Dennis Mitzner

Writer

Writer in Tel Aviv.

Israel, Finland

Portfolio

The Next Web

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...

TechCrunch

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...

TechCrunch

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...

TechCrunch

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...

TechCrunch

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...

TechCrunch

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...

TechCrunch

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...

Businessinsider

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...

TechCrunch

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...

TechCrunch

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...

VentureBeat

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...

TechCrunch

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...

TechCrunch

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,...

TechCrunch

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....

TechCrunch

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...

The Nordic Web

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...

TechCrunch

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...

TechCrunch

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...

InfoWorld

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...

TechCrunch

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...