illuminea presents: Social Media Workshop and SEO Seminar starting July 20, 2011 in the Tel Aviv area

illuminea is excited to announce a 3-part Hands-On Social Media Workshop for Businesses on July 20, 27, and August 3, 2011. Each session will be four hours, and we will get hands-on at every stage with tools and techniques for optimizing your social media activity. UPDATE: After posting about the Social Media Workshop, we received  Continue »

Launch of our new Israeli business and hi-tech events calendar

We’re schepping lots of naches from our newly revamped Israel business and hi-tech events calendar. For those of you interested in the WordPress side of things, the calendar is running on a nifty premium plugin. It took quite a bit of tweaking to get it running properly, but the plugin’s creators were very helpful, and we’re quite  Continue »

Startup contest Innovate!2010 coming back to Tel Aviv

About a year ago we reported that Innovate!Europe was holding a workshop and networking event in Israel, through which one startup would be selected to participate in Guidewire STUDIO, an in-residence business accelerator in Silicon Valley. Well, Innovate!Europe is coming back to Israel, but this time as the Innovate!2010 global competition. The goal of the  Continue »

Everything you wanted to know about Paypal and the Israeli Shekel

[If you’re looking for PayPal customer support, the number is 073-713-7777 and is open 9am to 6pm  Sunday through Thursday.] People are always asking us about Paypal and how it works in Israel with the Shekel. So, I went back to the announcement on the PayPal blog, New PayPal Currencies: Mexican Peso and Israeli Shekel. After  Continue »

SphinnCon Israel coming up…and not a woman to be seen (on a panel)

SphinnCon Israel is sold out! SphinnCon Israel is a SphinnCon networking event focused on search and internet marketing, and is taking place this coming Tuesday, February 5 at the Jerusalem College of Technology (also known as Machon Lev). This event is exciting thanks to the incredible lineup, with representatives from well-known international companies like Google,  Continue »

MacBook Air launched to the tune of an Israeli singer

I was reading about the launch of the new MacBook Air, and I saw that the singer for the background music is someone named Yael Naim. Well, that sounded pretty Israeli to me, and I checked it out further and yes, she grew up in Hod Hasharon, in the Tel Aviv area. According to the  Continue »

Israeli small businesses doomed to failure

The Israeli economy is growing at a tremendous pace, yet a recent study by BDI-Coface has shown that despite the fact that there was a 3% rise in 2007 of newly-founded businesses over previous years, most Israeli businesses are doomed to failure. According to the study, only 58% of ventures are still around after two  Continue »

On iDrink and social networking

Last night I went to my first iDrink event. For those of you who are not familiar with iDrink, it’s a party/event for Israelis in the Internet and web industries. The format usually includes presentations by startups and sponsors of the event, some free drinks, and a lot of socializing and networking. This was their  Continue »

Join us (and Lorelle) at WordCamp Israel blogging conference

It’s now official – Lorelle Van Fossen (yes, THE Lorelle) is going to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming WordCamp Israel blogging conference! When: Oct. 25, 9am to 4pm Where: Michlelet Afeka – Bney Efraim, Tel Aviv Tel: 1-800-37-37-10 Cost: Free! But you must register to reserve your place. Among the topics to be  Continue »

Middle East Entrepreneur Training program discrimination: update

A little over a week ago, I discovered “The Middle East Entrepreneur Training (MEET),” a US State Dept.-backed program geared towards strengthening leadership and entrepreneurial skills among residents of the Middle East…except Israeli Jews! I quickly contacted as many people as I could about this blatant discrimination, including reporting this on a mailing list for  Continue »

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