Israel: All-Access Outlook for a Start-Up Nation
Israel is leveraging its status as a hotbed for wired entrepreneurs to design technological solutions for the disabled.
The nation of Israel, per person, has more tech start-ups than anywhere else in the world, including Silicon Valley. In 2011, journalist Saul Singer co-authored the book Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle in an effort to explain the phenomenon. His analysis took hold, and between tech journalists and futurists, the nicknames “Start-up Nation” and “Land of Milk and Honey” have become synonymous.
Singer suggests that a number of factors played a role in this colossal growth over the past decade, including a commitment to higher education and innovation. And since service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is compulsory for both men and women, the populace has an acute sense of personal sacrifice and collective mission, characteristics Singer argues are particularly valuable in inventive environments that require a high-octane mix of single-minded commitment and teamwork.