Chutz­pah: Why Israel Is a Hub of Inno­va­tion and Entrepreneurship

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January 1, 2013

Tech insid­er Inbal Arieli reveals the secrets behind how Israel, a tiny coun­try with the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of start-ups per capi­ta world­wide, is rais­ing gen­er­a­tions of entre­pre­neurs, dis­rupt­ing mar­kets around the globe, and bring­ing change to the world. Dubbed Sil­i­con Wadi”, Israel ranks third in the World Eco­nom­ic Forum Inno­va­tion Rat­ing. Despite its small size, it attracts more ven­ture cap­i­tal per capi­ta than any oth­er coun­try on the plan­et. Arieli goes against the com­mon belief that Israel’s out­stand­ing eco­nom­ic accom­plish­ments are the direct byprod­uct of its tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced mil­i­tary, or long-stand­ing Jew­ish tra­di­tions of study and ques­tion­ing. Instead, she posits that in today’s mod­ern Israel, it’s the result of the unique way Israelis are raised in a trib­al-like com­mu­ni­ty, where child­hoods are pur­pose­ly shaped by chal­lenges and risks. In this cul­ture that encour­ages chutz­pah, sup­ports cre­ative think­ing, and risk tak­ing, chil­dren grow up and devel­op to have the courage to pur­sue unortho­dox and often rev­o­lu­tion­ary approach­es to change and innovation.

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