She conceded

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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