Episode 18: Diane Mulcahy on Navigating the Gig Economy
Have you considered entering the gig economy? A new world of work often described as a work life that is filled with freedom, flexibly and happiness. Although this may be true, striking out on your own and sustaining this type of career forces us to develop new skills and attitudes that are different from those we have used in traditional careers.
My guest Diane Mulcahy created the first college course on the Gig Economy. The course gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Business School Courses in the country. Out of that course grew a best selling book called The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off and Financing the Life You Want.
In this episode Diane describes the emergence of the “new” American dream, how to create your own security by cultivating multiple sources of income, and the exact steps you can take, while you are employed, to prepare and plan a career inside the gig economy.
Take a listen to my conversation with Diane Mulcahy.
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Diane is the author of The Gig Economy (Harper Collins), a bestselling book on Amazon that has been translated into five languages and featured widely in national media.
Diane walks her talk. She works independently, remotely, and flexibly in the Gig Economy as a consultant and advisor to Fortune 500 and startup company clients, and as a speaker, writer, and adjunct professor. She has taken two separate years off to travel around the world.
Diane speaks about the Gig Economy at industry conferences and corporate events around the world. She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, a Forbes contributor, and lectures at universities, including Boston College, Brandeis, Dartmouth, Harvard Kennedy School, Northeastern, Northwestern, and the University of Washington.
In addition to her work in the Gig Economy, Diane has been a professional investor for the past 15 years. She is an Advisor to the Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the private equity and venture capital portfolio. Diane writes and speaks regularly about venture capital investing. She is the author of We Have Met the Enemy … and He Is Us, a widely read report on the VC industry. She is also the author of two books and numerous articles on venture capital. Her work in the VC industry is part of the MBA curriculum at Babson, Boston College, Case Western, Darden, Kellogg, NYU, and Stanford, as well as Harvard Law School.
Diane holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University and was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. Learn more about her work at www.dianemulcahy.com.