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)
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.
IF you need direction as a person,community, or country, this book lays it out plane and simple. Israel is running ahead of the rest of the world, because their people deeply understand the the fundamentals of life..
A fascinating book providing insight into yet another aspect of this remarkable nation. "Ye are my witnesses"
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