9 Quotes that Capture Israel’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

February 28, 2014

2 min read

Israel has become infamously known as the “startup nation” for its incredible ability to produce the most high-tech startups and expand its venture capitalist industry than any other country in the world. For the last 66 years, Israeli startups have created technologies that help shape and save lives of people all around the world. Israel’s entrepreneurial spirit has spawned so many great success stories. Here are some awesome quotes that capture the entrepreneurial spirit of the one and only Israel.

1. Michael Ordman, Technology Blogger:

“In this fast-moving world, you don’t get anywhere by standing still and you achieved little of you simply ‘go with the flow.’”

2. Jonathan Ortmans, Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation:

“Israeli high-growth start-ups have been creating jobs and generating sustainable wealth for the country, and innovations for the world.”

3. Jason Hiner, Editor in Chief of TechRepublic:

“Conscription of young Israelis into the entrepreneurial ethos of the IDF was an important factor. Facing continual geopolitical conflicts created the confidence to solve problems that others deemed impossible. The fact that many of Israel’s founders were scientists and intellectuals certainly laid the groundwork for placing a high cultural value on technology.”

4. Ron Hershco, Real Estate Developer:

“Israelis have strong personalities, confidence and a work ethic which is constant and non-stop. That matters when building a business.”

5. Martin Varsavsky, Argentine Entrepreneur:

“Israel is so aggressive because the history of Judaism is a history in which us Jews get killed for being Jewish again and again. And the few times we were spared, we celebrate it as a holidays.”

6. Eilon Tirosh. Chairman of Moment.me:

“Now the ‘Silicon Wadi’ (wadi means valley in Arabic) is creeping up on Silicon Valley in more ways than one.”

7. Henry Swieca, Founder of Talpion Fund Management:

“There is no shortcut to success – and Israelis earn their stripes through constant risk-taking and constant hard work.”

8. Yossi Vardi, Israel’s Biggest Entrepreneur:

“The hi-tech industry is not a monolithic thing. If you look on a timeline of a company, you see that in the beginning, you have to come up with an idea and to be willing to take risk. You have to grow fast, you have to think fast, and you have to do this usually in small teams.”

9. Naomi Klein, Political Analyst on Corporate Globalization:

“Many of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs are using Israel’s status as a fortressed state, surrounded by furious enemies, as a kind of 24-hour-a-day showroom, a living example of how to enjoy relative safety amid constant war.”

Israel’s economy and opportunities keep growing. The Jewish people live!


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