Ron Huldai on how Tel Aviv became a tech hub

When you try to push Mr. Huldai on what he did to make Tel Aviv a center of entrepreneurialism, it’s a bit like pushing string. “I didn’t do anything,” he says. What advice would he give to other cities, such as London or Berlin? “I can’t give them advice. I don’t think I did anything by myself. I did not create the beaches in Tel Aviv.”

When pushed harder, he can think of just two initiatives: public Wi-Fi in the city’s open spaces, and providing a library and center for start-ups to meet and have coffee.

Just as you are beginning to think this is all a waste of time, he explains his strategy. It is nothing to do with high-speed Internet or venture capital or any of the mechanics of running a business. His strategy is about the people, not the organizations.

“We are creating a good place for hi-tech people to live in — I am doing it for the people working in hi-tech,” he said.

Source: How Tel Aviv Became a Tech hub


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