Serial entrepreneur and journalist Shane Sw delves into the reasons why some people and some organizations are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short time frames, showing how each of us can use these smartcuts to rethink convention and accelerate success.Why do some companies attract millions of customers in mere months while others flop How did Alexander the Great, YouTube phem Michelle Phan, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon dash to the top in less time than it takes most of us to get a midlevel promotion How do high-growth businesses, world-class heart surgeons, and underdog marketers beat the rmLike computer hackers, a handful of invators in every era use lateral thinking to find better routes to stunning accomplishments. Throughout history, the world's biggest successes have been achieved by those who refuse to follow the expected course and buck the rm.Smartcuts is about bucking the rm. In it, Sw shatters common wisdom about success, revealing how conventions like paying dues prevent progress, why kids shouldn't learn multiplication tables, and how, paradoxically, it's easier to build a huge business than a small one.Smartcuts tells the stories of invators who dared to work differently and lays out practical takeaways for the rest of us. It's about applying entrepreneurial and techlogical concepts to success, and how, by emulation, we too can leapfrog competitors, grow businesses, and fix society's problems faster than we think.
Shane Snow is a New York City-based journalist and Web entrepreneur, and the cofounder and chief creative officer of the media technology company Contently. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Snow contributes regularly to Wired magazine and Fast Company, and has written about innovation for numerous publications, including the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and Advertising Age. Snow is a sought-after speaker at technology and advertising summits, and writes for LinkedIn's Influencer program. His work in technology entrepreneurship has been recognized by the United Nations, the New York Times, Inc., Forbes, Details, and New York City's Economic Development Council.