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Entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow, and cofounder of Contently, analyzes the lives of people and companies that do incredible things in implausibly short time.

How do some startups go from zero to billions in mere months? How did Alexander the Great, YouTube tycoon Michelle Phan, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon climb to the top in less time than it takes most of us to get a promotion? What do high-growth businesses, world-class heart surgeons, and underdog marketers do in common to beat the norm?

One way or another, they do it like computer hackers. They employ what psychologists call “lateral thinking”: to rethink convention and break “rules” that aren’t rules.

These are not shortcuts, which produce often dubious short-term gains, but ethical “smartcuts” that eliminate unnecessary effort and yield sustainable momentum. In Smartcuts, Snow shatters common wisdom about success, revealing how conventions like “paying dues” prevent progress, why kids shouldn’t learn times tables, and how, paradoxically, it’s easier to build a huge business than a small one.

From SpaceX to the Cuban Revolution, from Ferrari to Skrillex, Smartcuts is a narrative adventure that busts old myths about success and shows how innovators and icons do the incredible by working smarter—and how perhaps the rest of us can, too.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As fascinating as it is fun, Smartcuts is an engaging journey through the types of lateral thinking and creative strategies that so often underlie success.”

    Maria Konnikova, New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind

  • “Snow’s points are interesting, and his writing both earnest and engaging; readers are sure to find this book both inspiring and helpful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Shane is living proof that Smartcuts work. He hacked his way into Fast Company, Wired, and Advertising Age; built a multimillion-dollar start-up by age thirty; and now he’s written his first of what I’m sure will be many excellent books. Follow this guy!”

    Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying

  • “Shane Snow is a fresh and future-thinking voice in today’s tumultuous business climate. You must read Smartcuts if you are a social entrepreneur or would like to be one, because what Shane teaches us most of all is to be ‘bigger than just business.’”

    Soraya Darabi, cofounder of Zady and Foodspotting

  • Smartcuts is surprising and awesome. It’s Malcolm Gladwell meets Tim Ferriss. Part Good to Great, part MacGyver, this is a book every twenty-first-century entrepreneur should read.”

    Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Council

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About the Author

Shane Snow is an entrepreneur and hacker-journalist based in New York City. In 2010 he cofounded Contently Inc., which grew to more than $30 million in its first three years. He writes about technology for Wired magazine and is known nationwide for speaking about the future of media and writing about innovation for Fast Company,the Washington Post, and LinkedIn’s Influencer program alongside Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, and Richard Branson—yet, just four years before he was living in Hawaii and didn’t own a pair of shoes. Snow has been named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Media Innovators, Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 “Coolest Entrepreneurs,” and Folio’s 15 Under 30 Magazine Innovators. A Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, his work has been featured inthe New York Times, GQ, MTV, and Time.