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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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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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    morton Rego Park, NY, United States 11-23-09
    morton Rego Park, NY, United States 11-23-09
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    "A Remarkable Audio!"

    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!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nili 12-10-09
    Nili 12-10-09
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    "Interesting and worth the time"

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 04-18-11
    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent and very enriching book!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eran Gal 04-03-11
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    "Amazing inspiring story though not 100% accurate"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SD Dan San Diego, CA, United States 09-25-14
    SD Dan San Diego, CA, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic read! Great lessons for entrepreneurs!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manish United States 03-14-14
    Manish United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2013

    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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    "Brilliant short Story about Israel's Start up"
    Where does Start-Up Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top few


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh and proud of Israel - its your attitude that determines your altitude


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mehmet 04-01-13
    Mehmet 04-01-13

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    "Love it!"

    I think government officials in developing countries and thirld-world countries would benefit a lot from this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don Ignatius 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, mellifluous, romantic

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    "An interesting 360 degree vision of Israel"

    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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    Karliss Jelgava, Latvia 03-22-13
    Karliss Jelgava, Latvia 03-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recomend this book to those who are interested in Israels success, but most of the book tells you about all the successful companies, politicians and other successful vetures, witch is ok, but I didn't get the point of pointing it out, since most of the things are well known facts. Israel is uniqe country, and I feel sorry for the things they have been trough and admire them for the things they have accomplished, but I got tired by the end of the book.


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    Tanan Nonthaburi, Thailand 01-10-13
    Tanan Nonthaburi, Thailand 01-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Start-Up Nation in three words, what would they be?

    One great book that reveals the driven factors of the innovative culture in Israel that can be applied anywhere else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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