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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?

With the savvy of foreign p
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Published November 4th 2009 by Twelve
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Mohammed-Makram
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economy

الكتاب من السخافة بحيث لا أتوقع اتمامه الا لأكثر الناس صبرا على الأكاذيب أو أكثرهم حبا للقراءة لذاتها حتى و ان كانت النتيجة معروفه مقدما.

انهم لصوص الحضارة دوما و كما اعتدنا يسرقون كل شىء و كل انجاز و يعيدوا تدويره لينسبوه الى أنفسهم.

الخلاصة من هذا الكتاب هى ان إسرائيل هي الجيش و الجيش فقط و لا غرابة فى ذلك فإسرائيل هى جيش كبير و كل من فيها مجندين و لا مكان للمدنيين.

كمية من الأكاذيب المنسوجة بمهارة و المطعمة بالحقائق و مطرزة بالإنجازات البراقة لتخفى النسيج الأصلى الردىء و النسيج الجيد المسروق ثم
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Andrew K.
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Imnot Anipod
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
د.أمجد الجنباز
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sarah Shahid
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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LeeAnne
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mohamed Sabry
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
انتهيت سابقا من قراءة نسخة عربية ملخصة من الكتاب ، مترجمة بشكل تطوعي من أحد رواد الأعمال العرب

تجد هنا نسخة من الملخص المترجم:
http://almsaodi.com/?p=484

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
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E. H. Nathasia
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this book, it's just that, it's not as captivating as my first read; which is on Elon Musk, hence I give it a 4/5 rating. The book started out as merely a discussion between the two author that leads to twenty-eight Harvard Business School classmates going to Israel to explore its economy, politics and history. At the end of the week, everyone asked the same question, 'Where did all this innovation and entrepreneurship come from?' Despite being a target of suicide bombers and s ...more
Chadi
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Пүрэвбазар
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Гарааны бизнесийн өлгий нутаг гэж дэлхий нийтээр хүлээн зөвшөөрсөн Израиль улс, тус улсын еврей үндэстэн байгалийн баялаг эсвэл бидний буруугаа тохсоор сурчихсан цөөхүүлээ(Израиль улсын хүн ам 2017 оны байдлаар 8.5 сая) гэх зэрэг түмэн шалтгааныг умартаж Америкийн хөрөнгийн зах зээл буюу NASDAQ дээр дэлхийн аль ч улсаас илүү олон компаниа бүртгүүлж, мэдээлэл технологийн салбарт дэлхийд хэрхэн тэргүүлж байгаа ганц шалтгааныг олж уншихыг зорилоо.

Маш товчоор ойлгосон 3 зүйлээ бичвэл :

1. Боловсорсо
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Mohammad Abu Sall

يقول الزعيم والفيلسوف الصينى Sun Tzu – صن تزو، في كتابه فن الحرب:

"من يعرف عدوه ويعرف نفسه يقود مائة معركة بدون خطر أو خوف من النتائج، ومن لا يعرف عدوه ولكنه يعرف نفسه فقد يحرز نصراً أو يلقى هزيمة، ومن لا يعرف عدوه ولا يعرف نفسه يكون في دائرة الخطر في كل معركة!



Start Up Nation

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كتاب مميز ينقل لنا أحداث نهضة وتميز إسرائيل ودور الشركات الناشئة في تكوين الإقتصاد الإسرائيلي.

كثير من فصول هذا الكتاب مؤلمة ومرهقة جداً؛ لأنها تحاكي الواقع الإسرائيلي -حديث العهد- وتميزه عن باقي الدول المجاورة.

من أكثر السط
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Ngân Anh
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Tuan-anh Nguyen
trong mỗi chương sách những câu chuyện, dẫn chứng đưa ra hấp dẫn nhưng cách viết nhiều lúc khá rối rắm làm độc giả khó nắm bắt hết được tinh thần của mỗi chủ đề. Cách viết nếu được cấu trúc lại cho hợp lý hơn sẽ lôi cuốn người đọc hơn nhiều.
Linh
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tareef
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Ari
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Go far, stay long, see deep.
K
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Chi Pham
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: economics
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
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Undrakh Ganzorig
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“As a poor people coming home to a poor land, we had to discover the riches of scarcity.”

There is much to learn from Israelis, not just their technological advancement and the tenacity of its entrepreneurs despite the ongoing national security problems, but also the collective power and unity which seems absolutely necessary for a young nation. As the authors mentioned, of course, there are threats to this robust growth, and the stories have probably omitted the struggles of daily lives of Israe
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Fahad Naeem
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a clear praising-to-the-heaven type. From the start to the end, you will find Dan Senor being deeply in love with the Israeli nation that it looks like a biased book.

The author presents that Israeli IDF in specific and military in general is the main reason behind the entrepreneur-culture in Israel. It's policy of absorbing immigrants and support for the start-ups making it a country based on economic-research.
The bad thing was that Dan consistently glorified IDF as he were its spok
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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
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Jan Rice
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Howard Olsen
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Frank Stein
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some basic facts about Israel's economy that should make any economist's ears perk up. Israel has more than twice as much venture capital investment per capita as the next most venture intensive country (the United States, which itself has twice as much as the following country, Ireland). Israel invests more in civilian research and development than any other country on earth, at 4.5% of GDP, more than a full percentage point higher than the following two countries (Japan and the US). ...more
Tam Nguyen
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: economic
Chắc phải đọc lại. Sáng tạo là liều lĩnh nhưng nó chưa gây ấn tượng mạnh với mình. Mấy phi vụ thành công thấy đầy rẫy nhưng chả thấy ai nói về thất bại cả. Chẳng phải người ta học được nhiều hơn từ thất bại hay sao?
Herve
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Gaby
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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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Vasken
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I just regret reading it during and after my visit in Israel. If I had read the book before, my questions at the Accelerators, VC Funds and Startups we met, would have been way better.
Deepthi
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The greatest contribution of the Jewish people in history is dissatisfaction - that's poor for politics but good for science" - Peres

Start-Up Nation is almost a lesson on the history of Israel. It does a great job tracing the culture of the country and helping understand how Israel is set up for success - specifically in the start-up & VC world. It also contrasts Israel with countries such as the UAE/Singapore/South Korea which have failed to replicate its start-up success in spite of somet
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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
“A reform happens when you change the policy of the government; a revolution happens when you change the mind-set of a country.” 5 likes
“Four guys are standing on a street corner… an American, a Russian, a Chinese man, and an Israeli…. A reporter comes up to the group and says to them: “Excuse me…. What’s your opinion on the meat shortage?” The American says: What’s a shortage? The Russian says: What’s meat? The Chinese man says: What’s an opinion? The Israeli says: What’s “Excuse me”? —MIKE LEIGH, Two Thousand Years” 4 likes
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