Meet the Shortform Team

Learn about our founding principles and who we are.


Shortform has by far the best book summaries available anywhere. They cover all the key points and supporting arguments, but don't drown you in details. 

Plus, every summary I've read is faithful to the original author, so you know you're not losing information.

Our Principles

Orient to Action

Quality and Depth of Learning First

Be Open-Minded

These are the guiding principles behind how we build Shortform.

It’s better to spend serious time working through a great book and planning improvements to your life, than to spend 10 minutes reading stuff you won’t remember the next day.

We believe in quality and depth of learning, not superficial breadth. What really makes a difference in life is applying the world’s top 50 books - not glancing over 500 mediocre books.

We believe all books and articles have something valuable to say, despite their flaws. 

When we read, instead of focusing on disagreements, we think, “what is the best that we can take away from this?” Then we share that with you.

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Our mission is to make sense of the world’s information and make it actionable.

With the rise of the Internet and mass media, there’s been an exponential rise in high-quality content. But you have exactly the same amount of time as you did ten years ago. There’s never enough time to learn everything you want.

We show you what’s critical to understand about the world. We want to 10x your learning rate and expose you to the best ideas. We want to support your creativity and growth.

Cross Disciplines

Often the best ideas come from surprising combinations of ideas. Behavioral economics came from psychology + economics. Genomics came from computer science + biology. 

That’s why we believe in having broad exposure to ideas, even ones we disagree with at first.

We Learn Better

Life is hard enough alone. Other people have valuable experiences and ideas for how to improve your life. That's why we focus on building a positive community that can help each other learn.

Delightful Experience

We believe in creating a delightful customer experience. Using Shortform should be easy and stress-free.

We price Shortform fairly to make learning widely available. We make canceling easy and will never play tricks with billing.

The Shortform Team

We’re people who obsess about learning and improving ourselves. We created Shortform because we weren’t satisfied with what was already out there.

Our writing team consists of professional writers and lifelong learners. Collectively we’ve published content that have been read hundreds of millions of times. In our writing for Shortform, we distill the key information while preserving the author's original intent.

Our product team consists of technologists and builders from top tech companies. We love building useful tools that solve your problems. We want to make personal growth delightful.


Agree strongly with these principles? You're going to love Shortform.

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