The Bracken Bower Prize Finalist 2016


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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 in our technological 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, and will be at the center of our future economy.


Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist and startup advisor. He has been an investment partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a firm on Sand Hill Road, and a venture partner at Metamorphic Ventures in New York. Prior to venture capital, he served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, and worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc., The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Boston Review and others. He earned his BA at Stanford University, an MA and an MBA at Columbia University. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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