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Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle | [Dan Senor, Saul Singer]

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

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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Publisher's Summary

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 policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine the lessons of the country's adversity-driven culture, which flattens hierarchy and elevates informality - all backed up by government policies focused on innovation. In a world where economies as diverse as Ireland, Singapore, and Dubai have tried to re-create the "Israel effect", there are entrepreneurial lessons well worth noting. As America reboots its own economy and can-do spirit, there's never been a better time to look at this remarkable and resilient nation for some impressive, surprising clues.

©2009 Dan Senor and Saul Singer; (P)2009 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"There is a great deal for America to learn from the very impressive Israeli Entrepreneurial model - beginning with a culture of leadership and risk management. Start-Up Nation is a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders." (Tom Brokaw)
"No one else, in my judgment, has written regularly about Israel in recent years with more clarity than Singer." (William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard)

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    Edward SWAMPSCOTT, MA, United States 01-07-13
    Edward SWAMPSCOTT, MA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Start-Up Nation?

    A nation lifted itself up by it's bootstraps. The military aspect was quite interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Start-Up Nation?

    When the car manufacture agreed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I only can listen in short bursts.


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    DenverJoe Centennial, CO, United States 08-27-12
    DenverJoe Centennial, CO, United States 08-27-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Start-Up Nation the most enjoyable?

    The clarity in which the authors are able to isolate the qualities and ethos of the Israeli culture.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An explanable miracle


    Any additional comments?

    Ironically, Senor outlines many of the same qualities that helped 19th century America expand westward that were sadly later discarded with the advent of megacorporations in the late 20th century. Whether in commerce, research, the military or for the benefit of mankind the book hammers home the central theme....always question, "Is there a better way"?

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    Yael 08-27-12
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    What did you love best about Start-Up Nation?

    The different aspects and unusual reasons why Israel became a Start-Up Nation


    If you could give Start-Up Nation a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The title fits perfectly


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, especially if you have a link to Israel.

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    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 02-08-12
    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 02-08-12 Listener Since 2009

    I read a lot and on most any subject!

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    "Good information but drags on at times"

    This book provides useful information to help individuals, companies and nations be more innovative. However at times the book drags a bit especially when the author's drift away from talking about Israel and start talking about other nations.

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    Gonzalez Sao Paulo, NY, United States 09-05-11
    Gonzalez Sao Paulo, NY, United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good!"

    This is an excellent audio experience. The facts are solid and the narrative gripping. Good audiobook for those who would like to know better the aspects that helped to build the technology of Israel.

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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 11-26-09
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 11-26-09 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Excellent read!"

    Informative, extremely current, and well written.

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    Bruce Derflinger Sunset Beach, CA USA 05-07-12
    Bruce Derflinger Sunset Beach, CA USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Is it ???Chutzpah??? of ???Davka????"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Rowville, Australia 06-05-10
    Alan Rowville, Australia 06-05-10
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    "Must Read"

    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.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 04-19-10
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 04-19-10 Member Since 2002
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    "more than the sum of its parts"

    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.

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    Gazit Tel Aviv, Israel 11-22-13
    Gazit Tel Aviv, Israel 11-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A critique by an Israeli lady: good macro analysis"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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