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  • Posted August 11, 2010

    Start-Up Nations explains the formula for innovation and entrepreneurship

    Dan Senor and Saul Singer - Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle.

    How is it that Israel, population 7,500,000 has more companies listed on the NASDAQ than all of Europe, population 300,000,000? Can it be just explained away by their "Jewishness?" This is the question Senor and Singer set out to answer in their new book, Start-up Nation.
    Dan Senor is a policy advisor and political analyst, currently adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Saul Singer is a journalist living in Jerusalem. They approach this anecdotally, stitching together a explanation that includes the impact of the military, the role of the reserve structure, the collection of quality universities, the continuing influx of motivated and risk-embracing immigrants, and perversely, the constraint that Israeli companies cannot trade with any of the countries on its border.

    The role of the military on developing a specific culture of innovation and chutzpah is most interesting to me. There are two aspects that the authors emphasize. First, because of the threat to the nation, there is a zealous dedication to leadership mechanisms that work. This includes boisterous debate prior to decisions and robust and honest deconstructions of events after the fact. Members learn to respect competence, and have an irreverence for rank. The second important contribution is Israel's reserve structure. In effect, military organizations coming together annually to drill form egalitarian networks that would-be entrepreneurs tap in to.

    Another structural aspect of the Israeli military is it's relative understaffing of senior officers relative to junior officers: 1 to 5 in the U.S. Army; 1 to 9 in the IDF. This deliberately lean staffing results in junior officers being thrust into position where they must make key decisions early in their careers. They are tested and their judgment honed.

    I'm not Jewish but I can't help but think there's at least one more thing at play here, not reported by the authors. My experience is that trust significantly reduces transaction costs and speeds interaction. I wonder what the almost homogeneous Jewish population plays in allowing strangers to achieve high levels of trust rapidly, quickly achieving collaborative and common success.

    My name is David Marquet, from Practicum, Inc and we help our customers get everyone be a leader and avoid casting employees into follower roles. To continue the dialogue respond to david.marquet@practicuminc.com or follow our blog or follow us on twitter. @totheleadernyou.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Great Book, Unfortunately B&N continues to rip off ebook customers

    Start-up Nation is a fantastic read for anyone interested in entrepreneurial policy. I highly recommend it.

    Unfortunately, most booksellers (B&N included) continue to charge the same amount for an ebook product with zero marginal cost as they do for the print version. This is pure profit gouging, and is inexcusable.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Compelling! Makes the "Dream Team" sports stories pale in comparison to the real life (and death) obsticles this over-achieving, underdog nation surmounted!

    Well documented history of the courage, determination, panache and "chutzpuh" this over persecuted people possess. In my natural idioms "balls" is the word that comes to mind. Tell them they can't, they will. Tell them don't, they do. In no other nation is success so revered and its persuit so commonly shared that it has become a form of true patriotism! Many history books speak to the events that created Israel, but none so fully explain the societal id that makes it so successful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

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    Invigorating story about Israeli entrepreneurship

    Innovation and venture capital are the main engines for creating individual and national wealth. Take Israel, for example, say authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer, who portray the nation as a blueprint for how to launch innovative ventures. They profile the cultural, military and economic characteristics that make it the world's most entrepreneurial nation. This uplifting, inspiring business story explains how Israeli entrepreneurs overcame significant challenges and analyzes how a country's culture influences its business climate. getAbstract finds that this well-informed text offers solid lessons about maintaining national competitiveness in the 21st century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Start Up Nation a must read for economic developers...and congressional members...

    "Start Up Nation The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle" is a must read for economic developers, venture capitalists, economists, business leaders and definitely members of the U.S. Congress. The book details why Israel's culture and its people produce innovative entrepreneurs. It details how these entrepreneurs from the tiny nation have literally saved some of the giants in the information technology and telecommunications world through innovation and "chutzpah". Intel, Google, Cisco, EBay and others wouldn't be where there are today without the talent drawn from Israel. Forget economic development missions to Europe - go straight to Israel - that's where innovation is real. The world owes much to Israel for its contribution to today's technologies.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    A great insight into Israeli society

    A refreshing look at Israeli Chutzpa and Balagan (chaos) and why they are actually a good thing. Israeli's are often taken for being rude (chutzpa) and disorganized (balagan) but the authors show us why these characteristics, as well as other factors (in particular the military), have allowed Israel to produce a world class high tech industry and grow its economy. The book doesn't answer why Israelis are the way they are - just how the way they are has shaped the growth of their country. I liked Start Up Nation; it is interesting and well worth the read.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Excellent read

    Great stories, very interesting, enjoyable, and humorous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Inspiration for Tough Times - The Little Engine that Can

    In trying economic times it is inspiring to read the true story of how a small nation of roughly 7 million people, surrounded by enemies and with very few natural resources, has become a powerhouse in the world of high technology and venture capital. There are a lot of great lessons here for business people and government officials. You do not have to be big to prosper and build a dynamic economy that enhances everyone's life. Take note, we are not utilizing one of our great assets properly, the wonderful young men and women that have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Read this and start your own company and unleash the experience and true "trial by fire" responsibility that many of our young veterans possess. The nation of Israel has figured it out.

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