Saturday, December 20, 2008

MoMoTLV Peer Awards recap

We had a very special event last week. In the event we chose Fring to be the startup to represent Israel in the Mobile Peer Awards contest. This is the first time Israeli startups are able to participate in this prestigous contest since the Israeli chapter was formed only this year. So we were very enthusiastic to have this event and appreciate all the people/organizations who helped.

The event started with discussion groups on various subjects: Mobile advertisement (moderated by Dganit Birkenfeld Cohen, Meidata), Network monitoring and "Big brother" trends (Jonathan Schwartz, Artec), Mobile Widgets: pros, cons and will it replace web applications (Raphael Menachem, neo gui), Location based services (Tsahi Schlinger, Telmap) and Fragmentation, performance and features of platforms (Zvi Rabinovich, Mo'Minis).

After the groups (and a short and well deserved coffee break...) we had a panel in which each group moderator reviewed shortly the issues raised, and conclusions and some thoughts the group had. The groups haves proved to be a great starter to warm up the engines of all participants. We have received amazing feedbacks on the groups, so we will surely repeat this once again with different topics. We're glad you liked it!

Afterwards we heard some words from one of our sponsors - Amdocs, which also contributed the venue for this event. Tal Givoli, the chief scientist of Amdocs told us about the role of innovation in a big company such as Amdocs, their inner initiatives which include investing in employees ideas and promoting other startups via their "Open Innovation Program". And one thing you probably didn't know about Tal: He is a great photographer, and a lot of the pictures here and in the MoMoTLV Peer Awards gallery were taken by him.. Thanks Tal!

Then, we got into the main course: the contest. Out of 15 companies that applied - our judges selected 6 to present. These were Cellerium, Cellogic, Emoze, Fring, InnerActive and MobiApp. Our distingushed panel of judges included Yuval Baharav (Sequoia), Ziv Koren (Amdocs), Zvika Rubinstein (Samsung) and Ofer Shmueli (Orange). They are all very involved in innovation in their respective organizations, and see new startups all the time. This is another opportunity to thank the judges for their work, late night meetings etc. - Thanks guys!

First on stage was Tami Bronner, CEO of Cellerium who told us about their platform that enables quick and easy development of mobile web sites and applications while integrating third party services, such as billing, data storage and streaming into mobile applications, using existing functionality and resources. This is achieved by utilizing a design principle that separates the application's business logic from its presentation layer. Right after the presentation Tami was bombarded with questions from the judges, and other presenters got the same treatment...

Next to take the stage was Offer Yehudai, Co-CEO and Founder of InnerActive presented their turn-key solution that enables content publishers to monetize their games, applications and video using in-content advertising. InnerActive works among the rest with Jamster, Boungiorno, Cellfish, ICQ and others. Delivering a very sharp and coherent presentation it is no wonder that Offer and his company got ranked high by the judges.

Offer was followed Yoni Kahana, CEO of MobiApp presented Mingler a service that enables creating close range social networks which connects nearby users together and interface the web. This is done over bluetooth with no dependency on specific platform, and no distribution barriers. MobiApp's technology is applicable among the rest for exhibitions, pubs and more. Definitely a very cool and innovative. Also Yoni gets a special commendation from the MoMoTLV team for being the only one who actually withstood the 5-minutes time limitation... Way to go Yoni!

Afterwards we heard from Oren Todores from Cellogic and Itamar Weisbrod, CEO and Co-founder of Cellogic about Flyscreen which is a mobile application that allows users to add their favorite web services to their phone’s sleep screen, enabling zero-click access to the content they use most. FlyScreen eliminates unnecessary clicking and navigating, is extremely customizable, and can support a broad range of web services. Yossi Vardi invested in Cellogic which define themselves as 5 guys from the hippie moshav (=small town) Mevo Modiin...

Next was Caron Tal, Head of Marketing at emoze who presented their free push email solution which turns mobile phones and mobile devices in to fully functional personal communication devices with a single, simple and free download for the individual user. It delivers real-time, secure synchronisation of emails, calendars, contacts and tasks - pushing data and updates to you anytime, anywhere using any mobile service provider network or WiFi and all leading brands of mobile device. emoze is part of the Emblaze group.

And last but certainly not least was Guy Etgar, VP Strategic Alliances of Fring who showcased the fring application which started as a VoIP for mobile application but now also enables users to share experiences & remain connected with each other from their mobile device. It supports the dominant online communities (Facebook, Skype, MSN, GoogleTalk, Twitter, Yahoo! etc), and allows users to swap files, listen to music & enjoy cool, real-time mobile internet experiences together. According to Fring, 400,000 new fring users ("fringsters") are born every month from 220 countries worldwide. Very impressive.

And as said Fring took the first place in a unanimous vote. The second place was given to InnerActive, and the third to Cellerium.

We wish Fring good luck in the next stages of the competition. Also we hope that all other companies who presented enjoyed this competition, got some exposure and useful contacts.

We also like to thank our annual sponsors Amdocs and Partner Communications (Orange Israel) as well as this event gold sponsors Meidata and Artec.

Monday, December 15, 2008

We have a winner: Fring

In the MoMoTLV local peer awards today, the Israeli representative for the international Mobile Peer Awards contest was chosen: Fring - An award-winning mobile internet community & communication service which enables users to share experiences & remain connected with each other from their mobile device.

The runner-ups were: InnerActive (2nd place) and Cellerium (3rd). You can read more about this at TheMarker (Hebrew).

A bit about the process: A total of 15 companies registered to the contest, 3 of those either dropped out of various reasons or did not meet the requirements. The 12 companies left were pre-screened by a panel of judges, who selected 6 of them. The finalists were: Cellerium, Cellogic, Emoze, Fring, InnerActive and MobiApp. The companies presented in the event today, and the judges voted Fring to be #1.

Thanks to our judges: Yuval Baharav (Sequoia), Ziv Koren (Amdocs), Zvika Rubinstein (Samsung) and Ofer Shmueli (Orange).

We wish Fring luck in the Mobile Peer Awards - see you guys in Barcelona in 2 months!

Monday, December 8, 2008

MoMoTLV Peer Awards Contest event - Dec.15!

We are delighted to invite you to our 6th and very special Mobile Monday Tel Aviv event. In the event we will select the Israeli mobile startup that will be sent to Mobile Monday's Mobile Peer Awards contest at 3GSM which is open this year for the first time to Israeli start-ups. You will get to hear pitches from all nominated startups.

In addition, for the first time we will have open discussion groups on various mobile topics - no speakers - everyone gets to talk about what's on their mind. So come and join us for some interesting sessions and drinks at Amdocs in Raanana.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Note that both the time and place have changed - we will not meet in our usual place but rather at Amdocs in Raanana. In addition due to the packed agenda the event will start earlier than usual: at 5pm.

When: Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 17:00
Where: Amdocs, Hapnina 8, Raanana
What: MoMoTLV Peer Awards
Price: Free (but pre-registration is required)

Registration is done through the MoMoTLV Peer Awards Contest event on facebook. If you don't have a facebook account, either get one already or use the event's off-facebook registration form - Note that while facebook users are automatically approved, registration in the off-facebook form requires additional confirmation from the MoMoTLV Team. Also note that due to limited places we will not be able to allow on-site admittance without pre-registration, so please make sure to register before the event.

Parking is available at the Amdocs parking lot - when you are on the Hapnina street turn right at the circle (It says "Microsoft guest parking"). Note that only guests who confirm their attendance a day before the event (i.e. until Dec.14 midnight) will appear on the list. If you register in the last moment you can't enter this parking space. However there's a smaller outdoor parking lot, which should be open if you go straight from the circle.

In addition to our annual sponsors Amdocs and Partner Communications (Orange Israel) we are joined by the event sponsors Meidata and Artec.


Monday, December 1, 2008

MoMoTLV Peer Awards: Registration Closed

Registration to the the Mobile Peer Awards on behlaf of the Tel Aviv chapter is now officially closed. Thanks to all the startups who registered - we have a nice crop of 15 different startups from various fields in the mobile space.

The stratups registered are (listed alphabetically): Cellerium, Cellogic, Clip In Touch, emoze, fring, InnerActive, iTycoon, Loop Mobile, majimob, Media Layers, mobiapp, MobileNOBO, NeatCall, Netalizer, TeleMessage.

Note that if you're not in this list, you are not nominated since you did not submit an entry by the deadline which was yesterday (Nov.30).

The contacts of those startups received today a mail regarding the next steps, if you happen to be in this group and did not get the mail, contact us at MoMoTLV, since there are important to-do items until Dec.4.

We will announce the Mobile Peer Awards event details soon. Good luck to all participants!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mobile Peer Awards - Open for the first time to Israeli startups!

As announced yesterday in our mobile UI event (thanks all for coming was great seeing you again, pictures here), this year for the first time, Israeli startups can take part in the influential Mobile Peer Awards contest, which will be held in Barcelona on Feb.16, 2009 (First day of 3GSM or in its new name: Mobile World Congress).

The contest is organized by MobileMonday Barcelona in collaboration with the entire MobileMonday community. Each MoMo chapter nominates one startup to send to the competition, and after further review by an international jury, 20 lucky startups get to go to the contest and give a 3-minutes pitch of their product, and hopefully win one of the awards (Jury Award, Audience Award, MoMo Award).

Since MoMoTLV was launched earlier this year, this is the first time Israeli startups can actually participate in this event. Any startup can apply, whether you are in the seed stage with no clients or an emerging startup with big sales - however, you must have at least a live working demo to show (i.e. not concepts on napkins...).

To apply, your first step is to go to http://www.mobilepeerawards.com/ and sign-up, indicating MoMoTLV as your home chapter. Then submit info, a presentation and a video about your company/product. All this must be done by Nov. 30 - if you're not in by then, you're out...

Important note: It seems that the peer awards site has some browser compatibility issues, for example you will not be able to register your startup with Internet Explorer 6 (and possibly also IE7) as you will not see a submit button in the registration form, so please use other browsers (Firefox 2.x also works fine).

We will hold an event on December 15, 2008 in which we will select the startup that MoMoTLV sends to the contest. But again, if you don't register by Nov.30 you cannot participate, and we can not help you in any way, as the registration system is not handled by us. We will announce more event details as they become available. If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact ofir dot leitner at gmail dot com.

Questions about the competition should be sent via the Mobile Peer Awards thread in our discussion board. See you on Dec.15!

Monday, November 3, 2008

MoMoTLV is back!

After a well deserved holiday season we are returning with our 5th event. The theme of the event is Mobile UI. Also, during the event we will announce details about MobileMonday's Mobile Peer Awards contest that will be held at 3GSM. This year for the first time Israeli start-ups will be able to take part in this great contest. So join us for some drinks and interesting sessions at the Mandy's in Tel Aviv.


When: Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 19:00
Where: Mandy's, Sderot Rokach 2, Tel Aviv
What: Mobile UI
Price: Free (but pre-registration is required)

Agenda:
Ofir Leitner, Founder, MoMoTLV: Mobile Peer Awards
Itai Vonshak, Co-Founder, Elements: Mobile interaction design trends
Ronel Mor, CEO & Founder, Mantis: Branding in Mobile UI

Panel with:
Bertrand Louveau, VP International BizDev, Mobile Distillery
Shai Almog - Software Architect, Sun Israel Development Center
Raphael Menachem, CEO & Founder, Neo GUI

Registration is done via the MoMoTLV November event page in Facebook. If you are not already a member of MoMoTLV Facebook Group, please make sure you join that first.



Due to limited places we will not be able to allow on-site admittance without pre-registration, so please make sure to register before the event.



The event is sponsored by our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel), Amdocs and the event sponsor Eurocom (Nokia Authorized Distributer in Israel).



Monday, September 22, 2008

September Event wrap-up

We had a good one this time... And with such guests it's no surprise... We really had fun hosting Bill Gajda from the GSMA, Gian-Luca Cioletti from Forum Nokia and Stephane Gantchev from Orange-France.

As usual you can take a look on the MoMoTLV September Event Gallery to see how much fun we had...

Thanks again to our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel), Amdocs and BlueRun Ventures, and also to our very special event sponsor Forum Nokia, which is a big supporter of Mobile Monday around the world.

We will be taking a break for the holidays so there will not be an October even't - so see you in November, until then MoMoTLV wishes all its members Shana Tova (Happy new year), it was our pleasure to meet you in our events so far, and we hope to see you all in the next one as well, we have a lot of great plans for the post-holidays events, so stay tuned...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Very special event this month...

We are delighted to invite you to our 4th and very special Mobile Monday Tel Aviv event. The event will feature international guests from the GSMA, Orange-France and Forum Nokia. So join us and them for some drinks and interesting sessions.

When: Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 19:00
Where: Mandy's, Sderot Rokach 2, Tel Aviv (Subject to change!)
What: Global Mobile Partnerships
Price: Free (but pre-registration is required)

Speakers:
- Bill Gajda, Chief Commercial Officer, GSM Association
- Stephane Gantchev, Head of Orange Trial Factory, Orange-France
- Gian-Luca Cioletti, Head of BizDev EMEA, Forum Nokia

Registration is not done via facebook this time but rather via this registartion page. Be sure to specify there your involvement/interest in the mobile industry - without it you'll not be approved. Note that registering on the form does not guarantee entry, we will send an approval mail a day or so before the event.

Due to limited places we will not be able to allow on-site admittance without pre-registration, so please make sure to register before the event.

In addition to our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel) and BlueRun Ventures and our new anuual sponsor Amdocs, we are joined by Forum Nokia as a special event sponsor.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

MoMoTLV mobile content event summary

Thanks to all of you who came to the event, was great seeing familiar faces, and also seeing new ones. We hope you enjoyed the event, we got great feedbacks on the venue (Mandy's) and its location, so we might use it again for next times as well.

Looking back, since we launched MoMoTLV, we had 3 events with an attendance of 100+ people on each event. But that's not enough for us, and we're already planning the next event, which will probably have some guests from abroad and ought to be very interesting - we'll release more details as they become available.

As usual you can see the pictures from the event in our gallery (more pictures will go up later on). Also, the presentations from the event will be available soon here, so stay tuned.

We would also like to remind you that you can use the google group for just about anything related to the mobile industry: business questions (which companies give service X), technical questions, job postings, "philosophical" debates about the state of the local/global industry and other stuff - feel free, the discussion board is here to use it. The strongest MoMo chapters usually have very active boards, and so should we!

See you at the next event!

Thanks again to our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel) and BlueRun Ventures, our new annual sponsor Amdocs, and the event sponsor Eurocom (Nokia Authorized Distributer in Israel).

Monday, August 11, 2008

MoMoTLV August Event - Mobile Content

A new event is upon us, and this time, the topic is Mobile Content, certainly a prominent category in the Israeli mobile scene. We have a great line up of speakers and as usual drinks and networking.

Note that we changed places again, the event will be held at Mandy's on Rokach boulevard, right across Reading and next to the Daniel Rowing Center. There's plenty of parking in the Reading parking lot which has now turned to be free, and there are also several spaces near the Mandy's itself, so if you get there early, you might give that a try.

When: Monday, August 18 2008 @ 19:00
Where: Mandy's, Sderot Rokach 2, Tel Aviv
What: Mobile Content
Price: Free (but pre-registration is required)

Speakers:
Aviad Rabinovich – Music Manager, Content Division @ Partner
Gal Raz - VP Content @ Logia Mobile
Guy Ami-Ad – Managing Director @ Mobi (Unicell)
Ori Elraviv – CEO, Co-Founder @ Dragon Ports / Spiced Bits (Special guest from China)

The event is free, but pre-registration is required, and it is done via facebook, where you can find all the details. To register go to the MoMoTLV August Event page. If you don't have a facebook account, either get one or register via our less recommended way of registering via the registration form. Specify there your involvement/interest in the mobile industry - without it you'll not be approved. Note that registering on the form does not guarantee entry, we will send an approval mail a day or so before the event.


Due to limited places we will not be able to allow on-site admittance without pre-registration, so please make sure to register before the event.

In addition to our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel) and BlueRun Ventures and our new anuual sponsor Amdocs, we are joined again by Eurocom (Nokia Authorized Distributer in Israel) as an event sponsors.

Friday, July 11, 2008

MoMoTLV mobile VoIP event summary

Well, our second event is behind us and we are already looking forward to the next one... With over 120 people attending, we are feeling that MoMoTLV is getting some real traction with the mobile community here in Israel.

We got some great feedbacks regarding the content. The lecture from Yossi Cohen from DSP-IP (see PPT here) as well as the spiced-up panel with Yossi Hasson from BlueRun Ventures and Roy, Tzahi and Oded from Fring, Jajah and Skuku were both very enlightening. Thanks goes to all lecturers/panelists and additional thanks goes to James Tagg from Truphone who recorded this video on Truphone and mobile VoIP especially for us.

We also hope you liked the "charm" of the underground look and feel of south Tel Aviv, if there's a subject that deserves underground atmosphere it is certainly mobile VoIP...

If you want you can take a look at pictures from the event at our July 2008 Event Album (Additional pics are on the way - also if you have ones you pictures, please send in). We opened a MoMoTLV Picasa gallery where we will upload all pictures - the pictures from the first event are already there for those of you who didn't get a chance to see them on Facebook.

Thanks again to our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel) and BlueRun Ventures, and to the event sponsors Eurocom (Nokia Authorized Distributer in Israel) and Sun Microsystems.

We at the organizing team are already working on the next event, so see you all again in a month or so...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July Event - Mobile VoIP

Great news everyone - the wait is over, and we have another Mobile Monday event! Our next event in less than a week will have the theme of Mobile VoIP, which is certainly one of the hottest issues in the mobile world. We will have a panel of experts and an interesting intro lecture, and as usual drinks and networking.

Note that the location is now actually in Tel Aviv (Yes, finally MoMo Tel Aviv is doing an event in Tel Aviv...) and the place has two seperate floors - one where the lecture will be held, and one where people who still like to network during the lecture can do that without disturbing the lecture - so please use the facility wisely...

When: Monday, July 7 2008 @ 19:00
Where: Koltura, Hertzel 154, Tel Aviv
What: Mobile VoIP
Price: Free (but pre-registration is required)


The event is free, but pre-registration is required, and it is done via facebook, where you can find all the details. To register go to the MoMoTLV July Event page. If you don't have a facebook account, either get one or contact ofir dot leitner at gmail dot com. Due to limited places we will not be able to allow on-site admittance without pre-registration, so please make sure to register before the event.


In addition to our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel) and BlueRun Ventures, we are joined again by Eurocom (Nokia Authorized Distributer in Israel) and Sun Microsystems as event sponsors.




Tuesday, May 13, 2008

MoMoTLV's Launch Event - We have a liftoff!

Well, we had good times yesterday in our first event at the Elizabeth pub... Guess the open bar did its magic... Anyway, it was great seeing and meeting all of you, and all of us at the MoMoTLV team thank you for coming and making the launch event as great as it was.

You can check out the great pictures from the event at our facebook group album. If you have taken pictures yourselves and would like to share them with the group, please contact ofir dot leitner at gmail dot com. Also, if you have a blog in which you published a post about the event feel free to add a comment to this post with your blog's address (and/or also write to the email above).

We also got some press: see TheMarker's story on MoMoTLV's event and MoMoTLV's event was also featured on TopX. In addition, MoMoTLV was featured on Mobile Monday's global site.

We are already thinking about our next event and will let you know as soon as we have the details. Until the event, please join MoMoTLV's google group - this is our discussion board and as mentioned in the keynote yesterday it is one of the greatest tools a MoMo chapter can have - so start using that, you can start by sharing your experiences from yesterday's event or write anything on mobile - business issues, technical etc. Use it to get the help of the community and to help others in the community.

Thanks again to our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel) and BlueRun Ventures, and to the event sponsors Sun Microsystems and Eurocom (Nokia Authorized Distributer in Israel).

Looking forward to see you all at MoMoTLV's next event!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mobile Monday Launch Event

Great news everyone! We are holding the first Mobile Monday event in Israel on Monday next week (May 12, 2008). The event will have the theme of "Mobile in Israel, where to?" and will be the launch party of the mobile monday tel aviv chapter.

When: Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 19:00
Where: Elizabeth pub, Hertzelia Pituach, Hachoshlim 7
Price: Free (But pre-registration is required)

The event is free, but pre-registration is required, and it is done via facebook, where you can find all the details. To register go to the MoMoTLV's launch event on Facebook. If you don't have a facebook account, either get one or contact ofir dot leitner at gmail dot com. Due to limited places we will not be able to allow on-site admittance without pre-registration, so please make sure to register before the event.

In addition to our annual sponsors Partner Communications (Orange Israel) and BlueRun Ventures, the event is also sponsored by Sun Microsystems and Eurocom (Nokia Authorized Distributer in Israel).




Friday, April 11, 2008

Mobile Monday Tel Aviv is here!

Great news everyone! The Israeli chapter of Mobile Monday is forming these days. Mobile Monday is a global non profit organization that helps bring together mobile professionals around the world through monthly gatherings and other activities.

Israel has a lot of promising mobile startups, and mobile innovation is one of the themes around here in recent years. However, there is no organized community for people engaged with the mobile space, and since Mobile Monday does just that around the world, it can happen here too.

Currently the Israeli chapter is forming, and we have plans to have the first event in May, and already have sponsors commited to it. The exact date will be announced though it will probably be the first Monday of the month, according to the Mobile Monday tradition...

Usually the events have a certain theme with some lectures by people from that field, a "launchpad" in which a few startups showcase their technologies and most importantly - networking in a nice atmosphere (bring your business cards...).

To stay in touch and receive updates, I recommend you to join the Mobile Monday Tel Aviv Facebook group and also invite other people that you think may be interested. Facebook is our platform of choice for events coordination, so join to get invited.

If you would like to speak about anything mobile in the upcoming events, or think your company may be interested in sponsoring an event please contact Ofir Leitner (via facebook). In addition we are building the core team these days, and though we already have several great people on the team, we can always use more, so if you want to help contact Ofir.

It is about time we have a mobile community in Israel... Mazal Tov to us all...