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Startup Stories from the Startup Nation™

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A podcast which interviews successful Israeli entrepreneurs who have personified the economic miracle known as the Startup Nation. We study their successes and failures, the lessons they learned, and explore why it is that Israel incubates some of the great innovators of our time.

Latest Episodes

Iridize (Eyal Lewinson, Co-Founder & CEO)

In this episode, we meet Eyal Lewinson, the Co-Founder and CEO of Iridize. Iridize was acquired by Oracle to accelerate its expansion into the lucrative business of employee training. Eyal's story is different. It is a story of persistence and perseverance - after he could not raise professional investor capital. In this episode, learn how he succeeded by sheer commitment to his vision, and the lessons he learned along the way.

55 MIN2019 AUG 8
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Iridize (Eyal Lewinson, Co-Founder & CEO)

United Hatzalah (Dov Maisel, Co-Founder)

In this episode, we meet Dov Maisel, the Co-Founder of United Hatzalah. United Hatzalah is a non-profit startup that has fundamentally reengineered how emergency medical services are delivered. Long before the smartphone and Uber, United Hatzalah developed a unique technology which used GPS location-based technology to immediately match life-rescuers with victims that are in close proximity to them, enabling rapid delivery of emergency care. Today, United Hatzalah has thousands of nationwide volunteers, and empowers rescuers to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency in 90 seconds or less. United Hatzalah is also exporting its life-saving technology to countries around the world.

54 MIN2019 MAY 30
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United Hatzalah (Dov Maisel, Co-Founder)

Netafim (Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer) - Part 2 of 2

In Part 2 of this episode, we resume our interview withNaty Barak, the Chief Sustainability Officer of Netafim. Netafim is a leader in providing Drip Irrigation solutions to countries around the world. Today, Netafim employs more than 4,000 people and actively conducts business in 110 countries (and growing). They were recently valued at $1.8 billion after being partially sold to Mexichem. In Part 2, we learn how the founders grew Netafim into a global brand, how politics may have had an impact on his growth rate, how their technology evolved and improved over time, and what the future holds for their industry. We also discuss Kibbutz life, and the impact of Netafim on Kibbutz Chatzerim, located in the arid Negev desert.

37 MIN2019 MAY 9
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Netafim (Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer) - Part 2 of 2

Netafim (Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer) - Part 1 of 2

In Part I of this episode, we meet Naty Barak, the Chief Sustainability Officer of Netafim. Netafim is a leader in providing Drip Irrigation solutions to countries around the world. Today, Netafim employs more than 4,000 people and actively conducts business in 110 countries (and growing). They were recently valued at $1.8 billion after being partially sold to Mexichem. Netafim is the story of a startup that was launched by a Kibbutz, and which ultimately became a wild success, while improving the lives of millions of people around the world. This is how it all started.

40 MIN2019 MAY 8
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Netafim (Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer) - Part 1 of 2

OurCrowd (Jon Medved, CEO & Founder)

In this episode, we meet Jon Medved, the Founder & CEO of OurCrowd. Jon founded OurCrowd in 2012 and sought to disrupt the venture capital industry by building a crowdfunding platform for Israeli startups and providing investment access to exciting startups to smallerprivate investors. Today, OurCrowd is arguably the most successful crowdfunding platform, with over $1 billion committed to startups around the world (having expanded beyond Israel). They have 170 portfolio companies and 30 exits. But Jon's story is deeper than that. In this episode, learn about how Jon fell in love with Israel, and how he became one of the most reputable investors in Israel.

43 MIN2019 APR 2
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OurCrowd (Jon Medved, CEO & Founder)

SolarEdge (Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder of SolarEdge)

This is the story of a Band of Brothers in the Israeli military who pursued a quest to build a company together, eventually settling on an industry they knew little about: solar power. They went on to build SolarEdge, a publicly-traded company with a market capitalization of over $2 billion. It has become a juggernaut in their global industry. In this episode, we interview Lior Handelsman, a co-Founder of SolarEdge, who discusses how they built the company, the challenges they encountered along the way, and what still motivates him personally. He also discusses how SolarEdge has fundamentally disrupted the solar industry, helping to fuel its rapid global growth, and how several acquisitions they recently made reflect where they see their industry going. Because SolarEdge is a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ: SEDG), we will include the following Forward-Looking Statement: This interview may include predictions, estimates or other information that might be considered forward-looking. ...

66 MIN2019 MAR 12
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SolarEdge (Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder of SolarEdge)

Northbit - Part II (Gil Dabah, Co-Founder)

In Part II of this episode, we learn how Gil Dabah built his company and why he sold it to Magic Leap, the leading Augmented Reality hardware and software provider. We also discover some of the biggest challenges he faced, and we discuss the unique culture in Israel which fuels the creation of startups, such as his.

35 MIN2019 FEB 27
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Northbit - Part II (Gil Dabah, Co-Founder)

Northbit - Part I (Gil Dabah, Co-Founder)

In this episode, we meet Gil Dabah, the co-founder of Northbit. Gil sold Northbit to Magic Leap, the world leader in Augmented Reality hardware and software,for a substantial sum of money (undisclosed). Gil discusses his struggles growing up and his obsession with computer programming - and gaming, in particular. His attention to detail and drive for perfection made him a very successful entrepreneur - despite significant challenges as a student.

45 MIN2019 FEB 24
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Northbit - Part I (Gil Dabah, Co-Founder)

"The Chief" - Part II (Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist of Israel)

In Part II of this episode, Avi Hasson, the former Chief Scientist of the Ministry of the Economy of Israel, discusses innovative strategies his Office deployed to attract investors to Israel's startups, how his office measured success, the impact his office had on the Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystem, and the ingredients that have made Israel an ideal birthplace for risky startups. Avi then discusses the China-Israel investment fund he co-manages, Emerge II.

39 MIN2019 FEB 6
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"The Chief" - Part II (Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist of Israel)

"The Chief" - Part I (Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist of Israel)

In Part I of this episode, we meet Avi Hasson, the former Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy of Israel. A former venture capitalist at a very reputable fund, Gemini, Avi was hand picked in 2011to be the Chief Scientist. Under his leadership, Israel experienced a period of massive growth of successful startups and exits. In this episode, Avi discusses the innovative strategies his office deployed in order to encourage foreign investment into young, risky Israeli startups. The results under his watch speak for themselves. "In the office of the Chief Scientist, RISK is a good word." - Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist Learn why, in this episode.

40 MIN2019 FEB 5
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"The Chief" - Part I (Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist of Israel)

Latest Episodes

Iridize (Eyal Lewinson, Co-Founder & CEO)

In this episode, we meet Eyal Lewinson, the Co-Founder and CEO of Iridize. Iridize was acquired by Oracle to accelerate its expansion into the lucrative business of employee training. Eyal's story is different. It is a story of persistence and perseverance - after he could not raise professional investor capital. In this episode, learn how he succeeded by sheer commitment to his vision, and the lessons he learned along the way.

55 MIN2019 AUG 8
Comments
Iridize (Eyal Lewinson, Co-Founder & CEO)

United Hatzalah (Dov Maisel, Co-Founder)

In this episode, we meet Dov Maisel, the Co-Founder of United Hatzalah. United Hatzalah is a non-profit startup that has fundamentally reengineered how emergency medical services are delivered. Long before the smartphone and Uber, United Hatzalah developed a unique technology which used GPS location-based technology to immediately match life-rescuers with victims that are in close proximity to them, enabling rapid delivery of emergency care. Today, United Hatzalah has thousands of nationwide volunteers, and empowers rescuers to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency in 90 seconds or less. United Hatzalah is also exporting its life-saving technology to countries around the world.

54 MIN2019 MAY 30
Comments
United Hatzalah (Dov Maisel, Co-Founder)

Netafim (Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer) - Part 2 of 2

In Part 2 of this episode, we resume our interview withNaty Barak, the Chief Sustainability Officer of Netafim. Netafim is a leader in providing Drip Irrigation solutions to countries around the world. Today, Netafim employs more than 4,000 people and actively conducts business in 110 countries (and growing). They were recently valued at $1.8 billion after being partially sold to Mexichem. In Part 2, we learn how the founders grew Netafim into a global brand, how politics may have had an impact on his growth rate, how their technology evolved and improved over time, and what the future holds for their industry. We also discuss Kibbutz life, and the impact of Netafim on Kibbutz Chatzerim, located in the arid Negev desert.

37 MIN2019 MAY 9
Comments
Netafim (Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer) - Part 2 of 2

Netafim (Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer) - Part 1 of 2

In Part I of this episode, we meet Naty Barak, the Chief Sustainability Officer of Netafim. Netafim is a leader in providing Drip Irrigation solutions to countries around the world. Today, Netafim employs more than 4,000 people and actively conducts business in 110 countries (and growing). They were recently valued at $1.8 billion after being partially sold to Mexichem. Netafim is the story of a startup that was launched by a Kibbutz, and which ultimately became a wild success, while improving the lives of millions of people around the world. This is how it all started.

40 MIN2019 MAY 8
Comments
Netafim (Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer) - Part 1 of 2

OurCrowd (Jon Medved, CEO & Founder)

In this episode, we meet Jon Medved, the Founder & CEO of OurCrowd. Jon founded OurCrowd in 2012 and sought to disrupt the venture capital industry by building a crowdfunding platform for Israeli startups and providing investment access to exciting startups to smallerprivate investors. Today, OurCrowd is arguably the most successful crowdfunding platform, with over $1 billion committed to startups around the world (having expanded beyond Israel). They have 170 portfolio companies and 30 exits. But Jon's story is deeper than that. In this episode, learn about how Jon fell in love with Israel, and how he became one of the most reputable investors in Israel.

43 MIN2019 APR 2
Comments
OurCrowd (Jon Medved, CEO & Founder)

SolarEdge (Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder of SolarEdge)

This is the story of a Band of Brothers in the Israeli military who pursued a quest to build a company together, eventually settling on an industry they knew little about: solar power. They went on to build SolarEdge, a publicly-traded company with a market capitalization of over $2 billion. It has become a juggernaut in their global industry. In this episode, we interview Lior Handelsman, a co-Founder of SolarEdge, who discusses how they built the company, the challenges they encountered along the way, and what still motivates him personally. He also discusses how SolarEdge has fundamentally disrupted the solar industry, helping to fuel its rapid global growth, and how several acquisitions they recently made reflect where they see their industry going. Because SolarEdge is a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ: SEDG), we will include the following Forward-Looking Statement: This interview may include predictions, estimates or other information that might be considered forward-looking. ...

66 MIN2019 MAR 12
Comments
SolarEdge (Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder of SolarEdge)

Northbit - Part II (Gil Dabah, Co-Founder)

In Part II of this episode, we learn how Gil Dabah built his company and why he sold it to Magic Leap, the leading Augmented Reality hardware and software provider. We also discover some of the biggest challenges he faced, and we discuss the unique culture in Israel which fuels the creation of startups, such as his.

35 MIN2019 FEB 27
Comments
Northbit - Part II (Gil Dabah, Co-Founder)

Northbit - Part I (Gil Dabah, Co-Founder)

In this episode, we meet Gil Dabah, the co-founder of Northbit. Gil sold Northbit to Magic Leap, the world leader in Augmented Reality hardware and software,for a substantial sum of money (undisclosed). Gil discusses his struggles growing up and his obsession with computer programming - and gaming, in particular. His attention to detail and drive for perfection made him a very successful entrepreneur - despite significant challenges as a student.

45 MIN2019 FEB 24
Comments
Northbit - Part I (Gil Dabah, Co-Founder)

"The Chief" - Part II (Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist of Israel)

In Part II of this episode, Avi Hasson, the former Chief Scientist of the Ministry of the Economy of Israel, discusses innovative strategies his Office deployed to attract investors to Israel's startups, how his office measured success, the impact his office had on the Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystem, and the ingredients that have made Israel an ideal birthplace for risky startups. Avi then discusses the China-Israel investment fund he co-manages, Emerge II.

39 MIN2019 FEB 6
Comments
"The Chief" - Part II (Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist of Israel)

"The Chief" - Part I (Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist of Israel)

In Part I of this episode, we meet Avi Hasson, the former Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy of Israel. A former venture capitalist at a very reputable fund, Gemini, Avi was hand picked in 2011to be the Chief Scientist. Under his leadership, Israel experienced a period of massive growth of successful startups and exits. In this episode, Avi discusses the innovative strategies his office deployed in order to encourage foreign investment into young, risky Israeli startups. The results under his watch speak for themselves. "In the office of the Chief Scientist, RISK is a good word." - Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist Learn why, in this episode.

40 MIN2019 FEB 5
Comments
"The Chief" - Part I (Avi Hasson, Former Chief Scientist of Israel)
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