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#VCjawn Book Club

We are excited to venture into a BIGGER, BOLDER, and BRAVER 2020 with the Venture Cafe PHL book club. The book of the month will correlate with the monthly theme.

Join us the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30pm Hettie Stroebel, our VC Book Club Ambassador, will facilitate the book club discussion.

We continue with Connected Strategy: Building Continuous Customer Relationships for Competitive Advantage by Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch


Here’s our 2020 book club list:

January: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

February (currently reading): Connected Strategy: Building Continuous Customer Relationships for Competitive Advantage by Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch Business Models for Transforming Customer Relationships. What if there were a way to turn occasional, sporadic transactions with customers into long-term, continuous relationships–while simultaneously driving dramatic improvements in operational efficiency? What if you could break your existing trade-offs between superior customer experience and low cost? This is the promise of a connected strategy. New forms of connectivity–involving frequent, low-friction, customized interactions–mean that companies can now anticipate customer needs as they arise, or even before. — About the Book, Harvard Business Review

“Moving away from episodic interactions toward a connected relationship turns a theme park into a magical experience, transforms a book publisher into a creator of learning journeys, and revamps a hospital system into a proactive care organization. Such deeply connected relationships create more loyalty and higher profits. Connected strategies don’t just happen; they need to be carefully designed” (1). 

March: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff

April: White Fragility: Why It’s Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo with a special guest facilitation by Aurora Archer and Kelly Croce Sorg

May: Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

June: Disrupt Yourself, With a New Introduction: Master Relentless Change and Speed Up Your Learning Curve by Whitney Johnson

July: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

August: The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

September: A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are by Flynn Coleman

October: The Business of Changing the World: How Billionaires, Tech Disrupters, and Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Aid Industry by Raj Kumar

November: Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them by Gary Hamel

December: Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen by Rita McGrath