As The Times of Israel approaches its second birthday, we’re delighted to announce the first of several new initiatives: our Start-Up Israel website, giving you everything you need to know about Israel’s groundbreaking and endlessly enterprising high-tech economy.

The Times of Israel was launched on February 14, 2012, and in the 22 months since then we have established ourselves as the fastest-growing website in the Jewish world, with millions of unique visitors each month. We’ve also drawn a community of bloggers that now comprises a frankly staggering 1,500 writers and counting. At last month’s Jewish Federations’ General Assembly in Jerusalem, there were no fewer than 200 Times of Israel bloggers in attendance.

Now, in the first of several new projects in the Times of Israel pipeline, we’re introducing our Start-Up Israel website, edited by our thoroughly plugged-in high-tech editor David Shamah. Israel is one of the world’s leading high-tech hubs, and Shamah is the leading English-language reporter in the field.

The Start-Up Israel site, which you can access via the Times of Israel homepage or directly here, features cutting edge content by Shamah and the rest of the Times of Israel news team.

David Shamah

David Shamah

It also brings you a carefully curated selection of the best and most important stories on Israeli high-tech and business from anywhere and everywhere on the web.

True to the Times of Israel philosophy of interacting directly with newsmakers, and with all our readers, we’re also featuring blogs written by and for high-tech people in Israel and abroad. If this is your field, and you have something to say, we invite you to join the Start-Up Israel conversation. Open a Times of Israel blog here and get posting.

The site, clean and elegant as designed by The Times of Israel’s skilled and trailblazing partners at RGB media, features a “slider” with our top Start-Up Israel stories. Lower down are four tabs, streamlining the content to best suit your needs:

* The first tab, EDITOR’S CHOICE, shows the best of the best: all our own original high-tech stories, the best high-tech posts from our bloggers, and the most important stories from around the web.

* The second tab, THE TECH FEED, shows every Start-Up Israel article we publish — original material, and everything we’ve chosen from the web.

* The third and fourth tabs will change intermittently to highlight articles on subjects that are trending in the news.

As we’ve done with such success at The Times of Israel, we’re also offering a free newsletter, The Daily Start Up, delivered to your inbox once a day, with our selection of the most important stories on the Start-Up Israel site each day. Sign up here to be sure you never miss our top high-tech stories. Oh, and please be sure to follow Start-Up Israel on Twitter and like our Start-Up Israel Facebook page.

Israel’s high-tech economy is thriving. Our new Start-Up Israel website will help you stay on the cutting edge, too. We hope you’ll find it indispensable.