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)
I found this book very interesting and an easy listen. The authors use analysis and anecdote to show how and why Israel's startup culture has become a major success story. Israelis thrive on chaos, controversy and risk and are not afraid to fail. Unfortunately, I found one major drawback with the audiobook: Just about every Hebrew name is appallingly mispronounced. This is especially annoying since 90% of this book's content consists of naming people, places and companies. It seems strange that the publishers did not bother to have the audio track reviewed by a Hebrew-speaking editor. Despite this major failing, I did find the book worth the listening time.
A fascinating insightful audio book and a remarkable story of the entrepreneurial spirit of a people surrounded by enemies in a land with no natural resources, who produce more start up companies than any other nation. A great audio!
I truly enjoyed listening this wonderful book. Original point of view, I would have never come to these conclusions myself, but I agree now! I like that the author is just giving you information for consideration and building this case slowly but surely. I learned something new about life. It was definitely worthwhile to purchase this book.
Very interesting review of a great anomaly. The book is far from being objective, and overlooks some issues that would interfere with the theories, but even this way, it is very much worth listening to for the fact that are in there and the amazing story it unfolds. I think they also ignore the strong affect the Jewish religion and the way it is constructed had on the traits they mention, even though most of the country is secular.
This is an impressive story about Israel's development of a tech Eco system. While heavily focused on the military necessity that has fostered it, if you put that aside you can see the traits that make startup leaders succeed. If your employees were getting bombed would they rush back to their post so that output wasn't lost! It comes up short on successful examples of how this can be achieve outside joining the Israeli Defence Forces but the reflective reader will see the power of a tight network, team but perhaps reliant an I to challenge rather than subordinate, and a drive for a purpose that is aligned with profit but is more about achieving a larger vision. It's a great read worth your time. Only comment I've read but don't know is Hebrew pronunciation is poor so be ready to ignore that
A fantastic read and definitely thought provoking. A bit different than the recent entrepreneurial books I've read recently which focus on individuals. Start-up Nation is all about the nation of Israel and how they have managed to become the go-to country for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Probably the biggest take-a-way for me was that the culture of the Israelis is such that they don't ever sit comfortable in the status-quo, they are constantly asking questions like “how can this be improved?” or “why not do it differently?”. I also couldn't help but read the book and come away with a huge appreciation for what the Israelis have accomplished in the last 50 years...truly remarkable. For would-be entrepreneurs this book will give you a good idea of the fertile soil for successful start-ups and new business ideas. If you are timid, think it's all been done before, sit comfortably under hierarchical leadership structures, and lack a competitive spirit, this book suggests that you will struggle to compete in business with the leaders coming out of Israel.
I love listening to audiobooks especially Spy thrillers (Daniel Silva type books) and business books (Steve Jobs autobiography as an eg)
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The comparison with Dubai - Traditionally enemies but Dubai clears secretly eyes Israel's success as a start up nation. Some of the tactics are mimicked in dubai but CLEARLY, there is no comparison possible between Israel. Dubai's concept of expatriate workforce will not allow for the level of innovation that happens in Israel.
Made me laugh and proud of Israel - its your attitude that determines your altitude
Eclectic, mellifluous, romantic
I'm studying a master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and one of my professors recommended this book and after reading it, as if by serendipity, we were told that my class would be doing a study trip to Tel Aviv University. During our trip, ALL of the guest speakers mentioned the book either directly, or indirectly through cultural references, and I could see that everything that was mentioned in the book had a basis.
I have to say that it really opened my eyes and gave me a greater understanding of Israel as an innovation powerhouse. Very inspirational, and a must read for anyone that is interested in how innovation ecosystems are born.
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