Who better to get business insights from than those who created the future that’s shaken up our present, possibly for good? Taskrabbit, Stripe and LinkedIn were the upstarts that changed the game, and here they talk to Quartz about where the trend will go. Traditional business will continue to be challenged, and not just by underpaid, unstable work. The truth is, just as before, we don’t know what the consequences of new technology and ideas will be, and the test is how we deal with that.
“The digital revolution is whipping through our lives like a Bengali typhoon,” wrote Louis Rossetto, the founder of an upstart magazine called Wired, in its inaugural issue in 1993. “If you’re looking for the soul of our new society in the wild metamorphosis, our advice is simple. Get Wired.”
Rossetto and his partner/co-founder Jane Metcalfe were definitely onto something in the early 1990s when they placed their chips in the corner of high tech. In the 25 years since, more than any other industry, tech has changed the global economy and the nature of work.
more than any other industry, tech has changed the global economy and the nature of work
At a breakfast conversation at Wired’s headquarters, smack in the middle of SoMa, the San Francisco neighborhood where you can’t throw a stone without hitting a startup’s front door, Wired’s editor in chief, Nicholas Thompson, hosted a series of chats on the future of work. His guests: LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Stripe CEO Patrick Collison, and TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot.
Rossetto, too, was on hand for the event. ”In the last 25 years, tech has gone from the cult to the culture,” he remarked. The CEOs who took the stage offered three bold predictions on what may be coming next.