It was junior year of college when I was driving down Apache Boulevard in sunny Tempe, Arizona. It was a hot day (what else is new?) but I was finding shelter in my car, enjoying a great episode of This Week In Startups (TWIST), in which host Jason Calacanis was talking to Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun about the platform and his motivations for starting it—the future of work. 💡
Up until that point, I had never really thought about the topic. What was there to think about? Nothing was changing… right?
Well, as it turns out, everything is changing-according to Jason and Sebastian. This only just hit me while listening to them speak.
Among many things, they talked about what happens once AI has dominated the job market. I vividly remember Jason explaining that people are going to need to become founders, start startups, and innovate…key skills in a world where AI can do most (if not all) tasks.
Of the maybe 200 episodes of TWIST I've listened to over the last 4 years, I distinctly remember this one. Something about it stuck with me. The idea of the future of work. I don't know why, but since listening to that episode I became very interested in the implications of post-employment, even though I was working on a completely unrelated venture at the time.
Fast forward two years, and I'm now working on a service as a software platform-yes, the opposite of SaaS-called PubLoft, built to give freelancers a place to write and get paid very well for it. I'm working on the future of work, primarily because Jason and Sebastian made this impending worldwide challenge aware to me back in 2016. It is a fascinating challenge to grapple with, and PubLoft is tackling it head-on.
I suppose the lesson here is that, if you come across something that piques your interest but isn't relevant to you at the time, hold on to it. You may get the opportunity later in life to make it relevant.
Thanks, Jason and Sebastian for the inspiration! :)