TEL AVIV — When Moshe Friedman turned 31, he made what was for him a radical decision: He left school and launched a start-up.
Plenty of Israelis jump from graduate school to the high-tech sector, but for Friedman the leap was longer. A descendant of rabbis, he had studied at leading haredi Orthodox schools where many of his peers would spend decades, never intending to work.
Friedman soon found himself caught between two worlds. Largely secular venture capitalists were reluctant to fund his video editing company, he said, because the cultural gap between secular and haredi engendered a measure of mistrust.
And he kept the company a secret from his extended family for fear they would disapprove.