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technology-business-crossroadsIlluminate Ventures, an early stage VC fund outside of San Francisco,  recently released a white paper on the performance of female entrepreneurs in tech in the U.S. The paper helps support previous research that shows higher success rates of ventures that are lead by women.

Some of Illuminate’s key findings include:

  • Fewer Failures: Despite often being capital-constrained, women-owned businesses are more likely to survive the transition from raw start-up to established company than the average.
  • Growing Influence in Tech: Women-owned or led firms are the fastest growing sector of new venture creation in the U.S., growing at five times the rate of all new firms between 1997 and 2006 – now representing nearly 50% of all privately held businesses.
  • Expanded IP Contributions: From 1985 to 2005, the annual number of U.S. female-invented fractional software patents increased 45-fold – three times the average growth rate in that sector.
  • Impact of Women Investors: Women now represent just over 15 percent of angel investors, but just 5%-7% of partner-level high-tech venture capital investors in the U.S. Firms with women investment partners are 70 percent more likely to lead an investment in a woman entrepreneur than those with only male partners.

Although these numbers are lower in Israel, efforts are continuing to be made to change that. Earlier today the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Google hosted “TECHLEADERS: Becoming a person of influence” in Tel Aviv. The event was a workshop that focused on helping women build the skills they need to break through into positions of leadership.

Note: To view Illuminate’s other key findings or to get the full paper, click here.

Image via Sprengben [why not get a friend].

During the week of June 13th, news broke that IBM is in talks to buy Israel’s Storwize. A professor has found a way to develop potato batteries that can provide cheap power and collaboration between high-tech companies in Israel and India is expected to increase. For these stories and more, see this week’s headlines below.

1. Israel a Model for Alternative Energy

2. Israeli-developed boiled potato batteries may provide cheap power

Investments and Economy
3. Israel Economy Grows 3.6% in First Quarter on Exports (Update2)

4. Israeli, Indian high-tech industries to collaborate

5. IBM negotiating purchase of Israeli startup

Information Technology
6. Anobit breaks MLC flash barrier

7. Fighting PC Delays, Hourglass by Hourglass (Soluto)

8. 9 Israel-Based Female Tech Entrepreneurs on Twitter

9. Emblaze rubbishes Else rumours

10. More gender equality at Israeli workplaces than rest of OECD, study shows

11. The best company to work for in Israel is American

12. Playing games on Microsoft’s Kinect is a blast (hands-on videos)

13. Israel high-tech billionaire gives millions to make lecturers nicer

Earlier this week, BostInnovation, a tech blog focused on the Greater Boston Area community, published a list of 12 of its favorite Boston-area female CEOs on Twitter. The list included the CEOs of Constant Contact, ZipCar and social media marketing companies among others and is intended to encourage members of the community to follow these female executives and learn from them.

It is often said that one of the ways to attract and retain more women in tech is to give them good role models. In addition to continued discussion on the topic and increased efforts to build a community and network of female entrepreneurs, there is still a lot more to be done to encourage more entrepreneurs. In the spirit of BostInnovation, here is a list of 9 Israel-based female entrepreneurs in tech on Twitter and a recent tweet of theirs. Please note this is by no means a comprehensive list. Feel free to add other female founders and CEOs in the comments below.

@darshu: Daria Shualy, founder of fashion social network, Sense of Fashion (@senseofashion).

Stylist Laurie Brucker creates a breezy bohemian look for you, on the Sense of Fashion blog @lauriebstyle


Daria Shualy

@yaelbeeri: Yael Beeri, founder of the Tel Aviv Beer Tweetup and co-founder of @TodayBackIn.

Hey Israeli tweeps & tweepettes, I met @zoharwine today, he moved back here from England, let’s welcome him to our Twitter community :-)

@oritHashay: Orit Hashay, Associate at @CarmelVentures and founder of and

At Oranim 1 – Microsoft online. With Yair Goldfinger & @yarongalai #HTIA.

@kloostermania: Karin Kloosterman, founder of, an environmental blog focused on the Middle East (@greenprophet).

Israel’s Organic Goats with the Wind Farm is Delicious Eco-Tourism

@amitos: Amit Knaani,  co-founder of Vikido, a video messaging service designed for young kids (@vikidoteam).

Oh, this is cute (for kids) games/sites

@soltzvi: Sol Tzvi, cofounder of Genieo.

@Scobleizer mentioned #genieo on stage at #tcdisrupt as one of the great companies that filtering news stream

@yaelelish: Yael Elish, Founder of eSnips, VP Product at @waze and currently at a start-up in stealth.

Just installed @waze on my mobile phone – it’s a free navigation app with fun gaming & social elements!

@michts: Michal Tsur, co-founder of Kaltura, an open source online video platform (@kaltura).

RT @Kaltura Kaltura thought-leadership piece in VentureBeat on HTML5 video : How JavaScript will lead the way to open video,

@blondmobile: Jasmine Aharon, co-founder of Mobile Monday Tel Aviv (@MoMoTLV).

Facebook and Google Maps Dominate Smartphone App Usage [STUDY] ttp://

Who else would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

(Above image via jonklinger under creative commons.)

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