Israeli, Jewish-linked start-ups star at TechCrunch Disrupt

Enigma, co-founded by Jeremy Bronfman, takes home top prize at start-up contest in NY, while Israel's Glide makes finals.

May 2, 2013 21:38
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Enigma, a startup founded by a group including Jeremy Bronfman, the great-nephew of Jewish-Canadian philanthropist and Taglit-Birthright co-founder Charles Bronfman, won first prize at the "TechCrunch" Disrupt New York Battlefield start-up competition on Wednesday.

Israeli start-up Glide also did well in the competition, being chosen as one of seven finalists along with Enigma, HealthyOut, Floored, HAN:DLE, SupplyShift and Zenefits.

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Enigma, founded by Bronfman, Marc DaCosta, Hicham Oudghiri and Raphaël Guilleminot, is a "web service that allows its users to dig into a vast amount of publicly available (but hard-to-obtain) data. The service pulls its data from more than 100,000 data sources, but the process of sifting through all this information is deceptively simple — a quick search for a person’s name and company brings up multiple previewable tables of information, and jumping in and playing with data is thoughtfully executed," according to TechCrunch.

"To date, Enigma has raised $1.45 million in seed stage funding, and has locked up partnerships with the Harvard Business School, research firm Gerson Lehrman Group, S&P Capital IQ, and newly-minted strategic investor the New York Times," TechCrunch adds on the start-up.

The company's founders received a $50,000 prize for winning the Disrupt New York event.

Israeli start-up Glide is a messenger app to record and send brief video clips (up to 42 seconds long), in the same way as sending text messages. It is basically a kind of video walkie-talkie.

Glide's advantage, compared with video chat apps such as Facetime, is that it is possible to send video apps to several people simultaneously, and create permanent files like with Whatsapp. It is also possible to send messages to a person who is offline, and the recipient can view the video message when he or she connects to the app.

Glide's app has been available for iPhones for over a month (click and download). At the TechCrunch Disrupt, the company launched a beta version for Android devices.

Two Israeli start-up have won the TechCrunch Disrupt award in the past, Saluto and Shaker. 

Globes contributed to this report.

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