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Alibaba Buys AR Software Company InfinityAR

Israel-based InfinityAR develops augmented reality software

Adi Pick 08:3824.03.19

On Friday, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. acquired Israel-based augmented reality software startup Infinity Augmented Reality Israel Ltd., Inifnity’s CEO and co-founder Motti Kushnir said in a Sunday interview with Calcalist.

 

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The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

 

Alibaba Founder and Chairman Jack Ma. Photo: Amit Sha'al Alibaba Founder and Chairman Jack Ma. Photo: Amit Sha'al

 

 

Founded in 2013 and based in Ramat Gan, a town in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, InfinityAR develops augmented reality software. In 2016, the company raised an $18 million investment from Alibaba and Japanese entertainment and IT company Sun Corporation Ltd. The company has raised $25 million to date, according to Kushnir.

 

InfinityAR’s team, which currently numbers 25 people, will join Alibaba’s Israel machine vision laboratory, Kushnir said. 

 

 

Alibaba already has a foothold in the Israeli tech ecosystem, after buying the assets of QR code startup Visualead Ltd. Alibaba also backed several Israeli startups: In 2018, the Chinese multinational took part in a $30 million round of funding for auto computer vision startup Nexar Ltd. and led a $26.4 million funding round in data analytics startup SQream Technologies.

 

Alibaba’s founder and CEO Jack Ma met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in May, and received an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University during the same visit to Israel.

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