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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Renee
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • 01-03-15

Fascinating read

I learned a lot about Israel and its culture and how its poised to be the next super power. Great read

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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.

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  • Manish
  • United States
  • 03-14-14

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

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Love it!

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

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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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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

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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.

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  • Edward
  • SWAMPSCOTT, MA, United States
  • 01-07-13

Why can't the US learn?

What did you love best about Start-Up Nation?

A nation lifted itself up by it's bootstraps. The military aspect was quite interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Start-Up Nation?

When the car manufacture agreed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I only can listen in short bursts.

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  • DenverJoe
  • Centennial, CO, United States
  • 08-27-12

It's no wonder

What made the experience of listening to Start-Up Nation the most enjoyable?

The clarity in which the authors are able to isolate the qualities and ethos of the Israeli culture.

Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

An explanable miracle

Any additional comments?

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"?

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Very Interesting

What did you love best about Start-Up Nation?

The different aspects and unusual reasons why Israel became a Start-Up Nation

If you could give Start-Up Nation a new subtitle, what would it be?

The title fits perfectly

Any additional comments?

Great book, especially if you have a link to Israel.