Exponential Organizations By Salim Ismail And Team Poised To Rise As Top Business Book Of The Fall

Book Documents New Business Models that Lead to 10x Performance Increases

Tech Gurus Ray Kurzweil and John Hagel Call It "Must-Read"

Oct 14, 2014, 10:26 ET from Diversion Books

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Diversion Books and Singularity University today released Exponential Organizations: Why New Organizations Are Ten Times Better, Faster, Cheaper Than Yours (and What to Do About It) by leading technology strategist Salim Ismail. The groundbreaking business book – both a how-to manual and a compelling look at the future of enterprises – is currently available for purchase at ExponentialOrgs.com and all major online book retailers.

The book, co-authored by Michael S. Malone and Yuri van Geest, was recently named Frost & Sullivan's 2014 Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year, and has been identified as a must-read by leading tech-industry minds:

  • "Exponential Organizations should be required reading for anyone interested in the ways exponential technologies are reinventing best practices in business," says tech visionary and a Director of Engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil.
  • "Exponential Organizations is the most pivotal book in its class," adds John Hagel of the Center for the Edge. "Salim examines the future of organizations and offers readers his insights on the concept of Exponential Organizations, because he himself embodies the strategy, structure, culture, processes, and systems of this new breed of company."

A select group of Silicon Valley's most forward-thinking business minds, who have recognized the power of information-enablement, are already pursuing the idea of an "exponential" organization, surpassing the impact and growth of their older, more established competitors. Ismail has worked with many of these companies – Quirky, Kaggle and Airbnb – and, in Exponential Organizations, details how they similarly leverage newly available externalities such as big data and algorithms, community, the crowd and accelerating technologies to perform ten times better than their peers in the same space.

In the first half of the book, Ismail and co-authors Malone and van Geest examine what attributes make up an exponential organization -- five external elements and five internal organization strategies. The second half of the book is a how-to guide that includes ways to use exponential technologies for a startup, how to employ them in a mid-market company and how to retrofit them into the largest organizations. Peter Diamandis -- Singularity University Executive Chairman and Co-Founder and XPRIZE Foundation Chairman and CEO -- pens the book's foreword.

Readers will learn from detailed case analyses that span a broad spectrum of industries, such as how an exponential manufacturing organization sources ideas from the crowd and then builds and brings the best of those new products to market in a matter of weeks, instead of months or even years. Readers will also learn how digital technologies have dropped the cost of doing business in the imaging industry to essentially zero, which has completely changed the dynamics of photography.

Says Ismail: "Exponential organizations are the future of commerce, non-profits and even government.  It is the only model that can keep up -- and take advantage of -- the ever-accelerating pace of technology-driven change that defines our time. My goal with this book is to not only show start-ups how to achieve exponential growth, but even show established companies how they can implement exponential principles."    

Exponential Organizations is available in paperback, eBook and audio formats. To learn more about the book, please visit www.exponentialorgs.com. To find out how exponential your organization is, see the author's free, online diagnostic survey, which helps businesses assess their ability to scale – or Exponential Quotient – at exponentialorgs.com/survey. 

About the Authors
Salim Ismail is a speaker, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries. He's spent the last four years building Singularity University. Before that, he built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo's internal idea incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in 2010. 

Michael S. Malone has covered Silicon Valley for more than thirty years as a reporter, editor, columnist and television host. He is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including The Virtual Corporation and The Future Arrived Yesterday, and an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal.

Yuri van Geest has twenty years of professional experience in emerging, exponential and disruptive technological innovation. He is Managing Director of the Singularity University Summit Europe and an international keynote speaker.

Singularity University (SU) is a benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. SU provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a business accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people. From our inception in 2008, SU has empowered individuals from more than 85 countries to apply exponentially growing technologies to address humanity's grand challenges. SU's Founding Corporate Partners include Genentech, Autodesk, Cisco, ePlanet Ventures, Google, Kauffman Foundation and Nokia. To learn more, visit singularityu.org.

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