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Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

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START-UP NATION addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel-- a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources-- produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada and the UK?

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 4th 2009 by Twelve (first published 2009)
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Andrew K.
Start-up Nation is a fun overview of a side of Israel you don't hear much about: the incredible success of its start-up companies, traced back to:
1. the multidisciplinary army training everyone gets at age 18,
2. a culture of embracing and learning from failure,
3. all those Jewish immigrants from places like Russia that show up with science and engineering degrees looking for something to do, and of course
4. Jewish chutzpah!

The book also helped me understand better why high-tech, high-growth ent
Imnot Anipod
Being as generous as possible, this book should have been entitled "The Story of Israel's Start-Up Culture" rather than of its "Economic Miracle." Being honest, the title was misleading and this book was doomed to inadequacy from the start. The authors equivocate between an exploration of entrepreneurship and start-up culture, pro-Israel activism, Israeli military marketing and Israeli history and lore. All well and good, but as one unfamiliar with Israel's "economic miracle" I'm still not educa ...more
Start Up Nation

Quick, answer 3 questions for me. What country has the highest ratio of university degrees in its population? What country has the highest concentration of startups in the world? What country has more companies listed on NASDAQ than the entire European continent combined? If you answered "Israel" to any of these three questions…Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding! You were right, on all three counts.

In the new book, Start Up Nation, Dan Senor and Paul Singer explain how Israel, a tiny count
Mohamed Sabry
انتهيت سابقا من قراءة نسخة عربية ملخصة من الكتاب ، مترجمة بشكل تطوعي من أحد رواد الأعمال العرب

تجد هنا نسخة من الملخص المترجم:

الكتاب يتحدث عن دور الشركات الناشئة في تكوين الاقتصاد الإسرائيلي ، ستكتشف أن إسرائيل متقدمة جدا في مجالات التكنولوجيا وخصوصا المتعلقة بالتسليح

الكتاب يصف الروشتة التي تتبعتها حكومات إسرائيل لدعم ريادة الاعمال
فيها ، عن طريق صناديق الدعم الحكومية ، وإغراء الشركات الكبري للحصول على مقرات داخل إسرائيل (أعني داخل أراضي فلسطين المحتلة
Sarah Shahid
أول كتاب أشارك بترجمته، وقد تم ذلك ضمن فريق أعرني كتاباً

يتحدث هذا الكتاب عن إسرائيل "أمة الشركات الناشئة" تلك الشركات التي كانت معجزة الاقتصاد الإسرائيلي وأهم أسباب نمو هذا الاقتصاد
طبعاً هذا الكتاب يعبر عن وجهة نظر الإسرائيليين باقتصادهم، حيث يقومون بتحليل الوضع الاقتصادي والتعليمي في الوطن العربي، كما أنهم يتحدثون عن خصائص يهود إسرائيل، تلك الخصائص التي كان لها أبلغ الأثر في تكوين العديد من رواد الأعمال الذين يستثمرون في الشركات الناشئة معتمدين على رأس المال المغامر، ومن تلك الخصائص "الوقاحة" و
Andrew Rosner
An inspiring, terrific book. Israel is a tiny nation of seven million people with few natural resources, surrounded by countries eager for its destruction. Yet Israel has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any other country except the United States. How has it developed into a high-tech tiger in the face of such adversity? In this brief but lively account, authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer explain how Israel has made a habit of turning disadvantages into advantages through continual innovation ...more
Ngân Anh
I've been completely ignorant until I got recommended to read this book by a trusted friend. Some facts in this book are just totally astonishing! Actually I've completed reading 3 or 4 days ago but this will have to be revised again and again. Just feel the urge to review xD
3.5 thì chính xác hơn. Khá thú vị và có khả năng gây cảm hứng nhưng cũng không phải hoàn hảo, với cái nhìn của nhà báo, có phần hơi đơn giản hóa và lý tưởng hóa.
Zöe Yu
Nation. Technology should be neutral.
Jul 11, 2010 K rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: proud zionists; businesspeople
Recommended to K by: my mother-in-law
A shot in the arm for a proud zionist, "Start-up Nation" asks the following question: "How is it that Israel -- a country of 7.1 million people, only sixty years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources -- produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, India, Korea, Canada, and the United Kingdom?" To answer this question, the authors offer a web of anecdotes illustrating the following themes:

1. Cu
Alex Timberman

Israel with just a little over 7 million people is able to create more hi-tech startups than any country in the world besides the United States. This book explores the reasons for Israel’s success. The authors pointed at several reasons with good case studies.

One reason is that Israel has a conscription military service. All men enter the military and learn skills that spill over into their civilian lives. To enter into a highly trained unit in the Israel Defense Forces is like entering into Ha
Jan Rice
If a book discussion is upcoming I'll do my homework and read a book I'd otherwise never pick up, and that's a good thing. I had a negative impression from this title. I thought it would consist of boosterism and a defensive enumeration of accomplishments as justification for Israel's existence, but, thankfully it was not that. It was an exploration of why entrepreneurialism, particularly of the hi tech variety, is working so well there, and how to overcome obstacles to that elsewhere.

One aspec
Dan Senor and Saul Singer's Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle is well researched and a fascinating read. The book is divided into four main parts:

* The Little Nation That Could
* Seeding a Culture of Innovation
* Beginnings
* Country with a Motive

In The Little Nation That Could we learn PayPal's Scott Thompson's first impressions of a young Shvat Shaked, whose young company, Fraud Sciences, developed the most up-to-date solution to the problem of online payment scams, cred
The book gives very good insights into the Israeli way of living, the traits of people there, what makes them the way they are, the military structure and of course the entrepreneur culture so ingrained into the blood and soul of the Israelis.

Their ‘hierarchy-does-not-matter’ kind of organizational structure across the nation where a junior person can fearlessly question the authority of the senior-most is quite admirable. The mandatory military training and the subsequent service in the reserv
I thought I knew a lot about Israel, but the book is rich in anecdotes. The history of Israel is well described and innovation was probably a necessity to survive. If there is a point I appreciated less is the importance the authors give to the military. They may be right, that’s not the point, but I thought the topic came too often in the chapters. This remains a great book and a must read for anyone interested in high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship.

I’d like now to quote a few things I li
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Dave Mason
I have only positive things to say about the elements included in this book. However, I deducted a star for important elements that were excluded from the book. Dan does a great job of showing unique elements of Israeli culture that contribute to making Israel a great environment for Start Ups. He demonstrates how those elements work Malcolm Gladwell style, with excellent stories that capture the essence of the element at play.

Nevertheless, he excludes with one offhanded quip the idea that ther
Howard Olsen
A great book about one of the under-told stories out of the Middle East: that of the economic development of Israel from a desert filled with refugees to a dynamic high tech economy. Senor and Singer analyze Israeli culture, society and institutions in their quest to find out why, for example, so much of Intel's recent growth has come from its Israeli division, or why it is that a nation of just 7 million has had more NASDAQ IPO's than any other, but the US. The authors look at such factors as t ...more
Taiwo Adepoju

We rock. What can I say? Israel is amazing. And this book really showed a side of that amazing quality that not everyone knows. Fascinating look at WHY Israel is so creative and tech savvy. Way to go us. Too bad I don't have some of those qualities or tech skills!
I must say I am really impressed by the spirit of Israel. As a country they have overtaken the USA as the leader in innovation, entrepreneurship, start-up`s etc. Surely Israel is the next big thing. A well written book.
It was a good read.

Israelis embraced and scored high on egalitarianism, nurturing and individualism. And that sum up everything. hmmm...
Jiří Sedlář
Well.. huge inspiration and country where I would like to live for while. I've been there for week and lived in Czech/Jewish family with two kids in Jerusalem. The citizens are born entrepreneurs which is proved in many stories, culture behaviours and even location and reborn of jewish state. It is easy to read and understand the purpose and motivation of people living in Israel. Because of danger around and every they fear they are not comfortable like others (rest of the save world), they thin ...more
A friend from lab lent me this book to read over vacation. I thought it was a great read. It's very quick - double spaced, big font, and even then only ~230 pages. However, the content was quite interesting and fast paced. The authors attempt to describe what qualities of Israel culture make it ripe for the development of an entrepreneurial spirit. The case studies they give are extremely interesting in themselves, and I was left with the impression of a nation as vibrant as Silicon Valley in it ...more
Chi Pham
Even though I finshed this book like 3 days ago, I still have a lot of lingering feelings about it, to the point that I decide to write them all out.

This book is about Israel, but somehow it is not about Israel. This is actually a nostalgic book about what the author thinks early America stands for: a nation of immigrants, a nation of self-discipline, no strong central authority, the dream of getting rich, the dream of being equal, the place to change the world, etc. The author portrays Israel a
Aaron Raphael
I'm surprised that there are many references to Singapore and why we seem to have similar characteristics as Israel but are lagging far behind in terms of success in cultivating entrepreneurship.

The reasons are clearly pointed out by the authors and to some extent, I would have to agree, coming from one who grew up in the system.

Culture cannot be changed easily when it is so entrenched. How to gain when u don't venture? And why bother venturing when u are satisfied or resigned to the norm?
The facts are there. Israel, with 7.1mil people, has more start up companies than other nation despite being constantly in war and having enemies at every border.
Why do i like it?
This book left me thinking about it during and after reading. Yes it has almost the same effect after i read awesome science fiction.
Dan Senor is a brilliant writer.
He states facts and figures and put on examples in a way that you can easily see his point. Personally i find myself surprised with few revelations about i

First of all, indeed I have learned from this book, and we, Arabs, have a lot to learn from our greatest enemy Israel
Second as a startup nation, the main reason from what I saw in the book and experience in real life is that they are a nation, a whole nation, a true nation. Also an idea, a strong one, and this whole nation is motivated by this idea. It's just like what has been mentioned here "The others are always making a pitch for their company, Israelis are always making a pitch for Israel"
Lorenzo Lara
Historia fascinante sobre un país que antes de su fundación en 1948 creó institutos de investigación científica y universidades de clase mundial. El espíritu y la cultura emprendedora en Israel se gesta en las familias, se fortalece en el ejército y en las universidades, apoyada por políticas públicas de vanguardia que estimulan la innovación y el arranque de nuevos negocios. Mi abuelo fue militar, de tendencia democrática y civilista, apoyó a López Contreras, a Medina y al nacimiento de la demo ...more
I loved this book. I always knew that some Israelis were savvy but this book puts it into a whole new perspective. The authors discuss some ideas surrounding why Israel is so rich in tech startups and the reasons given include, the army, the informality, the chutzpah, the networks, the diversity, the insatiable curiosity among others. Some amazing stories include investing in electric cars (Shai Agassi), Jerusalem Venture Partners (Erel Margalit), Jon Medved, you would be amiss without mentionin ...more
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Daniel Samuel "Dan" Senor (born November 6, 1971) is an American columnist, writer and political adviser. He was chief spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and senior foreign policy adviser to U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election campaign. A frequent commentator on Fox News and contributor to The Wall Street Journal, he is co-author of the book S ...more
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