Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle


By (author) Dan Senor, By (author) Saul Singer

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  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 23mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0771079664
  • ISBN 13: 9780771079665

Product description

A fascinating expert look at Israel’s meteoric rise in the global economy — with timely hints for a world reeling from financial crisis Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion-dollar question: How is it that Israel — a country of 7.1 million, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war, with no natural resources — produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful nations like Canada, Japan, China, India, and the U.K.? With the savvy of foreign policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine Israeli culture and government to reveal the secrets behind the world’s first ever “start-up nation.” As countries across the globe restart their own economies, and as businesses try to re-energize their entrepreneurial spirit, we can all look to Israel for some impressive, surprising clues. From the Hardcover edition.

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Author information

Dan Senor has served as a foreign policy adviser to the U.S. government, and has written extensively about the Middle East for publications including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Senor has lived and studied in Canada, and now lives in New York. Saul Singer is the editorial page editor for the Jerusalem Post. William Kristol wrote: “No one else. . . has written regularly about Israel in recent years with more unapologetic honesty, and with more unselfconscious moral clarity, than Singer.” Singer lives in Jerusalem. From the Hardcover edition.

Review quote

"A rich and insightful read not just for business leaders but for anyone curious about contemporary Israeli culture." — Publishers Weekly "Engrossing. . . . [it] provides a window of hope for so many suffering locales around the world: Israel has thrived not despite its obstacles but because of them; maybe other places can too."  — "Compelling and satisfying . . . filled with eye-opening revelations and shot through with rich examples, explanations and analysis."  — Barron's "Vivid stories of entrepreneurial success. . . . [A] fine book."  — Wall Street Journal "Start-Up Nation is a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders."  — Tom Brokaw, NBC News From the Hardcover edition.

Table of contents

AUTHORS' NOTE MAPS   Introduction   PART I / THE LITTLE NATION THAT COULD Chapter 1. Persistence Chapter 2. Battlefi eld Entrepreneurs   PART II / SEEDING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION Chapter 3. The People of the Book Chapter 4. Harvard, Princeton, and Yale Chapter 5. Where Order Meets Chaos   PART III / BEGINNINGS Chapter 6. An Industrial Policy That Worked Chapter 7. Immigration: The Google Guys' Challenge Chapter 8. The Diaspora: Stealing Airplanes Chapter 9. The Buffett Test Chapter 10. Yozma: The Match   PART IV / COUNTRY WITH A MOTIVE Chapter 11. Betrayal and Opportunity Chapter 12. From Nose Cones to Geysers Chapter 13. The Sheikh's Dilemma Chapter 14. Threats to the Economic Miracle   Conclusion: Farmers of High Tech   ACKNOWLEDGMENTS NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHORS From the Hardcover edition.