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The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies Paperback – November 25, 2010

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From the Author

Thanks for checking out The New Small. I believe that it is my best book, but I'll let you be the judge of that. If you've often thought of starting your own small business with minimal up-front costs, then this is the book for you. If you're an existing small business owner who believes that his/her company could do more with technology, then this is the book for you. 

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"From arrows to gunpowder, from ATMs to email, technology has always been the great equalizer. In this powerful and indispensable book, Phil Simon shows how small and medium-sized business can out-duel the big guys through smart and sharp adoption of nimble tech. The New Small shows precisely why, what, and how inexpensive technology can improve every facet of your business. It's not a book, it's an investment in transformation."
----Jay Baer, co-author of The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter, and More Social"
"An excellent book for seasoned business owners and entrepreneurs alike. Ever wondered what new technologies are out there and if they make sense for your business? When you read The New Small, be sure to have a notepad and highlighter handy. You will be using both as you gleam nuggets of technology and business insight. Highly recommended."
----Shama Kabani, Author of the Bestselling book The Zen of Social Media Marketing

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Motion Publishing; 1st edition (November 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982930232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982930236
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Phil Simon (@philsimon) is a sought-after speaker and the award-winning author of seven management books, most recently Message Not Received. A recognized technology expert, he advises organizations on matters related to communications, strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on Harvard Business Review, CNN, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Inc, BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, FoxNews, The New York Times, and many other sites.

To find out more about Phil and his books, go to

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DonnaP on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Not too long ago, small businesses were at a terrible disadvantage when they wanted to implement information technology. Big companies had access to pricey software and other tools that the little guys just couldn't reach. Today, everything has changed. And in Phil Simon's terrific book, The New Small, you can learn how small businesses can attain amazing success by using technology smartly.

What I like about Phil's book is his clear and interesting way of writing, and his ability to avoid jargon and vagueness. Too many business books are wishy-washy when they share examples, but not Phil.

In the first section of The New Small, Phil outlines current technology trends and what he calls the five enablers: cloud computing, SaaS (software as a service), free and open source software, mobility, and social technologies (social media and social networking).

Then, in the meat of the book, he gives us detailed examples of how various small businesses have used technology to improve their internal processes and their relationships with customers, while boosting the bottom line. The case studies are really interesting, from to Torrance Learning.

Of course we shouldn't be surprised that Phil has produced such a useful book, because he makes a living by consulting with companies on how to optimize their use of technology, and speaking on this topic.

Phil is also the author of Why New Systems Fail and The Next Wave of Technologies, and he writes for a number of technology-oriented media outlets.

One more thing: Mitch Joel has written a blurb for the cover of The New Small, and Chris Brogan has penned the forward. Phil's in good company.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JPC on April 11, 2012
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Having worked in office settings ranging from government & large corporations - to small upstart companies & dot.coms, I viewed The New Small as a book that I could use to fill in some gaps - in terms of technologies I may have skipped or opportunities I might have overlooked. Now that I've completed this book, I consider it an essential read for the modern I.T. professional. In The New Small, Phil Simon presents a world of possibilities to any I.T. professional or entrepreneur stuck in a cubicle farm. But even if you are content in a cubicle environment, you should read The New Small to get a view of the robust activity taking place outside, along with the dynamic and exciting fashion in which it is being carried out.

The great thing about the New Small is that it supports its case with clear structure and precise details. Simon lists the technologies that bolster the New Small. He elaborates on how these technologies are harnessed. And thirdly, and perhaps most important, Simon demonstrates how the New Small translates to a rewarding career for the open-minded IT professional. One way he does this is by profiling an array of real companies that currently leverage emerging technologies.

Simon goes on to list five technologies, which propel the new breed of successful small companies. He deems these technologies "The Five Enablers," and he makes reference to them throughout the book.

The great thing about the author is that he is a field-tested I.T. veteran. It's clear he has worked in the everyday give-n-take setting of a corporate I.T. shop. At the same time, Simon spares no detail, discussing the nuances of working in smaller and less bureaucratic environments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Mansfield on January 29, 2011
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I am a huge proponent of enabling small businesses through technology. Unfortunately, so many of the "why-dos" and "how-tos" that you find in books like these are not connected to the real world. You either get high-level vagueness or low-level, step-by-step details; you never get to see the concepts in action in real life.

And that's just where The New Small hits it out of the ballpark. Every concept and approach in this book is demonstrated through real-world use. It's these kinds of example case studies that connect with small business owners and make the possibilities and opportunities come alive.

I highly recommend this book for those who want to see how concepts such as cloud computing (online software) and social media work successfully in the real world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Montero on March 30, 2011
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I recently finished this book and in my opinion it is a MUST READ for any small business owner, entrepreneur, or solo professional or those thinking about making the jump.

As a small business technology consultant specializing in mobile work I've read lots of books on small business technology. The New Small is top on my recommended list for business owners who want to know how to run a smart business with today's technology.

In his book Phil Simon describes "The New Small": a dynamic breed of small businesses using 5 key emerging technologies to grow, thrive, and compete with larger companies. Phil breaks it down to these 5 enablers:

- Cloud computing
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Free and open source software (FOSS)
- Mobility
- Social technologies

There are a lot of technologies that give small businesses a competitive edge but I love the way Phil Simon codified these 5 as the core that level the playing field. But be sure this isn't a book full of tech geekdom - he talks more about the strategy and philosophies of the companies using these technologies and how they dynamically changed the way they work.

By making smart, strategic use of these 5 enablers, small businesses can be flexible, lean, and fun. And as he points out - meaningful work is a big part of what makes up The New Small. Many of the business owners he profiles in the second section of the book left larger companies - stymied by the slow change and bureaucratic red tape that binds every decision - to start (or join) smaller more dynamic companies. Companies that know, as Phil so aptly puts it - "Work doesn't have to suck"!
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