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Smartcuts - How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow

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Chapter 6

SUPERCONNECTORS

“Space, Wars, and Storytellers”

I.

Playa Las Coloradas, on the southern coast of the island of Cuba, is named for a density of red mangrove trees—mangle rojo—which thrive in marshy water and beneath olive-colored bark reveal red wood. Up the road, the sleepy town of Niquero sits peacefully with its eclectic mix of Spanish colonial buildings, Victorian houses, and plantation manors. To the east, the interior yields miles of sugarcane fields. Beyond the fields lie the Sierra Maestra mountains, a cave-ridden range with luscious jungle and majestic slopes crafted over millennia by earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. To the west, the white-sand shore stares out at an endless green-blue Caribbean.

On December 2, 1956, a ...

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