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Israel: bringing the future forward

I had the honour to attend the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit in Jerusalem in March this year. I have been monitoring OurCrowd’s portfolio of companies for some time; I was looking forward to meeting with some of the companies as well as to explore new ideas at the Summit. This year’s Summit surely did not disappoint. My extensive notes from the visit fall into a few important...

Business of Wine – Insights into VinItaly

I was invited by Peter Jackson at Winestate to help introducing Australian wines inside the International Wine Pavilion at VinItaly 2018. First held in 1967, #VinItaly is considered the most important convention of domestic and international wines and the largest wine show in the world. It boasts about 5,000+ exhibitors from every corner of Italy. Surely the show does not live down its...

Doing buiness in China – barriers, culture and otherwise

In mid-April, I spent two weeks in Southern China, the so-called Pearl Delta region, to reconnect with my “motherland” and learn about the latest developments of this buoyant economy. Despite having travelled to Hong Kong regularly, I am rarely able to summon enough courage to cross the border. In this post, I hope to provide some personal insights into the Chinese powerhouse economy and...

What “Gone Fishing” has taught me this year

If you were to ask me at the beginning of the year what I see myself doing in 2016, then not in a million years I would have told you I would have “gone fishing” in Israel. Of course life is never predictable, and naturally this year I spent 120 days on an Israeli fishing boat pulling up nets and throwing fish into tubs. So, what have I learnt from my experience “Gone Fishing” that could...

Israel start-up scenes – innovation on the edge

In 2009, the best-selling book “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle” brought the incredible success of Israel’s high-tech and start-up sector to the world’s attention. Today, Israel is still ranked #1 by number of start-up businesses per capita. In the past four months, I have had the privilege of living and working in a Kibbutz, while meeting Israeli start-ups...