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Israel grimaces about an export: Innovation

May 27, 2013 - Los Angeles Times (6+ months)

High-tech entrepreneur Kobi Stok is chasing the new Israeli dream.

The 33-year-old software engineer quit a steady job to launch a Web start-up that teaches guitar playing. In three years, Stok's Jamstar.co signed up 80,000 users, raised $650,000 from investors, and inked a partnership deal with Warner Music to teach songs by Led Zeppelin and others on the site.

Next step? Like most Israeli start-up founders, Stok is hoping to sell his brainchild to a large international Internet-bas...