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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
Chadi Nanaa
This book is a must read for everyone in the arab world especially politicians and leaders , it explains this huge gulf between "Israel" and the Arab world
من يرغب بقراءة أسباب أعمق من "الدعم الغربي والأمريكي" عن سبب نهضة وتفوّق إسرائيل على محيطها العربي، فيبدو أن هذا الكتاي يشكّل وجبة جيّدة.
يستعرض الكتاب مجموعة من الخصال عند الإسرائيلين، ومجموعة من العوامل، وكيفية استثمار الظروف المواتية، وتحديّ المصاعب، لتحقيق ما حققته إسرائيل، دون أن يقتصر الحديث على الجانب الإقتصادي أو موضوع الشركات الناشئة - رغم العنوان.
من المفاهيم المتكررة في صفحات الكتاب مفهوم الخوتزبه، والتي تتجاوز (الجرأة في الحق) إلى (الوقاحة في الرأي) والدفاع عنه امام من هم أكبر سنًا أو
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.
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
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
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
د.أمجد الجنباز
كنت أعتقد كغيري، أننا لكي ننهض علينا أن نقرأ قصص نهضة ألمانيا واليابان وسنغافورة وماليزيا وتركيا لكي نعرف ماذا فعلو ونحذوا حذوهم. لكنني بعد قراءتي لكتاب
Start-up Nation

أقتنعت تماما أن المكان الأنسب للبداية هو بقراءة تاريخ إسرائيل الاقتصادي. هذه الدولة المغتصبة التي تمكنت خلال فترة وجيزة من أن تتحول إلى امبراطورية المشاريع الناشئة في العالم، وتمكنت من التفوق في مقاييس التعليم والبنية التحتية.

إسرائيل كانت وراء الكثير من المنتجات التي نستخدمها، منها معالجات إنتيل التي كانت إسرائيل وراء أهم تحديثات
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
Zöe Yu
Nation. Technology should be neutral.
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
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
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
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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
Start-up nation explains how 'Necessity is the mother of all inventions' and 'Adversity brings the best out of an Individual/Group' with Israel as the living example of it. It tells the story a country which is primarily made up of immigrants and is nothing more than a small desert land surrounded by hostile neighbors, rose above all the odds to emerge as one of the most technologically advanced nation of the world, with innovation at its core.
This books tells the story of what makes Israel and
Nikunj Kulshreshtha
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. ...more
Les start-ups non seulement contribuent de manière considérable à l'économie de leur pays, mais démontrent le potentiel important de l'innovation des ressources humaines de ce dernier.
Batîr cet esprit de start-up n'est pas une tâche aisée, Israel en plus d'un système d'éducation robuste se base sur le service militaire pour inculquer les valeurs nécessaires aux jeunes pour devenir des futurs entrepreuneurs chevronnés, à savoir : l'esprit d'équipe, l'esprit critique le sens de responsabilité, ...
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
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
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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
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!
Khaled Al Sharqawi
شاء القدر أن أقرأ هذا الكتاب بعد انهائي لرواية "يهود بلا مال" والتي تتحدث عن فقر جزء كبير من اليهود في أمريكا في بدايات القرن العشرين، فهذا الكتاب يتحدث عن ثرائهم وآليات الوصول لهذا الثراء.
الكتاب وضع لتسويق الاقتصاد الاسرائيلي بشكل ذكي والترويج للخبرات الاسرائيلية بالاعتماد على تحقيق الأرباح للمستثمرين ومن خلال نماذج عملية.
كاتبي الكتاب يبررون بشكل ذكي انعكاس الخبرات العسكرية التي يخوضها المجندون على تفكيرهم وعلى نمو الأعمال،وهما بذلك يعالجان اشكالية عسكرة المجتمع الاسرائيلي ويحولان سلبية العمل ا
Thai Son
Good narrative, fascinating material, very readable. No need for background in anything.

Some "retainers": Small is beautiful. Confirmation of some ideas in Antifragile. Chutzpah and risk-taking. Tech industries. Military background. Dynamic culture. Ben Gurion, Simon Peres, Al Schwimmer.-

Overall a nice book to start the year!
It was a good read.

Israelis embraced and scored high on egalitarianism, nurturing and individualism. And that sum up everything. hmmm...
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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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