The Start-Up Nation – Different Views from Other Jews

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College. In the evening I write children's books, satire, and "how to" manuals ("Mel's ten tips). I'm co-founder of Ourboox and married to Ourboox CEO Shuli Sapir-Nevo.
Oct 2013
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The Start-Up Nation – Different Views from Other Jews

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

The Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle is a book by Dan Senor and his brother-in-law Saul Singer that became a bestseller. The book branded Israel as a hotbed of start-up activity. According to Dan, “It’s a book about Israel that’s not for Jews.” So I asked a few Jews that are involved in the local high tech scene.


In the book, Senor and Singer discuss what they consider the two main factors for Israel’s start-up success. The first is the military and the second is the waves of immigration waves.

So I asked a group of high-tech enthusiasts to give their reasons for Israel’s success. This is what they came up with:


The army



Export mentality


small place


not taking ‘no’ for an answer


never apologize

tolerance for mistakes

Jewish DNA (need to be smart and entrepreneurial to avoid persecution and death)

Willing outcast immigrants

IP laws (inventions belong to the company where you’re working)



The 90s vision of Shuki Gleitman and others

Poor natural resources

multidirectional problem solving

we want to stand out




More in the next pages!

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