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November 2, 2015 2:58 pm

‘Start-Up Nation’ Author Calls on Australia to Team Up With Israel to Create Asia Pacific Tech Hub

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Saul Singer, co-author of "Start-Up Nation." Photo: Facebook.

Saul Singer, co-author of “Start-Up Nation.” Photo: Facebook.

The co-author, with Dan Senor, of the international best-seller Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle encouraged an Australian trade mission in Jerusalem this week to help Israel team up with Australia to make it the biggest innovation hub in the Asia Pacific region, Australian Financial Review reported on Monday.

“I have this theory that the countries that do a better job of combining the strengths of their innovation sectors with other countries will win,” Saul Singer told the group of about 45, according to the Review.

“That’s because we know that the way to build great start-ups is through great teams. I think there is a huge opportunity between Australia and Israel. Australia can be our bridge to Asia,” he said. “I think Australia can become a regional innovation hub, a hub for Southeast Asia as well as combining forces with Israel.”

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Singer’s and Senor’s book has sold upward of 7 million copies and has become the Israeli government’s public relations go-to guide for spreading the word about Israel’s innovation prowess.

US billionaire Paul Singer (no relation) subsequently founded an Israeli non-profit based on its content. Called Start-Up Nation Central, the organization recently appointed one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top financial advisers as its head. The goal of that enterprise is to connect Israeli tech with foreign political and business leaders.

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