We have just taken part to the 6th edition of the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, one of the most important events dedicated to digital innovation. The focal point of the Festival, which develops throughout the city in a similar way to our Fuori Salone, is the DLD Tel Aviv Digital Conference. Here hundreds of startups, venture capitalists, investors and corporate leaders meet up to discuss the main themes of today’s disruptive technology: self driven cars, the future of the media, cybersecurity, big data and various other hot topics. A meeting place for all the key players in the digital industry, coming from Israel and many other countries around the world and attending the events organized by outstanding technology companies: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, PWC, Intel, The Game Developers Association, Facebook, Bank Leumi, GarageGeeks, Infinity.
What we find striking about DLD, more than its content or the excellent quality of the speakers, is the positive atmosphere and the attitude that pervades the city. It seems that the key word of the start-up nation – the one that in the late 1990s, with the Yozma project, has shown how you develop an entire nation’s economy – is “to try.”
We met dozens of entrepreneurs – young and old, at their first business experience or “serial” – and all of them were animated by the sacred fire of “doing business,” i.e. finding new solutions to old problems. These entrepreneurs trigger a contagious positive energy, and probably this is one of the main themes we should grasp: the density and frequency of this phenomenon can only spread through the territory and build a positive reference model we should emulate.
Equally impactful was the participation of the large companies, and not only the digital ones – which have established their research and corporate development laboratories right here. These structures were born to “osmotically” absorb the local mentality and especially its inclination towards the infringement of rigid organizational schemes, which, as we all know, is very difficult to pick up within large organizations.
In short, we bring home positive feelings and a fine example of the result we can hope to achieve in Italy, that is, what the Italian Venture Capitalists and the entire innovation ecosystem can, and must, develop.