Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sliding Into First: Why Israeli Start-Ups Need to Keep Running

(see the Hebrew version in

In baseball, players often slide into the base in order to avoid being tagged out, but almost never slide into first base. The reason no one ever slides into first is not because it’s illegal, but because it slows down your momentum if you want the option of running onto the next base. A lot of Israeli high tech companies unwisely “slide into first,” yearning for safety and calm after years of uncertainty and hard work, but inadvertently end up losing the precious momentum necessary for continued growth. With fewer late stage companies generating the kind of momentum and scale that late stage investors look for, it is little surprise that Israel has an underdeveloped growth financing market relative to the US. Maintaining the growth momentum is how big companies are created, and is arguably one of the biggest challenges now facing Israeli high-tech.