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Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle Paperback – September 7, 2011
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Hampered by an Arab nation boycott that makes regional trade impossible and endowed with precious little by way of natural resources, Israel has beaten the odds to become a major player in the global business world, especially in the technology sector. With the highest number of startups per capita of any nation in the world and massive venture capital investment, Israel is one of the world's entrepreneurship hubs. Senor, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Singer (Confronting Jihad) track Israel's economic prowess using a number of factors, including the social networks and leadership training provided by Israel's mandatory military and reserve service, a culture of critique fostered by centuries of Jewish tradition and an open immigration policy for Jews that continually restocks Israel's population with motivated people from around the world—all of which foster a business climate in which risk is embraced and good ideas are given a chance to grow. The authors ground their analysis in case studies and interviews with some of Israel's most brilliant innovators to make this a rich and insightful read not just for business leaders and policy makers but for anyone curious about contemporary Israeli culture. (Nov.)
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"There is a great deal for America to learn from the very impressive Israeli entrepreneurial model... START-UP NATION is a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders."
―Tom Brokaw, Special correspondent for NBC News, and bestselling author of The Greatest Generation
"In the midst of the chaos of the Middle East, there's a remarkable story of innovation. START-UP NATION is... a timely book and a much-needed celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit."
―Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay
"Senor and Singer's experience[s]...come to life in their illuminating, timely, and often surprising analysis."
―George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC's "This Week"
"No one else, in my judgment, has written regularly about
"An edifying, cogent report."
"A rich and insightful read."
"Saul Singer's Confronting Jihad should be mandatory reading for anyone, layman or expert, interested in the real
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From the book, I learned a lot about the Israelis histories (that i didn't know before the read, or, not in such structural form) and more importantly , the subtle cultures in the everyday Israelis lives . and it's the culture + history that makes the Israel now. it's very much like the evolution of Silicon Valley - the culture and history.
i highly recommend this book to those who are interested in knowing Israel more , culturally and evolution past.
the minor side the book is, it doesn't cover much of how the region belief in the Israelis lives. as belief lives in their blood. it will be great to have this piece of information more widely covered.
This book is very easy to read. The authors portraits Israel from its beginnings and what they have done to be where they are right now with examples and without getting into much technical and economical terms.
They have a long road ahead, but what they understand and its intrinsic in his culture is to keep innovation and coming up with solutions. Failure is not seen as something bad, but instead a learning experience that is encouraged.
Excellent book. Applies both to the businesses and to the individual...
But let’s say none of that interests you. If you’re thinking along the lines of just what it takes to get the global economy out of the toilet, or to make your company, corporation, city, county, regional sector, or country highly competitive in the global marketplace, then this book is absolutely for you. Considering how hopeless our own politicians have been along both sides of the aisle at putting forward and acting on genuinely great visions that can empower our economy and individuals to thrive in the global marketplace, a book of this kind couldn’t be more timely or more important.
How much can we take from the unique combination of circumstances in Israel that transformed it into a technological juggernaut and apply it to ourselves in the U.S. or in other countries? That’s a good question. But for this reader, I feel studying their example is up there with staring at the burning bush; you can almost be blinded by the light. Assuming you can fix your gaze on the nuggets of wisdom packed into the pages long enough without turning away, I suspect you will find it a life-transforming experience, as I did.
Not at all incidentally, the book is beautifully and artfully written. This is not the kind of nonfiction you read as homework while gritting your teeth and wishing the author had taken a writing class or two; it’s not the kind you would never have read if some college professor hadn’t foisted it on you. The free sample on Amazon alone should more than suffice to propel you into the book as it did for me. In my case, the book also came highly recommended on Fareed Zakaria’s weekly news show, which definitely prompted me to take a look.
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