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  • 31 Mar 2014

    Orad and KamaKama deliver on-demand real time video highlights from live sports events in seconds to smart mobile devices

    Viewers need only to select the live events they wish to follow and the plays they want to view (for example goals, touchdowns etc). During the game, notifications of the selected plays will appear on the user’s smart mobile device and the clips will be available for viewing in seconds from the moment they took place on the pitch. 
    The KamaKama platform receives feeds from live sports events all over the world, and based on Orad's PlayMaker, it edits them into clips, tags each clip with its smart events tagging system and transcodes them . Then, the platform manages and distributes the clips on the CDN while automatically fitting them to the end user's mobile and internet connection, all in just seconds. 
    “This new platform is a win-win solution for sport rights holders / broadcasters and sports fans. The fans get video highlights of their favorite sports games on-the-go, meeting their greatest need to not miss out on a play. Sport right holders and broadcasters enjoy a simple plug-and-play service, allowing real-time engagement with their most compelling live sports moments, as well as an opportunity to monetize their existing content by generating new revenues from in-app. purchasesand advertising.” Oded Ariel-Zakai, CEO of KamaKama.
    The solution will be on display this NAB at Orad’s booth SL6319.

  • 26 Mar 2014

    France BFMTV relied on Orad’s PowerWall video wall solution for 2014 Municipal Elections
    BFMTV, who was looking for a state-of the art solution to trigger the video walls in its studio, chose Orad’s PowerWall powered by Orad’s HDVG4 video rendering platform because of its unprecedented performances while using sixteen HD inputs and multiple HD output from a single box. Antoine Robelin commented: “with such powerful and yet scalable solution, BFMTV is committed to best graphics on large display wall in main News studio”. Orad’s professional services team worked closely with BFMTV designers to create the extraordinary graphics that were used. “Orad’s election solution is ideal for election broadcasts; it merges stunning high resolution graphics for large screens, accurate on air graphics, seamless integration with election databases, and more into a simplified production workflow;” Avi Sharir, CEO and President of Orad.
  • 25 Mar 2014

    Zend Broadens Executive Team With President to Support Accelerated Growth
    Zend today announced that sales and services veteran Stu Schmidt has been appointed President. Schmidt, who will lead all client facing functions for Zend, will spearhead the company’s next level of growth by bringing Zend’s Continuous Delivery solutions for PHP applications to an even broader audience. Zend’s focus on Continuous Delivery enables companies to develop and deliver applications more rapidly – a crucial competitive advantage in today’s business climate.


    Stu Schmidt, a recognized thought leader in “Sales 2.0,” is credited with developing numerous sales and services processes for companies – from start-ups to Fortune 50 sized organizations. As Vice President of Global Sales & Services at Unisfair, Schmidt led his sales and services team to become the leading provider of virtual events, resulting in Unisfair’s acquisition by InterCall in 2011. As Vice President of Solutions Sales at WebEx, Schmidt developed the sales processes that propelled the company from $120 million to $500 million in revenue, ultimately leading to an acquisition of WebEx by Cisco in 2007. Schmidt, as COO, also helped grow OAO Technologies’ annual revenue from its beginnings to $150 million in just three-and-a-half years.

    “I weighed several strong options, but chose to join Zend because I knew I could help guide the company through this exciting growth time,” said Zend’s new President Stu Schmidt. “Zend’s 40,000 customers and A-list customer base underscore the company’s commitment to a meaningful customer experience. My work will involve ensuring our customer-facing strategy is consistent and integrated, from sales to customer success, so that every client engagement produces outstanding business results.”

    Zend is positioned at the core intersection of market demand and opportunity. Companies now recognize that speed, agility and innovation in their application delivery are prerequisites for success. Market demand for Zend’s Continuous solutions has been accelerating” said Andi Gutmans, CEO & Co-founder, Zend. “While Zend already has great momentum selling to companies’ development arm, we continue to extend our value to business leaders looking to innovate with new web and mobile applications. That’s where Stu Schmidt’s solid track record of leading customer-facing teams through rapid ‘growth mode’ will prove invaluable.”

    Schmidt comes to Zend from ConnectAndSell where – as CEO – he transformed the company’s business model to recurring revenue, setting revenue records in the process. He spent the early part of his career cutting his technology teeth at Digital Equipment Corporation followed by senior sales management roles at two large system integration companies.

  • 20 Mar 2014

    Payoneer Selected as a Global Payments Provider for the Google Trusted Stores Program http://t.co/ylrJeWN1iK
  • 05 Feb 2014

    RRSAT to deliver live coverage of 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII to Europe for IMG Read more: http://t.co/u2CPmRadIb
  • 05 Feb 2014

    NTV+ picks Orad's graphics for their Sochi Winter Olympic coverage read more: http://t.co/u2CPmRadIb

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Viola Private Equity is an Israeli-Based technology growth capital and buyout fund, focusing on investing in global companies at expansion phase.  

Founded in 2008, Viola Private Equity Provides an opportunity for growth stage companies to raise the capital they need to develop and expand. Viola Private Equity focuses on value creation in its portfolio companies and utilizes its strong management team to accelerate the growth of these companies. By providing direct capital investment, combined with strong leadership support, it propels portfolio companies forward, turning recognized companies into global technology leaders.  The Viola Private Equity team has vast experience in working with management teams to build organic and non-organic growth plans, scale operations, strengthen management teams and aim to create business partnerships with global leaders.  Our team searches for established companies that have strong product differentiation, a potential for leadership, a technological advantage and top-tier management teams. Viola Private Equity provides substantial equity commitment along with strong leadership to accompany its implementation. The general partners of the fund have led exits both through public offerings on NASDAQ and through significant M&A transactions in the US and Europe. Members of our team are proactively involved in each of our portfolio companies. We have guided many companies to global financial success. We work with our companies to formulate strategy in order to achieve superior returns. Above all, we believe in a culture of transparency, integrity and hard work, both within our fund and within our portfolio companies.

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    • Orad and KamaKama deliver on-demand real time video highlights from live sports events in seconds to smart mobile devices

      Orad and KamaKama announced today they have joined forces to provide sports content right holders and broadcasters a cutting edge platform to deliver instant and personalized sports’ clips to their mobile viewers. With the new platform, sports fans will benefit from the ultimate on-the-go viewing experience: exclusive personalized video highlights from live sports events available for immediate viewing on smart mobile devices in real time, based on users’ settings. - See more at: http://www.orad.tv/orad-and-kamakama-deliver-on-demand-real-time-video-highlights#sthash.7IVcfL8g.dpuf
    • France BFMTV relied on Orad’s PowerWall video wall solution for 2014 Municipal Elections

      Orad announced today that BFMTV – France’s leading 24/7 news channel relied on Orad’s PowerWall video wall solution to display linear graphics and videos during 2014 Municipal elections broadcast. The graphics and videos were controlled from Orad’s 3DPlay controller.
    • Zend Broadens Executive Team With President to Support Accelerated Growth

      Stu Schmidt Brings 25+ Years of Leadership Experience and Demonstrated Success in Scaling Global Business Operations.
    • RRsat Enhances Presence in United States to Better Serve Growing

      RRsat America Brings Media Management, Monetization and Global Content
      Distribution Services to the U.S. Market, Opening Opportunities for International
      and U.S. Media Companies Alike
    • Zend announces the availability of Zend Framework 2 Certification

      Zend announces the availability of Zend Framework 2 Certification

       Zend, the PHP Company, has announced the immediate availability of the Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect certification. Zend Framework is the leading open source PHP application framework, utilized in hundreds of thousands of applications globally, and one of the world's most successful projects, providing re-usable code and best practices that developers can use to create modern, high-performing web applications.
      Featuring over 10,000 certified software professionals worldwide, Zend Certifications have become the acknowledged industry standard enabling developers, and software development organizations, to demonstrate mastery of their PHP skills. Zend Certifications are built to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.

      The Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect exam was developed by an expert advisory board led by Zend Framework’s Project Lead, Matthew Weier O'Phinney, and a team of Zend Framework 2 contributors, developer community leaders and engineers with practical experience building real-world applications.
      “We have heard from many developers that studying for, and obtaining, a Zend certification helps developers improve their skills through the process of exam preparation.” said Debbie Otterstetter, Senior manager of Global Training and Certification at Zend, “Taking and studying for these certification exams can really help a developer get a wide understanding of the full range of PHP's & Zend Framework capabilities.”
      Zend has introduced two new certification exams in the last six months, Zend Certified PHP Engineer and Zend Framework Certified Architect. “PHP, driven by its large developer community and vast ecosystem, has become the platform of choice for developing the backend of web and mobile applications, as well as many business critical enterprise apps “said Ido Benmoshe, VP of Global Services at Zend, “Many developers and development managers realize the importance of keeping current with their technical certifications, best practices and modern development techniques”.
      Reservations for the Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect exams are available at the PearsonVUE testing centers starting on March 6th.

      In order to aid developers enhance and master their PHP and Zend Framework skills, Zend has created a complete curriculum of classes expediting the learning process. All classes are designed and taught by professional, experienced PHP developers who understand how to equip you with the knowledge and tools to architect and develop professional PHP and Zend Framework applications. You can find the complete set of classes at: http://www.zend.com/training

      Attend the Webinar: Accelerate Your Career with Zend Certifications
      Wednesday April 9th, 8:30am PDT

       

    • RRsat Expands Reach in Asia with a Five-Year, US$11.7 Million New Agreement with Customer

      One of the Largest Contracts in RRsat’s History
    • RRSAT Reports Record Revenues of $32.5 Million For the fourth quarter 2013 ; up 10.5% year-over-year

      Record Full-Year Revenues of $121.8 Million, Up 7.4% from Year-Ago Period;
      Record High Next 12-Month Backlog of $92 Million
    • NTV+ picks Orad's graphics for their Sochi Winter Olympic coverage

      NTV+, Russia's digital satellite broadcaster, has chosen Orad to cover the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. NTV+, the host broadcasters for the Sochi Olympics who have domestic broadcasting rights for the entire event, will be using multiple Orad graphic solutions to facilitate and simplify their production workflow.

    • Zend Announces Enhanced Long-Term Support Policy for PHP

      New Zend Server 6.3, Zend Studio 10.6 Announced, Along With Extended Support for PHP 5.3 and Beyond

    • RRsat Wins a Tender to Broadcast Duna TV, Hungarian Public TV Channel and Radio, to Americas and Australia

      Contract is for $1.2 Million with Potential Expansion to $2.5 Million

    • Matomy Media Group Merges MediaWhiz into global Operations

      Performance media company MediaWhiz will now operate as U.S. hub of global firm Matomy
    • RRSAT delivers live and delayed coverage of 2013 winter universiade events to CBS sports network

      Collaboration with TGVN to Deliver Coverage Reprises Successful Live Broadcast by RRsat of 2013 Summer Universiade

    • RRsat posts $1.1M net income in Q3 2013

       

      Nov 13, 2013 (Menafn - M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX) --RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd RRST, a provider of comprehensive digital content management and global content distribution services to the broadcasting industry, on Tuesday reported GAAP net income of USD1.1m, or USD0.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2013, ended 30 September 2013.


    • Viola Private Equity Acquires control of Gaon Holdings

      Viola invested NIS 70 million and became the Company’s largest shareholder (57%).

      Within the framework of the deal, Viola also received options which, when realized, will bring Viola’s holdings in the Company to 68.5%. The realization of the options will inject additional cash into the Company in the future.

    • The Viola Group Acquires 20% of the Israeli company RRsat for $28 Million

      THE INVESTMENT GROUP SIGNED AGREEMENTS TO ACQUIRE PART OF KARDAN COMMUNICATIONS’ AND DAVID RIVEL’S HOLDINGS IN THE COMPANY. THE COMPANY IS TRADED ON NASDAQ AND PROVIDES MANAGEMENT AND CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SERVICES TO MORE THAN 630 TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS IN ISRAEL AND ABROAD * BEIT-ON, A FOUNDER OF THE VIOLA GROUP: “THE COMPANY HAS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH POTENTIAL, BOTH ORGANICALLY AND THROUGH THE ACQUISITION OF OTHER COMPANIES
    • Corning Incorporated to Acquire MobileAccess

      Corning Incorporated to Acquire MobileAccess Acquisition to extend wireless technology platform within Corning’s telecommunications segment
    • Viola Private Equity Invests $7 million in Zend Technologies

      Viola Private Equity Invests $7 million in Zend TechnologiesLeads a $16.5 million Investment Round Intended to Fuel Growth of PHP Market Leader
    • Viola Private Equity invests $17 million to acquire 21% of Matomy Media Group (previously Adsmarket)

      Adsmarket, an established internet advertising company, is the third largest company in Europe in this field and employs around 140 people, mainly in Israel. The Company, founded in 2007, recorded sales of $80M in 2010, compared to $7M in 2007.
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  • #01

    Fund Size:

    Viola Private Equity I – $164M
  • #02

    Stage of companies:

    Expansion phase
  • #03

    Areas of investment:

    New media, Software, Communications, Cleatech/Agritech, Med-Tech and Technology-Enabled Services
  • #04

    Selection Criteria:

    Technology-oriented

    Scalable management team
    Existing business model with a path to profitability

  • #05

    What else we look for:

    Israeli related companies
    Operating in global markets 
    Place for value add 

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