Insights on #StartupNation #Israel

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Alan Weinkrantz, Rackspace’s Brand Ambassador to Israel, shares his insights on Israel’s startup and innovation economy at Café Commerce / San Antonio.

Weinkrantz has traveled to Israel more than 50 times in the last 20 years and has just returned from an initial four month engagement to introduce and promote the Rackspace Startups program. Israel is now the world’s second largest startup ecosystem after Silicon Valley and ranked. He returns to Israel April 4.

Weinkrantz is a contributing columnist to "The Times of Israel" and "Geektime," where he covers the narrative of the startup economy.

In this talk Weinkrantz will shares his insights, compelling facts, photography and his view of how and why Israel has become a startup and innovation economic power house that last year saw over $3 billion in startup exits.

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Insights on #StartupNation #Israel

  1. 1. INSIGHTS FROM STARTUP NATION / ISRAEL April 1, 2015 CafeCommerce San Antonio Public Library
  2. 2. BACKGROUND • Based in San Antonio - for 27 years • Tech PR / Startup Communications Consultant - 35 years • Part of Israel’s startup economy for 22 years • 51 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. NOW… • Rackspace Brand Ambassador to Israel (contractor) • Applying same skills sets and background… sponsored by Rackspace… • Focus on Rackspace Startups program
  5. 5. Very small geographic region
  6. 6. Small Geographic Region 8,000,000 people
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. LANDSCAPE • 4,000 + “startups” • 40 + accelerators, working spaces, programs • 250 R&D centers • 2nd largest startup ecosystem - geographical efficiency • #3 in NASDAQ publicly traded companies
  9. 9. 2014 - A BANNERYEAR • $3.4 billion raised inVC funding • 7 IPO’s - $3.5 billion - largest one in the middle of Gaza War • NY-based Israeli companies raised $1 billion / 235 in NYC alone • 1,000 new startups
  10. 10. #BeHelpful
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Compelling Migration Patterns Israel Asia UK/ Europe USA
  13. 13. EVANGELISM • Speaking • Writing • Mentoring • Community events • Networking everywhere. Everyone is networking….
  14. 14. GapingVoid…
  15. 15. Content…
  16. 16. Media Coverage
  17. 17. ISRAEL NEXT: • Solving problems of humanity - the API of humanity • U.S. not always the place to grow • Developing countries - especially Africa
  18. 18. WHAT EXCITES ME • Cross section of cultures • Democratization of startups across all socio- economic spectrum • Human R&D lab • Film / Music / Art
  19. 19. GOING FORWARD • San Antonio /Tel Aviv ( all of Israel) • Following the migration patterns of startups to NY / Silicon Valley / Boston • Story telling and sharing content
  20. 20. OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAN ANTONIO • Cybersecurity • Health Care - especially Diabetes • Energy • Water • Agriculture • Texas A&M Campus
  21. 21. thank you! alan@weinkrantz.com

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