Due to the recent holidays, we organized a Cooking Contest at the head office of the company. We were very impressed by the cooking skills that the team showed and the food didn't only look great, but was also delicious.
This is how it worked: everyone had to bring either a first course or dessert, the heads of each department made up the jury and had to try a bit from each dish and assign a score to ultimately select the winner of each category. The winners got a prize and of course everybody enjoyed the food and we had a great time, as you can see in the pictures!
A group from the Educational Program MEET came last week for a tour of MyHeritage offices.
MEET is a special three year program in cooperation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It brings together Palestinian and Israeli students (15-17 years old) in a project-based learning environment in which they learn practical technological skills and business leadership skills. Most importantly, the program is designed to help them create positive social change within their communities.
At the end of every year the MEET staff and instructors choose four excelling students to receive a special award for their social and educational involvement in MEET. The award is a “field trip” tour of a successful technology company. In the past students have toured the campuses of IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and other large companies. This year eight students from East and West Jerusalem, Mevasseret and Bethlehem were chosen to participate in a tour of MyHeritage.com.
We’ve reached a true milestone. MyHeritage.com now hosts more than 50 million users. Since our inception in 2005, we’ve strived to offer our users and satisfying family social networking experience by offering tools to help research and organize your family history and collaborate with family. It is through your interaction and feedback that we are able to forge our current suite of products. It is through your dedication and continued use that 2010 has been such a great success.
It makes us proud: Red Herring has selected the investors of MyHeritage.com -- Accel Partners and Index Ventures -- as the #1 and #3 best investment firms worldwide! The Red Herring Top 100 Global Venture Capitalists ranking is renowned in the industry, so coming first and third there speaks volumes about the professionalism, expertise and track record of our investors.
Sincere congratulations to Accel Partners and Index Ventures from the whole team at MyHeritage.com. A special thank you to Simon Levene from Accel and Saul Klein from Index who are working closely with us since 2006 and 2008 respectively.
What many of you don't know is that we have a whole army of volunteers that help us translate our site into the 34 languages it is available in. Some of them work on the Family Tree Builder, some on translating the webpages and some on both.
Our family of helpers consists of over 80 volunteers who help with translations in 30 languages. Most of them have their own sites and know MyHeritage well. They really help us enormously so we think it is only fair to mention them briefly here to thank them!
Purim is a Jewish holiday that has its roots in the biblical Book of Esther. It is supposed to be celebrated with feasting, maybe that's why it is so popular among Jews around the world. The most obvious way of celebrating it nowadays is that people are dressing up: kids at school, youngsters at parties and grown-ups at company events.
For the MyHeritage Purim party 2009 everyone dressed up as well and our theme was "superheroes". So we dressed up as fantasy heroes from the likes of Batman, Roman gods, Zarra (the female Zorro), Kermit & Miss Piggy, to super cache, super chicken and a super family tree. The costume competition went into a tie break between the super photo page (see picture) and the ToDos slayer together with the invisible power translator. The latter ones were victorious.
Family Day is the modern version of Mother's Day in several countries across the world like Canada, South Africa and Israel. Here, children are asked to bring drawings and pictures of their family to school; Noa had asked us to bring baby photos of ourselves. We made it into a "Guess who's this" competition in the weeks running up to Family Day and you can see all of them below.
By the way: It was Ayelet who won, with an impressive 17 correct guesses out of 21. You can find her as a kid on the far left, in the red jumper and with the bread (and face) full of chocolate spread.
So this is the Israel-based part of the MyHeritage team, when we were kids. You can find some of us in our "about" section with other vintage photos.
After all the blogposts and articles that you have written about MyHeritage over the last few months, we would just like to say, "Thank You." We were very happy to see that after the news of the new bonds between Kindo and MyHeritage, so many of you have continued to be interested in us and write about us.
And there was a lot of news: the teaming up of MyHeritage and DNA testing company FamilyTreeDNA to offer users the possibility to research their family history through DNA tests, the development of a new version of the Family Tree Builder, the popular research software of MyHeritage with new functionality, and the launch of file sharing on your family sites allowing users to upload and share video's, audio files and documents.
We've had a couple of wonderful days in Israel, getting to know our new friends in Israel. This picture is from yesterday evening, taken just after we finished a late dinner in Tel Aviv. As you see we're all smiles, Kindo and MyHeritage now being one.
By the way, of all the nice things I've experienced here in Israel, Shakshouka is top of my list. I could eat it morning, lunch, evening, and as a mid-day snack.
This is just to say thank you for all the blogposts and articles that you have written about the new bonds between Kindo and MyHeritage. We were really stunned by your interest, there were at least 130 of you who wrote about us on their blogs and websites.
There are the big American ones like Techcrunch, Venturebeat, Gigaom, but we also care about all the great blogs in other languages, however big or small. And even if we can only put a small selection on our MyHeritage press page, we are putting a full list of all posts about the Kindo MyHeritage story here on the blog. It is sorted by country (though many blogs probably see themselves as international), so let's dive right into it and start with