Startups in Israel are facing unprecedented challenges to survive the COVID-19 crisis. Below you will find tips and insights from leading experts in the ecosystem.

Working from Remote Locations has Just Become an Asset for Israeli Startups

Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Innovation Officer at Schneider Electric, shares insights and tips with Israeli Industry 4.0 startups amid COVID-19 Author: Yariv ...

If there is no wind, row: how tech companies up their game amid the COVID-19 crisis

Author: Merav Meluban, VP Marketing at Viola Over the past couple of months, the world has seen economies coming to a sharp standstill. For Israeli tech comp...

10 Tips Every Company Should Embrace to Keep their Employees Engaged & Motivated

Author: Dotan Bitner, Strategic Organizational Consultant As opposed to security challenges that we all know too well, today we are facing a new paradigm whe...

Why is IP essential in the field of Medical Devices?

Author: Lior Cohen, Patent Attorney, Reinhold Cohn Group IP-protected Technology – fund raising is easier, quicker, and at a higher valuation Companies with ...

How to Act Regarding Commercial Agreements During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Authors: Joseph (“Yossi”) Benkal, Partner, Shibolet Law Firm Nati Agmon, Partner, Shibolet Law Firm In the last few months, we have been witnesses to an ongo...

Is Unpaid Leave the Best Way to Reduce Costs During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Author: Dotan Bitner, Strategic Organizational Consultant The Covid-19 crisis has caught us all in surprise and almost overnight, it mandates quick and sharp...

Software: To Patent or Not To Patent?

Author: Saleit Shahar, Attorney at Law and Partner in the Hi-Tech Practice of the Reinhold Cohn Group When developing technology, especially in the Hi-Tech f...

Will Your Contract Become a Coronavirus Victim?

Author: Ohad Elkeslassy, Partner, Herzog Fox & Neeman Law Office In combating the rapid proliferation of the coronavirus, the Israeli government (and many go...

Why are your Core Values Critical during the COVID-19 crisis?

Author: Dotan Bitner, Strategic Organizational Consultant We are all familiar with the common saying that our true character is revealed when we are under pr...

Layoffs due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Authors: Rami Landa, Partner at Meitar Lilach Shacham Kaneti, Partner at Meitar Hila Silverstein, Partner at Meitar Hedvat Yanko Wollman, Partner at Meitar B...


Forget Unicorns. Startups Should Be Camels

For startups, camels are a more appropriate mascot. Camels adapt to multiple climates, survive without food or water for months, and when the time is right, can sprint rapidly for sustained periods of time. Unlike unicorns, camels are not imaginary creatures living in fictitious lands. They are real, resilient and can survive in the harshest places on Earth. While the metaphor may not be as flashy, these startup camels prioritize sustainability, and thus survival, from the get-go by balancing strong growth and cash flow.

Financial Distancing: How Venture Capital Follows the Economy Down and Curtails Innovation

Although late-stage venture capital (VC) activity did not change dramatically in the first two months after the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S., early-stage VC activity declined by 38%. The particular sensitivity of early-stage VC investment to market conditions—which we show to be common across recessions spanning four decades from 1976 to 2017—raises questions about the pro-cyclicality of VC and its implications for innovation, especially in light of the common narrative that VC is relatively insulated from public markets. We find that the implications for innovation are not benign: innovation conducted by VC-backed firms in recessions is less highly cited, less original, less general, and less closely related to fundamental science. These effects are more pronounced for startups financed by early-stage venture funds. Given the important role that VC plays in financing breakthrough innovations in the economy, our findings have implications for the broader discussion on the nature of innovation across business cycles.

Top VCs Discuss how COVID-19 is Impacting Robotics Startups

Lux Capital, NEA, DCVC, SOSV & HAX, Y Combinator, and FoundersX Ventures discuss how the pandemic will impact their portfolio companies and startups focusing on robotics.

How to Extend Your Runway in Times of Crisis

In times of great uncertainty, people, naturally, tend to “fold in” and contract. They reduce their personal spending and cut their corporate budgets. It’s obvious that money will be hard to come by. This article shares five critical steps that leaders can take to protect their companies.

Who is Hiring During this Time?

Pitango Venture Capital has created a real-time database of companies that are hiring during these challenging times.

Investor Wisdom for Startups’ Coronavirus Pain

Entrepreneurs beware: you’ll have to work extra hard and take extra painful decisions for your startup to survive the coronavirus crisis. The warning comes from Elaia, a venture capital firm based in Paris, who like several European investors isn’t sugar-coating its message to entrepreneurs on the kinds of challenges the coronavirus pandemic poses for startups.

The New Operational Model Post COVID-19: A Practical Guide for Israeli Startups

Viola Ventures took a closer look at what startups can do during this time to come out ahead in the future.

Startup Snapshot: Startup Founders Share Key Data

On a mission to increase transparency, Startup Snapshot is providing a window into the life of a startup as experienced by the entrepreneurs themselves.

Navigating Down-Round Financings

Down rounds raise a number of delicate and important issues for companies and investors, including impacts on employees and investors; fiduciary duty considerations for the company's board (and others), along with a heightened risk of stockholder litigation; and oftentimes complex structuring considerations. In this alert, we provide an overview of such issues—to serve as a refresher for those who have been through down rounds in the past and as a primer for those who have not—as well as practical steps and suggestions in navigating a down round.

Guidelines for the Purple Badge

On April 22, 2020, The Ministry of Health updated public guidelines for businesses to receive approval for a "Purple Badge".

Viola Data: Coronavirus and its Impact on the Israeli Tech Ecosystem

In an attempt to quantify the effects of the Coronavirus on the Israeli tech ecosystem, Viola Group sent out surveys to their forums of HR and C-level professionals. With a combined total of more than 150 responses, the data set shows that the virus is already affecting major business decisions, including hiring policy, travel policy, demand generation, deal close, and more.

What Advice Are Venture Capitalists Giving To Startups In Light Of The Coronavirus Crisis?

The coronavirus pandemic is broadly affecting businesses globally, but it is affecting startups particularly hard. In this article, I have gathered some key advice to startups from leading venture capitalists and others connected to the venture industry.


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