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
"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)
The clarity in which the authors are able to isolate the qualities and ethos of the Israeli culture.
An explanable miracle
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"?
The different aspects and unusual reasons why Israel became a Start-Up Nation
The title fits perfectly
Great book, especially if you have a link to Israel.
I read a lot and on most any subject!
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.
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.
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.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.