Unexpected lessons learned from an IT security session

In 2015, I was invited to a German-Israeli IT security roundtable discussion, hosted by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. On both sides of the table were representatives of leading companies, governmental organizations, and NGOs. They were all very experienced people, high level managers, and well – you get the picture… While the people in the room were having an IT discussion, another thing actually happened there, that I couldn’t help but notice. Although everyone received the same invitation to the event, the Germans and Israelis expected completely different outcomes from the meeting: The Germans anticipated an open discussion with no defined goal but learning from the Israeli counterparts, while… Read More

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startup nation story by Hila Harary

tl;dr – Take Risks, Improvise, Innovate

  Why Israel is such a fertile ground for innovation? Many have been asking this question. How come such a young country, generates so much innovation (in general, and especially if you consider the population size)? The answer lies in the question itself. Being such a young country forced Israelis to improvise a lot to get things done. Israel was established from scratch almost 70 years ago, so there was a need for many things, the resources were very limited, and people improvised solutions. Starting from irrigation systems (because there isn’t enough rain in here), up to defense solutions like the Iron Dome, which intercepts rockets launched at Israel from Gaza and… Read More

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Lucky I’m a woman and don’t need to wear a tie

When Israelis come to meet European, they think it’s enough to put on a jacket… Well, we all know it’s not enough… So let me share with you some tips to better understand the situation when meeting with Israelis: The Israeli weather is very hot at least 6 month of the year (and for sure in comparison to Europe), so we normally wear casual like jeans and T-shirt. If you see us in a more official dress code, it’s an effort to show you respect. This is the middle east here! Time is only a recommendation. Be sure that nobody shows up on time here. From public transportation delays to… Read More

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Welcome to de;il

Hi everyone, I am starting “de;il”, a new blog, which as you probably can guess, is going to cover the topic of the German-Israeli ecosystem on the business aspect, exploring it from some angles which I hope will add more to your knowledge and understanding about this wonderful ecosystem and help you succeed and thrive in it. This month we are celebrating Rosh Ha’Shana – the new Jewish year, a great timing to launch this new blog – so I’d like to cordially welcome you all to de;il, and I really hope it’s gonna be interesting for you. As far as I concerned, this is also a platform for you… Read More

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