israeli biz economy growing?


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Please see my response to President Obama below.




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pitaeatah

Since you've talked to many of them, I'm sure, what do Israeli innovators do after a failure? I guess I'm asking, how do they respond to a seemingly great idea that falls flat?


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Israel has a culture which does not shy away from failure, as other cultures do. In israel, failure is seen as a stepping stone to success. In other cultures, if you fail, it is often a career-ending mark of shame. Some of Israel’s best entrepreneurs failed numerous times on their way to big success. So, if an idea falls flat, it just means it is time to try it again... in a different way.





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hojovv

How well funded is your org? by whom if you can share?


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ISRAEL21c is a non profit. It is funded by nice folks who want to hear more about what we cover.




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Responding to Spaz: The Internet of Things encompasses all products that can be connected via technology to a network/sensors and share data. And as almost everything we do today is connected to a computer and a network (wearable technologies, smart medical devices, smart homes, smart cars, smart agriculture, smart cities, etc), this field known as IoT is expected to keep growing. Many technology experts say that more than 30 billion devices will have software, sensors and network connectivity by the year 2020. Israel is so well positioned because it excels at the technology needed in connecting devices to software, sensors or a network. It also excels at cybersecurity technologies needed to keep these connections safe.



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We'd like to welcome Viva Press from ISRAEL21c to the AMA. Thank you Viva and we're looking forward to answers to some of these great questions.


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Thank you for including me in this Series. I'd love to do it again!




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nala

does ISRAEL21c do any partnerships with companies in the USA?



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peaceinlife

Is "Defense" a place where Israel is big in technology when it comes to the private sector?


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Well, Israel is extremely strong in cybersecurity, video surveillance analytics (BriefCam helped US authorities identify and track Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarneav in the Boston Marathon bombing), and big data analytics. And then, there's the Iron Dome… which is a mobile, all-weather missile-defense system.But if you look at "defense" tech that has been applied and used for another field, that's where you can really see Israeli innovation at its best. Israeli teens in the Technological units of the IDF are given access to the best technologies. Many private startups are created by these teens after they leave the army.


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These examples come to mind… Waze and KitLocate come from defense navigation technologies; Pillcam comes from miniaturization technology used in missiles; Zeekit virtual fitting room app comes from deep-image processing and aerial telecommunication technologies; and then of course there are the hundreds of cybersecurity startups that have tweaked a defense technology for the private sector.





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caitlinb

How do you think global affairs will impact both the Israeli tech scene and overall tech trends in 2016?



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caitlinb

What can the US learn from trends in the Israeli tech space for 2016?


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Israeli trends in tech tend to follow the world's trends.Israel's prowess is in drones, sensors, robotics, optics, machine vision, big data, analytics, cybersecurity. So, if tech experts are correct that 2016 will need leaders in these fields, Israel will be in great standing. But if they're wrong, Israel will still invest and innovate tech in these fields.




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Can you tell us a bit more about what you do at Israel21c?? specifically what your individual mission is.


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Sure. I'm an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. I also produce our videos (we have over 700; chalked up over 3.7 million views in 2015). I have been a journalist for over 2 decades. Print, TV, Radio, Online, you name it, I've done it. I started in "hard" news… and switched to "good news features" in 2011. I love writing about and telling people about the creativity going on in Israel. In all fields… not just tech. And I'm a public speaker, too.




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lms1027

Do you see any partnerships between Israelis and Palestinians when it comes to innovation and start ups? With the recent labeling in the EU of products made in the West Bank, it seems as though a way to kind of answer that is to promote products that employ and use teamwork of both sides.


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There are some collaboration activities between the two communities and there are also meetups. There are also Arab run startups in Israel. I suggest Googling Alpha Omega, Myndlift, Prof. Hossam Haick, bil Arabiya, Hani Alami, Fadi Swidan, NazTech.




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thx for doing this! do you see other middle east / arab countries doing business with Israel? is it usually covertly?


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Happy to answer as many questions as I can. Please see my response below to Wendy re Arab countries doing business with Israel.




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whatsthehaps

whats your favorite consumer tech co from israel?


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I don't like to use the word "impossible" in my answers. But in this case, it is impossible for me to choose. There are so many. :)




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spaz

The Facebook post mentioned in the Internet of Things. Can you tell me a little more about what that is and why Israel seems so well positioned?



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yella111

also curious about the BDS question below. also, though... what is it about israel that makes it so innovative? european roots?


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BDS… see my other answer, please.What make Israel so innovative? The million dollar question. It's a combination of things… top research, curiosity, patriotism, drive, risk taking, tikkun olam and an existential need to survive. Israel has the greatest number of scientists and engineers per capita in the world. Israel spends more on r&d relative to its size than any other country in the world. And Israel's main natural resource is its brain power.




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totallytotally

Outside of Tel Aviv, what is the biggest innovation hotspot in Israel?


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I'm going to assume you mean "Outside the Tel Aviv area" because many startups in Herzliya, Petach Tikva or even Netanya call themselves Tel Aviv companies. So, the answer would be the Jerusalem area. Definitely a growing hotspot for startup activity and Venture Capital funds. There are more than 400 startups in the Holy City and a bunch of multinational offices. You'll also find amazing startup activity in Haifa, Nazareth and Beersheva. Especially if you're looking for cyber startups… you'll find them in Beersheva. Read more here: http://www.israel21c.org/beersheva-goes-cyber/ On a side note, all the universities are creating and revolutionizing breakthroughs in research and technologies all the time. And they all have technology transfer companies like Yissum (Hebrew Univeristy of Jerusalem), RAMOT (Tel Aviv University), T3 (Technion), BGN (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), etc. So, while the Tel Aviv area is the center of activity, it's hardly the only activity going on.




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bibil

What is the mission of Israel21c?? is it a govt thing?


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Absolutely not a government thing. ISRAEL21c is a non-profit (actually, based in the US… the journalists are in Israel). There's a mission statement on the site. A blurb from it: "ISRAEL21c was founded in 2001, in the wake of the Second Intifada, to broaden public understanding of Israel beyond typical portrayals in the mainstream media."The organization’s founders – Israeli-American technology executives – understood the great power of the Internet and developed a first-of-its kind online product with global appeal and reach."Since that time, ISRAEL21c has become synonymous with reliable, thoughtfully-written, and meticulously researched content for individuals, organizations, associations, news services, bloggers, and businesses in more than 230 countries." Read more here: http://www.israel21c.org/about/




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amenbro

what is the biggest new "trend" in israeli innovation in 2016? also, whats the coolest tech israel has ever built?


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Well, 2016 is still days away but high-tech magazines and websites are saying Israel will lead in the Internet of Things, robotics, big data, cloud, med-tech and cybersecurity fields. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's VC firm just released a report on IoT in 2016 and taps Israel for leading the way. Here's one line from the article: "the sectors that are currently most relevant to IoT – like cyber security, ag-tech, and healthcare – also happen to be the ones in which Israel is already the most advanced around the globe.” I helped put together a 2016 Trends report for ISRAEL21c (will be published Dec. 28), and the conclusion by the experts we interviewed was that Israel's strong suits in tech are what the world now needs. So, Israel is in a very good position going in to 2016.


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As for the second question… Yikes! Coolest tech ever? Disk-On-Key? Iron Dome? Waze? Drip Irrigation? Intel chips? Pillcam? I'm going to ask you to help me decide… if you want, here's a list with 65 Israeli innovations: http://www.israel21c.org/the-top-65-ways-israel-is-saving-our-planet/





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wendy

do u think BDS is hurting israeli economy? why or why not?


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molly

Especially when Israeli companies try to globalize innovation. Is there a market outside the US?


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hojovv

of course there is



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Molly: Yes, there is an enormous market outside the US.




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Let me start by saying this: In the business world, there is great respect for Israel. And that is true in the Arab countries as well.I can't comment on how much BDS is hurting smaller companies or farmers because I really don't know. But from what I've heard from CEOs, developers, university liaisons, etc, business is business when we're talking about Israeli startups with groundbreaking technologies. BDS is not stopping a multinational company from buying an Israeli technology because it is Israeli and it's not stopping investors from pouring billions into Israeli startups.




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It seems like every week we're hearing about some crazy new Israeli innovations. Who funds these initiatives? Are they private firms in Israel, or around the world? What is the most common? Thanks!


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Yes, it does seem like a new startup, innovation or breakthrough is announced every week (sometimes it can feel like every day). Actually, I'd say most of the startups are private ventures. There are also Other Country-Israel collaborations, public startups (university/government-sponsored). And there are multinational companies that either open R D facilities in Israel / an Israeli office in Israel, or buy up an Israeli startup and turn it into their R D facility/local office in Israel. Because the high-tech landscape is constantly changing, it's hard to know exactly how many startups are active at any one time. But the latest figures are that there are 6100-7000 active startups in Israel.




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Yes, it does seem like a new startup, innovation or breakthrough is announced every week (sometimes it can feel like every day). Actually, I'd say most of the startups are private ventures. There are also Other Country-Israel collaborations, public startups (university/government-sponsored). And there are multinational companies that either open R D facilities in Israel / an Israeli office in Israel, or buy up an Israeli startup and turn it into their R D facility/local office in Israel. Because the high-tech landscape is constantly changing, it's hard to know exactly how many startups are active at any one time. But the latest figures are that there are 6100-7000 active startups in Israel.


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You ask who funds these initiatives… No shortage of VC funds (local or foreign) pouring billions of dollars into Israeli companies every year. Figures for 2015 aren't out yet but to give you an example, Chinese investors are said to have invested half a billion dollars in Israeli venture capital this year.There are also Angel investors… they make the first “seed” investments in early-stage companies. Angels invest their own money, as opposed to VCs that invest on behalf of others. And there's crowdfunding platforms… like OurCrowd (a startup itself) that has won numerous global awards (just named 10th most innovative Fintech company in the world) for its equity crowdfunding platform. Basically, OurCrowd lets middleclass people interested in investing but can't afford the standard minimum down payment also get a chance to invest.


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Smaller Israeli companies also seek early funds from crowdfunding sites like indiegogo or Kickstarter or the like. And there are also university grants, government grants (especially the Office of the Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Economy), and binational grants like BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation) among others. And, of course, there are accelerators.


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hojovv

Have you ever heard of MassChallenge?


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Of course!








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volkert2

Just saw that rewalk was going to be covered by the VA. That's a pretty huge deal. Are there other Israeli medical technologies on the verge of going mainstream here?


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Yes, the Department of Veterans Affairs announcement to fund ReWalk for US vets is awesome. There are dozens of Israeli medical technologies being used on a daily basis in global healthcare. ReWalk is just the latest Israeli health-tech solution being used by the US Military…. They also use the Pocket BVM and Israeli emergency bandage. The US Navy recently announced that it will use Brainsway to help its soldiers deal with depression. And US army vets are to be among the first users of SoftWheel's new shock absorbing wheelchairs.


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102 ways Israeli innovation is changing health - http://tracks.roojoom.com/r/12746





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seld

I think of Israel having a lot of breakthroughs in science and technology and every so often a game-changing consumer product/app (xbox kinect, waze, etc.). Was there a product like that this year that maybe people didn't realize came from Israel?



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This is a really difficult question to answer because there are so many amazing consumer products/apps. But if I have to choose one or two, or 7... I'd say SCio by Consumer Physics, for sure. It's a pocket spectrometer that can scan objects to see what they’re made of and analyze the composition... scan an apple to see how fresh it is or scan your house plant to see if it needs more water. SCiO was one of the big Internet of Things devices in 2015… not sure if people know it's Israeli. // Mobeego disposable smartphone charger that can juice up your device for 4 hours. The product was only launched in November but I know there's huge world interest in these little batteries on the go.


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G-RO's innovative big-wheeled suitcase was a Kickstarter campaign… so I don't know if people know it's from Tel Aviv. Let's put it this way, the crowdfunder goal was $125,000. That was beat in 2 hours. The project raised $3,307,773. // ZuTA Labs' mini portable printer. It won Best of Innovation at CES 2015. It's a mini robotic printer that slides over the paper on which you want to print. It can print on any size of paper. // Lishtot's water testing technology looks like a straw and can tell you (or those in developing countries) when water is safe to drink in under 5 seconds. CNBC called Lishtot one of its 20 startups of 2015. Keep an eye out for it.


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2 more that I must must highlight: The Right Cup… the world's first fruit-scented cup that tricks your brain into thinking you're drinking a sweet juice when you're just drinking water. It was developed by an Israeli who was diagnosed with diabetes, told to drink water instead of juice but who hated the taste. // Bird by MUV is the coolest thing ever… a wearable device that turns your world into a touch screen.


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pitaeatah

Like in Minority Report?







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As 2015 comes to a close, financial and technology headlines in the United States are predicting that the current tech bubble will burst in 2016. But the Israeli startup sector isn't worried... in fact, they're gearing up for an even better year with bigger exits, better technology, and even more connectivity. What were the hottest gadgets, health care products and tech innovations of the year and how will Israel's amazing start-up sector continue to thrive?

Ask the expert! ISRAEL21c associate editor Viva Press hosts a MySababa "Ask Me Anything" live from Tel Aviv. Ask your question now and join us at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on December 23 for this special event.


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Hi Everyone! I'm happy to be here and will try to answer all your questions.






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