027 : Shane Snow : Journalism Entrepreneur

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Shane Snow (@shanesnow) has a really cool name. He also has a really cool story.

After college, Shane moved to New York to become a tech journalist. Without any credible experience to build on, Shane’s goal was to be published in Wired within a year. By using his technique of non-traditional ladder climbing he made it happen in 8 months, and now is regularly published in Wired magazine.

As a freelance writer, Shane realized it was hard for writers to find work and that, at the same time, there are companies struggling to find talent. From these two trends he co-founded Contently, which has figured out how to create a marketplace for freelance journalists.

You’ll hear Shane discuss his effective use of non-traditional ladder climbing, the precious role of integrity and how going for what’s bigger or better is always one step away.

“Being realistic is a silly thing. You should swing for the fences and go for the bigger or better thing.” – Shane Snow

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  • Alexis Buryk

    Awesome episode! Love the discussion of what it takes to build your own ladder. Shane articulates the challenges and benefits of our working and living in our brave new world. Thanks, Dan!

    • I think I had to admire this comment for a month before replying. 😉
      Thanks Alexis!

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