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Israel ambitious to Build New Silicon Valley

Haifa : Israel | Jun 29, 2011 at 11:37 PM PDT
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Israel began ambition to participate actively in the world of technology. Then the Zionist state government was determined to build a new "Silicon Valley". That is the nickname for a region in California, USA, which has been the center of the global technology industry.

As reported by Daily Inquirer website, the Internet industry accounts for 9 billion euros (equivalent to approximately Rp. 111 trillion) for the economy of Israel in 2009. Based on reports from management consultants McKinsey, that number was 6.5 percent of gross income country. This amount is greater than the construction industry (5.4 percent) and almost as much as the health sector (6.8 percent).

Economic growth of this web has opened the realm of 120 thousand new jobs, which absorbs four percent of the total workforce in Israel. Internet giants ranging from Intel, Microsoft, Google, and IBM have set up significant research and development of technological networks in the country.

"Israel is a country with a population of engineers in the world, and second only to the United States in the number of companies listed in Nasdaq," said David Kadouch, product manager at Google Israel, which opens R & D operations in 2007 and has 200 employees.

"This country is really a second Silicon Valley. In addition to multinational companies, the giant American companies also have a hand in developing it go. The scientific community is very active here, so much labor, and especially entrepreneurial atmosphere. There is a large ecosystem in a field of technology, and what is fundamental here is that we think global. "

At least 500 new businesses (start-up) appear every year in Israel, a country of 7.7 million people and last year had 4.7 percent economic growth based on data Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Growth start-ups in Israel this year is estimated at 5.4 percent.

Israeli higher education institutions, particularly the Technion, the prestigious technology campus in the city of Haifa, must take a large part of the credit for this creativity.

"All companies set up subsidiaries here because of the Technion is known as a place for people with a great resume," said Joel Maarek, director of Yahoo Research Israel, which employs 50 employees.

Maarek himself had studied in the engineering construction of the bridge in France, but finally recruited precisely because diplomas Technion IBM has.

"In the early 2000s, we tear down the barrier between the four branches of knowledge, so that the students to be more flexible and have a more global vision," said Ilan Marek, professor of chemistry at the Technion. "The key to the country's development is to train leaders in the field of science."

Saul Singer, co-author of "Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle," most people believe the nature of unconventional Israel also played a part. "Lack of respect for authority is typical of Israel, it is a culture, in line with the creation of start-ups. There is no authority, this business also is informal.

There are only two factors, drive and determination, and taking risks. We have a very attractive form of business, "Singer said.

Finally, still according to Singer, "We are still grappling with the difficulties that exist in Israel. However, the difficulty is the source of creation and energy. Israel is a country with the purpose and mission." (Eh)

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