Tech Talk: A new way of eating out

TripAdvisor recently led an investment round into social dining service EatWith and plans to integrate its Dine With a Local Chef experiences into TripAdvisor’s restaurant pages.

November 15, 2016 17:38
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Cymulate, an Israeli start-up that prepares organizations for cyber attacks, has developed innovative tools that help chief information security officers (CISOs) test their company’s capability to withstand hacker attacks.

Cymulate cofounder and director Eyal Gruner, a cofounder of Versafe who sold that company to F5, recently invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Cymulate.

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Currently, most cybersecurity services offer penetration tests that are limited in time and scope. The threats to computer systems that CISOs face every minute of the day are constantly changing, and it’s very difficult to obtain ample protection.

Just as antivirus companies regularly send out software updates, Cymulate enables companies to take complete control over their systems through penetration tests. In this way, organizations can immediately see what parts are exposed to hackers and fix them.

Cymulate is valued at about $6 billion.

Along with Gruner, Cymulate was founded by Eyal Wachsman and Avihai Ben-Yossef, both of whom previously worked at Avnet Information Security.


TripAdvisor recently led an investment round into social dining service EatWith and plans to integrate its Dine With a Local Chef experiences into TripAdvisor’s restaurant pages.

Now, millions of travelers can benefit from this start-up, which is challenging the traditional way of eating out in restaurants and replacing it with the idea of a custom-created meal at a host’s home. EatWith had previously raised $8 million in a Series A round from Greylock Partners in September 2014.

The amount of the current investment remains undisclosed.

According to Bertrand Jelensperger, global head of TripAdvisor restaurants and CEO of LaFourchette, the Francebased booking platform that came under the control of TripAdvisor in May 2014: “EatWith is a truly innovative service that helps travelers dine like a local, and we’re excited to help support their efforts through an investment that will also help us expand our leadership position in the restaurant category. Breaking bread with someone in their own kitchen is such a powerful way to learn about a culture and make new friends that we’ve decided to integrate EatWith into our TripAdvisor Restaurants pages.”

EatWith is available in more than 200 cities in 50 countries and offers access to some 650 hosts.

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Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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