by Matthew Schiffman
Working as a freelancer is stressful. It can be unreliable, unpredictable…and downright unnerving. Your taxes are higher, your paychecks are sporadic, and your health insurance will double. So why would you dare walk down this career path? In spite of its blemishes, freelancing gives you a great amount of latitude in defining your career trajectory, along with the satisfaction of being held accountable primarily to yourself. Benefits of freelancing include more family time, flexible work hours, no bosses breathing down your neck and the option to work in your skivvies. This session will teach you how to take advantage of the burgeoning freelance-working trend and navigate around the pitfalls you’re most likely to encounter. Journey with me on a freelancer's path, where I'll share my most dreadful mistakes so you can avoid making them.
The very essence of work is changing, as firms transform themselves from traditional hierarchies of product and customer to networks of relationships and capabilities, placing new burdens on accounting and valuation; vertical integration models of the past are being replaced by open platforms and ecosystem; transaction costs continue to be lowered, but across global supply chains; corporations now engage with their customers on the customer's terms, in social networks where hitherto static brands now emerge as dynamic conversations. And the new generation at work thinks, feels and acts differently: they choose who they want to work with and what they want to work on. As processes get replaced by patterns, as exceptions become the rule, there is a lot to be learnt from MMORPG in terms of priorities, motivation, teamwork and outcomes.
by Ankit Shah
The startup scene preaches hustle more than anything. It's all fun and great. You have to make sacrifices, yes. It's risky, yes. You're bound for failure, yes. It's freaking awesome while you're doing it, yes.
Then you spend time with your friends and you have nothing to talk about except your work.
Then you forget to call mom to tell her you love her.
Then you play tennis and realize that you suck and can't last for more than 30 minutes because you are totally out of shape.
Then you realize you're not the same awesome person you were before the amazing, amazing startup you're working on took over.
It's kinda like spending all your time with a new girlfriend. Your friends are concerned you're changing. Startups can often become unhealthy relationships, but it's important to stay focused while managing the rest of your life too. It's hard, but there's nothing more important for your sanity.
Let's talk a bit about sanity.
9th–13th March 2012