2015 has been yet another strong year for the high tech industry in Israel. Social Q&A network yes.no celebrates its launch with an exploration of the history of innovation in Israel.
It’s no secret that Israel is the land of milk, honey, and high tech. In 2015, its 7000 startups are second in number only to the US, despite its population of just over 8 million. An environment of intense innovation, in its 67 years Israel has gone from desert to one of only eight countries that have individually launched satellites, winner of 12 Nobel Prizes, and inventor of many game-changing products, such as the USB flash drive and the PillCam. Israel has launched high-tech big dogs such as IAI, ECI, Check Point, Wix and Waze, and is home to successful VCs like Aleph and Pitango, as well as luring internationals like Canaan Partners and Sequoia Capital.
Israel’s high-tech industry, affectionately dubbed Silicon Wadi, is revered worldwide – with Tel Aviv named the world’s number two startup ecosystem and a leading city for innovation. In the first half of 2015 alone, acquirements of Israeli companies were worth a total of $5.7 billion, whilst high-tech companies raised $7.4 billion of capital from January to September.
As we approach 2016, a new player has thrown its hat into the Startup Nation ring. yes.no is a social Q&A platform that seeks to help us get closer to the people that matter to us. Through its unique questions and answers mechanism, users are able to approach others and ask them the questions they’ve always wanted to, or join forces and rally for answers through crowd interviews.
To celebrate the launch of yes.no, several pioneers of Israeli high-tech are answering your questions on the site. Ask them about their careers, their predictions for the future of high-tech, or just what they like to eat in the mornings – the platform is all yours!
yes.no was founded by Assaf Levy and Sella Rafaeli in April 2015. They wanted to address the often one-sided and shallow nature of social networking interactions by creating a new network that trades on valuable and respectful dialogue through questions and answers. yes.no is CEO Assaf’s third startup, after taking XLMedia public on the LSE; CTO Sella came from prestigious military intelligence unit 8200 via Fiverr.