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Publisher's Summary

Unscaled identifies the forces that are reshaping the global economy and turning one of the fundamental laws of business and society - the economies of scale - on its head.

An innovative trend combining technology with economics is unraveling behemoth industries - including corporations, banks, farms, media conglomerates, energy systems, governments, and schools - that have long dominated business and society. Size and scale have become a liability. A new generation of upstarts is using artificial intelligence to automate tasks that once required expensive investment, and "renting" technology platforms to build businesses for hyper-focused markets, enabling them to grow big without the bloat of giant organizations.

In Unscaled, venture capitalist Hemant Taneja explains how the unscaled phenomenon allowed Warby Parker to cheaply and easily start a small company, build a better product, and become a global competitor in no time, upending entrenched eyewear giant Luxottica. It similarly enabled Stripe to take on established payment processors throughout the world, and Livongo to help diabetics control their disease while simultaneously cutting the cost of treatment. The unscaled economy is remaking massive, deeply rooted industries and opening up fantastic possibilities for entrepreneurs, imaginative companies, and resourceful individuals. It can be the model for solving some of the world's greatest problems, including climate change and soaring health-care costs, but will also unleash new challenges that today's leaders must address.

©2018 Hemant Taneja and Kevin Maney (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Hemant Taneja provides important insights on the possibilities for AI to transform fields ranging from education to healthcare. He equally shows the need for transparency and clear values in deploying these powerful new technologies." (David Kenny, senior vice president, IBM, Watson & Cloud Platform technologies)

"An important and fascinating read for anyone looking to better understand the forces driving innovation and disruption which are affecting every sector of our economy." (Penny Pritzker, chairman of PSP Capital Partners and former US Secretary of Commerce)

"A thought-provoking look at the technology that is changing the world of business and the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges for society as a whole." (Kenneth I. Chenault, chief executive officer, American Express Company)

"Unscaled presents a paradigm shift in how we should think about the role of technology and policy in addressing the real threat of climate change.... Thoughtful innovation can help us take on some of the biggest challenges facing society." (Bill Ritter Jr., former Colorado governor and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University)

"The world is changing rapidly. In Unscaled, visionary venture capitalist Hemant Taneja shows us how. Even in an industry as resistant to change as health care, data and technology are upending traditional models and ushering in a new era of precision. This book is for anyone who wants to understand how to leverage the economies of unscale to address the challenges of the modern world." (Lloyd B. Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine)

"Unscaled demystifies that little acronym with big meaning - 'AI' - and lays out where you can participate in the revolution." (Carter Cast, clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University)

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Remarkably unenlightened

This book has been seriously overhyped. Someone told me of a tech firm ordering copies. It's surprisingly weak. Sketchy and not much more substantial than a newspaper article in USA Today. The author inserts himself in the story repeatedly.

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Inspirational read for the creative and curious

What did you love best about Unscaled?

In Unscaled, Hemant shares his vision of a world in which unscaled companies challenge (and beat out) the big incumbents, and individuals live happier, more entrepreneurial lives. I found this book opened my mind, changed my perception of the role of the corporation and the individual alike and made me want to share that experience with others. I would recommended this book to individuals who - regardless of industry - enjoy thinking critically, are curious about the world and have a desire to make an impact (so far I've suggested the book to an investment banker, a writer, an entrepreneur and a teacher). It's a great read (or listen) and may just inspire you to change your path!