Jan 28, 2021
Welcome to the What's Next! podcast with Tiffani Bova.
This week I am excited to welcome Jeff Wald to the What’s Next! Podcast. Jeff is the Founder of Work Market, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers (acquired by ADP). Jeff has founded several other technology companies, including Spinback, a social sharing platform (eventually purchased by salesforce.com). Jeff began his career in finance, serving as Managing Director at activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group, a Vice President at venture capital firm GlenRock and various roles in the M&A Group at JP Morgan. He is an active angel investor and startup advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and private Boards of Directors. He also formerly served as an officer in the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department and is the author of The Birthday Rules and The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations. Jeff frequently speaks at conferences and in media on startups and labor issues. I am absolutely thrilled to be speaking with Mathew Pollard on the What’s Next! Podcast!
THIS EPISODE IS PERFECT FOR… freelancers, part-timers, full-time workers, temp workers, managers, leaders, and parents!
TODAY’S MAIN MESSAGE… Jeff drives home the undeniable importance of being a life-long learner because every worker–whether you are a freelancer, a part-timer, a full-time worker, a temp, a company-person–is going to be constantly needing to reinvent themselves, reskill, and up-skill as they move forward. When we introduce the compounding problem of automation and rapidly improving robotics and VR, the need to stay competitive and flexible is more apparent than ever. It is not all doom and gloom however, emerging and advancing technologies also provide more varied and effective solutions than ever before to help the workforce reskill and upskill, but you have to be ready and open. Your learning journey begins the second you leave the traditional school system–you don’t learn a skill and move into a lifelong career anymore. Now, your job is to continue to learn, and relearn, and adapt as you move through your professional life and the world developing around you. Now, how do you navigate that? How do young people navigate that? That’s the big question Jeff wants to talk about...
WHAT I LOVE MOST… Talking about the future, whether it’s setting our kids up for a healthy and successful life as they grow and develop in a world with rapidly advancing technology and all of its new and unestablished rules, or preparing ourselves for the future of work as a result of rapidly advancing technology.
Running time: 28:19
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The Birthday Rules Book
The End of Jobs Book