The Next Chapter of Work

Mark Selcow
Jun 24 · 5 min read
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Upskilling and Retraining

Let’s start with workers who know they need new skills but can’t drop out of the workforce to acquire them due to financial obligations. They can’t attend a fulltime bootcamp or go to grad school. They have mortgages and families but also a need to add new capabilities.

Continuous, Lifelong Learning & Credentialing

With an expected rise in the frequency of job changes comes a need for workers to study and grow within their new disciplines. Tools for learning have gotten considerably better from the days of textbooks and spiral binders. Now, there is an array of digital solutions offering user-generated content, collaboration with other learners, and techniques like spaced repetition to increase the amount of content learners can absorb over time.

Infrastructure for the mobile workforce

Globally, 1.88 billion mobile workers or 43 percent of the workforce will be out of the office in 2023. This trend is driven by a number of factors, including better mobile tools and the ability for businesses to better serve customers at a lower cost. As a result, nearly every business will be looking for ways to manage and increase the productivity of a deskless class of workers.


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Mark Selcow

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Partner at @CostanoaVC. Previously: Founder and President of Merced Systems and Babycenter.

Costanoa Ventures

We back tenacious and thoughtful founders who change how business gets done.