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. ----------Hello World is a Webby and Emmy-nominated video series from Bloomberg that invites the viewer to come on a journey across the globe to find the inventors, scientists and technologists shaping our future. Join journalist and best-selling author Ashlee Vance on a quest to find the freshest, weirdest tech creations and the beautiful freaks behind them.Watch more Hello World episodes: this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: with us on...Twitter:
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  • Chase Vineland

    Chase Vineland

     a years ago +156

    Aren’t all Israeli entrepreneurs technically all former military personnel? Every Israeli citizen has to serve the military. Or am I missing something?

  • Juan Miguel Delgado

    Juan Miguel Delgado

     a years ago +47

    When I was a child I remember watching in the news all sorts of bombings, buses blown up, gun machine attacks in prom balls, Hezbollah rockets destroying buildings...glad to see Israelis managed to neutralize all these threats to a minimum. And as it shows in this video, they didn't just pray, curse, protest or boycott, but instead they thought hard, studied long hours, and stayed awake all night doing trial and error until things work.

  • Patriots For Israel

    Patriots For Israel

     2 days ago +5

    ISRAEL 🇮🇱 is one of the hottest innovation and technology hubs in the world! 🙋🌍
    With over 6,000 active startups and an economy dominated by industrial high-tech and entrepreneurship, Israel has certainly earned its nickname 'The Startup Nation'.

  • Patriots For Israel

    Patriots For Israel

     2 days ago +5

    Over 500 Israelis companies boosted New York's economy by nearly $34 billion in 2018 alone. 🇮🇱💪🇺🇸

  • David ben Mesecke

    David ben Mesecke

     3 months ago +18

    You should learn geography before posting maps, you cut out large chunks of Israel, for instance, Judea and Samaria.

  • tiffany shekroun

    tiffany shekroun

     16 hours ago

    I feel like this video kind of portrays Israel as a war zone everyday

  • T G

    T G

     a years ago +85

    Not having oil turns out to be a blessing.

  • Koala fied

    Koala fied

     a years ago +12

    Did anyone notice at 2:00 they actually fail to lift the band over the ambulance

  • Krypt Sanies

    Krypt Sanies

     a years ago +30

    Stabbing women and children is not a "form of protest", it is terrorism.

  • Scott Hirsch

    Scott Hirsch

     a years ago +24

    Great stuff in Israel going on. The reporter came with strange lines and preconceptions (he actually called stabbing civilians a form of protest. That's demented).

  • Alex Trout

    Alex Trout

     a years ago +20

    That eye tracking startup had fighter cockpit written all over it

  • Shinyfluba


     4 months ago +27

    You thought normal ocean water burns- wait till some of that dead sea water gets in your eyes or mouth

  • akemiii k.l

    akemiii k.l

     3 years ago +18

    The Scio device is so cool, I want one lol

  • imiss toronto

    imiss toronto

     3 years ago +15

    That Sio scanner is straight out of Star Trek!!!

  • Yori Lavi

    Yori Lavi

     3 years ago +122

    Contrary to what's been said in this piece, stabbing 13 yo kids is not a "form of protest", it's terrorism.

  • iOn-Christopher DiMeglio

    iOn-Christopher DiMeglio

     3 months ago +1

    An incredibly effective series -- this one particularly - um - weighty.

  • Deathless


     7 months ago +29

    Doubt if this was China you’d take it this well

  • Hazox


     a years ago +4

    You'll float too.....we all float down here......=)

  • Anardo Cuello

    Anardo Cuello

     10 months ago +7

    Damn, I am learning a ton from these videos!

  • Denise G- Hill

    Denise G- Hill

     11 months ago +7

    Dead sea mud great for skin problems.