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June 29, 2007


Padmanabha Rao

Ordinarily the next move ought to be Training/Consultancy...to those very two giants on the horizon who between them have scores of socio, econo, techno problems.

Israel doesn't need alternative energy sci/tech right now but China and India do. They need also better financial systems.

I think Israel should engage heavily with the the Non-America world, especially those countries that offer ripe opportunities for action/knowledge that Israel can readily deliver.

Engaging with China and/or India could also yield security benefits to Israel, I think.

If Gen-III was of the Individual, it follows that the next generation would be the missionaries, diplomats and globetrotters.

an Indian

Miriam Schwab

Very interesting overview of the progression of the generations. I have one problem with your final questions - you ask how the upcoming generation can be better than previous generations. I'm not sure how you can ask that - the previous generations were self-sacrificing and built up this country against all odds and made it what it is today. It is on the foundations of what they built that we can even think of success and "individual stardom."

Anyways, a generation built on the essence of "me" rather than "us" is less likely to succeed on a grand scale. They may be able to build cute little start ups in Tel Aviv, but could they build a whole country? Or, from a purely business perspective, could they build corporations like Iscar and Teva? Does the current generation have the strength, resolve and most importantly, sense of community that pushed the founders to succeed?

I think that maybe the question should be instead: How can this generation match the accomplishments of the previous generations?

Gadi Shamia

Loved your recent post- great analysis of Israel over the years. In my humble opinion, most of the success of the previous generations' start ups was based on very healthy intuition, endless creativity and the ability to turn on a dime- all common traits of the Israeli high tech culture. Generation IV must rely on all these traits but add a programmatic approach to the way markets and products are analyzed, moving away from the "build first, find winning scenario later" to a deep knowledge of the relevant markets, constant market research and customer validation. By developing the arts of product management and product marketing in Israel, the high tech industry can gain a competitive advantage over many of the emerging powers that are mainly used as outsourcing sites, hence developing their technical skills but not the product marketing skills.

Eric Snyder

Dear Sir,

How interested are you in alternative energy. I know a man who can solve the emission problem and all the auto part companies now it.

Eric SNyder

Cannot believe I used now instead of Know. My apologies.

Oudi Antebi

Very interesting post. Looking at what is going on in Israel, it seems as if instead of moving to a whole new concept for Gen IV we actually might realize that Gen II is coming back. In many ways it feels as if Israel and Israelis are somewhat in a Déjà-vu feeling of “survival mode”. Most of it is due to the instability in the region with the recent Lebanon war, the potential nuclear threat from Iran and the Palestinian issues. So in many ways Israel is currently in a “Mini Gen I”.So the survival mode feeling might have a deep impact on the evolution and shape out of Gen IV. If the natural evolution in the Tech industry is influenced by other factors in the country,such as "survival mode", we will be seeing once again a move similar to the one from Gen I to Gen II -which means Gen IV will be all about an organized and orchestrated mode where you will see big initiatives driven around big ideas as opposed to individual stars.

Rick Bullotta

An interesting question to study would also be whether there were substantially more factors at work in the "big break" startups than just technology, and whether or not there are cultural affinities or behaviors that nurture and encourage different thinking on the "business" side of the fence, not just the technology...I think that in the end, there needs to be confluence of these and other factors (consumerism, great timing, real value) to empower the "next big thing".


Eric Snyder

The next big thing is zero emissions. I have seen the product. It also increases MPG 40% across the board.

It works simply. All of the "bad stuff" that comes out of an exhaust pipe is broken down into their original elemental form and therefore no longer toxic.

There is much to the story.

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