AICC names finalists for 2009 Eagle Star “Israeli Company of the Year” and “Deal of the Year” Awards

April 30, 2009

“Eagle Star Israeli Company of the Year”





“Eagle Star Deal of the Year”


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To Register for the 2009 Eagle Star Awards Gala

MindCite Joins AICC

April 28, 2009


MindCite transforms data to intelligence, in the Homeland Security, Competitive and Business Intelligence markets, using Artificial Intelligence, Semantic and Natural Language Processing. 

MindCite has developed and implemented a single point access to the customer’s information, based on open source and internal data sources. The company provides a complete solution for integration, and automatic processing of organization structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data sources, into a core manageable Intelligence system. MindCite is the only dynamic, ontology-based platform, combining Intelligence tier with analytic tools.

 The deployed solutions are based on:  Citer, an Ontology-driven Intelligence Management System that provides the enterprise with all-in-one competitive and business intelligence solution, implementing the complete intelligence cycle – data collection, processing and dissemination- in one platform with multilingual capability. CiteLink, a ground-breaking, RDF-Native, Link-Analysis tool capable of querying, visualizing, and analyzing information from triple-stores and semantic-services. Such information may be the result of Semantic-Integration of databases, GIS systems, CDR analysis, analyzed time-series data, text and more.

Global demand for MindCite solutions has enabled deployment in Asia, Europe, South America and Israel. MindCite solutions are deployed globally by organizations needing to predict, prevent and respond to a diverse range of threats. A well-established international Partner Program ensures MindCite solutions meet local demand with after sales support. We are available to our customers in any part of the world, by certified partners that are professionals in their local markets and local needs while supported by MindCite Professional Service department.

MindCite has been deployed in several vertical markets such as: Homeland Security agencies, Military branches, Governments & Ministries, Intelligence Agencies, Regulatory Agencies, Financial Institutions, and Corporate IT departments.

Synergy Cables Joins AICC

April 22, 2009

synergySynergy Cables USA Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Synergy Cables Ltd. a leading high quality wire and cable manufacturer and part of The Alpine Group, Inc.

The US subsidiary is headquartered in Marietta, GA and maintains distribution wharehouses in Walterboro, North Carolina and Houston,  Texas.  The company manufacturs in a state of the art facility in Sderot, Israel. Eli Abravanel the company’s President & CEO, highlights the company’s special place in supplying cables for wind turbines and alternative energy. The company will exhibit next month at the upcoming “Windpower 2009” in Chicago. Eli will join AICC’s CleanTech and Telecommunications committees.

Synergy Cables Ltd. is a global supplier of power & electrical cables established in 1934, the company offers a complete spectrum of products for power and control applications, ranging from low (LV), medium (MV) and high voltage (HV) power cables up to 161 kV; control, airfield lightning, EMC and industrial cables. Synergy Cables Ltd. essentially assures each customer a tailor made solution to its needs, combined with logistical expertise.  Synergy Cables Ltd. has a chain of distributors and customers in over 40 countries worldwide, as well as subsidiaries in the USA, Germany and the UK.

AICC BoD member David Rubenstein recognized as “Top Ten Producer”

April 15, 2009

david_rAICC Board of Directors member David Rubenstein, Principal with The Miller Richmond Company, was recently recognized as a “Top Ten Producer” by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors. Out of all of the 2009 Million Dollar Club recipients, David was ranked as the 8th highest grossing office tenant representative based on leasing and sales volume of $31,145,758 in 2008.

“The Miller Richmond Company is the only brokerage firm among the Top Ten Producers devoted exclusively to tenant representation” said Bogue Miller the firm’s President. “The company stands by its belief that the only way to objectively represent tenants is by refusing to accept listings or assignments from commercial landlords. In today’s challenging economy, most real estate service providers are struggling. By staying true to the core principal of exclusive tenant representation, 2008 was one of The Miller Richmond Company’s most successful years ever”

David Rubenstein, has been associated with The Miller Richmond Company since 2000. A licensed real estate broker in the state of Georgia, David has consistently placed in the highest category for office leasing production in The Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. He also participates in a variety of national account business as a founding member of The Alliance of Tenant Representatives. Prior to The Miller Richmond Company, David worked as a commercial real estate developer for Cousins Properties Incorporated and Holder Properties, Inc., two of Atlanta’s leading commercial real estate development firms. He has had numerous articles published and presentations delivered on the topics of commercial and medical real estate.

Professional and civic activities include: Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors; Governor Appointee to the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust; Board of Directors of American Israel Chamber of Commerce; Sandy Springs Planning Commission; Board of Directors of The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Board of Directors of The Atlanta CEO Council and member of The Ravinia Club. David received a B.A. in economics and graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University. He received his M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

MindCite presented Citer their Enterprise Knowledge Platform at AICC Security Committee meeting

April 14, 2009

AICC April Security Committee meeting was hosted by David Schwartzenfeld at Marsh & McLennan Buckhead offices. Israeli company BriefCam was introduced to the committee and Hadar Himmelman CEO of MindCite presented an innovative information technology platform for implementing data mining, analysis and knowledge management solutions , using artificial intelligence, semantic and natural language processing (see video below). The committee discussed producing an educational event in the fall and reviewed its 2008-2009 program of work. The meeting was chaired by David Schwartzenfeld.

Mazor signs with Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta and 2 other US hospitals

April 7, 2009

mazorMazor Surgical Technologies Ltd. (TASE:MZOR) has signed agreements and obtained permits for the installation of its C-Insight 3D surgical imaging system at three US hospitals. The agreements mean that the company has met an important development and marketing milestone for the system.
Mazor is installing C-Insight at three beta sites at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, the Florida Campus of the Cleveland Clinic near Miami, and at Newton Wellesley Hospital near Boston. The systems will be used in orthopedic surgical procedures over the coming months.

Mazor Surgical Technologies was founded in 2001, and is dedicated to the research, development, production, marketing and sales of innovative medical devices for surgical procedures. Mazor’s proprietary technology enables a safer surgical environment for patients, surgeons and OR staff, by utilizing miniature robotic, imaging and implant technologies. Mazor’s corporate headquarters is located in Caesarea, Israel and regional offices are located in the Atlanta and Germany. Mazor Joined AICC in 2005 and Nancy Sousa, Mazor’s Chief Operating Oficer is a member of AICC Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Medical Committee.

PLYmedia Wins Red Herring 100 Europe 2009 Award

April 7, 2009

plyjPLYmedia, a pioneer in enriching online video, was named a winner of the Red Herring 100 Europe 2009 Award which distinguishes the top 100 private technology companies based in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Most successful in increasing multilingual engagement and viewing time for EU countries, PLYmedia’s language and closed captioning solution, subPLY, enables online publishers to target an audience beyond native English speakers. With an “in mute” option to facilitate silent video viewing with closed captions, publishers can further accommodate office space viewing and increase longer viewing time.

Essentially an interactive editorial tool, ProPLY optimizes use of the video screen through various information overlays. European publishers can create or use PLYmedia’s customizable overlay templates that link additional internal content (editorial articles) or other web information of interest to the viewer.

“We are thrilled to be a winner of Red Herring’s top technology companies list. A pioneer in enriching online video, PLYmedia’s overlaying technologies — ProPLY and SubPLY — will empower European online publishers and advertisers to engage a greater audience and create new online revenues via sponsorship and interactive advertising opportunities,” said Ben Enosh, Co-founder of PLYmedia. With R&D projects in Europe, PLYmedia is currently engaged in European research and leading media services.

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AICC members Earnix, PLYmedia, and Vringo listed in Red Herring 100

April 6, 2009

Since 1996, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have valued the Red Herring 100 lists as an instrument for discovering and advocating the most promising private ventures. The 2009 winners will be unveiled and featured at Red Herring 100 Europe 2009. 

earnixEarnix was founded by insurance and banking executives who sought a practical solution to the limitations of traditional pricing methods used by financial services providers. Joining forces with experts in statistics, econometrics, and optimization technology, they formed Earnix to help insurers and banks improve performance through better customer segmentation, advanced demand analysis, and optimal pricing. Earnix joined AICC in 2008.

vringoVringo was founded in 2006 and lets users set their own visual or video ringtone and choose the video, avatar, slide show or picture they want their friends to see when they call. Users can choose content from a variety of sources to create their “Vringos”. Users can browse Vringo’s own large collection of premium content licensed from TV, video and music clips. Users can also import content from Vringo partner sites or from almost anywhere on the Web. Users can even create Vringos using their phone’s camera or pull pictures or video from existing social networks. Vringo is the next generation in mobile personalization. Vringo joined AICC in 2008 and participated in the Innovation Exchange for at&t and the Atlanta leg of the Israel Mobile Association USA tour. Jon Medved, CEO, is a member of AICC  Israel Advisory Board.

plyj PLYmedia develops software that allows online videos to be overlaid with content layers, or PLYs – related to the video. Examples are advertisements, subtitles, pop-up bubbles and other layered content, which allows publishers to increase their revenue from a given video. Informational overlays are designed to promote video content and maximize interaction with viewers. PLYmedia also provides analytical feedback of the user’s interaction on the video screen in response to various overlays. PLYmedia’s language accessibility solution, SubPLY, has already been implemented by online companies. PLYmedia’s subtitles and close captioning solution adds value to the video. Its closed captioning solution converts audio video into text video, opening up additional viewing opportunities for the hearing impaired and enabling office workers to silently watch videos in the workspace. PLYmedia Joined AICC in 2007 and participated in the New Media and Web 2.0 business exchanges.

AICC member Unisfair Launches Channel Program to Capitalize on Growth of Virtual Events

April 2, 2009

Digital Advertising Agencies and Event Planners Can Now Add Customized Virtual Events to their Service Rosters

logo_unisfair Unisfair powers the world’s virtual events and virtual environments for business. Virtual events and environments are used for marketing, recruiting, training and internal collaboration. If it can be done physically, Unisfair can replicate it virtually—with superior return on investment. Unisfair has powered over 600 large scale virtual events for enterprise clients including Cisco Systems, Economist, IBM, Intel and KPMG. Unisfair is privately held and backed by Sequoia Capital and Norwest Venture Partners with headquarters in Menlo Park, California and offices in New York, Boston and Israel. Unisfair joined AICC in 2008 and participated in the US-Israel Web 2.0 Business Exchange.

Unisfair, has launched a formal channel program to help its partners meet the growing demand for alternatives to physical events. Targeted at digital advertising agencies and event planners, the program offers these audiences a platform for increasing revenue by offering customized virtual events and bundling value added services.

According to FutureWatch 2009, an annual survey conducted by Meeting Professionals International and American Express, virtual meetings are an im¬portant trend, and many respondents predicted a shift to Web-based learning as a way to control meeting and travel costs.

“Demand for Unisfair’s technology solutions grew substantially in 2008 as the number of virtual events hosted by Unisfair customers grew over 200 percent,” said Guy Piekarz, CEO of Unisfair. “Building this ecosystem will enable us to meet the rapidly increasing demand being driven by economic challenges, globalization and travel reductions.”

“The ability to combine Unisfair’s virtual environment with our webcasting platform enables us to offer our clients a much more engaging and interactive experience,” said Shaun McIver, President and CEO of Streamlogics. “As marketers across the globe continue to experience budget cuts, virtual events are increasingly relevant and Unisfair’s partner program is helping us provide additional value for our customers.”

By reselling Unisfair’s virtual environment, companies can easily expand their current service offerings. For example:

  • Unisfair partners can bundle value added services around the virtual events including strategy, creative and promotion services.
  • Digital Advertising agencies can extend their client’s brand, through the creation of custom virtual experiences.
  • Event Planners will have the ability to seamlessly replace or augment physical events even as the economy forces meeting and trade show cutbacks.

The Unisfair partner program provides comprehensive services to make it easy for partners to sell and implement the solution and includes sales and marketing tools, training, as well as customer service and support. Types of partnerships include both reseller and referral. As a part of Unisfair’s commitment to support the channel, Unisfair has also released Version 8.9 of its virtual event platform. Product enhancement highlights include an increased level of branding and the flexibility to easily create custom virtual experiences.

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AICC member Kaltura Wins “The Most Promising Start-up in Israel for 2009”

April 1, 2009

kalturaKaltura, Inc., developer of the first open source video platform, is the winner of this year’s “most promising start-up” competition held by TheMarker and Microsoft. Now in its fourth year, the competition took place as part of the annual internet conference – TheMarker Com.Vention – on Sunday, March 29th in Tel-Aviv. 28 companies were submitted to the competition, out of which three reached the finals – Kaltura, Innovid and Gizmox.

“We selected Kaltura as the most promising Internet start-up as we recognized three critical components that the company offered – a truly innovative open source video platform solution, a super attractive target market of video publishers, and proven execution capabilities that lead to a very impressive number of users and relationships with top-tier partners within only a few months after its launch”, said Ehud Levy Managing Partner, Vertex Venture Capital

“Here at the Microsoft R&D center, we are extremely excited about this year’s finalists, the three companies represent the strengths of the Israeli high-tech industry – innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and combine both business and technological leadership,” said Barak Shein, Director, Business Development, Microsoft Israel R&D.

“It is an honor to have won this prestigious award, the ninth major international award since our initial product launch in late 2007. As a US-based company, we made a great strategic decision to build our R&D center in Israel, which is a global hub for entrepreneurs and technologists. We are truly proud to have won this competition up against cutting-edge companies in one of the world’s leading high-tech talent centers,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO

Kaltura was founded in 2006 by Ron Yekutiel, Dr. Shay David, Dr. Michal Tsur and Eran Etam. The company has developed a platform that allows publishers to integrate basic to advanced video and rich-media functionalities, including collaborative remixing and sharing of video, image and audio files. The company’s open source business model is based on a combination of video-related services including streaming and hosting, advertising and monetization, licensing for self-hosted solutions, professional services etc. To date, the company has raised an undisclosed amount of venture capital from Avalon Ventures, .406 Ventures and private investors.

The competition finalists also included Innovid and Gizmox. Innovid was founded by Zvika Neter, Tal Hilazon and Tsachi Zigdon, who developed a video advertising technology that embeds branding into the video itself. Gizmox, founded by Navot Peled, Guy Peled and Dan Lichtenfeld, has developed an internet platform called Visual WebGui that enables simple UI development & deployment of web applications on the server which are then virtualized on a standard browser with no specific installation. The company has raised $1.5 million to date.

The companies that made it through the first cut of the competition were judged by a committee of judges from TheMarker (Israel’s leading economic newspaper), Microsoft Israel and Microsoft’s R&D center in Israel. The ten selected companies then presented in front of a panel of distinguished judges from leading technology and venture capital firms. As the final stage, the three finalists presented their companies’ business and technology vision in front of an international panel of judges.

The competition’s judges included: Jennifer L. Schenker, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Informilo, Ehud Levy, Managing Partner, Vertex Venture Capital, Erez Pilosof, Founder and CEO of Libox, an innovative Personal Media management and sharing platform, Barak Shein, Director, Business Development – Microsoft Israel R&D, Yoram Yaacovi, CTO and General Manager: Innovation Labs, new ILDC ventures and Academia and Industry outreach – Microsoft Israel R&D, Ronen Smooha, Developers & .NET Platform Adoption Division Manager – Microsoft Israel, Galya Yemini, High Tech Editor at TheMarker Magazine.

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