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

Author: Scott Hartley
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
June 23 2017
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About the Author -- Scott Hartley, author of The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World, is a venture capitalist and startup advisor. He has been a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures and venture partner at Metamorphic Ventures. Prior to VC, he worked at the White House as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, at Google, Facebook, and at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

About the Book -- In his debut book, Scott Hartley explores the vital role of the Liberal Arts in humanizing our technology. As we move to a world driven by big data, and powered by algorithms, Techies (those who have studied engineering and computer sciences) are of great importance. But as we prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, we must also consider the overlooked but valuable role that the Liberal Arts play at the center of our technology-led world. Fuzzies help us apply our new tools with context, consideration, and relevance to the greatest human problems. Moreover, as machines take on more routine tasks within our jobs, what’s left are those human skills honed and refined through broad education. A new generation of entrepreneurs, those who are both fuzzy-and-techie, is fast emerging. Scott’s book unpacks this counterintuitive truth by looking at the benefits of blending these two sides in big data, algorithms, how we build products, classrooms, companies, and societies focused on addressing fundamental human problems.