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Not a single day goes by where I don't pause and marvel at the reality here in Israel. In less than 70 years Israel has not only survived, but ascended to become The Startup Nation. 350+ Multi-National R&D centers, 200+ Startup Accelerators, 70+ VC Funds, 6000+ Startups (1400 new ones every year). These are unprecedented and unparalleled figures, and the list goes on and on. Contrary to what too many people have been led to believe, Israel is not on the front...

Every day during my first couple years in Israel I would drive past an empty building which once housed Better Place, the "failed" electric project. Better Place was going to be the future of electric cars with a nation wide grid of battery changing stations which was intended to revolutionize the industry. And then it went bust - a huge bust. However, in so many ways that empty building seemed to me a reminder not of the failures of Better Place, or...

Here is a now daily conversation I have with Israeli entrepreneurs. When they ask me what I do, I share with them that I am CEO of welaunch, a social enterprise, helping The Startup Nation (Israel) find The Silicon Prairie (US Midwest); and facilitating in the Silicon Prairie attracting the startups, companies and technologies of The Startup Nation. When they ask me what the Silicon Prairie has to offer, I share with them information like you'll find in this article. Silicon...

Here's a great article by Christine McGuigan at  SILICON PRAIRIE NEWS about Omaha & Lincoln Nebraska, two key players within the Silicon Prairie (a term I learned from my friend, Jeff Slobotski, CEO of Router Ventures quoted in this article). There is tremendous need not only to connect these two cities, but all the cities and states within this region. In the words of of JFK, "a rising tide lifts all boats." This is a serious region with huge technological potential which will...