‘Start-up nation’ Israel and Massachusetts find common ground in innovationMay. 19, 2013
What do Israel and Massachusetts have in common? Many recent comparisons have centered on the fact that, when the Boston Marathon bombings occurred, Bostonians got a taste for the kind of attack Israelis endure on a regular basis. To that end, Israeli trauma teams were called upon to lend their expertise in Boston following the marathon bombings.
But Israeli environmental entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz stresses a different area of common ground, explaining that both Israel and Massachusetts have few natural resources, but ample know-how and ambition.
The president of pioneering Israeli solar energy companies Arava Power and Energiya Global, Abramowitz—named one of the top six “Green Pioneers” in the world by CNN, which on May 11 aired a half-hour documentary on Arava’s solar work in Israel—recently spoke on a panel with fellow Israeli entrepreneur Eyal Gura as part of the Innovation Exchange series of Boston-based Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).
Gura, a venture partner at Pitango, which with $1.5 billion is Israel’s largest venture capital company, is a Wharton MBA and a graduate of the Zell Entrepreneurship program of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel.
“I come from a family of entrepreneurs,” he said on the panel. “When we see friction in the world or something wrong, we want to fix it.”
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