It’s official: Our portfolio company Run:ai is set to be acquired by Nvidia

We had the privilege of being part of the Run:ai story from the very beginning – leading the company’s seed round and participating in the following rounds alongside S Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Tiger Global and others. We’re thrilled for Omri, Ronen and the entire team and are excited to see the heights that they reach within Nvidia.

We’re not giving annual raises – how do I tell my team?

In a previous article, I discussed the 4 questions early-stage companies should ask about each employee to determine whether an annual raise is recommended in that employee’s case. But, many employees will not fit into those categories (e.g. there is not a case-specific reason for a salary increase) and leaders have to make the decision […]

My first employees are reaching their 1-year anniversary – do I need to give them a raise?

The question of whether to give annual raises can be a tricky one for early-stage startups, especially those that have not raised money in the last year. As employees hit their anniversaries, leaders try to navigate between employee expectations and business considerations. Because these companies usually have no formal review process or raise schedule, it can […]

Investing in People: Expanding TLV Partners’ HR Value-Added Services

From the earliest days, decisions about hiring, culture, and people shape the trajectory of a company. But, very few founders – even if they’ve built companies before – have hands-on experience in the core competencies of HR and Talent Acquisition that are critical at early stages. As they start their journey, we know that many founders are eager for support. 

American Dynamism meets Israeli ingenuity in defense tech renaissance

TLV Partners’ Yonatan Mandelbaum suggests that Israeli startups prioritize defense tech, coining it “Patriotism as a Service.” Aligned with Andreessen Horowitz’s “American Dynamism,” the call for innovation in defense tech is underscored by the evolving global landscape and accessible weaponry, emphasizing AI and a “Defense First” approach

Patriotism as a Service

The tragedies of October 7th are still fresh in our minds and will continue to be so for years to come. And while now is not the time, nor is this the platform, to litigate or discuss those barbaric events or what led to them – we believe that it is our responsibility to do […]

Port’s Beginning: A Tale of Hard Work and Vision

Let’s journey back to 2019. By this time, DevOps had secured its place in the mainstream, and agile development had become the industry standard. Yet, even companies like Spotify found themselves challenged by the dynamic nature of their infrastructure. The need for continuous team education on every emerging technology was simply unscalable. This led to […]

Introducing Israel’s GenAI Startup Map

It seems that Generative AI is the new king in the realm of high-tech. Everyone is talking about it, it is becoming the centrepiece of investment decks, sales presentations and marketing reports. Everyone has a strong opinion on what the future will look like. The truth is that most of it is unknown. What is […]

TLV Partners raises new $250M fund

Israel-based early-stage VC firm TLV Partners today announced its fifth fund, unsurprisingly called Fund V. TLV Partners raised its last fund, the $220M Fund IV, in October 2021. Including this new fund, the group now has $1.07 billion in assets under management. The plan is to make about 25 seed and Series A investments from this new […]

The FIFTH: Announcing $250M Fund

Eight years after raising our first fund, we are thrilled to announce that we have raised our fifth fund, TLV Partners V. Our fifth fund stands at $250m, continuing our strategy of supporting visionary Israeli entrepreneurs from the Seed, A, and onwards stages. With this new fund, TLV Partners manages more than $1B across all […]

Vertical AI and who might build it

Industry-specific knowledge Vertical AI is the next logical iteration of vertical SaaS, Index Ventures partner Paris Heymann recently argued on TechCrunch+. In other words, just like companies were buying cloud-based software made for their industry, they will now buy AI applications that leverage foundational models and infrastructure to answer their business needs. While some business […]