Acclaimed journalist and entrepreneur Shane Snow has helped expose gun traffickers and gender discrimination, eaten only ice cream for weeks in the name of science, and been variously captured and escorted by armed guards as he's explored and photographed abandoned buildings and tunnels around the world. His company, Contently, has helped over 100,000 freelance writers and photographers market themselves and put food on the table, and Snow is today one of the world’s most sought-after speakers on innovation, teamwork, and human behavior.
Snow currently serves as Founder at Large at Contently, which works with Fortune 500 brands and creative people around the world, and he is a board member of The Hatch Institute, a nonprofit for investigative journalism in the public interest.
Snow’s writing has appeared in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, GQ, Fast Company, Advertising Age, The Washington Post, Time, and many others. He's the bestselling author of Smartcuts and The Storytelling Edge, and recently, his most important book yet: Dream Teams, a journey through science and history that reveals the counterintuitive science that explains what separates groups that simply manage to get by from those that get better together—and how we might change our companies, communities, and the world through it.
Snow has been named a "Digital Maverick" by Details Magazine, called a "Wunderkind" in the New York Times, and honored as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Originally from Idaho, he studied journalism at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
Paolo Mottola is the director of content and media at REI Co-op, an outdoor retailer and the largest consumer co-operative in the United States with 17 million members. He oversees REI’s content programs, including a digital publication, online education, films, podcasts and the new Uncommon Path print magazine. Throughout his career he has worked on communications programs for high impact, influential organizations including Microsoft, Samsung, Eddie Bauer and U.S. Army. He studied journalism at Western Washington University and has a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington.