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Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business by Lane Becker, Thor Muller

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While Sugru was refining its product strategy with the help of the fanatical customers it had attracted, another company was using the skill of attraction to uncover its own surprising—some would say radical—business model. In fact, there's a good chance the company wouldn't be around today had they not proven to be masters of the skill.

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