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Sunday, February 17, 2013

The end of start-up nation?

At Intel Israel's annual conference in Tel Aviv on Sunday, President Mooly Eden warned that start-up nation isn't forever.
“This isn’t forever,” he said at the company’s annual conference in Tel Aviv, against a backdrop of convertible touch-screen laptops, tablets, smartphones and other highpowered gadgets. “Are we investing enough in Israel on a national level, so that in the future we will a have ‘Israel: The Start-up Nation, Part Two,’ or will this be a history book?” Eden raised the question after announcing a banner year for Intel Israel. The company more than doubled its exports, from $2.2 billion in 2011 to $4.6b. in 2012. That figure represents 10 percent of Israel’s total exports (excluding diamonds) and 20% of the country’s $21.5b. in hi-tech exports.

“This should be a flashing red light,” said Eden, looking like a European Steve Jobs with his backward Kangel beret matching his all-black attire. Although the company’s remarkable success in Israel gave him great pride, he said, there were plenty of other tech-savvy nations that will outpace Israel if it doesn’t make the right investments.

“We aren’t the only start-up nation in the world. There’s a start-up nation in India and a start-up nation in China and a start-up nation in Brazil,” he said, attributing the current Israeli hi-tech boom, in part, to the influx of relatively educated immigrants from the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

But far from endorsing specific policies, Eden simply paid lip service to the fields of taxation, export law and education.
The brain drain from high tax rates is a huge problem, and it's the one I see the government doing the least to stop. Out government is addicted to spending, and our older industries are still dominated in many case by the national labor union, which continues to extort exorbitant salaries for little work (see, for example, the ports, including the airport, and the Electric Company).

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At 5:37 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Content is King...

To keep the Start-Up Nation going, disassociate from the Gaia Green $lu$h Utopia, and focus back in on what got you where you are in the first place. Useful developments like biomedical, ag, water resources. Get your economists to do life cycle and expanded effects analyses of resources. Add desal, energy production that matches the need and is NOT associated with a marcuse marxist caliphate takeover of the West.

For example, California beach cities are a menace to the Western states in the U.S. They are gems, but their voracious water use is draining the entire West, and we have other cities and activities inland. It doesn't have to be this way. The Start-Up Nation people could ditch the Gaia and Political stuff and work with these guys instead, to get it going, get it cheaper, etc. (and cheaper scrubber technology is soooo needed):

Seawater desalination plant might be just a drop in the bucket
In Carlsbad, the nation's largest desalination facility will require lots of energy — and money. It is expected to provide no more than a tenth of San Diego County ratepayers' overall water supply.


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