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)
In the top few
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
Eclecticismo, Ritmo, Sprezzatura
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.
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.
One great book that reveals the driven factors of the innovative culture in Israel that can be applied anywhere else.
A nation lifted itself up by it's bootstraps. The military aspect was quite interesting.
When the car manufacture agreed.
I only can listen in short bursts.
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.