A Panorama of the Israeli Software Startup Ecosystem

28 Pages Posted: 25 May 2014 Last revised: 1 Jul 2014

Fabio Kon

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Computer Science

Daniel Cukier

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Computer Science; Playax

Claudia Melo

University of São Paulo; ThoughtWorks

Orit Hazzan

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Harry Yuklea

The Technion, IE&M Faculty; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Jerusalem School of Business Administration; S. Neaman Institute at the Technion

Date Written: March 1, 2014

Abstract

Startups are an effective way of promoting innovation in the software industry. This article intends to improve the theoretical and practical understanding of the key elements and factors that promote the growth of a successful ecosystem by exploring the case of Israel, which hosts one of the most fruitful software startup ecosystems in the world. Data collection was based on semi-structured interviews, observations, and a questionnaire. The data analysis led to answers to research questions related to sociocultural, institutional, technological, methodological, and educational aspects of entrepreneurship, startups, and their ecosystem. The article also introduces a conceptual framework of the Israeli startup ecosystem and presents lessons for entrepreneurs and policy makers. Finally, it proposes a generalized version of the framework that can be used as a basis for future research in the field.

Keywords: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Startup ecosystems, Conceptual framework, Internet, Software, Open Source, Sociocultural, institutional, technological, methodological, and educational aspects

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Kon, Fabio and Cukier, Daniel and Melo, Claudia and Hazzan, Orit and Yuklea, Harry, A Panorama of the Israeli Software Startup Ecosystem (March 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2441157 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2441157

Fabio Kon (Contact Author)

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Computer Science ( email )

Brazil

Daniel Cukier

University of Sao Paulo (USP) - Department of Computer Science ( email )

Brazil

Playax ( email )

São Paulo
Brazil

Claudia De O. Melo

University of São Paulo ( email )

Brazil

ThoughtWorks ( email )

Avenida Paulista, 2073
Edifício Horsa II - Conjunto 1702 Cerqueira César
São Paulo, 01311-300
Brazil

Orit Hazzan

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology ( email )

Technion City
Haifa 32000
Israel

HOME PAGE: http://edu.technion.ac.il/Faculty/OritH/HomePage/

Harry Yuklea

The Technion, IE&M Faculty ( email )

Technion City
Haifa 32000
Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Jerusalem School of Business Administration ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

S. Neaman Institute at the Technion ( email )

Technion City
Haifa 32000
Israel

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