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Four Israelis made the list of the 100 most influential women in hi-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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.