Michael Kelly Sutton

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Michael Kelly Sutton
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Sutton in 2009
Born (1987-05-04) May 4, 1987 (age 27)
Nationality American
Occupation Software Engineer, Journalist
Known for HackCollege, Cult of Less
Home town Everett, Washington

Kelly Sutton (born Michael Kelly Sutton, May 4, 1987) is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and minimalist living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is best known for starting the websites HackCollege[1] and Cult of Less.[2]


Sutton was raised in Everett, Washington and moved to Southern California to attend Loyola Marymount University in 2005. Sutton is currently a software engineer working for blip.tv.

Cult of Less[edit]

Sutton founded the website, Cult of Less as a way to "unclutter his life."[3] The site lists all of Sutton's possessions and past belongings. Because of the website, Sutton is a known figure among digital minimalists.[4] With his lifestyle, Sutton claims to live out of two suitcases and two boxes.[5] "Digital minimalists" are individuals that replace physical media (such as books, DVDs, CDs) with digital media, either through purchases or rentals through services such as Netflix, iTunes or Amazon.


Sutton began the Web site HackCollege in September, 2006.[6] It has been called "One of the best websites for making college life easier and more enjoyable" by the USC Daily Trojan.[7] Since its inception, site has grown to include a show. The show was briefly a part of the Revision3 network.[8]

Sutton was featured in the lifehacking documentary, You 2.0,[9] alongside Ramit Sethi, Timothy Ferriss, Merlin Mann, Leo Laporte, David Allen, Gina Trapani and Biz Stone.


  1. ^ Reimold, Dan (2010-09-08). "How College Students Became Mini-Media Moguls in School". PBS Media Shift. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  2. ^ Danzico, Matthew (2010-08-16). "Cult of less: Living out of a hard drive". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  3. ^ Harlow, Poppy (2010-09-02). "Dumping Junk, Living Digitally". CNN Money. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  4. ^ Moses, Asher (2010-08-18). "Cult of less: digital minimalists on the rise". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  5. ^ Mitchell, Gareth (2010-09-07). "Rivals to iPad unveil their tablets at a Berlin expo". BBC News World Service, Digital Planet Radio Programme. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  6. ^ Young, Jeffrey (2008-05-06). "Using Technology to 'Hack' College Life: an Interview With a Student Blogger". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  7. ^ Slayton, Nicholas (2010-01-27). "How to lifehack your way through college". The Daily Trojan. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  8. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (2008-09-29). "Revision3 Beta's Starting lineup: Home Runs and Strikeouts". NewTeeVee. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  9. ^ Beale, Scott (2008-09-29). "You 2.0, A Documentary on Life Hacking". Laughing Squid Blog. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 

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