Israeli startup Morphisec, which develops cyber security prevention and detection tools, has closed a $7 million Series A funding round led by Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), GE Ventures, Deutsche Telekom, Portage Advisors llc., and OurCrowd. The company has raised $8.5 million to date, including this financing round.
Here are few links to recent media appearances:
“The challenging environment Israel faces in the Middle East in the physical world has reflections also on the cyber world,” says Dudu Mimran, CTO of the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University, located in Beer Sheva, Israel.
Dudu Mimran is the co-founder of an Israeli security startup called Morphisec that is creating a super-secure version of Microsoft Windows like “Microsoft should be doing” he tells Business Insider.
“This is not a scenario where you can leak out megabytes of documents, but today sensitive data is usually locked down by smaller amounts of data,” says says Dudu Mimran, CTO of the Cyber Security Research Center.
I’ve read Robert Scobble analysis on MSN Spaces – MSN Spaces Numbers – and I grasped another major difference between web 2.0 companies and other software/technology companies. There are today numerous tools and ways to easily evaluate the success of a web 2.0 venture. This visibility affects tremendously relationship with VCs, consumer confidence and buzz.
The stealth concept of startups invented in the late 90’s does not work here anymore and all cards are on the table.
P.S. I am contemplating on whether a full disclosure to everyone from a web 2.0 developer would be a good thing or not
All the big guys are rushing these days to launch as many web applications as possible to "captivate" web surfers in their "club". Google in a dramatic and maybe a little bit panicked response to Microsoft's threats and Yahoo's renovated website started launching an application a day. It doesn't matter anymore what it is, as long it is new and it does something at all then it should be launched – that seems to be their higher strategic guideline.
Google is becoming a one central computing center that does everything in a very similar fashion to the 60's – 70's mainframe state of mind. Of course we don't see the MF green characters anymore but still, one web address, one state of mind and one business culture to provide everything for everyone!
I do think Microsoft are doing a good job at scaring Google with their large announcements (which I think is the main and maybe only competitive tactic and tool MS has to deploy against Google right now). They have got them into forgetting their un-disputed "rule" in information retrieval via search engine and into rushing for growth somewhere else where they are fresh. Of course, in a similar line of thought, except for launching new web 2.0 applications daily, there are the low cost acquisitions of every piece of web 2.0 technology just to enrich the weapon arsenal.
I think that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo should leave aside the "consolidation" strategy textbook everyone else in the enterprise SW industry have embraced (Oracle, SAP, MS) and give some space for innovation to bloom and flourish outside their factories. Everything really innovative about "web 2.0" and even the term itself was invented during the exact time Microsoft and Yahoo have stopped believing in the net potential as well as many others. Now when they believe in it again, they kill it softly with their warm hugs.
Innovation is not just a matter of funding and clever R&D processes. It is MAINLY a matter of different point of views brought up by different people who can still think that there is a place for their dream. Knowing you have to fight with MS, Google or Yahoo for the first 100K users scares me and every new entrepreneur as well.
See CNN's The boom is back .
Very interesting item on IBM (caution: not relevant to all IBM's whole activity) – IBM will not use Windows Vista – but will move to Linux desktops . In short it says that IBM will not renew their account with Microsoft regarding their employees' windows desktops and instead will switch to Red-Hat based Linux desktops.
If this is true then it is a major step for open source adoption as well as for IBM competitive strategy. Maybe they didn't give up in the desktop os wars after all and they are just far sighted then others.
The new UI is a great change for FeedBurner and it looks like it is based on accumulated user feedback. Much more intuitive and cool.