To the Moon on a Plastic Bottle: The Story Behind Israel's Start-Up Babies

To the Moon on a Plastic Bottle: The Story Behind Israel's Start-Up Babies

by Dan Raviv, Linor Bar-el

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Overview

What’s behind the entrepreneurship craze of Israel’s young generation? Ten years after the phenomenal sensation of Start-Up Nation, Dan Raviv and Linor Barel explain how the chaotic, audacious cultural style of Israel has become a significant component in the success of young entrepreneurs operating in a knowledge-rich environment. Generous doses of chutzpah and the Jewish talent for endless argument enable Israel’s youth to dare to dream big. The amazing story of Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, and Yonatan Weintraub, the three young Israelis behind Project Beresheet (the first Israeli spacecraft to go all the way to the moon) is here woven between multiple examples of the Israeli innovation greenhouse and its cultural sources. A microcosm of the larger scene of this pioneering generation of young, daring Israeli entrepreneurs, the journey begins with a funny Facebook post and takes us through the decision to send a spacecraft to the moon despite no previous knowledge or financial means. By the time we reach the tension-filled landing, the entire nation is moonstruck .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789657023136
Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
Publication date: 04/15/2020
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dan Raviv is the president of Compassvgg, a leading international technology company. For fifteen years prior to that, he served as head of global media for Las Vegas Sands, one of the world's major tourism and entertainment developers, with facilities in the US, Macau, and Singapore. He is a former political correspondent of Israeli television in Washington, DC, and New York and served as an international correspondent for BBC Foreign Services and the UN television department. He has also produced hundreds of television documentaries broadcast all over the globe. Last year he published a book series in Chinese on the mystery of the Jewish mind through Chinese Tsinghua University Press.

Linor Bar-El is a former IDF officer who has held senior management positions in global technology companies and worked for the Israeli media. Linor earned a master's degree at Tel Aviv University in education management. Her research focused on the history of parental involvement in education in Tel Aviv.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 The Courage to Dream 1

2 Israel's Entrepreneurial Code 40

3 The Jewish Code 51

4 The Courage to Do 64

5 Failure Is the Road to Success 95

6 The Chevreh Culture 110

7 The Debate Culture 123

8 The Chaotic Adventure of Balagan 137

9 Israeli Chutzpah 155

10 Entrepreneurial Culture 171

11 Innovation as a National Mission 184

12 Back to Beresheet 204

Afterword 245

About the Authors 248

Photos 249

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