As jobs massively disappear in the next years, we have been looking for solutions that will create new opportunities for people to engage with work, be productive and sustain a happier life.
The problem is clear and high impacting - soon the rate of workers displaced by the new tech wave will be bigger than the jobs created by the same technologies. Automation, machine learning, AI, and robotics will eliminate entire classes of jobs that exist today leaving millions of workers unprepared to the new workplace. The World Economic Forum forecasts that 5 million office jobs will be eliminated by 2020, just three years away, and that is just the beginning.
Concomitantly, a new social trend is hitting big companies where it hurts the most. New talent does not want to work for them anymore. Millennials and Gen Zers are turning their backs to toxic work environments, stalled paychecks bullying managers and low innovation environments. Only 15% of the class of 2015 said they would "prefer" to work for large corporations, according to a survey by Accenture. Large companies will have to adapt and be creative to attract and retain talent as there are new ways of engaging with work, create value and find self-fulfillment.
WE SEE NEW SOLUTIONS
A new broader-better-balanced workplace is in formation as we speak. Digital disruption is the norm, and new talents are deeply involved in creating the new deal as entrepreneurs or collaborators. New ways of digitally engaging with work are multiplying, and networks, platforms, and job opportunities are set up by the minute. More than never hybrid teams formed with internal and external experts are being created to supply talent to areas companies are short. All it requires is the hunger for continuous self-education and stamina. Money is available to venture, and there is demand for market knowledge and experience in many collective-thinking platforms. All you need is the leap of faith, as your job is probably not the safe harbor it was before. The sooner you get prepared, the better. Change is irreversible.
On our search to invest in new solutions aiming to build the new future, we found Nitesh and Indiez. Check it out. Nitesh, a 25yo super talented engineer, graduated from IIT, Bombay is the founder of indiez.io - a community of independent designers, developers and product managers who have come together with a shared purpose to build the Future of Work.
After trying the traditional big tech company environment and few start-ups, Nitesh decided to break with the model and create a better environment for software talent. A collaborative network that leverage talents 24h a day across multiple countries and get the job you need to be done faster and more affordable, and where every talent gets a bigger cut of the revenue generated.
An excellent example of what Indiez can do is help a large enterprise launch a product for masses in a matter of months. Tikkle (Tikkle.io) is a flagship case. On Nitesh's own words - " It was one of our complex assignments. We collaborated with the Tikkle’s team remotely to get to a right feature set. From a concept in their board member’s heads to a real product feature set. We have brainstormed online and remotely. After, we engaged a team of 15 members from 4 different time zones collaborating to build Tikkle. We managed the project through processes like daily check-ins, weekly reviews, regular demos and closed feedback loops. We developed mobile apps, web apps, backend and admin panels. The product was very elaborated as we were building impressive designed features with high performance on low-end smartphones, integrating the best-fit third-party solutions for a chat and live streaming, and serving enterprise customers with 100,000+ users all at the same time. Indiez has delivered Tikkle on time and enable them to do sales demo. Now Tikkle.io is used by multiple global organizations to engage their employees. We continue to provide them development support as needed. "
Indiez uses new technologies to stimulate collaboration, nurture collective thinking and to guarantee high-quality deliverables. They have embraced Slack as the key communication platform clubbed with tools like Trello, Jira, Asana, GitHub, Drive, Dropbox. They have connected these tools and have built an intelligence layer to manage projects using tech.
A real solution of a new talent that understand the future of work.
MONEY IS NOT THE CURRENCY
So, I offer to invest in his business. His answer was a very polite refusal. "Instead of your money, I need your network. That is way worthier than money. "
And so is, now we are collaborating on new projects and creating the basis for a long-term collaborative relationship.
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