Episode 15: Jeff Wald and the Rise of the On-Demand Workforce
As the professional gig economy has grown, millions of well-qualified Americans are now attracted to contract work. The on-demand workforce is stronger and more sophisticated than ever before. This workforce, along with advances in technology, has pushed our corporations, our governments and our society to reconsider what the future of jobs and work may look like.
Jeff Wald is the Co-Founder of WorkMarket, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage the on-demand workforce. His experience building WorkMarket turned into a deep interest in the future of work, and in turn, spurred Jeff to take both a historical and data driven approach to understanding what this future may mean for all of us.
In this episode, Jeff clears up some common misconceptions about the on-demand workforce, shares how technology will disrupt our jobs, and provides some ideas on why the future of work is brighter, better and in some cases, further out, than many of us may think. Take a listen to my conversation with Jeff Wald.
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Jeff Wald is the Co-Founder of Work Market, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers (acquired by ADP). Jeff has founded several other technology companies, including Spinback, a social sharing platform (eventually purchased by salesforce.com). Jeff began his career in finance, serving as Managing Director at activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group, a Vice President at venture capital firm GlenRock and various roles in the M&A Group at JP Morgan.
Jeff is an active angel investor and startup advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and private Boards of Directors. He also formerly served as an officer in the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department. Jeff is the author of The Birthday Rules and the Amazon Best Seller The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations. Jeff frequently speaks at conferences and in media on startups and labor issues.
Jeff holds an MBA from Harvard University and an MS and BS from Cornell University.