The most promising Israeli startups for 2013

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This year Tel Aviv was named the 2nd best high-tech centre in the world. Orli Yakuel, writing for TNW, gives us the rundown on the coolest Israeli start-ups to keep an eye on in 2013. Start-ups that started their journey only earlier this year and for which, the future shines bright.

Bazaart – People are definitely going to use this. First, the process of creating a collage from your own pins offers one of a hell of a user-experience, and the outcome is superb! Secondly, it is the best way to showcase your pins, all together, in one visual element. You can still see pins individually when flipping through a collage (or like this on the web), repin individual elements, or restyle the whole thing. Next I gather, Bazaart should add the ability to buy items right from their app, but right now, it’s all about mixing and styling everything on the web – And, it is a pure fun.

Flayvr – The reason I’m a believer in Flayvr is because I’m a person who takes tons of pictures daily, and every time I visit Flayvr, all of these moments that I have captured are organized in a way that I can enjoy and remember them. It’s a magical App, also a very important one, as we, all, are so busy with our lives, it is great to have an App that can make it easier to locate any memory you choose to from hundreds and thousands of photos. So far, over 1.5M photos and videos have been viewed and shared via flayvr.

Stevie – The first thing to love about Stevie is that the service works across major platforms, which is always good. With Stevie, I actually liked that I can play its music stream on the iPad and place it next to my laptop while I’m working. Surprisingly, it played some great suggestions by my friends, and I got to see updates from time to time without the need to be on Facebook. I still have some issues with its design, which I will tell you openly, I’m not crazy about. It looks a bit old fashioned but in spite of this, I found myself using it again and again and that what’s important.

TinyTap – The reason why I started iPad4kids was to separate the good apps available for children from the bad ones. TinyTap is definitely a good one. This app is not just for kids but for their parents as well, and might be the only App at the App Store that allows people the ability to create their own games, and then sell them through the TinyTap marketplace and through the App Store itself. When selling a game, publishers get 70% or the profit, and they can either publish it on TinyTap market for free (Tinytap only needs to approve it) or publish it on the Appstore for $200.  In Nov. 2012, TinyTap raised $500,000 in seed funding from Micro-Venture Capital Inimiti.

24me – 24me, the Next Generation Personal Assistant, launched two months ago, on the AppStore. It automatically generates daily tasks for users, based on their lives. Each task has a “completion button” to help the user execute the task easily from within 24me. There are more than 56,000 users that have downloaded the app. additionally, just in the last two months alone; 3.5 Million tasks have been added to 24me by its users.

EatWith – When I first heard the concept of EatWith, it blew my mind. It immediately makes one think why on earth hasn’t this been around for ages already? EatWith offers every user, a global community that lets one enjoy an authentic and intimate dining experience in someone’s home when traveling to a new (or familiar place). Anyone can host a meal at their own house, and cook their own food. I guess an easier way to explain how it works is like Airbnb: you can either be a host, or a person that wants to be invited to dinner. The beauty is in the exploration of all the different cultures at hand. Let’s say you want to travel to Italy and eat a homemade cooked meal at someone’s house, like a local, now you can.

PowToon – It’s been awhile since we saw a new player in the presentation area. Ever since Prezi (which I adore), no application has swept me of my feet, nor have I seen any innovation in regards of presentations from other online services that have been around for a while either. PowToon actually makes a difference with its unusual animation concept and very good execution. You don’t need to be a designer to create a presentation that will wow your friends or colleagues.

HeyStack  – HeyStack hasn’t launched just yet, but it has already won for its innovative dating idea. The App will help people discover friends of friends and offer a great of toolset to enjoy time together with new friends. The reason why I choose HeyStack for this list, regardless of its winning title, is first, it’s awesome UI, and secondly, the innovative features within the App, are features I haven’t seen in a dating app before, such as: VOIP, Text Messaging, Music video sharing, and more.

EventWith – I am a big fan of event-related services and can’t wait for someone to change something in this arena, so obviously, I was very happy to hear about EventWith. The service allows users to create events and assign their friends (from Facebook, or contact list) the tasks within the event.

Sentinel – Sentinel is a cyber-defence start-up founded by 3 ex-checkpoint employees, aimed to build the next generation of antivirus software that would help organisations and individuals to be protected from advanced, targeted and even unknown threats on their PCs and mobile devices. The technology uses real time detection mechanisms to detect any suspicious behaviour on your device, preventing malicious code from running on it and cause damage. The start-up is a part of the next class of Upwest Labs, and I would suggest keeping an eye on this one.

For the full TNW article click here.

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