• 27 Jan 2016

    RR Media Selected For Eutelsat Broadband Initiative For Africa
  • 20 Oct 2015

    Pyramid Analytics Continues Strong Growth; Announces $30 Million Growth Equity Funding Round led by Viola PE

    Funding Round Led by Viola Private Equity with Additional Investment by Sequoia Capital

    SEATTLE, WA – October 15, 2015 – Pyramid Analytics, the next-generation business intelligence (BI) platform for the enterprise, today announced that it has completed an equity round of funding totaling $30 million, led by Viola Private Equity, and including a second-time investment from Sequoia Capital. The round will be used to expand Pyramid Analytics’ workforce, deepen strategic alliances with partners, advance its channel ecosystem efforts, and enhance market penetration in key segments.

    The second financing series comes as Pyramid Analytics is growing at an impressive rate, cementing the company’s position as a key player in the expanding BI space. Its customer base has tripled every year for the past three years. Pyramid Analytics reached over 350,000 users earlier in the year, and that number continues to grow. Organizations using the company’s BI Office platform to analyze, monitor and report data include large government agencies like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and many Fortune 500 enterprises including Siemens, EMC, HP and others.

    “The continued investment in Pyramid Analytics further validates that we are filling a large gap in the BI market by offering governed data discovery for larger enterprise BI deployments,” said Omri Kohl, co-founder and CEO, Pyramid Analytics. “This funding allows us to expand and take advantage of growing momentum and interest in our platform. Proven customer confidence, credibility among analysts and our high user growth-rate demonstrate that organizations view Pyramid Analytics as the enterprise-ready BI solution of choice.”

    The company is taking advantage of a growing demand for scaling data discovery across the enterprise by delivering a self-service BI that harmonizes the diverse needs of business users, analysts, IT professionals, BI departments and the C-suite. Companies are recognizing the need of end users to make data-driven decisions with the agility required to produce tangible business gains without undermining the organizational framework.

    Pyramid Analytics’ platform provides a robust governed data discovery platform that is compelling for all users. Its Cloud based BI Platform architecture  enables self-service data analysis and visualization for end-users, allowing them to quickly share insights throughout the enterprise, while preserving data governance and security scaling and performance.

    “Pyramid Analytics’ solution introduces real innovation to a wide and continuously growing market, led by a global management team with impressive BI experience.  Leading analysts consider the company a groundbreaker in enterprise BI and it works with over numerous Top Fortune 1000 companies,” said Harel Beit On, general partner and founder, Viola Private Equity. “We are pleased to join forces with the company and Sequoia Venture Capital, and to take part in transforming it into a leader within its respective market.”

    The announcement continues a banner year for Pyramid Analytics. In July the company announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft that extended a long-term partnership that has successfully delivered analytics solutions to their joint customers. Reports from key analysts issued during the past year, including Gartner, BARC and Dresner, have consistently shown rapid advancement for Pyramid Analytics in customer satisfaction, technical capability and competitive positioning.

    About Pyramid Analytics

    Pyramid Analytics gives professionals what they need to analyze, monitor, and report data, so they gain prompt and undisputed insight about their business. Hundreds of thousands of users, in large public and private enterprises, rely on Pyramid Analytics to make and communicate sound decisions, convincingly.

    The company’s flagship suite, BI Office, is a turnkey, enterprise analytics platform, with fast-performing integrated functionality, that makes it easy to self-serve and share trusted BI content. BI Office enables rapid connectivity of new data sources, on-the-fly data preparation, and interactive visualizations, through an intuitive and familiar interface.

    Pyramid Analytics combines the simplicity and agility that business and IT users want, with the enterprise-class security and governance that organizations need. Pyramid Analytics’ clients successfully expand the reach of BI value and scale user adoption via governed collaboration and sharing of dashboards, reports, and advanced analytics – across departmental and company boundaries, to all types of user, on any device.

    Pyramid Analytics’ talented teams are based in operational centers across the U.S. and EMEA. To learn more, visit PyramidAnalytics.com and follow us on Twitter at @PyramidAnalytic and follow us on LinkedIn.

  • 06 Oct 2015

    PHP leader Zend acquired by Rogue Wave Software enterprise

    Louisville, CO – 10/6/2015 -- Rogue Wave Software announced today that it has acquired Zend Technologies, the leader in end-to-end PHP web and mobile application development and deployment solutions. With 50 percent of the web workload running on PHP, including Magento, Drupal, and WordPress, Zend products drive PHP in the enterprise, from code creation through production deployment.

    “Today’s announcement expands Rogue Wave into PHP web and mobile application development, underscoring our goal to make developers heroes by accelerating their ability to create great code,” said Brian Pierce, CEO of Rogue Wave. “With the addition of Zend, we now have products that speed C, C++, C#, Java, and PHP development, reflecting how software is created today across languages, platforms, and teams.”

    Zend supports and enables millions of PHP developers with its product set: Zend ServerZ-RayZend Studio, and Zend Guard.

    Zend Server is an enterprise PHP application server powering deployment for web and mobile development efforts.

    Z-Ray gives developers real-time, non-intrusive insight into their website and mobile applications, improving performance and speeding time-to-delivery.

    Zend Studio is a PHP IDE, giving developers code editing and debugging abilities and build automation tools.

    Zend Guard protects PHP applications with encoding and obfuscation to prevent reverse engineering and to secure website intellectual property.

    Andi Gutmans, co-founder and CEO of Zend said, “Our passion has always been about PHP users. When we founded Zend, we set out to make it easier for developers to use PHP to meet the demands of business development. We’re very happy to have a great match with Rogue Wave, from our shared commitment to customers and how we impact their software development lifecycle. The strength of this combination benefits our customers and expands our ability to deliver products that matter to our users.”

    Zeev Suraski, co-founder and CTO of Zend echoes his partner’s sentiments, “Our technologies are incredibly well-aligned. With the combined Rogue Wave products, we can offer customers capabilities ranging from prototyping to DevOps to production. This is a continuation of our vision to support the PHP community and make PHP use easy, accessible, and secure in demanding environments.”

    About Rogue Wave Software

    Rogue Wave provides software development tools for mission-critical applications. Our trusted solutions address the growing complexity of building great software, and accelerates the value gained from code across the enterprise. The Rogue Wave portfolio of complementary, cross-platform tools helps developers quickly build applications for strategic software initiatives. With Rogue Wave, customers improve software quality and ensure code integrity, while shortening development cycle times.

  • 28 Jan 2016

    RT @carmelventures: What 5 questions to ask when evaluating potential #BI tools: https://t.co/V8MIgeOaIZ
  • 28 Jan 2016

    Fresh summary by @ironSourceGroup: Fastest Growing Android Apps in Q4 2015: Games, Photography, Shopping https://t.co/ZdZZJkONW0
  • 11 Jan 2016

    @google #campusTLV presenting the IVC-Meitar 2015 #exits report. with @violaPEquity Harel Beit-On on stage https://t.co/xmRDXDRqrK

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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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    • RR Media Selected For Eutelsat Broadband Initiative For Africa

      RR Media Selected For Eutelsat Broadband Initiative For Africa

      Middle East Media Center to serve as an important hub to enable Broadband Internet access on the African continent

      Airport City Business Park, Israel (January 26, 2016) - RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM), a leading provider of global digital media services to the broadcast and media industries, announces today that it has been selected to support Eutelsat’s African satellite broadband initiative. RR Media’s Middle East Media Center will host an important hub to connect and deliver new-generation broadband services to Sub-Saharan Africa. This initiative will leverage satellite technologies to increase the number of African Internet users through innovative, reliable and affordable solutions. The project started in December 2015, with Internet connectivity to be available to African users towards the end of 2016 through the AMOS-6 satellite.

      RR Media’s Media Center will contribute by providing the highest quality satellite broadband capabilities that meet standards for a wide variety of online and digital media applications.

      Laurent Grimaldi, CEO of the new Eutelsat affiliate set up to manage this initiative, said: “We are putting in place the best technologies and solutions to deliver a high-quality and affordable Internet solution across Sub-Saharan Africa. RR Media’s facilities will form an integral part of this new ecosystem. Its innovative solutions, accessibility and proven track record will support our ambition to deliver an enhanced online experience to Internet users on the African continent.”

      Avi Cohen, RR Media’s CEO, comments: “This is really an exciting project for us. Our Middle East Media Center’s location allows us to play an important role, serving as the hub in connecting people where traditional Internet infrastructure is virtually non-existent. Through better broadband and digital media solutions, we are able to play our part in facilitating better access to the Internet, social media and communications with the wider world.”

      ENDS

      About RR Media

      RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM) works in partnership with the world’s leading media players to transform content into valuable media assets. RR Media’s complete ecosystem of digital media services maximize the potential of media and entertainment content, covering four main areas: smart global content distribution network with an optimized combination of satellite, fiber and the Internet; content management and channel origination; sports, news & live events; and online video services. RR Media provides scalable, converged digital media services to more than 1,000 broadcasters, content owners, sports leagues and right holders. Every day, the company manages and delivers over 24,000 hours of broadcast content, over 4,000 hours of online video and VOD content and over 350 hours of premium sports and live events. The company delivers content to 95% of the world’s population reaching viewers of multiplatform operators, VOD platforms, online video and direct-to-home services. Visit the company's website www.rrmedia.com.

      Safe Harbor Statement

      This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the companies and the industry as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or to changes in our expectations, except as may be required by law. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements, including the risks indicated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). For more details, please refer to our SEC filings and the amendments thereto, including our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014 and our Current Reports on Form 6-K.

       

      Corporate Contact:

      Elad Manishviz, CMO

      Tel: +1 201 655 7245

      marketing@rrmedia.com

      Media Contact:

      Marilyn Gerber, Cutler PR

      Tel: +1 917 225 2977

    • Zend and Microsoft Announce Strategic Partnership for Microsoft Azure

      Focus on Accelerating Developer Cloud Adoption for WordPress, Drupal and PHP Applications 
    • Zend Announces the Future of PHP Frameworks: Zend Framework 3

      New Next-Generation PHP-based Application Framework for Web and Mobile Applications Unveiled
    • Matomy Media Group Reports 2014 Full-Year Financial Results

      Strong operational and financial performance — poised for further growth
    • RR Media Reports Record Revenues of $33.1 Million for the Third Quarter 2014; Up 8.2% Year-Over-Year

      Quarterly Gross and Operating Margins Improve Sequentially; Management Reiterates Full-Year Revenue Guidance
    • 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 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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Herzeliya 47625 Israel
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Fax: +972-9-9720515
Email: info@violape.com

 

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