Web 2.0 and the Israeli Scene

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Om Malik, Emily Chang, Pete Cashmore, Guy Kawasaki, Brian Solis, Chris Brogan, Deborah Shultz...if all or any of these names sound familiar, it's because they are some of the leading Web 2.0/technology experts on the Web today. In their various positions, they have all recognized a strong connection between Web 2.0 and Israel. Most recently, they were part of a panel of judges that selected ten of Israel's most promising Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 startups who presented at the.co.ils Web Startup 2008 competition.



The.co.ils is the leading Hebrew blog on the Israeli Web startup scene and is authored by Yaron Orenstein and Yami Glick. This year's competition, which took place in Tel Aviv, had over 280 entrepreneurs, VCs and other industry members in attendance. Om Malik of GigaOm gave the Keynote. While some of the selected startups cater directly to the enterprise and the enterprise 2.0 concept, the others represent the blurring boundary of information access between devices that IT professionals should also know about and understand.

The 10 Websites that were selected and presented include:

Wix is an authoring platform that allows users to create striking and easy-to-build web content in flash (web sites, widgets, blogs, etc.), and publish it anywhere they want online. Users can create content without coding in flash/html or being constrained by templates. At the heart of the product is the drag & drop editor that allows users to pull in any content from the web or from their own media files (video, audio, animation, text, etc.) and create web content.

WorkLight develops and markets a line of server products that allow organizations to do more business securely, using popular consumer Web 2.0 tools and technologies like iGoogle, Windows Live, Netvibes, Facebook, and others. Through WorkLight, employees, channels, partners, and consumers connect to protected enterprise data (and to each other) using Web 2.0 services.

HiveSight helps marketers discover new facts about consumers. The technology sifts through and analyzes millions of social media profiles and blogs to construct consumer profiles. Customers use the online application to write simple queries that define consumer panels, and get instant reports on demographics, consumer interests, trends and more. It's the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to explore consumer markets and discover new insights.

Qoof is the video commerce platform that bridges the world of Online Shopping, Internet Video, and Direct Response TV to create a distributed, targeted, and personalized video commerce network. Think QVC for the Internet. The most powerful way to sell a product online is with video, and as more merchants are looking for video solutions, the Qoof Platform is their answer. Companies currently using our platform include Dell, Ice.com, & DrugStore.com. Qoof plans a major product release further converging the worlds of DRTV and e-commerce this September.

WikiAnswers gives you useful answers about anything by harnessing people's collective knowledge, but with a wiki-twist.WikiAnswers' mission is to grow a collaborative answers resource; anyone can ask, answer or edit questions, building a global Q&A database covering all topics.

Dapper's vision is to allow people to consume the web where, when and in whatever format they choose. Dapper users point and click on the content viewers want from a website, and Dapper turns this content into a live semantic feed that can be used in a variety of formats (RSS, widget, XML). Dapper is leveraging its core technology to create live content-based ads (MashupAds) that combine publisher and advertiser content within an interactive ad -- creating the world's first content ad network.

Mo'Minis is a revolutionary platform for the development and publishing of mobile games. The platform allows advanced as well as non-skilled developers to rapidly create original games from scratch and have them seamlessly supported on a wide range of handsets. Furthermore, developers can collaborate and share game assets on Mo'Minis developers' community and enjoy distribution and monetization services through various on/off-deck channels.

Kaltura provides the first open-source video management platform, empowering any site with online video. With Kaltura, web publishers can seamlessly and cost-effectively integrate interactive and collaborative rich-media functionalities, including uploading, importing, editing, remixing, and sharing. Kaltura also offers its global network of publishers content hosting, transcoding, advertising, merchandising, and syndication.

MocoSpace is a mobile social network that allows anybody with a web-enabled phone to have a full social networking experience on their most trusted device, the mobile phone, whenever and wherever they want. Users enjoy expressing themselves and staying connected to friends by setting up a profile page, sharing photos and video, chatting, inboxing, instant messaging, blogging, debating in forums, sending mobile cards and playing games.

Nuconomy Studio is the world's first "performance insight platform," built from the ground up to provide completely new ways to measure today's interactive Web. Go beyond the old page view model and start to measure the new metrics of the web -- your users, site engagement and contribution metrics.