Nicknamed the Startup Nation and Silicon Wadi, Israel–though roughly the size of New Jersey–is a major player in the world’s startup scene. The country’s startups, funded by American investors or headquartered in the US, are making it big in the American market. Read on to learn about six Israeli companies rocking the startup scene in the United States.
Now boasting 6 million members in the US and around the world, Hometalk is a social platform for DIY aficionados. Founded by Israelis and headquartered in New York, Hometalk provides a forum for people to share their ideas about creative home and garden projects. Its projects, which emphasize repurposing old materials and designing on a budget, range from recycled soda can wall art to garbage disposal cleaning tablets.
Whether taking on your next creative project or starting your own business, you’ll need a good logo that makes you stand out from the crowd. While it’s unlikely you’ll have the budget to hire a professional designer, using automated branding can give you a professional quality logo for a fraction of the price. An Israeli startup based in Brooklyn, Tailor Brands, which uses AI to design affordable logos and brands, has democratized a standard of design that once was only available to a few. The startup has designed brands for over a million business worldwide. With a special algorithm that assesses a customer’s design preferences, the company generates custom logos in a matter of seconds.
Zebra Medical Vision
Just as Tailor Brands uses automation in the world of branding, Zebra Medical Vision uses automation in the world of medicine. Headquartered in Shefayim, Israel, the startup, which received a $12M investment just last year, has developed a technology that teaches computers to read medical images and make diagnoses. The goal of the startup is to meet the increasing demand for health care caused by aging baby boomers and population growth, and to help radiologists diagnose medical problems that could otherwise be overlooked.
Airobotics is also using smart technology–this time to solve problems in industry. Taking drone technology once step further, Airobotics develops industrial grade drones that can be used for inspection, surveying, and security in mining, manufacture, and other industries. In addition to helping organizations save on costs, the startup aims to make industrial operations safer for employees. Drone inspection, for example, eliminates the need for inspectors to scale large machinery and towers. The company’s drones can also provide surveillance to minimize security threats.
Often described as an audio version of Twitter, Israeli startup HearMeOut is the world’s first voice-based social network. The company is founded on the principle that voice, which conveys thought and emotion in a way that text cannot, will be the new basis for social media communication. In addition to providing an app for posting and sharing short audio clips, HearMeOut has integrated its feature into vehicle sound systems. The company recently clinched a deal with the Toyota and Ford-founded SmartDeviceLink Consortium that will integrate the feature into some of the biggest car brands on the road.
Interior design platform Houzz is blowing up in the US. Based in Palo Alto, California, the company was founded by an Israeli couple seeking an efficient solution for their own home design project. Since then, the company has been able to connect millions of homeowners and home design professionals to inspiring design style photos and a mobile app for interior design.
With technologies ranging from smart medical programs to automated branding, Israel has generated an enormous number of startups for its small size. Israeli startups are gaining traction not only in Israel, but also across the world–and their US markets will only get bigger.