Two months in the past, after we had been at our worldwide Thoughts The Tech convention in New York, I attempted to inject some optimism into the depressed high-tech group. I mentioned I used to be prepared to estimate that the disaster can be quick and the restoration fast. The foundations of Israeli high-tech are robust. We’ve a really skilled technological and enterprise management of entrepreneurs and enterprise capital funds. We must maintain tight for a couple of quarters – that is all. Israeli high-tech might come out of the disaster stronger and more healthy.
I wish to cling to optimism and estimate that the disaster in Israeli high-tech shall be comparatively fast, a couple of quarters, possibly a 12 months; However we have to discuss concerning the extra painful and scary query: Can Israeli high-tech proceed to flourish even in a State of Israel which is quickly altering?
Israeli high-tech has been dwelling in its pink bubble for a very long time: the workplaces are positioned on Rothschild Boulevard or in Ramat Hachayal or Herzliya, however the massive clients, the cash, the goals, most of them are in America. It is not new, and that is okay. However, when speaking concerning the foundations of Israeli high-tech, it’s not potential to disregard the nation that surrounds Startup Nation.
If the State of Israel is dropping its democratic values, if the State corrupts the federal government and crushes the judicial system, if the State encourages evasion from work, if the State nurtures youth with out core research, if the State allocates increasingly assets to yeshivot on the expense of academia – high-tech is not going to proceed to flourish on this damaged ecosystem. Third world nations, with a crippled democracy, don’t develop elite know-how or affluent companies.
Due to this fact, those that wish to proceed the fantastic momentum of Israeli high-tech can not shut their eyes and lock themselves of their pompous workplaces. The taxes from Israeli high-tech present a big share of the state price range, however the taxpayers are busy with their very own enterprise, within the growth of merchandise, in touch with the shoppers abroad, within the state of the inventory on Wall Avenue. And that is superb on regular days. However nowadays aren’t regular.
So what can we do? I can solely repeat the well-known name of John Kennedy, and add to it exclamation marks, or maybe misery marks: Do not ask what the nation can do for you, ask what you are able to do for the nation. Everybody, to the most effective of their skill. I hope the battle on Israel is just not over but. There may be nonetheless an opportunity to repair it.
Yoel Esteron is the Writer of Calcalist