Dennis Mitzner

Writer

Writer in Tel Aviv.

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Microsoft banks on Israel to build a secure service
Israel's cyber security bonafides are well-known with the country's cybersecurity companies raising $581 million in 2016, totaling 15 percent of the global cyber pie. In the...
Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent
Florida-headquartered Magic Leap has set up a company in Helsinki to gain access to Finland's vast, Nokia- and gaming-driven reservoir of VR and AR talent. In July, Magic Leap...
Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Barak bets big on emergency app Reporty
One of Israel's most storied politicians, Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, has thrown his significant personal and political capital behind an early stage emergency services...
The EU's new regulatory environment might help fintech flourish
The EU's efforts to regulate financial markets has opened new opportunities for global fintech operators looking for universal standards to tap into the lucrative 28-country...
Asian Nations Push Courtship Of Israeli Tech Companies
China and Japan are forging deeper ties with Israel's burgeoning tech industry. While China has been active in the Israeli market for some time, Japan, too, has launched a...
As brain drain looms, new rules create roadblocks for ultra-orthodox to enter Israel's tech sector
The Israeli government's decision to reverse math and English learning requirements for the country's ultra-Orthodox schools could deal a serious blow to Israel's vital...
After oil, Norway looks to startups for economic growth
With oil prices plummeting, countries blessed with natural resources are feeling the heat and Norway is no exception. Politicians responding to the oil troubles are heeding...
When it comes to self-driving innovation, the Nordics are now in pole position
Denmark was one of the first testing grounds for the once celebrated Better Place's fleet of electric cars. In 2010 the company partnered with Denmark's Dong Energy, in a €103...
Israel's Cannabis Industry Blazes Ahead
Some months ago I wrote about Israel's potential rise as a cannabis superpower and recent news suggest the country is living up to its reputation as a leader in medical...
Chinese tech giant Kuang-Chi harnesses Israeli tech to build smart cities in China
Kuang-Chi, a Shenzhen-based technology conglomerate, recently launched a $300 million Israel fund in Tel Aviv to tap the country's smart-city know-how, according to the...
Car giants look to Israel for self-driving technology
Uber's recent $680 million acquisition of self-driving-truck company Otto adds to the flurry of moves by major car and transportation companies looking to claim a piece of...
New initiatives emerge to help refugees
Prompted by the ongoing refugee crisis affecting much of the western world, new initiatives have emerged to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the beleaguered...
Sweden Is A Tech Superstar From The North
While most of Europe has been mired in economic turmoil since 2008, Sweden has managed to stay afloat - and even accelerate its growth. The country and, especially, its capital,...
Turing Robotics Drops Android And Sets Up Shop In Finland Amid Global Security Concerns
California-based secure smartphone manufacturer Turing Robotics Industries announced that it will move manufacturing and its new global headquarter to the Finnish city of Salo....
Israel Could Grow Into A Global Cannabis Startup Superpower
Known for its dynamic tech startups, agricultural innovations, and security solutions, Israel could soon add cannabis powerhouse to the list, thanks to domestic efforts to...
Danes do it differently: #CPHFTW and the birth of an ecosystem
In 2013, a group of 70 people comprising founders, investors, angels and other tech enthusiasts, gathered at a town house in Copenhagen to discuss, debate and deliberate the...
From Nokia's Snake Game To Supercell, Finland's Gaming Industry Is Serious Business
In September last year, Finland's finance minister Alexander Stubb dubbed the country as the new sick man of Europe and while the country's economy is fledgling and signs point...
Sirin Labs blasts into the secure smartphone space with a $72 million seed round
Sirin Labs, a new high-end smartphone manufacturer, has raised a $72 million seed round from Singulariteam founder Moshe Hogeg, Kazakh businessman Kenges Rakishev, and the...
What is a data-driven company?
Most companies claim to be data-driven, but more often than not, these claims are exaggerated. Data is hugely valuable and should play a major role across all departments, from...
Israel's desert city of Beersheba is turning into a cybertech oasis
Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion famously said that the future of Israel lies in the Negev, a desert located in southern Israel. Ben Gurion's prophetic words ring...
P2P mobile payment app Tapp raises $9 million to tap into the cash economy in Southeast Asia
Finland-based mobile payment app Tapp Commerce has raised $9 million to expand its operations in Southeast Asia for users without a bank account or credit card. Mobile phones...
Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Consulting? - InformationWeek
Wikistrat's eclectic community of analysts beat the CIA by predicting Russia's annexation of Crimea. Should crowdsourcing play a bigger role in the consulting industry? (Click...
Israeli Health Tech Is Heating Up With A Wave Of Interest From Abroad
Israel's many health tech startups are attracting unprecedented interest from abroad, with multinational medical giants looking to benefit from the country's ongoing high-tech...
Nokia's Fall Means The Rise Of Startups In Finland
Until recently Finland's destiny was largely determined by the quarterly reports of Nokia, once a global leader in mobile phone technology, which in its heyday made up to 4% of...
Finnish search engines drill into new verticals
A number of search engine startups that focus on specific verticals have emerged in Finland in recent years. The country is known to encourage policies and attitudes that...
Fintech dominates Nordic startup investments
Fintech attracted the most investment for the first time in the Nordic region, more than any other vertical. Between January 1, 2014 and end of March 2016, 51 fintech...
SaaS Companies Look To Change The Interface Of Web Design
Editor's note: Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and writes about startups, technology trends and politics. Code-free web design platforms are an increasingly popular tool among...
Payment startup Zooz raises $24 million as global fintech looks for standards
As payment solutions proliferate and calls for standardization mount, Israel-based payment platform startup Zooz said it has closed a $24 million led by Target Global Ventures,...
Israeli Adtech Looks To Scale Up
Israeli startups look to America for inspiration, money and, of course, exits. But recent events indicate a change in course, at least for Israeli advertising and marketing...
Nokia and Skype strongmen invest in Finnish food delivery app
Even with billion dollar behemoths already in the food delivery market, Helsinki-based food delivery app Wolt has managed to raise $11 million fresh funding from heavyweight...

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