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Tourists staying in Tel Aviv Fall in love and stay

Sometimes, As local telavivians we get fed up with how expensive this city has become, and the fact is you need to sell your left leg in order to buy a 2 bedroom apartment in the city. We also are fed up with the politics and the issues of the middle east and just a few weeks ago had alarms and rockets over our head to remind us that we are still at a kind of war.

So, Why are we here? Why do we stay? Why not pack and leave this city?
Well to us it’s obvious, We just cant….. I mean, how can we? this city has it all – Cafes, bars and clubs opened 24/7, Crazy fun people on every corner and a long hot summers on the beach.

Most of all, this city changes all the time and the recent change is the fact that we have new strength coming in, And that strength is the tourists and people that make Aliya and change our city by joining it. In the last 3 years no matter where you go you can hear French, English and Spanish, and to us locals it just makes a great feeling to know that even when it’s tough and crazy out here, there is still something special enough to attract new people to come over – we are still sexy! (in a very strange way)

After we asked around for a bit we felt that there many reasons for new people to be out here, some wanted a great vacation in a vibrant city in the sun, for some it was a life long dream to come back to the holy-land and since they are still human (and humans need to party), tel Aviv was the obvious choice  for them.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is Thank You!
Thank you for the English and french we hear on the street, Thank you for the new shops and cafes you opened, thanks for reminding us how cool this city truly is and that if we want to feel better about being in it, We just need to pretend a little that we are also..tourists.

Random person from tel-aviv.

 

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Tel Aviv ranked Second Best StartUp City in the World

Israel technology is being feted after the events of last week. The Iron Dome was able to successfully protect Israeli citizens by shooting down many of the rockets that were raining down on them.

There is no doubt that Israel is one of the technological capitals of the world. A recent study just ranked it as the number two startup ecosystem by Startup Genome.

Just behind Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv out-trumped bigger hubs such as Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, London and Sydney.

This is no secret – Israel is known at the Start-Up Nation. Start ups such as Waze, Kaltura, Mobli, StartApp, Rounds, Onavo and Gigya have established that Israeli punches above its weight.

In its own right, Tel Aviv is a beautiful city. It sits on the Mediterranean Sea. If you want a cosmopolitan lifestyle that takes the best of all elements, Tel Aviv would be the city for you. Some of the hotels in Tel Aviv are some of the best in the world. It has some incredible restaurants that showcase every cuisine in the world.

For those who like the outdoors, there are parks and walks. There are lots of tracks for cyclists and those who love being on the water will love the surfing and sailing.

Like New York, London, Paris and other great cities of the world, there is a sense of energy in Tel Aviv that something is always happening. It has a great vibe to it.
There is something about the Israeli mentality that sees it really identify with the concept of the Start Up. It is about being creative and having the desire to do something better and in a more innovative fashion.

There is actually a connection between the army and the Start-Up culture. Many Israeli start-ups have risen from relationships forged in the army. Soldiers who have served together have then worked together in civilian life.

The values they had in the army translate very well in the business world. This could be a reason why Israeli start-ups have an advantage. Elsewhere in the world, when people join a company they may just see it a job. They don’t identify with the core values or objectives of it. They arrive at 9, leave at 5 and that’s it.

But the Israeli start-ups may not roll like that. Like in the army, people are constantly striving to improve and do better. There is an emphasis of clear, direct lines of communication and a real sense of teamwork. This urgency allows them to succeed.