Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
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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...more
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
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:
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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
(entrepreneurship)
فيها ، عن طريق صناديق الدعم الحكومية ، وإغراء الشركات الكبري للحصول على مقرات داخل إسرائيل (أعني داخل أراضي فلسطين المحتلة...more
Zöe Zhai
Nation. Technology should be neutral.
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
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...more
K
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...more
Eric
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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...more
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
Herve
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...more
Gaby
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...more
Brett
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...more
أحمد


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"...more
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
Shalom
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
Lorelei
I imagine there are many people who would find this book interesting and informative, but there was very little here that was new to me. The author seems to have missed the important point entirely - as he takes apart Israeli society into individual components trying to find how it works, like trying to analyze individual atoms of paint to find the beauty in the Mona Lisa. He concludes at one point that Singapore's problems are 'cultural,' and thus hard to overcome, but doesn't seem to grasp tha...more
Abdelrahman  Shalaby
ملخص ما استفده من الكتاب

اهم العوامل التي ساعدت رواد الاعمال والشركات الصغيرة في اسرائيل هي :

حكومة لديها رؤية في هذا الأتجاه
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ثقافة وعقيدة من رواد الأعمال

ونلاحظ ده في دعم مادي واحتضان للمشروعات من جانب الحكومة
ولإنخراطهم في الجيش دور رئيس في إكسابهم خبرات ومهارات كبيرة
كمان عندهم هدف عقدي، بيخلّي مبدعيهم يرجعوا من امريكا الي اسرائيل، ممكن يكون السبب إغرائات كبيرة من الحكومة الاسرائيلية. كمان عندهم مبدأ الوقاحة، او الجدل والنقاش وعدم الطاعة العمياء لمديريهم او قادتهم.
Scott Wozniak
This is a good read for those trying to become entrepreneurs and/or leaders trying to create an entrepreneurial culture. Beyond that, it's a fascinating report on the development of the very unique Israeli culture that has emerged in the last twenty years.

One key, according to the authors, is the informal culture. Subordinates think it expected that that challenge their leaders--including asking new managers why you're the manager and not me. Generals are addresses with their first name only an...more
Aljawharah Alafaleq
This is a great book to read and learn from. I absolutely recommend reading it critically.
I have some takeaways:

1. A good marketing for Israel is a essential mission for this book, therefore, the authors couldn't avoid biases and I'll explain why. I like the key elements of the economic growth but there was exaggerating in many parts. For example, the effect of the military and how this act influences Israelis culture to think on their feet smartly and so on. In this particular section I couldn'...more
Carlos Pompa domínguez
Me ha gustado mucho este libro. La descripción del carácter de los Israelíes que se refleja en el libro coincide con la sensación que me lleve hace 23 años cuando conocí a 2 israelíes ingenieros que estaban sirviendo en el ejército. Aparte de eso sorprendente descubrir el origen de algunos de los mayores avances en tecnología de los últimos tiempos.
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!
Noree
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...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
Vahe Tahmazyan
Didn't get the point of the book. Israel is undoubtedly a great nation, but reading 250 pages of Israel advertising is not for me. Stories after stories, describing only from good side. I would better prefer to read real Israel history unbiased and with some analysis.
Paul Magis
This book was recommended to us by the lady organising our round-trip in Israel in September 2014.

Pro: I liked the book because it taught me a lot of new things about Israel (beyond the usual complicated political/military history): the role and importance of R&D centers of well-known IT brands based in Israel, the "can-do" atmosphere of a country/population permanent "threatened", the impact that the mandatory military service has on every single Israeli woman and man, the extensive support...more
Zvi Jonathan
This book explains how Israel is embodied by the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
It is not as I feared it might be a dry text book but a very engrossing book on the Israeli spirit-the same spirit which turned swamps and desert wastelands many decades ago into thriving and fertile land- and how this has kept Israel as a leader in the technological, business and medical field.
A large part of the reason is the Israeli attitude of chutzpah , a Hebrew word borrowed from Yiddish which means...more
Linh
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.
Петър Стойков
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Как става така, че една аграрна и изостанала държава се превръща в една от най-проспериращите икономики в света?
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