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As I pack my bags readying to leave, after three amazing years living in Israel, I’m reflecting on all the insights, lessons and inspiration I’ll take with me. Nothing has been more profound than this. Israel isn’t simply the modern, Start-up Nation, but equally the ancient Entrepreneur Nation, creating and nurturing entrepreneurs for four thousand years and counting. Thanks to this entrepreneurial spirit  I am a better person and this world is truly a better place. How In The Heck...

Acres of Diamonds There is a famous story called “Acres of Diamonds,” about a man in an African village who was visited by a traveller who told him of rumors that diamonds had been found across the river. This man became obsessed with discovering such diamonds, sold his home and wandered off in search of treasures.. After years of difficult and fruitless searching, destitute and in a state of desperation, he threw himself into the sea. Meanwhile, back at the home...

Sometimes when you can't say it any better, well, you just shouldn't even try and leave it at that. This is one of those times. Rob Leclerc of AgFunder News shares 4 Reasons Why Israel is Now a Developed AgriFood Tech Hub and sums up perfectly why the recent welaunch Ag-tech & Food-tech Israel tour was such a success. Two weeks ago, I went to Israel to attend Food and Ag Week including FoodTech IL 2018 hosted by the Strauss Group and...

Eat Bugs. This is one of the primary ways we will save the environment, create enough food for the coming generations and live healthier lives. Grasshoppers. Fruit Flies. Crickets…. This is what we will be calling breakfast, lunch and dinner in the coming years. No, not grasshopper-head-granola or cricket-cooked-croutons. Rather, think grasshopper protein powder or cricket cooking oil. These creepy crawlies are exceedingly high in protein, inexpensive, quick to raise and have virtually no negative impact on the environment. You think it's gross? You ever...

It’s not luck or coincidence that some regions become flourishing business communities in a particular sector. Detroit is known for automotive expertise, Silicon Valley for tech, Hartford for Insurance, Switzerland for watches, Germany for engineering. Take a look at Israel, a country that’s celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is the size of New Jersey and has a population of 8.5 million. Israel has more than 5,000 startups, averaging 640 new startups per year dating back to 1999 – the...

In seventy brief years, Israel has ascended into the modern miracle of the Start-up Nation. The Israeli economy is bustling. Israeli innovation is flourishing. Israeli technology is everywhere, in everything and transforming the world for the better. And Israeli contributions to humanity in research, science, academics, arts, culture...

Today, on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), hundreds of Israeli entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and the like, are filing into offices and co-work spaces across Israel, like mine here in Ra'anana, called WOPA (the welaunch HQ in Israel). And as they walk in the doors they will likely see Holocaust memorials like the one featured in the above picture (taken in my lobby). Later in the day these men and women, like Israelis across the country and Jews across the world, will stop for...

In Judaism, there is a well-known expression that many Jews have heard called Tikun Olam. Literally Tikun Olam translates to, "fixing the world." This implies that the world is a broken place, and these days, with all the fires, floods, hurricanes, droughts, shootings, and other tragedies, it doesn't take a lot of convincing to see that, indeed, our world is in need of repair. Tikun Olam can be seen in a thousand different places and faces. And you don’t need to be...