Investing in the “Future of Work”

Allison Baum
Apr 10, 2019 · 8 min read

The What, Why, and How of Technology’s Transformation of the Workplace

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My mother’s home office, circa 1984

What do you mean by the “future of work”?

Simply put, the future of work is everything related to how jobs get done. This includes who does them, what they involve, when, where, how and why they get done.

More specifically, there are four core technology categories that will determine how jobs get done in the future. This is where I am searching, learning, investing, and building:

  • Human capital services (HR tech, training, education)
  • Digital and physical infrastructure (cloud architecture, financial services, team communication tools)
  • Security and identity management (authorization, cybersecurity)

Why is “the future of work” so important, anyway?

We’re not making any more money than we were thirty years ago

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We are not saving money… like, at all

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Also, work is literally killing us

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Clearly, the ways we built value in the past are no longer working for us today — and certainly won’t work in the future. Technology’s disruption of jobs is creating irreparable tears in the fabric of our society. As both individuals and as a society, navigating the future of work will rank among the greatest challenges of our lifetimes.

How does the future of work look, exactly? Introducing the 3 D’s.

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Let’s fast forward: The year is 2032.

1) The future of work is DIGITAL (not physical)

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2) The future of work is DISTRIBUTED (not centralized)

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3) The future of work is DATA-DRIVEN

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Final words

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Computers were core to my childhood (as were headbands)

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