Best Places to Work and Play Ping Pong (according to Secret Tel Aviv)

Secret Tel Aviv – part event finder, people connector, olim helper, job finder, dating app and general sausage fest. Not to mention the most entertaining Facebook group you’ll ever join.

The results are in, Secret TLV just came out with the Best Companies to Work for in Israel – Summer 2017 Edition. I think they really mean tech companies (with H&M and Rapaport being the notable exceptions). I decided to take a look and find out: how does the size of the company affect how people feel about working there? Here you can see Secret TLV’s rankings and the size of the companies, estimated by the number of employees they have on LinkedIn. Of course, correlation doesn’t imply causation and there are plenty of confounding factors that might make a big company better to work for aside from the fact that you’re surrounded by lots of people (like, for instance, you’re also probably surrounded by a lot of money.) But for simplicity’s sake, let’s assume number of employees is a decent estimator. Oh and for the purposes of making this visualization a bit more relevant I got rid of #9 H&M because they have a whopping 50,000 employees on LinkedIn, relatively few of whom I can only assume are in Israel.

Secret TLV

So, what do you think? Does size matter?

Spy Kids 4(00 Million)

Ya heard it here (quite possibly) second folks. Blackstone is apparently looking to spend in the ballpark of $400 million for 40% of super-top-secret-spy-team NSO Group . ClearSky, meanwhile, is in as a secondary buyer, looking for a 10% stake in the company. Francisco Partners have another 40% and the remainder’s split between the founders and their employees. NSO Group isn’t your mother’s Herzliya startup- it’s some serious international espionage and overall badassery. Just don’t ask me or any of their employees what they actually do.


Israel Leads in Gross Domestic Spending on R&D

Targeted social ads have never worked on me– as a point of pride– until now. Scrolling through Facebook when I discovered a perfectly placed targeted ad with some great news @students – we get free Tableau! I maintain some pride in the fact that I didn’t actually PAY for something targeting me in a Facebook ad, but actually got something of decent value. It’s free for a year and then you have to pay for it at which point you’re addicted to making stunning data visualizations in Tableau and have built a professional reputation on your clearly superior Tableau skills, so you’ll probably go ahead and pay for it for the rest of your life. But hey, for now it’s free.

Anyway, in playing around with it I went to the OECD (The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) for their public datasets and connected to the gross domestic spending on R&D. And check out who came out on top (hint, Israel is ISR): Gross Domestic R&D Spending. One day, I’ll be able to give you beautiful artsy visualizations to show you this kind of thing, but for now you can live with a bar graph.

For reference, here’s how the OECD explains the indicator. “Gross domestic spending on R&D is defined as the total expenditure (current and capital) on R&D carried out by all resident companies, research institutes, university and government laboratories, etc., in a country. It includes R&D funded from abroad, but excludes domestic funds for R&D performed outside the domestic economy. This indicator is measured in million USD and as percentage of GDP.” Yep yep, sounds about right. Wonder how much of Israel’s is made up of CyberSpark money. Fire emoji.

My data source: OECD (2017), Gross domestic spending on R&D (indicator). doi: 10.1787/d8b068b4-en (Accessed on 21 July 2017)