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Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle Paperback – September 7, 2011
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―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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Congratulations to the authors.
Professor of Management of Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management
Founder and Chair, MIT Entrepreneurship Center
In any case this present book focuses on Israel's scientific and even more technological achievements. It speaks about the Israeli reaction to the Arab boycott, and the special situation of 'confinement' Israelis feel at not having normal access to neighboring countries. Israel is a very small country physically and thus many have a certain claustrophobic sense , especially those youngsters who have served in the Army. After the Army many young people adventurously use their new - found freedom.
Two forms of this are the trekking Israelis do throughout distant regions of the world, with special emphasis on South America, and the India- Nepal region, and the 'tech-ing' Israelis do in creating start-ups at a rate all out of proportion to their numbers in the world. Israelis have hooked into high- tech communications and rode on the wave of a world economy which is increasingly electronic.
The start- ups too come in part because of an encouraging government policy, which devotes a high proportion of funds to research.Read more ›
In Israel, it seems, there is a culture that embraces the questioning of authority, a flat hierarchical structure across society, and risk seeking behavior. For those who have traveled to Israel, these notions will not be unfamiliar to you. Furthermore, the book explores how the contacts made during mandatory army service serve as valuable social networking tools later on.
The book was exactly was I was hoping for. It is written for the layperson, and did not read like an academic journal. While most books about Israel focus on its conflict with the Palestinians, this book only brought up politics and conflict as it pertained to the subject at hand, and didn't editorialize in the process. Furthermore, the multitude of stories and vignettes made it a engaging read that held my interest for the time I sat reading it.
Quite early in the book the authors credit the Israel Defense Forces - IDF, and the unconventional war they are engaged in, for fostering this culture of innovation. The central premise of the book, worked over and over again, is that the IDF is forced to innovate to overcome the political and geographical constraints, and in doing so fosters creativity which, coupled with the extensive networking opportunities during the service, makes Israel a hot-house of creative talent.
Having laid out the premise of IDF as an incubator of original ideas, the authors serve up numerous examples to support the proposition. Some of which are flawed!
There is no doubt that the IDF has a far greater influence on the society compared to other armed forces, yet it is hard to imagine that any institution can single-handedly foster entrepreneurial talent a country of. Surely there are cultural and societal factors; for example a society tolerant of failures, that nurtures creativity. If one considers that serving in the army is a rite of passage for all male Israelis, the link between the IDF and their achievements latter in life, would appear marginal!
On the whole the book is idolatry to the point that sections breach the line of objectivity and move into marketing territory. The description of how Paypal acquired fraud-detection software for example is different to how it is described in `Juice`. The description of replaceable-battery powered electric cars conceived by Better Place is another example.
The book provides interesting insights into the culture of innovation in Israel, but neglects objectivity, and with it, loses some of its credibility. It is a bit like reading a biography that turns out be hagiography.
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Startup Nation reveals aspects about Israel's economy, zeitgeist and history in an interwoven manner that is quite engrossing. Read morePublished 3 days ago by yusuf
This book is the one! A must read for anyone who wants to stand head and shoulders above peers.Published 5 days ago by Choolwe Nalubamba
It presents an awesome and positive understanding of the State of Israel.Published 6 days ago by Maurice Brandman
Great book, a model to follow for many! Education is key, Israel understood this and used its military as catalystPublished 22 days ago by Ricardo C. Leon
A trenchant analysis of Israel's economic miracle. Particularly innovative and creative is their exposition of the role of nicknames in contemporary Israeli culture. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John V. Baumgold
The book paints a detailed picture of Israel's new business startup culture. It does not 'white wash' the risks inherent in new business start ups, but paints a picture of how... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike
This is an excellent description of the motivations for establishing a finance industry in Israel and how it affected the growth of new companies in the country. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Milanette