They've Turned Dozens of Israelis Into Millionaires. Here's Their Warning for Startup Nation

Serial high-tech entrepreneurs Benny Schnaider and Rami Tamir sum up nearly 25 years of exit-rich activity: How luck can make the difference, why they often prefer to recruit combat officers – and what's wrong with the recruitment 'arms race'

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Tamir (left) and Schnaider. “We don’t quarrel. We’re logical people and we find the framework to examine things.”
Tamir (left) and Schnaider. “We don’t quarrel. We’re logical people and we find the framework to examine things.”
Sagi Cohen
Sagi Cohen

Rami Tamir almost missed the most important business meeting of his life. It was September 1998, and he was on his way to meet with Benny Schnaider for the first time in order to talk about an idea for a new startup firm, when he got caught in a massive traffic jam. His patience began to run out. “I’d already finalized things somewhere else, and I thought: Why should I start holding new meetings now?” Tamir recalls. “I wanted to turn around and go home. I already had the phone in my hand to call Benny and tell him it wasn’t going to happen.”

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