Saul Singer 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Saul Singer, who famously coauthored the book that branded Israel as the
“Startup Nation,” is working on a nonprofit organization to connect the country
with innovation centers around the world.
“Countries, just like people,
are good at different things,” Singer told The Jerusalem Post.
good at everything. We have certain strengths. It so happens that the
strengths we have tend to match nicely with the weaknesses of other countries,
and the strengths of those countries are things that we’re lacking.”
same way people work in teams to combine their best strengths, he said, nations
must work together as they build businesses.
“We need to innovate
together. That’s what this new organization, Start-Up Nation, will try to
The nonprofit, to be called the Start-Up Nation Institute, has
already secured private funding.
While Israel already has a robust
working relationship with Silicon Valley and the United States, he said, it is
essential to look into markets in Africa, South America and Asia as they pour
billions into building infrastructure to spur innovation. “I think the best way
for these countries to become innovation leaders is to join us. For us to
innovate together,” he said.
Joining Singer, former Post
editor, in his venture will be his wife, Wendy Singer, who stepped down from her
long-time position heading the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s
operations in Israel late last year to fill the role of executive director at
the institute. Wendy Singer’s brother Dan Senor coauthored Start-Up Nation
The book’s runaway success – it has been translated into
more than 20 languages, and its title has caught on among global CEO’s and
international politicians in describing Israel – was based in part on the
premise that Israel’s model of innovation can be replicated, but Singer said
it’s not so simple.
“I would say that there are things that can be done
like Israel, but the more important message that I speak about in different
places like Chile, or India, is: ‘Don’t do it like Israel, do it like Chile, do
it like India.’ “Every country has its own strengths, its own history, its own
culture, and has to build their innovation on those specific issues.
message from Israel is it can be done. the other message is do it with Israel,
because I think the huge untapped potential is synergies between countries,”