12/06 Sunday Short Synopsis #1

Start-Up Nation
by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
 From the Publisher:

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.

About the Authors:

 Senor on left –  Singer on right.

Dan Senor, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, has been on the front lines of policy, politics, and business in the Middle East. As a senior foreign policy advisor to the U.S. Government , he was one of the longest-serving civilian officials in Iraq. He has also served in Qatar and studied in Israel. Senor’s pieces are frequently published by The Wall Street Journal.

Saul Singer is the editorial editor of The Jerusalem Post, for which he writes a weekly column, and the author of Confronting Jihad: Israel’s Struggle and the World after 9/11.

My Review:
320 pages.
Fact filled.
Interesting Info from the book:
Israel has the highest density of start-ups in the world 
(a total of 3,850 start-ups  for every 1,844 Israelis),
and has more companies listed on the NASDAQ than
any other country in the world!

Operation Solomon brought 14,500 Ethiopians Jews (by air) to Israel.
34 Iraeli Air Force and El AL transport aircraft and 1 Ethioian plane 
brought them all in just one 36 hour period.
One of the flights set a record.  A record was set on one
aircraft – an EL Al 747 – by bringing 1, 122 passengers.
Normally this size plane would hold only 760 people, but
because the passengers from Ethiopia were so thin, hundreds more 
were squeezed in.  Two babies were born during the fligh
Netafim, is an Israeli company that has become the largest providee 
of drip irrigation systems in the world.

Great Read
Thanks to Anna and Hachette Book Group
for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my HONEST review.
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are ever sold…they are kept by me,
given to family or friends,
or donated to The Polk Education Foundation, 
 my local library, or given away on
contests on this blog.

12/06 Sunday Short Synopsis #1

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