START-UP NATION: THE
STORY OF ISRAEL'S
And what for you?
Shai Agassi. Better Place. 2007 meeting.
Davos 2005: make this world a better
place before 2030.
Hybrid was dead
A new transportation business model:
users own car, provider owns batteries.
An experiment nation: Israel
A safe tech: from bomber fighters to
A FAIRY TALE?
Warren Buffett bought ISCAR
Metalworking, an Israel company, for 4,5
billions USD right before Lebanon-Israel
war in 2006
Steve Ballmer said „Microsoft is an Israel
Eric Schmidht – American is the best place
for companies. Israel is the second one.
WHAT A HOLY LAND!
Border shared with: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt,
Palestine: West Bank and Gaza Strip
- Total 20,770 / 22,072 (153rd) km
8,019 / 8,522 sq mi
- Water (%) 2.12 (440 km
/ 170 mi
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and largest city
Official languages •Hebrew
Ethnic groups(2013) •75.3% Jewish
Government Unitary parliamentary
- President Shimon Peres
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Independence from Mandatory Palestine
- Declared 14 May 1948
- Recognition 1 May 1949
How many people are there in Israel?
How many Israel people are there outside the country?
LIFE IN ISRAEL
- 2014 estimate 8,146,300
- 2008 census 7,412,200
- Density 387.63/km
GDP (PPP) 2014 estimate
- Total $286.840 billion
- Per capita $35,658
GDP (nominal) 2014 estimate
- Total $305. 707 billion
- Per capita $38,004
Gini (2008) 39.2
medium · 66th
HDI (2013) 0.900
very high · 16th
Israeli new shekel (₪)
1$ ~3,5 shekel
ONCE UPON A TIME, IN ISRAEL
1940s. Build universities first , then build a country.
1940s and 1950s. Israel‟s first (Weizmann) and fourth (Katzir) presidents were scientists.
1960s. the sudden 1967 French weapons embargo: founding of Intelligence Signal
Corp (Unit 8200). In 1968 the establishment of the Office of the Chief Scientist
(OCS) to help fix market failures in commercializing R&D.
1970s. 1972 - Israel‟s first NASDAQ IPO (1972; by medical imaging pioneer, Elscint),
1974 - Intel‟s first international R&D center. In 1977 BIRD foundation was created
to fund technology-based product development between Israeli and US
1980s. By the early 1980s there were numerous top-tier VC investments, and by
1984 the NASDAQ value of the first wave of a dozen Israeli tech ventures was
In 1984 Law for the Encouragement of R&D passed.
In 1987 the cancellation of the Lavi fighter-plane megaproject flooded the
market with thousands of engineers who swelled the ranks of startups.
FOCUS ON HUMAN
Long-term Military service
WHY STARTUP NATION?
Make a safe place for Israelis to develop.
Build a country from nowhere
“The greatest contribution of Israelis in history is their
unsatisfaction. It‟s bad for politics, good for science.”– Shimon
The ability to turn adversity into recyclable creativity energy
From startup to scale-up
Potential possibilities for cooperating with the rising Asian
Five years of bombastic hype. $850 million of funding burned.
Networks planned in at least seven countries. Bankrupt in 2013
“In Israel, it‟s one obstacle after another,” Harel said. “This is
an extremely challenging market to deal with. The Transport
Ministry has put a lot of barriers to entry.”
Better Place “tried to conquer the whole world,” Abramowitz
said. “We‟re not doing it that way. We‟ll serve the Israeli
market and grow it organically.”
WHAT FOR YOU?
Made in Israel – Technology
behaviour, or a person‟s attitude, that is rude or shocking but so
confident that people may feel forced to admire it
Be a bitzu’ist
"getting things done."
can-do and responsible attitude with scant respect for the limitations of