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Insights from StartupNation - Israel

Presentation to the heads of all Jewish organizations in San Antonio, Texas on my experience and insights of living and working in Israel's startup and innovation ecosystem from Nov 2014 to January 2016.

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Insights from StartupNation - Israel

  1. 1. INSIGHTS FROM STARTUP NATION / ISRAEL April 13, 2016 Jewish Community Center San Antonio
  2. 2. BACKGROUND • Based in San Antonio - for 29 years • Tech PR / Startup Communications Consultant - 35 years • Part of Israel’s startup economy for 22 years • 53 trips to Israel
  3. 3. BACKGROUND • Worked on…. • VoIP • WiFi • IPTV • Tablet PC • Enterprise everything OEMs & ODMs who shaped the plumbing of the Internet
  4. 4. NOV 2014 - FEB 2016 • Rackspace Brand Ambassador to Israel (contractor) • Brand Ambassador to Made in Jerusalem (July and August) • Applying same skills sets and background… sponsored by Rackspace… • Focus on Rackspace Startups program
  5. 5. WHY ISRAEL? • Sell into - to sell out of. • Startups built to scale globally • English is the main language • Best test bed in the world - in every language in the world
  6. 6. LANDSCAPE • 4,000 + “startups” • 50 + accelerators, working spaces, programs • 300 R&D centers • 2nd largest startup ecosystem - geographical efficiency • #3 in NASDAQ publicly traded companies
  7. 7. Source: Ernst &Young
  8. 8. source: Geektime
  9. 9. UNIQUE… • Military service… can be a rough neighborhood :) • Geographic contiguity & efficiency to get things done • Everyone is degrees of separation • Blending of cultures from all over the world
  10. 10. #BeHelpful
  11. 11. EVANGELISM • Speaking • Writing • Mentoring • Community events • Networking everywhere. Everyone is networking….
  12. 12. GapingVoid…
  13. 13. Media Coverage
  14. 14. Content…
  15. 15. WHAT COULD BE NEXT • A center for CyberSecurity and other related verticals • The big OpenStack opportunity • Aligning Israel and San Antonio - All things Cyber - beyond security….
  16. 16. ISRAEL NEXT: • Solving problems of humanity - the API of humanity • U.S. not always the place to grow • Developing countries - especially Africa
  17. 17. OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAN ANTONIO • Cybersecurity • Health Care - especially Diabetes • Energy • Water • Agriculture • Texas A&M Campus
  18. 18. A DIFFERENT WAYTO EXPERIENCE ISRAEL • 14 - 18 go work in a startup or attend a computer camp • 18 - 22 go work in a startup • “Grown ups” rent and AirBnB and work and live remotely for at least one month.
  19. 19. WHAT’S NEXT • Live, work, travel from San Antonio andTel Aviv • Consulting / Advisory services in PR and now IoT
  20. 20. CREATINGYOUR OWN REALITY • Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to see, view, and experience Israel in a totally different way that has nothing to do with religion or politics. • A wonderful way to be part of, build and experience Israel.
  21. 21. thank you! alan@weinkrantz.com

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