I’ve just returned from what has my 50th (not a misprint) adventure to Israel.

When people back home in San Antonio ask me about my experience, I can only describe to them that the startup world in Israel is full of non-stop energy.

Shot on location - September 10, during StartupPirates - Tel Aviv - a room full of high energy startup entrepreneurs.  Shwag courtesy of Rackspace.

Shot on location – September 10, during StartupPirates – Tel Aviv – a room full of high energy startup entrepreneurs. Shwag courtesy of Rackspace.

I use the term energy in a metaphoric and literal sense of the word. Just in case you don’t know this, Israel is on its way to being a really big deal in the world of energy.

So, for those of you sitting at a startup, or thinking about the next big thing in startupland, keep an eye on what I can only believe is a Texas-sized opportunity to help advance, and possibly disrupt the upstream and midstream oil & gas companies looking at Israel’s emerging energy industry.

It’s interesting to note that The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman has just announced its 2014 Delegation to Israel, Nov. 15-21, 2014.

This delegation will focus on Israel’s energy potential and how Texas companies can profit from it. The trip will be centered around the 1st International Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition in Israel November 18-20, 2014, with the balance of the time devoted to one-on-one meetings which they will arrange for delegates and tours of energy production sites.

People from The Other Holy Land, Texas, are coming to Israel to learn firsthand the size, scope and economic potential of Israel’s massive natural gas/oil discoveries on and off-shore.

Somewhere in all of this, I have to believe there is geek or hacker working on something that is parallel to this space but has not connected the dots.  Maybe there is something in cloud, security, big data, logistics, and analytics that has not been thought through.

If you have something you are working on, or believe you see an opportunity where code and energy could play into the mix,  I would be glad to make the introductions to the teams at the Texas Israel Chamber or the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the U.S. Southern Region in Houston.

I am not on their payroll, and no vested or financial interests in doing this.

Part of my mission in this doing column is to further align Texas and Israel – the Two Holy Lands.

If you are out there, I’d love to hear from you:  alan at weinkrantz dot com.

And if you found this article, and are based in Texas, and have something to do with the oil & gas space, I’d encourage you to join the Chamber on this mission.  Reach out to Leah Singleton, lsingleton at texasisrael dot org, and she’ll get you the lowdown and some Texas hospitality.