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Dan Senor and Saul Singer

The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle

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Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer explores how Israel, a small country with limited resources, has become a hub for start-up companies. They offer insights into their unique ecosystem and highlight the traits that make Israeli entrepreneurs successful.

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    Israel has a high concentration of innovation and entrepreneurship – fertile grounds for creative start-ups.

    The media invariably offers a skewed portrayal of Israel, only reporting on its ongoing political conflicts with neighboring countries, conflict with the Palestinians, or the Iranian nuclear issue. But a major facet of Israel is often disregarded, and that is its economic and innovative achievements.

    Many people are unaware that Israel represents one of the most densely concentrated centers of innovation and entrepreneurship in the world.

    In fact, Israel is the word leader when it comes to the percentage of the economy spent on research and development. As a result, Israel also has the highest density of start-ups in the world, with a total of 3,850 – one for every 1,844 Israelis.

    Today, it’s difficult for technology companies to overlook Israel – and most haven’t. Cisco, for example, has acquired nine Israeli start-ups and is on the hunt for more.

    Israeli start-ups also reel in a large amount of venture capital, which is the most crucial measure of technological potential. In 2008, venture capital invested per capita was two and a half times larger in Israel than in the United States, more than 30 times greater than in Europe, and 80 times greater than in China.

    Israeli companies also have a powerful presence on the American stock exchange NASDAQ, accounting for more than all European NASDAQ companies combined.

    Israel’s start-up scene is vibrantly creative. One example is BetterPlace, which was founded to promote electric cars. There are well-known disadvantages to electric vehicles, such as expensive batteries, a short driving range, and a lengthy recharge time. However, if car buyers don’t need to purchase the batteries outright with the car, then electric cars can be as cheap as gasoline cars. So BetterPlace used this to their advantage by leasing car batteries and creating stations where the batteries could be swapped.

    But why is the start-up scene flourishing so well in Israel and not elsewhere? Let’s find out!

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    What is Start-Up Nation about?

    For a small country, Israel punches far above its weight as a global hub of innovation and tech entrepreneurship. Start-Up Nation explores the country’s history, geopolitics and culture to try and understand where this creative energy comes from, and offers stories of companies that exemplify the distinctive ways in which this drive is channelled.

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    The West needs innovation; Israels got it.

    —Dan Senor and Saul Singer
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    Who should read Start-Up Nation?

    • Anyone interested in Israel
    • Anyone who wants to know what makes Israel’s start-up scene tick
    • Anyone interested in the way social structures can shape an economy

    About the Author

    Dan Senor is a writer, political advisor and a senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was chief spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, has travelled extensively in the Middle East, and studied in Israel and at Harvard Business School. He frequently contributes to the Wall Street Journal and has written for the New York Times and Time.

    Saul Singer is a columnist and former editorial page editor at the Jerusalem Post. He is author of Confronting Jihad: Israel’s Struggle and the World After 9/11. Singer has also written for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

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