The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World

The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World

by Scott Hartley


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The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World by Scott Hartley

Financial Times Business Book of the Month
Finalist for the 2016 Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize

A leading venture capitalist offers surprising revelations on who is going to be driving innovation in the years to come

Scott Hartley first heard the terms fuzzy and techie while studying political science at Stanford University. If you majored in the humanities or social sciences, you were a fuzzy. If you majored in the computer sciences, you were a techie. This informal division has quietly found its way into a default assumption that has misled the business world for decades: that it's the techies who drive innovation.

But in this brilliantly contrarian book, Hartley reveals the counterintuitive reality of business today: it's actually the fuzzies - not the techies - who are playing the key roles in developing the most creative and successful new business ideas. They are often the ones who understand the life issues that need solving and offer the best approaches for doing so. It is they who are bringing context to code, and ethics to algorithms.They also bring the management and communication skills, the soft skills that are so vital to spurring growth.

Hartley looks inside some of today's most dynamic new companies, reveals breakthrough fuzzy-techie collaborations, and explores how such collaborations are at the center of innovation in business, education, and government, and why liberal arts are still relevant in our techie world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544944770
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 637,901
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

SCOTT HARTLEY is a venture capitalist and global startup advisor. He is a venture partner at Metamorphic Ventures, a $70 million fund on Park Avenue, and previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House and a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a $2 billion Silicon Valley venture capital firm on Sand Hill Road. Prior to venture capital, Hartley worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Hartley writes a column for Inc.,and wrote a column on global technology trends for Forbes. He is a contributing author to the MIT Press book Shopping for Good, has appeared on CNBC and on Bloomberg TV’s Money Moves, and been featured in TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal. Hartley has written for publications such as Boston Review, Foreign Policy, Jakarta Globe, the Diplomat, the Journal of International Affairs, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Harvard Internet & Democracy and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

He is the author of over fifty articles published online and in print. Hartley holds an MBA in finance and an MA in international economic policy from Columbia University, where he was a Chazen Fellow and John Steinhardt Scholar. He holds a BA in political science from Stanford University, where he was director of Stanford in Government.  Hartley is a young leader at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a speaker with, and advisor to, the U.S. State Department’s Global Innovation in Science and Technology (GIST) program. He has been a keynote speaker and in-demand panelist at dozens of international events with MIT, Google, and the U.S. State Department, and has spoken at the White House, the World Bank, Google, and Microsoft.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

1 The Role of the Fuzzy in a Techie World 1

2 Adding the Human Factor to Big Data 31

3 The Democratization of Technology Tools 59

4 Algorithms That Serve - Rather Than Rule - Us 86

5 Making Our Technology More Ethical 109

6 Enhancing the Ways We Learn 140

7 Building a Better World 173

8 The Future of Jobs 201

Conclusion: Partnership Goes Both Ways 227

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 237

Index 280

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