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
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"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Lebo on 25-03-18

super

informative and great book. It's well put together and tells a very complicated story with such ease

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4 out of 5 stars
By MrAJldn on 16-07-17

Informative and well written

Very well put together and inspiring. However I do think that, perhaps, too much attention was paid for the military service aspect of Israeli society. A good summation of the history of tech and the things that will affect it in the future.

Audio was clear, crisp and without glitches. This has clearly been read as an audiobook not a spoken book - phraseology like "early in this audio book" which is good to hear.

All round a very interesting insight into Israeli society and business. Well worth a credit. I was also able to listen to it at x2 speed because of the quality of the speech.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nili on 10-12-09

Interesting and worth the time

I found this book very interesting and an easy listen. The authors use analysis and anecdote to show how and why Israel's startup culture has become a major success story. Israelis thrive on chaos, controversy and risk and are not afraid to fail. Unfortunately, I found one major drawback with the audiobook: Just about every Hebrew name is appallingly mispronounced. This is especially annoying since 90% of this book's content consists of naming people, places and companies. It seems strange that the publishers did not bother to have the audio track reviewed by a Hebrew-speaking editor. Despite this major failing, I did find the book worth the listening time.

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14 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By morton on 23-11-09

A Remarkable Audio!

A fascinating insightful audio book and a remarkable story of the entrepreneurial spirit of a people surrounded by enemies in a land with no natural resources, who produce more start up companies than any other nation. A great audio!

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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