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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

4 New Israeli-based Startups You May Not Have Heard Of

It always feels good to be able to tell the rest of the world about the latest web/mobile applications from Israel, and I feel privileged to be able to do so. Since I live here, I often times meet with new (and old) companies, listen to their story, and test their services. I can't say that I'm impressed with each and every one of them but I do think that Israel is one bad-ass place to find new innovation compared to other places in the world.

Let me introduce you to some of the newest, hottest Israeli companies that launched or will launch this year:

Libox is a desktop client that completely synchronizes with the web to allow you easy and free media-sharing with friends and family anytime, anywhere. When you create a Libox account you can import all the media that's stored on your computer and view it on Libox. Once you import your contact list from your favorite email platform, you will be able to share media in its original quality and resolution with people whom you've invited. Libox also offers group sharing and chat with friends, both from the desktop & the web.

It's important to say that Libox doesn’t upload your files to the “Cloud.” If you share some media with some friends, Libox creates a private secure network on those specific files with those specific friends, NO one will have access to media you haven’t shared with them - so it's all very private and convenient. Since Libox does not store your files, there's no limitation on the file size or the amount you share - Libox is both free and unlimited.

I've been using Libox for a few months now and I found its
performances to be very impressive; it doesn't take a lot resources from my computer, it's surprisingly fast, and most importantly, it saves the original file format, which makes it worth use. Its UI however, is a lack of inspiration and rough on the edges... but I have to admit that it's also very easy to understand and use maybe this is why its design is so simple (or too simple).

Significal opens a new gateway for interaction between users and "time-related" businesses, by giving them a smart, simple, automated and interactive way to manage not only their time but also their tasks and events. In doing so, users maintain full control over their life in one centralized platform - their electronic calendar (web/desktop/mobile). This benefits both sides; "time-related" businesses are more aware of their customers' actions thereby opening up a new marketing medium and enabling a better direct to customer approach. Concurrently, users keep up-to-date with any updates or new opportunities that match their lifestyle.

Significal's goal is to create as many as partnerships with businesses & enterprises to enable them access into the end users' calendar (via their site or plugins). For businesses: it will give exposure and offers an innovative way to promote themselves further. When it comes to the users, this may change their lifestyle, because they can actually interact with businesses regarding daily activities (bank, phone-bill, flight, etc.,) from within their web/desktop calendar.

Waze is a downlodable social mobile application that allow drivers with mobile+GPS enabled to build and use real-time road intelligence on what's ahead, what to avoid and the quickest routes at any given moment.

How does it work: The users needs to click on a few buttons on the software to send their update into Waze. No voice needed (but in my opinion, that actually could help while driving). The service includes constantly updated routes and delivers traffic and accident alerts plus data from people who have downloaded the Waze application.

Map and traffic updates are automatically collected and generated as users drive with Waze. Drivers can also actively report and update others on what's happening along their route, including accidents, police traps, weather hazards, cheap gas offers, and more.

Waze recently launched at DEMO09 - Here is their presentation:

First a disclaimer: I recently started to work as a consultant at Dropico.
Instead of uploading media to all of the various social networks, Dropico allows users to drag & drop photos across different social networks. Meaning, you can drag files from Facebook to Myspace, or from Flickr to Picasa without the upload time hassle - Simple as that!

Dropico is a platform which makes it easy to organize existing media in one visual layout. Without registration, the user can log in to the supported services: Facebook, Twitter (TwitPic, yfrog & twitgo) Myspace, Flickr, Picasa, Bebo etc., and see all the organized albums & files at one glance. Users will be able to reorganize the files in new albums and drag & drop them to any of the supported services in order to create a new album. Files can be uploaded from a computer as well and quickly be copied to each service from the supported list in the site.

Additionally, Dropico also offers a tool for bloggers (a simple JS code) that enables readers to distribute pictures to each of Dropico's supported services.

All of these features coming soon too:
  • Dropico Photo submit bar – add to your blog/website a photo submission bar for posting photos directly to dropico's supported services (supporting: wordpress, blogger).
  • Dropico Facebook application – use Dropico on facebook.
  • Photo Edit (picnik like), edit & save photos on the fly.
  • Dropico Client – download a simple Dropico application and connect Dropico to your desktop/external devices.
  • Dropico Backup Service – backup your media from all service to Dropico servers (amazon s3) in 1 click.
  • Mail to Dropico – drag & drop photos from your favorite email service (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail) to Dropico's supported services.
  • iPhone application – allowing to transfer/view your media.
Here are some invitations to test Dropico - grab them while you can (beta)


posted by Unknown at 8:24 PM


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I always enjoy learning how other people employ Amazon S3 online storage. I am wondering if you can check out my very own tool CloudBerry Explorer that helps to manage S3 on Windows . It is a freeware.

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