Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

Availability: Amazon, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County

Our member Iris Berke writes:

This book compellingly & specifically describes Israel’s unique characteristics that foster its recent very successful entrepreneurship.  The book pulls you in, won’t let you stop reading, and then urges you to re-read it (several times) to be sure you really understand all the chronology, interconnectedness, and illustrative examples that answer Senor & Singer’s trillion $ question – how is it that Israel, county of 7.1 million people, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in constant state of war,w. no natural resources – produces more start-up companies than larger, peaceful, stable countries like Japan, China, Korea, India, Canada, & UK?  Israel’s adversity-driven culture fosters a unique combination of innovative & entrepreneurial intensity.  Israel is a state of mind.  Questioning authority, chutzpah, policies on immmigration,  R&D, & military service have been key factorsin the country’s rise, providing insight into why Israel has more companies on the NASDAQ than all of Europe, Korea, Japan, Singapore, China & India combined.