From Here to There; Discovering Israel’s Startup Ecosystem

Yesterday I moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, where I will be living until the 12th of September.

Living in the material world....:)
Living in the material world….:)


On the 12th, I’m headed to Berlin to work and ‪#‎BeHelpul‬ in the startup ecosystem on behalf of the Rackspace Startups program.

In this time period, the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Simchah Torah and Sukkot take place. Much of the country scales back, so while I can be at Chabad Berlin-Alexanderplatz for services, I can continue to do my work in another ecosystem.

I return to Israel on October 10, and then headed back to the U.S. for The Israel Conference in Los Angeles… and back to Israel on the 24th.

The focus remains on Israel, and the footprint grows through connections and deeper relationships between Israel and the world.

It’s amazing how little you really need in your life in terms of material stuff. Yes, i have a home in San Antonio, but these last 10 months have really taught me a lot about living with much less, and enjoying work and life a whole lot more.

Oh… the guitar thing. That’s another story…. I started taking guitar lessons here, so I bought a used practice instrument that my teacher recommeneded. More on this to come…..

Going forward, it’s my intent to spend a month in Tel Aviv, a month in Jerusalem, and a month living in the north somewhere in between Haifa and Nazareth so I can work and be embedded in these communities. I did make a trip to Be’er Sheva, but for now my focus is on these four key cities.

I can’t do day trips, drop in, say hi, and hit the road. I have to live and work and more than anything, contribute to each community. Living this way let’s me do this.

I am getting an incredbily different perspective on the startup ecosystem of the entire country, and not just Tel Aviv. There’s great things happening everywhere and people from around the world are coming here not just to be in Tel Aviv, but each community.

I have really learned a lot by living this way and I have a story I am working on about my experience in Jerusalem and being part of the greater Made in Jerusalem community… I want to hold off on this until II have some breathing time back in Tel Aviv so I can better process this experience.

Meanwhile…. Happy Trails…. and thank you all…mucho mucho mucho.

Hasta Luego, amigos.

About the Author
Alan Weinkrantz is a Tech PR / Startup Communications advisor to Israeli and U.S. companies, and is the Brand Ambassador and Senior Advisor for James Brehm & Associates, one of the leading IoT (Internet of Things) strategy and consulting firms.
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