Day 1 – The Diary of A Futurist’s Trade Mission Journey through Silicon Valley Israel

25 Australian business women and men have joined together to spend an immersive week in Start Up Nation Israel, in search of transferable innovation lessons that we can take back to our own businesses and communities.

On paper, Israel seems an unlikely place to find and study innovation. It’s a country of only 8.85 million people that officially came into existence 70 years ago (1948), but in terms of global innovation punches way above its weights.

Our first stop was at Australia’s Launching Pad Tel Aviv, 1 of 5 global offices the Australian Government has set up to provide Australians’ with quick and ready insights, networks’, contacts and access into growth regions.

Omri Wislizki, Tel Aviv’s Launch Pad’s CEO, introduced us to the notion of “start as fast as you can and slowly go faster” a cultural innovation mantra that seems to dominate the thinking of all local start-ups.

He took us on an exploration of the psyche of the Israeli entrepreneur, born in a country of conflict that is uncertain of its tomorrow and has had to, from day 1, innovate to provide food, water and safety for its ever-growing population.

He argued that this sense of urgency is born into every child, is honed at school and forged in compulsory army service.

This trilogy of formative year influences, stamps citizens with a sense of urgency, a belief that every person can and does make a difference and that that difference has to happen right now, because nobody’s sure about what tomorrow may bring.

Omri then took us through the 90-day program he offers to Australian businesses, the vast networks he is able to tap in to and the incredible outcomes and inroads Australian start-ups have already achieved in the short time the launch pad has been in existence.

We then travelled on to visit We Work (rumoured to be the next multi-billion-dollar Israeli unicorn tech company to sell) and Microsoft’s Scale Up centre to hear of the work they are doing in this region and the programs they offer.

Microsoft has a huge R&D department in Israel and also runs a 4 month Scale Up program working with start-up assisting them to hone, market and capitalise their innovations using the various Microsoft cloud-based programs.

We then travelled on to hear the most incredible briefing from Deloitte’s Lior Weizman, who in 60 minutes comprehensively told the story of Israel’s innovation sector, why it exists, who’s doing what with whom and why governments and corporations from around the world are literally falling over each other to get here and discover the next big tech thing.

The day finished with an incredible dinner complete with a briefing from Nadiv Tamir Director of International and Government relations at Peres Centre who gave us an insightful first-hand view of the politics of the regions, the stumbling block to peace and the possibilities ahead.

An incredible first day (let me know if you want more details about any of the places I visit or intros to any of the people).

Tomorrow we travel on to Tel Aviv University to explore Agritech / Greentech and Education – can’t wait.

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Join James Packer and Seek’s Paul Bassat in learning about innovation first-hand in Israel’s Silicon Valley.

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Square Peg last week took a delegation of 40 leading Australian technology entrepreneurs, investors and executives together representing more than $US150 billion in value to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to learn about the Israeli hi-tech industry.

The delegation included Mr Packer and Mr Thodey as well as Rob Rankin, the chief executive of Mr Packer’s Consolidated Press Holdings; Evans & Partner founder David Evans; Carsales chief Greg Roebuck; Seek boss Andrew Bassat; Square Peg backer Justin Liberman, and his cousin Josh Liberman.

photo and excerpt reprinted from The Australian 22nd June 2015
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So, it’s not just us beating a path to Israel’s door to try and figure out what the next big thing in innovation is, it’s also the top end of town and the heavy hitters.

Join me, Morris Miselowski global Business Futurist and Transformation Provocateur, in exploring Israel’s innovation eco-system, meeting with 30 plus of its greatest thinkers and doers, lunching in the Board Rooms of those in the know and sipping wine over dinner with those that influence.

We’ll spend 8 days and 9 nights absolutely immersed in innovation and you’ll come back with a fresh attitude, an insiders knowledge, a can-do innovation attitude, a truck load of new contacts and endless audacious possibilities that will make your existing business or next venture fly.

But early bird, first round places close in just 7 days @ 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 30th June and if you’re coming along, or are at all interested, now’s the time to get off the fence and book or reserve your spot because once the bus is full, that’s it!

and who knows we might even bump into James Packer on the streets of Tel Aviv.

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Experience the Future for yourself, spend 8 days touring Silicon Valley Israel – Innovation Safari

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The most often asked question I get is “where do you get your information from” and I always stumble over an answer, not because I don’t want to share, but because everyone’s looking for a fountain of future wisdom and it just doesn’t exist, but one of my most trodden paths to future discoveries is not through reading about it, but rather by experiencing and living it firsthand and that’s why I travel extensively visiting often with bleeding edge thinkers, doers and investors.

So, after much behind the scenes efforts, wrangling, cajoling and networking this morning I’m launching the most audacious innovation offering of my 34 year foresight career and adding to my repertoire of consulting, speaking and advising on the future with a hands on 8 day tour of the future, so here’s my kickoff blast out……

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I am so excited but its taken me 34 years to achieve it, and now for the first time ever I can do much more than talk to you about innovation and the future, I can actually take you to it and introduce you to all the amazing people who are creating it.

So here’s the most incredible offer I’ve ever been able to make, I want you to join me on an ultra exclusive, absolutely rare

8 day Innovation Safari to Israel’s Silicon Valley – 10th- 18th October 2015.

I’ve sat for here days trying to figure out just the right words to use to convince you to come with me on the most extraordinary trip of your business life.

I could tell you about an 8 day trip to Israel’s Silicon Valley to explore innovation first hand, to meet, hear, speak and network with some of the world’s most incredible entrepreneurs’, innovators, nerds, geeks, professors, politicians, business titans, investors and the every-person.

How from each incredibly open and willing-to-share person you’ll hear about their innovation and entrepreneurship journey. About their struggles and successes. You’ll explore what’s at their innovation and business heart. What innovation is to them. Where the spark of their idea came from. How they chased it down. How and where they found money and resources. How and where they found their great collaborators and champions. How they structured their businesses to grow and scale and how they have failed and achieved along the journey.

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And through these 30 plus personal insights our select band of intrepid entrepreneurs will come to better understand the beating heart of innovation and find themselves forever different.

I could tell you that earlier this year I took this journey alone and met with one of Israel’s largest angel investors, who shared openly with me his journey of selling Waze, the world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app, to Google for a billion dollars.

How my adventure continued on to Bar Ilan University to meet with a fellow futurist, Israel’s most lauded and awarded foresight thinker, where we talked and explored all things virtual, played with 3D immersions and oculus rift and delved deep into the human psyche behind innovation and risk.

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I could tell you about my afternoon at my own private pitch club, where Israel’s premier incubator organised for me to hear about tomorrow’s ideas – today, directly from those inventing them.

I could tell you how this experience changed my perspective on innovation. Given me a sharper and more pragmatic insight into what’s really ahead and where and when to expect it. I could tell you how this has dramatically changed the advice I’m giving to my global clients and speaking about in board rooms, conference and in the media.

But that’s just it, I don’t want to tell you. I want to show it to you and share it with you.

So here’s’ the crux of it…..a tour as unconventional as this, as purposeful and powerful as this, can’t be sold by a conventional brochure, itinerary, list of hotels, or impressive snapshots, you have to want it and trust in it.

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Sure we’ll stay in great hotels, have great all-inclusive meals. Breakfasts with each other every day. Lunch in a different board room each day and dinner out and about with not just us and a great bottle (or three) of wine, but with different invited guests each night there to provoke, extend, inform and challenge us.

But here’s’ the kicker, the final itinerary and who we see won’t be set until we know who’s coming along.

I’ve partnered with Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce, and they have a vast and proven record of organising these experiences and having them attended by CSIRO, NAB, Telstra, Macquarie Bank, Coles Myer, Monash University, State and Federal Government Ministers, and countless other big brands, companies, universities and government officials.

But this safari is just for us, the true innovator and entrepreneur. I’ve reengineered the tour and turned it into a safari, so that together we can hunting for innovation. I’ve gotten rid of all the fluff and pomp and ceremony to make it 100% business practical and to provide a true ROI for your time and effort and I’ve even asked them to do to hold off finalising the itinerary, so that together we can purpose build it for us, based on who you want to meet, see and hear.

I will ensure we see and meet those that we should and must. That we learn deep lessons from the Israeli innovation ecosystem that we can take back to our businesses. That we hear from the politicians and investors about what they see ahead and that we spend quality time with the most audacious of trailblazers trying to get inside their head and their thinking.

But I also want to ensure that every person coming along gets to hear about, see and meet someone from their industry or interest area, so I’ve also set aside one afternoon for us each to have our own meetings with counterparts, contacts or businesses, either of your choosing, or recommended to you and set up for you by the Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce.

book-me-a-seatAnd to make sure you’re ready to squeeze every ounce of innovation juice from your Innovation Safari I’m going to teach you how to be your own Futurist. I’m going to give you a crash course in Foresight 101 and share with you my shortcuts and insiders secrets and tips into how I pick trends, interpret them and make profit from them.

I’m going to give you the foresight tools, language and insights you’ll need to find, understand and interpret the horizon signals for yourself, as well as pledge to stand side by side with you throughout the week and coach you to ensure that you don’t miss any of the learnings, insights and opportunities and also provide you with ongoing translations from geek and nerd into plain pragmatic profitable business English.

This tour is not for the faint hearted.

It is for Captains of Industries, tomorrow’s thought leaders, ferocious entrepreneurs and boundless influencers who refuse to wait for their industries and business to be disrupted, or even worse be made irrelevant, and who instead demand to do their own disrupting.

If you are sick of just talking, reading and guessing about innovation and instead want to breathe it, experience it firsthand and roll around and get dirty in it, then this 8 day Innovation Safari to the heartlands of the world’s second largest silicon valley, is the business journey you’ve been waiting for.

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I truly hope that you will join me in Israel on the 10th October for an incredible 8 day Safari into the heart of innovation so that together we can see what beyond tomorrow might look like for our business and ourselves.

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Morris Miselowski
Founder and Lead Futurist
Eye on The Future

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