Israeli high-tech takes a bite out of the Big Apple

Mapping blue-and-white technology in New York City.

A map of Israeli companies in New York.

A map of Israeli companies in New York.

Bizzabo, BillGuard, Fiverr, Wix, Kenshoo – the list goes on for Israeli high-tech firms with a New York City presence. After all, the Israeli startup community has taken a big bite out of the Big Apple.

Until a few weeks ago, there wasn’t one specific forum to go to where you could find everyone.

Enter IsraeliMappedinNY the latest service to map start-up companies operating in a city. Guy Franklin, a senior auditor/consultant at Ernst & Young’s New York office, the creative force behind the site, cites Mapped in Israel and Made in NY as his inspirations.

Franklin had previously worked on the Mapped in Israel version of the mapping service.

The mapping trend began in May 2012, when New York launched Made in NY and put little interactive computer icons on a city map. Each icon represented a startup company operating in the city.

Days later, whiz kid Ben Lang responded with Mapped in Israel, an Israeli version of the website pinpointing Israel’s many startups all around the country.

The site, Mapped in Israel, by Ben Lang.

The site, Mapped in Israel, by Ben Lang.

Both map sites – the one in New York and the one in Israel – were immediately bookmarked by thousands.

The startup maps were the Wikipedias of high-tech companies. With a click of the mouse, you could see where the company is located, what they do, who runs them and whether they’re hiring.

The maps have been used to keep the high-tech community in touch. They’re also a great go-to-source for companies seeking investors or vice versa.

Newcomer IsraeliMappedinNY “converges New York startups that were either founded by Israeli entrepreneurs or are present in Israel,” writes Franklin on his decision to create the site. “Through this site, the Israeli startup community can stay connected.”

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Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. She has jumped out of a plane, ducked rockets and been attacked by a baboon all in the name of a good story. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.