Is the success of Israel???s business startups a case of ???Chutzpah??? (audacity, brazen nerve, courage, effrontery, incredible 'guts,' mettle, presumption topped off with a little (or large) touch of arrogance) or Davka (despite everything).
The authors of ???Startup Nation??? argue the case of chutzpah quite strongly, and they are right. The people of Israel have had to "make do" in a land with few natural resources, surrounded by hostile nations. Due, in part to this, have become the "go to" place for emerging technologies the computer, science, ecology, medicine, and a host of other fields.
But these successes are as much due to ???Davka??? (often defined as ???despite everything??? or ???just because you want me to disappear from the face of the earth - I will not??? emphasis on the last three words) - the insistence on surviving whatever is thrown at them and turning lemons (or the fruit of trees growing in salt water) into lemonade.
While the general media from around the world is not report the successes of Israeli technology to impact their nations, in many ways people the world daily touch products of the Israeli minds.
For any one who whats to understand the inner workings of how business and Jewish culture works in the business marketplace in Israel this is the book you must read. Even the Govt of Israel are giving this book out to the business community, VC's and any one interested in start up companies need to read this book. Learn what drives the amazing innovation coming out of Israel today.
Senor and Singer do a great job weaving together the threads, that in combination, resulted in the rapid growth of Israel's technology based economy. Narration is solid.
I must admit that reading this book has made me look at my home country through another set of glass. Some things that I have not even been aware of. Very interesting and profound observations on the Israeli people, that are very much true in the macro. I lacked the view in the micro, on the day-to-day lives, on the school education, and on the things that make us who we are, not just outliers. Nonetheless, so ,any accurate conclusions that have made me quite surprised that one from the outside could get. Really good!
Very worthwhile, Really glad we read this before visiting Israel--provided a greater appreciation for the people, their accomplishments, their personality. stories were inspiring. My only complaint was that this ties things up in a nice bow and the story of this country and people is much more complex and prickly.
Very interesting, great read. If you like entrepreneurship there are some interesting conclusions you can reach. I'm not a big fan of Porter's cluster theory so I think the author gives a bit too much credence to that, but besides that a great book.
I totally enjoyed this book. It is thought provoking! I will take away so much.... The tons of information was conveyed in an interesting and nicely clear manner. WOW!
The Israelis may have the sharpest culture in the world, which I did not know before I heard this book.
A Country of Clever Resolution
The book was more like listening to a very interesting lecture than reading a book. The information nuggets were all worth keeping to use as tools.
The story about the settlement that turned lemons into lemonade by taken salt water and turning into a talapia farm was one of the most interesting and memorable.
He brings the enthusiasm in his voice.
I was moved by the number of advancements made by such a small country with such a great amount of "chutzpah."
I would consider another book by them, with some careful research and after reading further excerpts
The book carries some very interesting stories of some very fascinating companies. However I got the sense of it being more of an
The performance was fine, clear and with an excellent pacing.