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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...

Traditionally when Israel looks to cooperate commercially with America, people immediately think of the east and west coasts but rarely give serious thought to the center of the country.  But a new initiative emanating from Illinois aims to change that perception and create a third center of interest for Israeli industry. Toward that end ground was recently broken in Chicago for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a new research institute there where world-class researchers will work side-by-side with students and businesses to...

Will Israel be rebranded as the Solution Nation? If so, credit should be given to a newly-released and wonderfully-written book entitled Solution Nation: One Nation is Disproportionately Responding to the World’s Most Intractable Problems. Solution Nation provides fascinating insights into 62 of Israel’s most enterprising companies. All of the featured companies are developing solutions directed towards providing rescue and relief to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Just a few of the solutions these companies are bringing to the market are directed...