We are two students, friends, and venture partners for Contrary Capital devoted to learning as much as possible across multiple disciplines.
While we value education, we believe that university alone doesn't teach all the tools needed to make sense of the world. We call these Mental Models - concepts, frameworks, or world-views taken from different fields and applied to the world around us.
We want to build a toolbox of these models - from some of the greatest thinkers in the world.
We sit down with Andy Chen, a Partner at Kleiner Perkin's Cauldfield Byers, to talk about the extreme world of Venture Capital, Luck as a function of optionality and modeling the world on normal curves.
For our pilot episode, we sit down with design pioneer Don Norman for our pilot on the importance of empathy and the benefits of the Human-centered Design process.
Norman is a pioneer in the field of the design, having created design institutes at Northwestern and UCSD, leading the first UX efforts at Apple, and an integral half of the Nielsen-Norman consultancy. Most famously, he's been the author of design must-reads such as The Design of Everyday Things.