Top 10 Most Wanted Employee Stock Options In Israel For 2019

Monday.com, Innoviz Technology and WalkMe are the most wanted startups by investors in Israel according to the annual ranking we published this week for the second year in a row. 

 

Our ranking indicates which are the hottest startups in Israel as it points out which companies are expected by investors to have a material liquidity event in the near future. The investors showed an interest on the platform in specific companies they wish to fund when an investment opportunity arises through EquityBee. 

The ranking methodology

The ranking is based on data aggregated from 1,700 accredited investors that have used our platform in the last year. The ranking is published for the second year in a row and serves as a barometer to recognize the hottest startups in Israel in the eyes of investors and employees. The ranking can serve employees in search for their next job to choose a startup that the market believes in their success abilities in the near future. From an investors’ point of view, the top of the ranking showcases companies that have good chances to increase their valuation and are expected to have a material liquidity event in the near future.

Oren Barzilai, CEO and Co-Founder of EquityBee: “the top 10 companies in the ranking showcase companies that announced substantial financial accomplishments in the last year, as well as companies that are expected to IPO or exit in the near future. EquityBee is proud to help our partners, the startup employees, take part in the future success of these companies by assisting the employees to exercise their options. 90% of employees do not have the funds to do so and EquityBee is changing the game by helping employees fund their options, soon in the United States”.

 

These are the top ten companies, ranked in order

  1. Monday.com
  2. Innoviz Technologies
  3. WalkMe
  4. Payoneer
  5. Zerto  
  6. OrCam
  7. JFrog
  8. Magic Leap
  9. SimilarWeb
  10. IronSource

Top 10 Most Wanted Employee Stock Options In Israel For 2019

 

All 10 companies on the list have opened offices globally, 9 of them in the United States. The top 3 companies have raised more than $90M in the last year. Plans to IPO during 2020 have been published in the media regarding 3 companies in the list. As a testimonial to the lists’ prediction capabilities, Fiverr was on the 2018 ranking (read about it here) and indeed IPOed in 2019.

Israel, nicknamed The Startup Nation has the highest startup per capita in the world with 6,673 startup companies. In 2018, 645 Israeli startups raised $6B in 681 funding rounds. 97 Israeli high-tech companies had exits for a total of $12.63B. There are more than 350 multinational companies’ offices in Israel. 246 of these MNCs are headquartered in the United States. 430 investment bodies have a permanent presence in Israel, 43% of them are American. 49% of exits were performed by American investors. VC funding per capita is $303 in the US, compared to $674 in Israel*.

What have we learned from the ranking? An analysis

  • At the top of the ranking we see companies that have raised substantial funds in the last year. Monday.com who is first in the list, was ranked 7th last year and raised $150M according to a $1.9B evaluation. Innoviz Technologies is ranked second, raising up from the 5th place in the 2018 ranking after raising $170M in 2019. WalkMe who was #1 in last year’s ranking just announced a $90M funding round and doubled their valuation from last year. In addition, they raised $50M at the end of 2018 in 2 funding rounds.
  • Other companies that entered the top 10 are supposedly proceeding towards substantial financial events, according to reports in the press. Payoneer, ranked at #4 and entering the list for the first time, approved they are considering an IPO. According to reporting, Jfrog, ranked seventh, raised $165M at the end of 2018 and is getting ready for a $1.5M IPO. IronSource ranked in tenth place is in the process of selling 25% of their shares for $500M and is getting ready to distribute a dividend to the shareholders.
  • Magic Leap is an American company with offices in Israel. It is an AI company who have raised the largest amount up to date. An American company on the list shows that startups open R&D centers in Israel before they go public, hence the Israeli employees are part of the building of the company from early stages.
  • Companies that are not included in the list this year include Fiverr who IPO’ed during 2019, hence they no longer have employee stocks, rather shares. Other companies that are not included in this year’s ranking are Via which launched their service in Israel this year, Cato Networks, gong.io and Houzz.
  • The companies that appear in the ranking raised together $4B from investors. Taking Magic Leap out of the equation (they raised $2.3B), the top 10 companies raised an average of $187M. The average year of company founding is 2010.
  • The companies in the ranking portray the varied fields that Israeli startups have expertise in, including internet, mobile, hardware, fintech and transportation. These areas reflect Israel’s strengthening in fields in which the Israeli high-tech is usually not recognized with such as cybersecurity and organizational software.

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EquityBee helps employees get the money they need to exercise their stock options by connecting them to investors who want to invest in their companies. We do this by executing SOFAs (Simple Options Financing Agreements). Entering into this agreement with an investor will allow him or her a percentage claim to a liquidation event, with no guarantee of such an event, and is subject to the terms of your company options agreement. Securities offered through North Capital Private Securities Corporation, member FINRA/SIPC.