Silicon Valley will continue its reign for years to come, though
Israel could give it some competition.Arieli has faith in Israel because the government fosters
young people's "soft skills," such as creativity and
out-of-the-box thinking, from a young age.
Since these high
schoolers have accumulated little work experience by then, the
military looks for soft skills and potential, according to
Arieli.Once enlisted, "they're exposed to the biggest
technological challenges and are empowered to actually solve them
with very lean resources," Arieli says.
"The result of all that
together is disruptive technology led and developed by young
For example, the ultra-secretive Unit 8200 of the Israeli
Defense Force produces an uncommonly large number of tech
As a lieutenant
in the elite intelligence unit, she led a team working with
technology and also oversaw faculty at the intelligence office's
training school.The company where she currently works, Start-Up Nation
Central, is a nonprofit organization that connects international
business and government leaders with Israeli innovators.Arieli says another important ingredient for the next
Silicon Valley's success will be access to capital.
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