Tech young talent based in Tel Aviv

Publicado en Wired Magazine el Sábado, 1 Septiembre, 2012

Israelis call the sprawl of high-tech industries spreading out from the centre of Tel Aviv "Silicon Wadi" -- and depending who you talk to, this could be the second-largest startup centre outside California. Since 1993, young people coming out of military high-tech units with business ideas found support from the Yozma programme, a government-sponsored fund of funds. There's also a steady influx of educated immigrants, especially from eastern Europe.

Gvahim Entrepreneurs recently launched The Hive to partner new arrivals with Israeli mentors. Saul Klein, until recently a Tel Aviv-based investor working for Index Ventures, tips Rothschild Boulevard -- home to the likes of face.com and Soluto -- as the place to watch. "People speculate that there's a bubble and it'll burst," says Nimrod Lehavi, organiser of the city's annual GeekCon. "But each year it keeps growing."

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Europe's 100 hottest startups 2012: Barcelona

Publicado en Wired Magazine UK el Sábado, 1 Septiembre, 2012

Spain's economic troubles have inevitably caused ripples in the Catalan capital, with funding at a premium and young entrepreneurs wary of committing to new projects in case they fail to attract backing. But the Barcelona city council has been working to change this in recent years with initiatives such as District 22@ -- Barcelona's technology business zone, still under construction -- and regular Barcelona Tech Bridges to Silicon Valley networking events. Dubbed "el districte de la innovació" in Catalan, District 22@ already hosts some 2,000+ companies that have developed a close relationship with the fertile local academic scene. And fresh, successful ideas continue to flow in the Mediterranean city.

"Despite the terrible news coming out of Spain, the Barcelona startup scene is powering on," says José Luis Morales, CFO at travel-networking company OpenDestination. "And it's the scene with the best lifestyle of any major tech cluster in Europe." Here are ten hot prospects in Spain's most hard-working city.

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