Four Israelis made the list of the 100 most influential women in high tech in Europe drawn up by Girls in Tech London Group, the UK branch of Silicon Valley-based Girls in Tech, which seeks to promote women in high tech.
Girls in Tech London picked the top 100 women in 19 countries - the UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Greece and Israel - on the basis of their leadership and excellence in innovation and technology. The top 100 are not ranked in any particular order.
The four Israelis in the rankings are: Orit Hashay, Brayola Ltd.; Gali Ross, Razoss Ltd.; Amit Knaani, ooVoo; and Moran Bar, VentureGeeks
Hashay is a serial entrepreneur who is behind customer opinion sites mit4mit (for wedding services), Ramkol (megaphone in Hebrew, about service providers), and other companies. She was an investment manager at Carmel Ventures for two years, until recently. In February 2012, she launched her latest venture, Brayola, which uses a virtual drawer and algorithm to compare bras of other women and adjust for size and preferred style, enabling women to easily buy bras online.
Gali Ross co-founded Razoss with Rami Raz in 2008. The company is developing personalized tool bars. Serial investors Yossi Vardi and Gigi Levy have invested in the company.
Amit Knaani is product manager at ooVoo, which offers video chat solutions. Together with Yami Glick, she founded Vikido, which develops safe social platforms for children and their families. She previously served as product manager at Wix Ltd. and worked at kids channel Noga and at Doctors.co.il.
Moran Bar founded technology blog Newsgeek, where she manages its incubator blog VentureGeeks, which offers mentors from among Israel's top venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, including Pitango Venture Capital managing general partner Rami Beracha; Rhodium Ltd. CEO Daniel Recanati, Genesis Partners general partner Eden Shochat, Face.com CEO Gil Hirsch, and Paypal Regional Manager for Israel and South Africa Oded Zahavi.
This is not the first time that Girls in Tech has praised Israeli women entrepreneurs. Two months ago,Buzzdoes won a "Lady Pitch Night" competition in France, held by La Cantine (Silicon Sentier), Orange France, and Girls in Tech. Buzzdoes, co-founded by CTO Lina Bachar Kirshon, assists application developers to stand out among the millions of applications in the market. Instead of spending money on advertising campaigns on the Web and via cell phone, their marketing is done virally, by word of mouth.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on June 4, 2012
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