In my role with the Rackspace Hosting startups program, I get to see the future through the lens of what’s ever so slightly ahead in the world.

Welcome to Be’er Sheva, an entire community that is being built to shift much of the Israel Defense Forces and an entire Cybersecurity ecosystem with an expected 40,000 new people moving there.

Major corporates from around the world have already planted a flag, looking to tap into the brains and talents of a younger generation, startups with compelling and visionary product and platform ideas and large scale initiatives that will impact not only Israel, but the world.

If you want a good economic barometer, WeWork is opening yet another space in Be’er Sheva. They expect 400 new community members.

At the end of our journey during the ‪#‎MoneyTrainIL‬ — powered by Terra Venture Partners, Gil Abrams introduced us to Roy Zwebner
who gave a heartfelt talk about how the build-out of Be’er Sheva was really bringing a vision from David Ben-Gurion, the primary founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of Israel.

He saw Be’er Sheva as the future. Now, what will be almost 70 years later, this vision is coming to fruition.

The video is 7 minutes long. Gav-Yam Negev Tech Park — and it’s next door neighbor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, connected via train to Tel Aviv is about a one hour and fifteen minute ride away. The train is awesome, has worktables, and great WiFi.

Sort of like taking a train from Long Island and getting into Manhattan, and certainly the average commute in LA, and a bit shorter than it would take to get from San Antonio to Austin.

Distance is all relative.

When you go the distance, the future is not so far way…