Albert Wenger is a German-American businessman and venture capitalist. Wenger is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in companies such as Twilio, Etsy, Firebase, Behance, and MongoDB.

  • Antifragile

    From the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost philosophers of our time, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a book on how some systems actually benefit from disorder.,In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem; in , he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what he calls the “antifragile” is one step beyond robust, as it benefits from adversity, uncertainty and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension.,Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, and proposing that things be built in an antifragile manner. Extremely ambitious and multidisciplinary, , provides a blueprint for how to behave-and thrive-in a world we don’t understand and which is too uncertain for us to even try to understand. He who is not antifragile will perish. Why is the city state better than the nation state, why is debt bad for you, and why is almost everything modern bound to fail? The book covers innovation, health, biology, medicine, life decisions, politics, foreign policy, urban planning, war, personal finance, and economic systems. Throughout, the voice and recipes of the ancient wisdom from Phoenician, Roman, Greek, and Medieval sources are heard loud and clear.

  • Customers Included

    Why do companies so often fail to give customers what they want? “Customers Included” provides a roadmap for any executive or entrepreneur who wants to create better products and services. Using real-world case studies – from Apple, Netflix, and Walmart to an African hand pump, a New York City park, and the B-17 bomber – the book clearly explains why including the customer is an essential ingredient of success for any team, company, or organization. Coauthors Mark Hurst and Phil Terry, pioneers in the field of customer experience, provide practical tips for a strategic, customer-inclusive approach that generates results.

  • Grit

    In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.,Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.,Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius, but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own character lab and set out to test her theory.,Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers; from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of , to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.,Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, , is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference.,, as defined by author ,, is the combination of passion and perseverance towards long-term goals. According to Duckworth, grit matters more than talent in the long-run and is a predictor of success measured in success stories.,We???d like to believe in hard work more than in talent, but we???re conditioned to believe in the opposite. , describes what goes into incredible personal achievements across various fields and what you can do to cultivate it in your own life. Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.

  • The Beginning of Infinity

    The , bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge,???Dazzling.??? ??? Steven Pinker, ,???,In this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe???and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of civilization, art, moral values, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under which progress???which he argues is potentially boundless???can and cannot happen. Hugely ambitious and highly original, , explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, the human condition, knowledge, and the possibility for progress.

  • The Conscious Parent

    It???s a tremendous privilege to raise children, though for a quite different reason than most of us who are parents imagine.,While we think it???s our responsibility to mold and shape our children???s future, the essential premise of Dr. Shefali Tsabary???s ,is that our children are born to us to create deep internal transformation within us.,Our children have the power to unleash our egoic behavior unlike anyone else, triggering all of our emotional reactivity. As, through our intimate relationship with them, we are exposed to our immaturity, they become our most accurate mirror of our own lack of emotional development. In other words, by inviting us to confront who we are in our relationship with them, our children raise us to be the parents they long for us to become.,Despite our best intentions to raise our children well, in our unconsciousness we pass on emotional legacies to our children that have deep and lasting repercussions. Bequeathing to them our unresolved needs, unmet expectations, and frustrated dreams, we shackle them in unconscious patterns that shut them down to their own unique being.,To do justice to parenthood, a parent needs to become conscious. Only to the degree we are willing to transform our own emotional present do we succeed in positively influencing our children???s future.,Dr. Tsabary asks us to set aside traditional parenting strategies that major in controlling our children and instead find true kinship with their spirits by tuning into who each child is in its own unique essence. Surrendering to the oneness of the parent-child relationship in this way lifts parenting out of the physical and into the realm of the sacred.,Peppered with practical, hands-on examples from Dr. Tsabary???s real-life experiences with the countless families she has helped journey consciously together, , is a manual for giving our children the opportunity to shine and dazzle with their natural state of being.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation???each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.,Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives???and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic., is a book that has altered how I approach and think about problems in my life. It builds on the idea that we’re , and that we’re governed by two completely separate brains; our , (automatic) brain and our , (conscious) brains. You’ll be surprised which one has the wheel most of the time…, also reminds a bit of ,???s thinking in ,. It dives into how the mechanisms of human thinking works, and how we’re lured into poor judgement, hopeless memory and bad decisions by our fast-thinking systems. , reveals when we can and ,. We can all benefit from a little more slow thinking.,One interesting insight is that , ends his books with a conclusion on the importance of improving our decision-making and the role that technology can play for that in the future. , comes to the same conclusion in his incredible book ,.,If you’re a marketer or UX designer, it’s super insightful in helping to predict irrational user behaviour.