In Disrupt You!, Jay Samit, a digital media expert who has launched, grown, and sold start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike, describes the unique method he has used to invent new markets and expand established businesses.
In today's volatile business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever. It is no longer possible-or even desirable-to learn one set of job skills and to work your way up the ladder. At the same time, entrepreneurs with great ideas for new products or technologies that could change the world often struggle to capture the attention of venture capital firms and incubators; finding the funding necessary to launch a start-up can feel impossible. The business leaders of our future must anticipate change to create their own opportunities for personal satisfaction and professional success.
Samit has been at the helm of businesses in the ecommerce, digital video, social media, mobile communications, and software industries, helping to navigate them through turbulent economic times and guide them through necessary transformation so that they stay ahead of the curve. In Disrupt You!, he reveals how specific strategies that help companies flourish can be applied at an individual level to help anyone can achieve success and lasting prosperity-without needing to raise funds from outside investors.
Incorporating stories from his own experience and anecdotes from other innovators and disruptive businesses-including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, YouTube, Circ du Soleil, Odor Eaters, Iams, Silly Putty, and many more-Samit shows how personal transformation can reap entrepreneurial and professional rewards.Disrupt You! offers clear and empowering advice for anyone looking to break through; for anyone with a big idea but with no idea how to apply it; and for anyone worried about being made irrelevant in an era of technological transformation. This engaging, perspective-shifting book demystifies the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike.
Samit, a technology innovator who led the music label EMI's transition into digital downloads, explores the concept of individual disruption in this astute, mind-shifting book. According to Samit, personal disruption consists of identifying "links in your personal value chain to unlock your potential and prime yourself to seize opportunity"; he suggests that those who find "opportunity in every obstacle" will see failure as a new start. Samit begins by affirming the value of introspection, specifically regarding how the reader views the world and responds emotionally to challenges and problems. According to him, this process of self-examination can lead to a plan with a starting point and an end goal. The business topics covered here include marketing and sales, distribution, raising capital, and crowdsourcing. Throughout, Samit incorporates elements of his own success story as well as those of prominent figures such as actor Jim Carrey, Benihana founder Hiroaki Aoki, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Samit closes with a motivational "Self-Disruptor's Manifesto." For readers seeking to get more out of their lives and careers, Samit is a wise teacher with valuable lessons to impart.
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I enjoyed this book if for only the monotonous break up of how we look at Business and innovation. Jay breaks down disruption and what it actually means and how it looks through a multitude of real life disrupters. Jay Samit has a long resume with tons of experience, definitely someone worth listening to.
I think WOW pretty much sums it up.
Very inspiring. I really liked how Jay got into his thought processes.
Great behind the scenes look at how the Internet disrupted so many markets.
For anyone thinking of striking out on their own, this is a must read.