Title: Shifting Israel's Farming Economy to a Successful Technology Powerhouse
Ph.D. candidate of Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Department of Business Administration
Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management
Motivated by both ideology and economic necessity in its early days, the State of Israel promoted an agriculture-oriented economy and provided incentives to individuals and organizations to settle in rural areas and to build farming communities. Nonetheless, this orientation has shifted: in recent years, Israel has changed its economic orientation and has become a technology powerhouse and one of the most urbanized societies.
Our findings shed light on key elements of networks and networking activities. Results provide insight into the role of a diverse spectrum of actors and their network alliances within and between urban clusters and point to the important contribution of foreign VCs while showing the marginal contribution of other actors.
Currently conducting doctoral research with focus on the success factors of Israeli technology ventures, business networks, High Tech Entrepreneurship, M&A, strategy and regional development. Involvement and board membership with technology ventures and socially responsible organizations, both in Israel and in the US.
Prior to joining the academic world, Mr. Dashti served as a member of the California based Broadcom Corporation management team. He served as a strategic and business development executive with Safeskin Corporation (Nasdaq: SFSK). He held global Information Technology and Electronic Commerce technical and managerial positions with Western Digital, AST Computers, and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Mr. Dashti served in the Israeli Air Force, earned a B.Sc. in computer information science from the University of San Francisco and an MBA with focus on international marketing and information technology from the University of California.