Surge in High-Tech Investments and Acquisitions

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #152, May 06, 2011

The Irvine-based Broadcom acquired Israel's Provigent for $340MN, Broadcom's 8th Israeli acquisition since November 2000 – VisionTech for $250MN, Dune Networks - $178MN, Pecello - $86MN, Siliquent - $84MN, Octalica - $31MN, SighticVista - $15MN and MStream - $10MN (Globes March 22).

Facebook Invests in Israel

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #151, March 24, 2011

Mike Butcher, editor of the award winning, "Israel is endowed with high-tech entrepreneurs. If you throw a stone in Tel Aviv, it would probably hit a high-tech entrepreneur

Israeli Growth Exceeds OECD and the USA

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #150, February 18, 2011

1.  A 7.8% growth of Israel's economy during the fourth quarter of 2010 – a 4.5% annual growth in 2010, compared with OECD's 2.8%, USA's 2.7%, Turkey's 8.2% and South Korea's 6.2%. Export surged 10.3% during the fourth quarter – a 3.7% annual growth. Investments expanded 15.9% during the fourth quarter (Globes Business Daily, Feb. 17, 2011).

ChemChina - $1.44BN for 60% of Israel's Agan

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #149, January 14, 2011

Israel – Fertile Ground for International High Tech Companies

Jerusalem Boardroom #148, December 25, 2010

1.  Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, Joe Lonsdale, founder of Palo Alto's Palantir and Blumberg Capital invested in Israel's any.Do. Schmidt's investment fund, Innovation Endeavors made six investments so far, two of them in Israel (Globes business daily, Nov. 29, 2010).  The $23BN Broadcom acquired its 7th Israeli company, Sightic Vista (Nov. 26). 

2.  Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School (

"Israel is becoming fertile ground for the likes of Google, [Swiss pharmaceutical multinational] Roche and other companies looking to acquire innovative businesses to add to their portfolios…

Warren Buffett: "Israel's disproportionate quantity of ideas"

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #147 , November 25, 2010

1.  Warren Buffett (Oct. 11, 2010, Yedioth Achronot daily): "CTD, my [farm equipment] company, has acquired a few Israeli companies [following the 2006 $4BN acquisition of 80% of Israel's Iskar], and another [electromechanical] company, TTI, has also acquired an Israeli company…I expect additional investments in Israel…Israel possesses a disproportionate quantity of brains and ideas…If you look for oil in the Middle East, skip Israel. However, if you look for brains, stop in Israel." 

Acquisition of Israeli Start-Ups Persists

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #146, October 08, 2010

1.  Israel ranks fourth in global hotel occupancy (75%), following Singapore (83.5%), Japan (79.1%), Australia (75.3%), according to "STR Golabl" August 2010 report.

2.  3M is acquiring Israel's Attenti for $230MN, its first Israeli acquisition (Globes, Sept. 1).

Israel’s Impressive Economic Growth

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #145, August 19, 2010

1.  Israel economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to an annualized 4.7% in the 2nd quarter of 2010 [compared with 4.1% in the Euro Bloc, 2.4% - USA and 0.4% - Japan]. It is the fastest pace in more than two years, as exports [19% industrial exports surge in the 2nd quarter] and consumer spending [8.7% in the 2nd quarter] increased [as well as 11% rise of investment in fixed assets]... rising from 3.6% in the 1st quarter [and 4.3% in the 4th quarter of 2009]…”

Israel: 1st non-European President of R&D Eureka

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #144, July 16, 2010

1.  The Bio-Jerusalem Initiative has been established, in order to transform Jerusalem into the capital of Israel’s bio-med.  43% of Israel’s bio-med research is conducted in Jerusalem. 12% of Jerusalem’s workforce is engaged in bio-med and healthcare. Jerusalem’s Hebrew University is ranked 12th in the number of bio-med patents.  Hebrew U Ph.D. candidates in the areas of biology, medicine, pharmacology and chemistry constitute an exceptional potential for Jerusalem’s bio-med industries.

Gaza Flotillas: Bumps on the Path of Israel’s Economic Growth

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #143, June 11, 2010

1.  The 1948/9 War of Independence, the 1956 Sinai Campaign, the 1967 War, the 1969/70 War of Attrition, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1981 US Military Embargo and global condemnation following the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor, the 1982 war against the PLO in Lebanon, the 1987-92 1st Intifadah, the 1994-2000 Palestinian Suicide Bombers, the 2000-2002 2nd Intifadah, the pre-1948 and the 1948-2010 systematic Palestinian terrorism, etc. have been bumps on the path of unprecedented Israeli economic, technological, medical, agricultural and cultural growth!

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