Spy Kids 4(00 Million)

Ya heard it here (quite possibly) second folks. Blackstone is apparently looking to spend in the ballpark of $400 million for 40% of super-top-secret-spy-team NSO GroupĀ . ClearSky, meanwhile, is in as a secondary buyer, looking for a 10% stake in the company. Francisco Partners have another 40% and the remainder’s split between the founders and their employees. NSO Group isn’t your mother’s Herzliya startup- it’s some serious international espionage and overall badassery. Just don’t ask me or any of their employees what they actually do.

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When Americans Try Teaching Israelis About Bootcamp

500 Startups launches a short marketing ramp-up bootcamp for startups in Israel

TLDR; 9 Israeli B2B startups are part of a bootcamp from American venture fund and seed incubator 500 Startups (https://500.co/). The startups get a 4-week training program on marketing and growth in exchange for 1% of the company for every $25k attributed to the new marketing tactics. Because if there’s one thing Jews love, it’s summer camp.