Candice Krieger

How we're banking on start-ups

By Candice Krieger, May 10, 2012

Israel needs a new way of banking if it is to progress beyond its position as a start-up nation. Such a sentiment is sounded by Michael Freedman, founder and executive director of Asquith Israel Merchant Bank, a new addition to the Israeli banking scene.


How can we boost British business and entrepreneurship? We asked Sir Martin Sorrell, Lord Fink, Lloyd Dorfman and other experts

By Candice Krieger, May 8, 2012

The participants:

MS: Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and chief executive of WPP
LF: Lord Fink, chief executive of ISAM fund manager and Conservative Party treasurer
SG: Stephen Grabiner, former head of global media at Apax Partners;
LD: Lloyd Dorfman, founder and chief executive of Travelex
NL: Nick Leslau, chairman of Prestbury Group and director of Max Plc


Bringing happiness through a mobile

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2012

Oded ran left his role as head of consumer marketing for Windows Phone UK at Microsoft to join start-up Touchnote because, he says: "I thought: 'Why didn't I think of that?'"

Touchnote, founded in 2008 by Raam Thakrar and Paul Burdin, enables users to create and send printed personalised postcards across the world via their mobile phone, tablet or computer.


High hopes for Beatty director

By Candice Krieger, March 29, 2012

Balfour Beatty's Peter Zinkin is not a fan of the word "construction" - at least not when referring to the company he has worked in for more than three decades.

The planning and development director prefers to use the term "global infrastructure business." He explains: "We are not just a construction company.


Boycott, what boycott? UK-Israel trade booming

By Candice Krieger, March 15, 2012

Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, was in buoyant mood this week as bilateral UK-Israel trade figures reached £3.75 billion, up 34 per cent in a year, putting firmly in its place the campaign for a boycott of Israeli goods.

Mr Gould said: "There is a lot of noise around boycotts but these figures show that it is just noise, and the trade relationship speaks for itself."

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Striving to rediscover hunger will make successful start-ups

By Candice Krieger, March 15, 2012

Think Jews in business and names such as Sir John Ritblat (British Land), Lord Kalms (Dixons) and Lord Sugar (Amstrad) might well spring to mind. Go back a bit further and there was Tesco's Sir Jack Cohen (1930s), Michael Marks, co-founder of Marks & Spencer (late 1880s), and Nathan Rothschild (N M Rothschild and Sons) in the early 1800s.


'Barclays could be replaced by Facebook'

By Candice Krieger, March 15, 2012

The City as we know it is changing. As financial institutions struggle, technology, media and telecommunications companies (TMTs) are experiencing exponential growth rates.


There is help at hand for online shoppers

By Candice Krieger, March 8, 2012

Talk about handy. Techno buff Robin Landy has created a real-time internet tool that automatically finds the lowest prices, without using a price comparison website.

Called InvisibleHand, the free download informs you when and where there are lower prices available on the product or service you are searching for.


Mr 'French Connection' means business

By Candice Krieger, March 1, 2012

Stephen Marks last appeared in the JC in 1961. He was a schoolboy tennis champion who could barely afford to join his local tennis club.


The man helping to make metal sexy again

By Candice Krieger, February 23, 2012

Not many businessmen can claim to have attended a conference with Margaret Thatcher and spoken alongside US Republican Condoleezza Rice and Lord Stern, the influential climate-change expert. Metal expert Robert Voss can.

Mr Voss is the founder and managing director of metal traders, Voss International.


The Israeli-made camera making our roads safer

By Candice Krieger, February 16, 2012

Many of the world's most serious traffic-law violations are difficult to enforce says computer expert Yaniv Alon.


We want to be as big as Apple, says Wonga chief

By Candice Krieger, February 9, 2012

'We want to be world class," says Errol Damelin, talking about his high-profile start-up, Wonga. "And I don't mean bigger than Barclays. I mean like Facebook, Amazon and Apple."

Fantasy? Well, the smart-talking South African entrepreneur is certainly making a strong case.


Solving the crisis - it's child's play

By Candice Krieger, February 2, 2012

Who would have thought it? Lego could be the key to improving global economies.

According to Israeli entrepreneur Amir Asor, the popular children's building brick is integral to training the next generation of engineers, who will in turn play an increasingly important role in solving some of the world's financial difficulties. So convinced is Mr Asor that he has set up a business based on it.


The Facebook backer's $350m start-up fund

By Candice Krieger, January 26, 2012

It is every venture capitalist's dream: invest in a young company and watch it grow on an unprecedented scale in a short space of time. And that is exactly what leading VC firm Greylock has managed to do - again and again.

It counts US-based Facebook, LinkedIn and Groupon among its successful investments.


Lev Leviev loses out

By Candice Krieger, January 26, 2012

Not such a good week for Lev Leviev. The billionaire lost his place as Israel's top diamond exporter. Number one spot, published by Diamond Supervisor Shmuel Mordechai, went to Leo Schachter. His company exported $403m worth in 2011.


Jay-Z invests in Israeli technology

By Candice Krieger, January 26, 2012

It may seem like an unlikely pairing but US hip-hop star Jay-Z is the new face of Israel/US start-up Duracell Powermat. Jay-Z, whose wife Beyoncé this month gave birth to their first child, will serve as the new spokesman for the company and as an investor.


Who's boss at Leumi?

By Candice Krieger, January 26, 2012

The race to succeed Galia Maor as CEO of Bank Leumi took off this month. It seems there are three more candidates in addtition to frontrunners, deputy CEO Rakefet Russak-Aminach and Roni Hizkiyahu, former Supervisor of Banks.


Texting - it can better business

By Candice Krieger, January 19, 2012

In 2004 entrepreneur Rob Keve had a pivotal moment. The former venture capitalist realised there were changes afoot for customer service and came up with a concept to enable businesses to receive consumer feedback in real-time.


Make your new year's resolutions count

By Candice Krieger, January 12, 2012

Is it wrong to admit a secret love of January? For one month only, being savvy with cash becomes sexy. People lust to sit down and tackle bills. So let me take advantage of this and suggest the key money-saving resolutions that could save thousands.

● I resolve to… properly assess my finances

I am sure you know how much you earn but do you know how much you spend each year?