The Start-Up Nation at 70: Dan Senor at JFN 2018

Dan Senor addresses the Jewish Funders Network 2018 International Conference in Tel Aviv. He is co-author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller. Start-Up Nation has been translated into 30 languages and has been on bestseller lists in China, India, Brazil, Singapore and Canada.

Meg Whitman has called Start-Up Nation a book “filled with inspiring insights into what’s behind Israel’s dynamic economy.” On CNN, Fareed Zakaria said that “it’s a book I think every single Arab businessman, Arab bureaucrat, and Arab politician should read.“” In The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote that Senor had “done the impossible…written a book that doesn’t examine Israel through the prism of its conflict…This is a story about Israel, but it’s a story with universal implications. Start-Up Nation…is indispensable.” And according to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “Senor’s experience in government, in business, and journalism—and especially on the ground in the Middle East—comes to life in surprising analysis.”

Dan was formerly chief of staff to Speaker Paul Ryan in 2012 and foreign policy advisor to Governor Mitt Romney on his 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns. During the administration of George W. Bush, Dan was based in Baghdad for over a year where he served as senior advisor to the Coalition in Iraq, before which he was a U.S. Department of Defense official based at U.S. Central Command in Qatar. For his service, he was awarded the highest civilian honor by the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Dan has written analytical pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post, and is a frequent guest on Fareed Zakaria GPS and CBS This Morning. Dan is co-founder of Start-Up Nation Central, and he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Forum. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Paul E. Singer Foundation.