Friday, May 24, 2013

Goodbye Tel Aviv, hello desert!

Today was our last day in Tel Aviv before heading out to different adventures. It is crazy how fast our time has gone here, but we are ready to experience a new place that is very different from the fast pace and city life of Tel Aviv!
Today was our last day in Tel Aviv before heading out to different adventures. It is crazy how fast our time has gone here, but we are ready to experience a new place that is very different from the fast pace and city life of Tel Aviv!

The group was up early to have breakfast in the hotel before packing up everything and loading to bus to head north of Tel Aviv to Ra'anana. Here we visited Sadara Venture which is a venture capital firm. This was a great visit since these kinds of companies are vital for startup companies, which Israel is known for. We learned the Hebrew word for sharing the wealth, which is Tmura. It was a great visit and our group had the opportunity to learn a lot by asking questions!

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We then packed back on the bus and headed to Imperva, which is a data protection company. The group had the honor of hearing from the CTO and co-founder of the company, Amichai Shulman. Amichai gave us a demonstration on why data protection is different from firewall and antivirus by showing us how to hack into a website while not raising any red flags on the antivirus software. He also discussed the difference of Israeli and United States companies in their initial outlooks while starting up. Israeli companies have to always think and prepare for their business to go global really fast because of the small size of Israel and its market.

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View from the 29th floor of Imperva

After a quick lunch, the group piled back on the bus and took a nap. When we woke up, we had arrived in the desert about 2 short hours away from Tel Aviv. We were all excited to see camels that were ready to ride! We spent the rest of the evening having a camel ride, getting settled in our tent, and enjoying delicious food, tea, and coffee. After sunset, the group was able to go for short walks up on some desert hills and gaze at the full moon and shinning starts. It was a great chance to get away from the city and experience what life in the desert is like!

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Our home in the desert



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