Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
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.
Saul Singer is a Member of Advisory Board of Vintage Investment Partners. He is also a Member of Advisory Board of Tevel B’Tsedek. Before moving to Israel in 1994, Mr. Singer served for ten years as an adviser to different Members of Congress and on the staffs of the House Foreign Affairs. He is the co-author, with Dan Senor, of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. The book has reached #5 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller lists, and is also a bestseller in Israel, India, and Singapore and is also being published inChinese, German, French, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Turkish, Czech, Bulgarian, Arabic and Hebrew. Mr. Singer is a former Editorial Page Editor and columnist at the Jerusalem Post. In conjunction with the launch of Chinese edition of Start-Up Nation, he attended the 2010 World Economic Forum’s “Summer Davos” conference in Tianjin, spoke at Peking University, and at the Israeli pavilion of the Shanghai Expo. Mr. Singer has given numerous keynotes relating to Israel and innovation, including in Sydney, Brussels (at the European Parliament), Berlin (at the German Ministry of Economics and Technology) and widely throughout the United States. In Israel, he has briefed visiting executives from or spoken at the Israeli headquarters of companies such as: Johnson & Johnson, Proctor and Gamble, Xerox, Mars, General Electric, IBM, AT&T, Medtronic, Microsoft, and Dupont. Mr. Singer has also briefed numerous delegations of Members of the United States Congress and visiting journalists, academics, and business leaders. In addition to the Jerusalem Post, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN-Opinion, Commentary, the Wilson Quarterly, and other publications.