I read a fascinating post the other day about the emergence of a massive tech scene in Israel – they’re even calling sites within Israel Silicon Wadi (a play on both Silicon Valley and Wadi, the Arabic word for a valley).
If New Zealand is looking for a model to follow it could do worse than to follow this one. Israel provides great tax incentives to tech companies, has an unequalled commitment to educations and a hyper-driven bunch of people who want to get ahead. They’re also isolated – both geographically and politically – just like New Zealand.
Israel is also a resource poor nation, again like New Zealand. One thing however that Israel does not have at all is a “Bach, BMW and Boat mentality” rather it is, as I mentioned previously, full of the most ambitious, focused and aggressive people on earth.
And therein lies the rub – would we (New Zealand) as a nation really want to become like that, even if we could?