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Tel Aviv Named One of the Best Cities in The World for Female Entrepreneurs

What better place to start a business than in your hometown? Or so architect and entrepreneur Lihi Gerstner thought, and since her hometown happened to be Tel Aviv, she was right.

On opening her first hotel there, she told From the Grapevine, “It’s one of the most pluralistic cities in the world. It’s a place where you are judged the least on your socio-economic status, where you come from or on your gender and orientation.”

Gerstner is not the only one to benefit from the opportunities Tel Aviv has to offer, particularly to women. In a new report unveiled last week at the Dell Women Entrepreneur Network Summit in Singapore, the city was named one of the best worldwide for female entrepreneurs.

Every two years, 50 cities are ranked based on five characteristics: access to capital, technology, talent, culture, and markets. Amsterdam, Pittsburgh, and Toronto also made the list with San Francisco and Silicon Valley at the top. Mexico City proved to be the most improved, going from a ranking of 45 in 2017 to No. 29 this year.

Females Changing the World

Wired Magazine named Inna Braverman, who based her start-up Eco Wave Power in Tel Aviv back in 2011, on its list of “Females Changing the World.”

She told us, “Being an entrepreneur is difficult. Being a female entrepreneur adds an additional layer of difficulty to the equation. However, a supportive environment is like wind under our wings. When we feel supported, we feel that we can achieve anything – regardless of whether we are a man or a woman.”

Braverman is sure that her substantial success could not have happened anywhere else. “I truly believe that Israel plays a significant role in my personal journey, confidence and achievements,” she said.

Sivan Ya’ari, another female entrepreneur who has made it in Tel Aviv with her non-profit Innovation: Africa, reports a great support system in the city. “Tel Aviv has proven to be a hub for creativity and innovation which helps us continually improve and reinforce our commitment to being efficient and reliable in bringing solar, water and agricultural technologies to African villages,” she explained.

“I couldn’t think of another city where our engineers could be able to brainstorm with other motivated change-makers in the fields of social impact and international development to directly transform the lives of the people we reach.”

The inaugural Forbes Under 30 Global Women’s Summit, an international gathering of top young talent, brought women from 39 countries to Tel Aviv earlier this year, and in the meantime, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg plans to visit the city in August this year to launch Facebook’s new offices.

Sheryl is well-known and loved for her 2013 book Lean In, a manifesto for women in the workplace. The offices, called “Playground,” will be a space offering courses and house start-ups as well as developers and business working on newer technology.

What better place to start a business than in your hometown? Or so architect and entrepreneur Lihi Gerstner thought, and since her hometown happened to be Tel Aviv, she was right.

On opening her first hotel there, she told From the Grapevine...

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Watch: Nissan Breaks Record in Desert

As humans, it’s pretty easy to give ourselves a hard time – all the time. We see things about our species and just cringe with embarrassment. It’s easy to get lost in just how utterly uncaring we can be to our planet. Sometimes, though, we do some pretty cool stuff that reminds you, behind the bluster, we can (sometimes) be pretty cool and creative. This was recently shown in pretty fine detail by those who took on a rather awesome 180-car Nissan parade.

Doing so out in the desert of Dubai, the 180 cars all combined together to create the shape of a falcon. From afar, it looks absolutely amazing. As you might imagine, such daring managed to snare the cars who took part to the Guinness World Book of Records. It was a very impressive image, and was part of a wider ‘car dance’ that definitely got people talking and record books breaking.

This won the award of being the ‘Largest synchronized car dance’ when they took part at the Dubai Rugby 7s stadium. Indeed, this didn’t break the old record more than it cleaved it into two pieces. This broke the previous record by a whopping 3 cars!

It’s a pretty impressive record in itself, and it was all led by Axcil Jefferies. Two lines of cars made up the whole routine, and it’s very impressive to see as the cars move around in what looks like more or less perfect harmony.

Despite numerous cars being of different sizes, shapes and colors, it all blends together in a very impressive image indeed. It’s thanks to this that the Nissan NMEF parade is one of the best around as well as definitively the biggest.

An impressive feat


Indeed, the award was noticed by Nissan Marketing and Sales Regional Vice President and Nissan Middle East President, Kalyana Siagnanam. They stated: “At Nissan we are committed to bringing our customers ‘innovation that excites’, and we are thrilled to have broken yet another Guinness World Records title with the Nissan Patrol.

“The Patrol family holds a unique and special place in the hearts of people in the Middle East, and we have seen highly encouraging year-on-year sales increases across the entire range.

“We believe the launches of the Patrol Falcon, Gazelle and Gazelle-X will continue the car’s proud legacy as one of the only true all-terrain vehicles of its time, and this new Guinness World Records title will further cement the Patrol’s legendary status in the region.”

While records like this can often sound a little odd, it’s clearly beaten all of the previous competition. With some of the previous moves being equally impressive, too, it’s fair to say that this has been a bit of a battle to get the record won outright. Now, though, it’s easy to see why so many people were impressed: this truly has been a remarkable piece of choreography, and more than certainly is worth the recognition that it’s been bringing in.

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As humans, it’s pretty easy to give ourselves a hard time – all the time. We see things about our species and just cringe with embarrassment. It’s easy to get lost in just how utterly uncaring we can be to our planet. Sometimes, though, we do some...