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Silicon Wadi: A Visit to GarageGeeks in Israel (Video)

Earlier this summer, I went to Israel to check out the tech scene, which is thriving and vibrant.

So much so, that several Silicon Valley companies have been eyeing and buying several start-ups there of late.

That includes Face.com, the facial recognition start-up which was scooped up by Facebook earlier this summer for $60 million. In addition, recent reports correctly have the social networking giant in talks with GPS navigation app maker Waze, which is widely considered to be Israel’s hottest start-up.

I found that out when I went to visit and give a little talk at GarageGeeks, in the Holon Industrial Zone near Tel Aviv, at the invitation of Israel’s entrepreneur godfather Yossi Vardi.

GarageGeeks describes itself as a “not-profit physical and virtual space for innovative and creative people to introduce, network, expose, create, brainstorm, innovate and build.”

In other words, a nerd crash pad, Israeli-style. Which is to say, it’s universal to all geeks who love to hack away in electronics, software, mechanical, art, design, music and gaming.

Here’s a video I made while there, as well as a video of me (by Ayelet Noff) doing word association on Internet players and companies — such as Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and more — with Vardi:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik