When you're outgunned, when you're
outnumbered 100 to 1, you have two choices: innovate and improvise.
Spies, Inc. is a lesson in entrepreneurship
on the fly: succeeding when resources are scarce and failure is not
" Stacy Perman tells a mystery never told
before-the 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
" 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
organizations-be they companies or countries-hoping 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 innovation."
- 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 LEGENDARY CEO
" 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
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
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 down.
- An ingathering of geniuses
- Organizing to win based on cunning and intellect-not pure
- Connecting the dots: details, knowledge, and imagination
- The role of brilliant intelligence: from counterespionage to
- Pure innovation, relentless improvisation
- Doing the impossible-on 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