In the previous edition of AmazingIsraelis.org, we focused on the well-known moniker for the Jewish State: “Startup Nation.” Although there are undoubtedly a number of factors behind the Israeli penchant for innovation, one especially important one is the fact that the vast majority of young Israelis serve in the IDF. What’s the connection? Read on!
Quote: [The Israeli] culture of ingenuity, adeptness at recognizing and developing talent, and emphasis on tech can all be attributed to their success in startups. However, these traits did not emerge in a vacuum. Much of Israel’s culture of entrepreneurship and the associated traits are honed through service in their impressive military…. Compulsory service ensures that nearly all citizens, male and female, are taught the importance of fortitude and are trained to develop their unique skills, all of which translates well to the turbulent world of startups.”
Sources: BusinessReview.Berkeley.edu (introduction and quotation)
Watch “How Israel Turns Its Soldiers Into Entrepreneurs” [27:56]. ►
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