HomeNewsBusinessCultureHealthVideoNewsletter

Startup Club: MyHeritage

Founded by Israeli CEO Gilad Japhet, the family-oriented social network is the largest on the web, with over 75 million registered users

By: Daniel Koren
Published: January 23rd, 2014 in Business » Israel
Family tree on MyHeritage

Over the past few decades, a growing number of small businesses involved in various industries have popped up around the world meeting the needs of an ever-growing, ever-changing market.

Jewish businessmen and innovators continue to excel throughout these industries, displaying their prowess as creative, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, and tapping into continuously developing markets with 'startup' companies.

In a bid to recognize these decorated entrepreneurs for their ongoing contributions and advancements to these fields, Shalom Life is pleased to present: Startup Club, highlighting the best and the brightest of Jewish entrepreneurs who continue to provide our community with new, influential and innovative ideas that will forever change the way we interact with the world, and with one another.

Follow our lead and we’ll follow yours – send us tips or suggestions via email, comment below or tweet us @ShalomLife, in our mission to celebrate the most visionary of Jewish entrepreneurs.


Business: MyHeritage

Based Out Of: Or Yehuda, Israel

Entrepreneur: Gilad Japhet

Industry: Social Network

A little over a decade ago, Gilad Japhet was working in the living room of his apartment in Bnei Atarot, just outside the cusp of Tel Aviv, with fellow like-minded individuals who shared an interest in genealogy.

Their vision? To bring a social network revolving around family, specifically, family history and genealogy, providing those forgotten blueprints in tracing your family tree.

They took time in developing the company, extending its digital branches down generations as more and more people joined, created their own family websites, and easily shared their lives with their loved ones, and also, members of their bloodline they hitherto did not know existed.

Uses the tools of tomorrow to research the family history of yesterday

Particularly, for the Jewish world, MyHeritage (@MyHeritage twitter handle) supplies a way for today's ancestors of persecuted Jewish victims to learn more about them, and even receive items that are rightfully theirs. Last year, Japhet read a list of over 40,000 buildings, stores, and factories from that era that could not be matched to their original owners. Using MyHeritage, he was able to locate many people who shared the same last names, some of which he noted are very rare.


Japhet even set up a team to exclusively work on the Claims Conference list to match names of Holocaust victims with any members on the site. “In my emails to the users, I always write that we don’t want any money for doing this, nor part of any restitution they will get,” Japhet told the Associated Press. “We do this as a mitzvah — which in Judaism is a good deed.”

Continue Reading on Page 2

Related articles: Startup Club, MyHeritage, Social Network, Israel News, Gilad Japhet, Social Media, Facebook
0 times
Umoove's Cool New App Lets You Control iOS With Your

Israeli company literally changes the ‘face’ of mobile gaming with its Umoove Experience

Top 12 Agri-tech Companies from Israel

You’ve heard about drip irrigation and cherry tomatoes, but there are hundreds of Israeli technologies changing the world’s farms for the better

Israeli Hackers to Compete at 'Hack Attack'

50 of Israel's best computer hackers will compete on Jan. 28 for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S., where they get a firsthand view at how security giant Symantec does cyber-defense

Israeli Defense Company to Unveil Laser Air Defence System

Iron Beam to use high energy lasers in short range missile defense

Netanyahu Apparently Held Offshore Bank Account in 'Tax Haven'

A new report from Globes reveals that the Israeli Prime Minister held a bank account in Channel Islands from 1999-2003, between serving as prime minister and finance minister

Startup Club: Nipagesh

The Israeli-based social network, geared exclusively towards children, has been springing up in elementary schools across the country, praised for its safe and protected network

Umoove's Cool New App Lets You Control iOS With Your

Israeli company literally changes the ‘face’ of mobile gaming with its Umoove Experience

Top 12 Agri-tech Companies from Israel

You’ve heard about drip irrigation and cherry tomatoes, but there are hundreds of Israeli technologies changing the world’s farms for the better

Israeli Hackers to Compete at 'Hack Attack'

50 of Israel's best computer hackers will compete on Jan. 28 for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S., where they get a firsthand view at how security giant Symantec does cyber-defense

Israeli Defense Company to Unveil Laser Air Defence System

Iron Beam to use high energy lasers in short range missile defense

Netanyahu Apparently Held Offshore Bank Account in 'Tax Haven'

A new report from Globes reveals that the Israeli Prime Minister held a bank account in Channel Islands from 1999-2003, between serving as prime minister and finance minister

Startup Club: Nipagesh

The Israeli-based social network, geared exclusively towards children, has been springing up in elementary schools across the country, praised for its safe and protected network

news_scroll_down
OUR FACEBOOK FANS
Blogs
Take Responsibility for Your Own

The 19 year old sophomore sat on the exam table looking at the floor. A college student with obvious charm

The Stanford Prison Experiment at

In 1971, researchers set up a prison in the basement of Stanford University's Psychology Department. The idea was to

U.S. vs. Europe: Health Care

As I have tried to make abundantly clear the United States is the only country in the industrialized world that

Hands Off America

Alright, that does it.Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans have been willing to do their part for

Fat Returns After Liposuction ...

A study appeared in a journal titled “Obesity” which was reported by a group from the University of Colorado. In

What does Victory Look Like?

Sixty-five years ago today, World War II officially came to an end. On September 2, 1945, Japanese Foreign Minister

Share This Story With Your Friends!

Your Name:

Friend's Name:

E-Mail:

Friend's E-Mail:

(This information will not be displayed publicly)

Optional Message: