Start-Up Nation Book Review

Posted on November 18, 2009

Until now, I’ve focused my book reviews on books geared toward young or teenage entrepreneurs. Although this is an adult book, it really brings invaluable insight and lessons for entrepreneurs of all ages.

Let me start first by saying that this is not a book about politics in the Middle East. It is, however, an analysis of Israel’s success at producing start-up companies.

The book begins by exposing the facts:

  • Israel is a country of 7.1 million surrounded by enemies yet despite its size and surroundings; it has more start-up companies than large, peaceful nations like the Japan, China, India and the UK.
  • Israeli start-up companies are extremely diversified and include computers, security, communications, medical device patents, clean-tech, biotech and more.
  • Israel attracts two times more venture capital investments per person than the US and thirty times more than Europe.

The authors, Dan Senor and Saul Singer, conducted interviews with personalities both in the US and in Israel to understand what factors contribute toward Israel’s start-up success. Interviews include the CEOs of major American corporations, such as eBay, Google, Cisco, as well as politicians and military leaders.



As seen on Forbes, Mashable,

According to their analysis, one of the factors responsible for the success is Israel’s compulsory military service. At the age of 18, both men and women must serve—three and two years respectively—before attending university. At first, I was confused. How could the army, which is based on receiving orders, foster an innovative mind and successful entrepreneurship? The authors explain that the way soldiers are trained in the army is very sophisticated, providing them with useful business skills such as communication, team building, problem solving and improvisation. Who knew?

This book is an educational, insightful must-read for any entrepreneur.
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12 Replies to "Start-Up Nation Book Review"

  • Alex Ainsberg
    November 18, 2009 (8:54 pm)

    Looks interesting. I’ll check it out on Amazon.

    • Ben Lang
      November 18, 2009 (8:55 pm)

      I’m glad it interests you, enjoy!

  • Rajesh Kanuri
    November 19, 2009 (6:42 am)

    will recommend to my friends.. This books seems interesting..

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  • tony ramirez
    November 19, 2009 (12:30 pm)

    WOW, the fastest growing!?
    As far as the military goes, what they do is AWESOME!
    I’ve seen young teenagers go into the military and
    come out men, it totally makes sense.

    • Ben Lang
      November 19, 2009 (2:04 pm)

      Yeah its very impressive. The military really benefits the country and entrepreneurship. Regards.

  • Gabe |
    November 20, 2009 (8:43 am)

    Looks like a great book. Too bad I don’t have time to read books these days. Blog reading takes up 90% of my reading time!

    • Ben Lang
      November 20, 2009 (11:54 am)

      It is, too bad maybe one day! 🙂

  • Serge@CarTransporters
    February 2, 2010 (12:34 pm)

    The book looks interesting, Israel’s economy is doing awesome right now, makes me want to go and check it out for myself.

    • Ben Lang
      February 2, 2010 (5:23 pm)

      It is an amazing read. You definitely should check it out, and learn why the Israelis know how to avoid a recession better than us.

  • Ash Books
    April 8, 2010 (10:02 am)

    Glad I found this site, keep up the good work.

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