How to Hit a Curveball

Confront and Overcome the Unexpected in Business
By Scott R. Singer with Mark Levine

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About the Authors

Scott R. Singer

Scott Singer advises companies how they can better adapt to change, embrace technological advances, put the best strategies in place to create sustainable growth and reduce disruption risk—essentially, teaching them how to hit curveballs and knock them out of the park.

He is a senior strategy, business development and M&A executive with deep operating (P&L), consulting and investment banking experience in the media/tech industries. Scott’s career spans more than two decades at DDG Inc., Deloitte, BMO Capital Markets, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. Companies hire him to grow their revenue. Scott is a trusted, idea driven innovator and team player with extensive c-suite, board of director, private equity and VC relationships. His strong analytical skills allow him to support his recommendations, measure performance and ensure success.

At DDG, Scott launches and scales start-up businesses both inside large corporations and at venture-backed companies by partnering with intrapreneurs who have the power to mandate change. He regularly operates as an imbedded management team member at his clients until new revenue hits and the business generates positive cash flow. Scott also identifies, negotiates and executes strategic partnerships and M&A deals for these clients to build product-brand revenue.

As an investment banker, Scott advised clients on M&A and capital raising transactions with an aggregate value of more than $110 billion for such clients as 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Cablevision, CBS, Charter, Comcast, Discovery, Disney, Hearst, Liberty Media, MSG, NBCUniversal, News Corp, Publicis, Time Warner, Viacom and WPP.

Scott has appeared numerous times on CNBC and FOX Business, been interviewed on iHeartMedia, Cumulus and CBS radio stations and has acted as a subject matter expert or contributing journalist for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Crain’s, Fast Company, Forbes and Reuters in addition to many other media and technology industry publications. Scott is also a regular on the conference speaking circuit.

He has further served on or chaired boards at The Paley Center for Media, The Dalton School, IESE Business School and Bucknell University, Scott’s alma mater. He has also guest lectured at NYU’s Stern School of Business (where he earned his MBA) and Columbia Business School.

Scott is currently working on his second book with Mark Levine, What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? He’s an avid outdoorsman and lives in Westport, CT.

Mark Levine

Mark Levine has written and collaborated on books and magazine articles on subjects as varied as business and spirituality. Among his more than 30 books are the best sellers Second Acts, Die Broke, Live Rich and Lifescripts. Mark has been a columnist for New York, Money, Men’s Health and Working Woman as well as a contributing editor to Worth. He is the author of hundreds of articles, three of which were nominated for the National Magazine Awards sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Mark has taught magazine writing at Cornell University and has guest lectured at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is a member of the Authors Guild. Mark is married to best selling romance novelist Deirdre Martin. They live, with their Newfoundland Rocky, in Ithaca, NY.