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“Are you a mountain person, desert person or an ocean person,” someone recently asked me?  As I stood there thinking about it i realized I’m none of the above. Although it may not be sexy, cool or all that popular, I’m a “wide open fields” kind of guy. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in Nebraska, literally across the street from corn fields. Maybe it’s because I went to school in Kansas, around the corner from endless fields of wheat. Or...

"Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!" -Golda Meir Golda was right, Israel has no oil and very little by way of natural resources. However, necessity is indeed the mother of invention and Israelis, facing so many natural (and man-made-rough-neighborhood) challenges needs to invent it's own solutions. That's what Israeli's do. And nowhere is...

Tuesday was a historic day for Israel (though the vast majority of the world, even Israelis and Israel supporters have no idea what transpired).  On November 28th, the United Nations passed an Israeli resolution (141 to 1 with 34 abstentions) focused on utilizing Israel ag-tech (agricultural technologies) in addressing growing food and water sustainability issues. The UN, after all, has not historically been supportive of Israel (to say it mildly) and this vote was the most supported Israel resolution to date....

Currently I'm in Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa signing people up for the welaunch 6 day Cybersecurity Tour, in conjunction with Cybertech Tel Aviv, Israel's leading cybersecurity conference. I've met with multiple corporations, from the financial, insurance, data processing sectors and beyond. They all have one thing in common - they are daily confronting cyber risks, threats and insecurity about what lies ahead. And they all have expressed how in awe they are of Israel's cybersecurity know how and technologies. Cyber risks are real....

Most people I speak with don't realize (though are hardly surprised by) that Israel's largest tech sector is cybersecurity, accounting for roughly 20% of its tech market. Cyber is everywhere you go here in Israel, and dominates in so many ways. One of the reasons (most people also don't realize) is because it cuts across industries. Cybersecurity isn't needed just by banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. It's necessary for cars, medical devices, even your washer/dryer - if it's...