Execs from Facebook, Google, and Microsoft explain why they use Israel for their R&D


Sun, sea, sand, and startups are just a few of the words that might spring to mind when you think of Israel. Oh, and maybe soldiers.

Born just 68-years-ago, the State of Israel, as it is officially known, has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most innovative tech hubs and Silicon Valley multinationals have cottoned on, setting up offices in the region and acquiring a number of Israeli startups.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Intel are among more than 300 multinationals that have opened up research and development (R&D) facilities in the country, which is home to just 9 million people.

But what is it that makes Israel such a hotbed of innovation? Executives from each of the aforementioned US tech giants gave an audience of approximately 300 tech workers an insight during the DLD Innovation conference in Tel Aviv last week.
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