How Israel's Turning Soldiers Into Entrepreneurs

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  • Published on:  Thursday, May 26, 2016
  • Unit 8200 is an elite branch of the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, that specializes in computer security and murkier, more controversial stuff, such as espionage and cyber attacks. The Unit resembles the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S. So it’s not that surprising that Unit 8200 and the IDF would give rise to clever, interesting tech startups. What’s remarkable is how Israel has turned its soldiers into entrepreneurs.

    Today, Israel has about 5,500 startups, and it added 1,400 new ones just last year. It has become a world leader not just in security but in chip, printing, biotech, and corporate software, as well. In this episode of Hello World Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance goes to Israel to discover how the IDF became such an efficient technology engine.



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  • Hoss haga

    Hoss haga

     19 hours ago

    the world today respect the power and money. that is realty of today life. be criminal but at thesame time powerfull and rich, all the world will respect you...

  • The BeSt KinG

    The BeSt KinG

     7 days ago +1

    I love philastin

  • Curtis Carpenter

    Curtis Carpenter

     7 days ago +1

    Why dont they create a lab with zero gravity for experiments on earth?🎂🥗🍿🥘🌭🥡🍯🍮🍺🍻🍽🍔🥧

  • Muhammad Mohaiminul Islam

    Muhammad Mohaiminul Islam

     14 days ago

    Hope these fucktard Europeans get back what they did to palestinians.

  • Roy James

    Roy James

     14 days ago

    Israel is expert in stealing lands , ideas, and history

  • tzunammi shadai

    tzunammi shadai

     14 days ago +2

    Israel is the greatest country with the greatest ppl until you try to organize yourself in line formation to go to an ATM machine or get on a bus and some old lady elbows you to get ahead only to offer you bread once your all seated, returning the smile back onto your face...

  • Y.K.


     21 days ago +1

    Google maps was invented by high school kids, they haven't served in the army yet.

  • Leo Tto

    Leo Tto

     21 days ago +1

    I am losing anti Semitisim and getting impressed by the work

  • Jay khan

    Jay khan

     21 days ago +6

    more like stealing American tech then transferring it to china... been going on since the 60s.

  • Sc Ce

    Sc Ce

     21 days ago +3

    you mean zionists and land theives there isn't such thing as "israel" there's only PALASTINE 🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸

  • Bastian Rivero

    Bastian Rivero

     21 days ago

    War.. 🙄🙄🙄

  • Gamers Land

    Gamers Land

     21 days ago +1

    most advanced my s have you heard its bean hacked before

  • Lowe


     21 days ago

    Tel Aviv, something out of nothing? Excuse you sir, there was a whole fucking Palestine there.

  • Reda Chater

    Reda Chater

     21 days ago

    Israel keep stealing palestinians lands

  • Gustavo Drachenberg

    Gustavo Drachenberg

     28 days ago +1

    27 min? really? -10 mins is more than plenty of time to cover this topic

  • keep going

    keep going

     28 days ago

    "You have silicon valley, we have shawarma valley "😂😂

  • Ebenezer Getachew Melesse

    Ebenezer Getachew Melesse

     a months ago +3

    13:35 "no other country have that amount of startups"? Doesn't China create like 12,000 startups a day?

  • Raunak Thakur

    Raunak Thakur

     a months ago +1

    If Israel quit .. there will be no Israel
    If Palestine quit ...end of war

  • Pathik Ghosh

    Pathik Ghosh

     a months ago

    stabbing is not a form of protest!!

  • S.L.S


     a months ago

    Reading the comments here it's clear that " poor palestinians" are here to whine and cry about how their protesting by stabbing innocent Israelis really is a form of protest. muahahahahah.