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Start-Up Nation Audiobook

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

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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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    Donnette L Wengerd 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "We owe so much to Isreal"

    So many of the technologies we use is from here. So much of what the book talked about is not known or spoken about. New was to think outside the box.

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    Golf 08-08-15
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    "Best book!!"

    One of my favorite one in this year !! You can see how people shape up their mindset to create new things for the world.

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    sivan soffer 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great breakdown of what makes us successful"

    Wonderful analysis of the components needed to build a successful startup ecosystem- while telling inspiring real life stories. Love this book.

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    Ben eva 07-15-15
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    "Unexpectedly excellent"

    Very good but I hate the way audible now makes me write at least 16 words to submit a review da dee da dumm da dada dee dee dee

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    Tom Hardy 05-03-15
    Tom Hardy 05-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating"

    A must read for all business leaders, education management professionals, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in growing their environment. I learned a great deal.

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    J.Alvarez Lake Mary, FL, United States 04-28-15
    J.Alvarez Lake Mary, FL, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Shows how Israel stimulates entrepreneurship"

    The authors (Senor and Singer) use stories on Israeli startups to develop hypotheses on why Israel has many more startups than countries much larger in size and population, even with their constant challenges of war, location and terrain. They argue that military service before college helps young Israelis develop skills, become more resilient and learn to focus on their missions, all of which are useful traits in entrepreneurs. The educational system has a strong emphasis on science and technology, led by Technion, producing many engineers, scientists and inventors. Many of the diaspora return to Israel after gaining experience in the US and other countries. The large number of immigrants also leads to more entrepreneurs. Immigrants are inherently risk takers and are not afraid to fail. Government policies act as facilitators, with specific examples from Shimon Peres and Netanyahu. The evolution of several Israeli startups is covered, including Shai Agassi of electric car company Better Place, Gavriel Iddan of endoscopy camera maker Given Imaging, ICQ instant messenger and others. Large global companies have also established key R&D operations in Israel, including Intel, Google, Cisco, Microsoft and eBay. This audiobook is highly recommended to listeners interested in entrepreneurship and Israeli business history. After listening, you'll better understand why the number of startups per capita in Israel is very high compared to other countries. Narrator performance was very good.

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    Oscar Lloyd Andrade Hernandez 04-26-15
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    "very interesting facts good read"

    Great book glad I read it very interesting facts about il, it core, patents and a nation value

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    Blake Colorado Springs, CO 04-20-15
    Blake Colorado Springs, CO 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating Information!"
    Where does Start-Up Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my favorite non-fiction books. It was interesting to explore the psychology of another culture that doesn't have all of the same conventions as many other countries.


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    The reading was well done and the book was compelling.

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    "Producing innovation."

    A view into how innovation happens when a society at all levels learns, teaches, learns again and continues to question in order to achieve.

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    Investor 02-26-15
    Investor 02-26-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Very powerful"

    Very interesting insight into Israel's culture and mindset. Did know nothing about it before,got excited.

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