Thursday, February 4, 2010

Review: Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

START-UP NATION addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel— a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources— produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada and the UK?

With the savvy of foreign policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine the lessons of the country's adversity-driven culture, which flattens hierarchy and elevates informality— all backed up by government policies focused on innovation. In a world where economies as diverse as Ireland, Singapore and Dubai have tried to re-create the "Israel effect", there are entrepreneurial lessons well worth noting. As America reboots its own economy and can-do spirit, there's never been a better time to look at this remarkable and resilient nation for some impressive, surprising clues.

Received from the publisher for review.

There was necessarily a great deal of religious affiliation mentions that began to wear on me after a while. The good 50+ page chunk of acknowledgements, notes, bibliography, etc. seemed like a waste of trees to me.

This one gets three stars. It was an interesting exploration into a topic I'd never thought much about previously. While it is a business book it is not at all dry, and actually quite readable with a great flow. Fans of business books should find this quite compelling.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


CinciMom11 said...

This sounds neat! I don't know much about this subject, and I love to learn. The wasted fifty pages are sad. Good thing we click to save the rainforest! Haha :)

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