AOA 031 | Shane Snow | Smartcuts and Storytelling

“We like to hire people that are more inclined to give to their neighbor” – Shane Snow on his hiring process at

For this episode, I caught up with entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow! He is the founder of, and author of Smartcuts (the title is a mashup for smart and shortcuts), that goes into how hackers, innovators, and icons accelerate success. I first came across Shane snow from a guest post he did on Tim Ferris’ Blog (about living off a meal replacement drink), and I have been following the writing he does for media like Wired, Fast company and New Yorker since. I know I am going to find some interesting new ideas and ways of thinking whenever I check out his work. Be sure to listen all the way through, because Shane share some exclusive insight into his newest projects!

“Adventure is indulging your sense of wonder” – Shane Snow

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What you will learn in this episode:

-How you can apply 10X thinking

-How to plan before acting: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln

-Whether you should share your goals

-Shane’s favorite brainstorming exercise: “How would X (A baker? Warren Buffett? A child?) attack this problem?”

-How book reading competition with his brother helped him tell better stories

-What is “Dark” social media?

-What is a superconnector (and how to write for them)?

-How reading level correlates with book popularity

-About Shane’s goal to go to all of NYC’s abandoned subway stations

Mentioned in this Episode:

Shane on Contently

Shane on Fast Company

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

Thanks Shane Snow!

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