When you're outgunned, when you're outnumbered 100 to 1, you
have two choices: innovate and improvise. Or die.
Spies, Inc. is a lesson in entrepreneurship on the fly:
succeeding when resources are scarce and failure is not an
" Stacy Perman tells a mystery never told beforethe story of
the marriage of technological innovation and spycraft. It is this
marriage that has made Israeli intelligence so distinctively
unique, and it is written like a real thriller."
AVNER COHEN, AUTHOR OF ISRAEL AND THE BOMB
" Stacy Perman has done some first-rate research, uncovering and
explaining the significant nexus between Israel's military
intelligence efforts and the high-tech innovation that has become a
hallmark of the Israeli economy. There are valuable business
lessons to be learned throughout these pages for organizationsbe
they companies or countrieshoping to build a high-tech base for
their economies. Above all, there is superb drama in Spies, Inc.
and plenty of insight into the inner workings of an engine for
ROBERT SLATER, AUTHOR OF MICROSOFT REBOOTED: HOW BILL GATES
AND STEVE BALLMER REINVENTED THEIR COMPANY AND JACK WELCH & THE
G.E. WAY: MANAGEMENT INSIGHTS AND LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF THE
" Spies, Inc. is both a compelling tale of high-tech espionage
and an insightful business manual for the twenty-first century. As
Stacy Perman chronicles the derring-do of a band of Israeli
intelligence operatives, she shows how the country's fight for
survival has forced it to think and act with brash creativity both
on and off the battlefield."
JOSHUA HAMMER, JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF, NEWSWEEK, AND AUTHOR OF
A SEASON IN BETHLEHEM: UNHOLY WAR IN A SACRED PLACE
In Spies, Inc. former Time and Business 2.0 writer Stacy Perman
reveals the spellbinding story of the Israeli military and 8200,
the ultra-secret high-tech intelligence unit whose alumni helped
create a number of the groundbreaking technologies behind today's
information revolution. An incredible tale in its own right, 8200
is also a remarkable case study in innovation, offering compelling
lessons for every business.
Likened to the NSA in the U.S., 8200 was established to capture,
decipher, and analyze enemy transmissions. But unlike the NSA, 8200
did not have an endless font of resources at its disposal...and,
due to secrecy, it couldn't generally buy "off-the-shelf" as a
matter of procedure. Instead, it invented and customized many of
its own technologies around the unique challenges of a nation that
exists on a constant war-footing.
Along the way, its soldiers learned to come up with
breakthroughs under crushing pressure and challenges. They brought
this same sense of purpose under fire and creative improvisation in
creating complex systems to the civilian world where they created
top-line technology companies in a number of areas, including
wireless communications and security.
Whispers of these secret Israeli electronic warriors swept
venture capital circles in the 1990s, as a stunning number of
Israeli tech startups bore fruit...many founded by 8200 veterans.
Now, Stacy Perman tells this incredible story...revealing the
techniques of entrepreneurship on the fly, when failure is not an
Read it as a spy story. Read it as a history story. Read it as a
business story. However you read it, you won't be able to put it
- An ingathering of geniuses
- Organizing to win based on cunning and intellectnot pure
- Connecting the dots: details, knowledge, and imagination
- The role of brilliant intelligence: from counterespionage to
- Pure innovation, relentless improvisation
- Doing the impossibleon a shoestring budget
- "Are you from the unit?"
- How venture capitalists discovered one of the world's top
sources of innovation
- Competing for the best
- Practical lessons on finding, nurturing, and keeping
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