The Next Recession is Set to Reshape Our Economy. Here’s How.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Inc. here. It may seem to some that we’re still recovering from the Great Recession of 2008, but the reality is that we’re nearing our 100th month of expansion at the end of this year. With an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent and a bull market (at least at this writing), the late summer of 2017 looks like a Goldilocks economy: There’s steady growth that’s not too hot and not too cold. Inputs (e.g., employees and equipment) aren’t too expensive or too cheap. That means just one thing: a recession is coming. Not to be a killjoy, but historically there have only been two expansions that lasted as long as this one. To match the 120-month boom in the 1990s, we’d need the economy to keep growing past January 2019, an occurrence that The Wall Street Journal deems “a
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Is this the end of the work day as we know it?

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Inc. here. Visit any American city’s highways or train stations around rush hour and you’d have a hard time believing it, but the data says otherwise: The traditional 9-to-5 job is becoming just another lifestyle option. A widely quoted stat from Intuit in 2010 estimates that by 2020, 40% of the workforce will be freelance, up from 30% in 2006. There are several reasons for this. Contract employees are cheaper than full-timers. An “agile” approach to business also means there’s more need for contract work. Work itself is increasingly executed over a computer, which means geography is irrelevant. But the unheralded catalyst in this transformation is software, which now has largely obviated the need to be in the office. Even companies that reconsidered trying to let employees work from home will need to reconsider again since the tools that allow for remote work
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Lessons from a Triathlete: How to Improve Self-Motivation

Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a 10 part series on how an elite athlete applies the lessons she’s learned from Triathalon training to her role as a Fortune 100 marketing executive. Read the first and second article in this series. When I started training for my first Ironman race, I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations in their Digital Influence department. Our team was responding to client crises by creating websites overnight and launching social media response campaigns in less than 24 hours. Late nights at the office were so much a regular thing, we had take-out restaurants and a car service on speed dial. It was a given that I would miss at least one evening workout per week – if not more. I quickly adjusted my schedule to knock out the workouts in the morning. But, shifting the time of my workouts wasn’t enough. I
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How to Compete for Top Talent: Design Better Jobs

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Inc. Early in my career, after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, I got a job at a startup designing robots. I had the time of my life. I was absolutely thrilled to come into work each day. I got to design and program algorithms, design different aspects of the system, and see how all aspects of the systems worked together. Around the same time, a friend of mine got a job at General Motors. While I was working at a small company with an uncertain future, he was employed at one of the largest firms in the world – an automotive powerhouse that provided job security for coming decades. Yet his job was to work solely on designing the inside of car doors. To me, it sounded like the worst job in the world, and he seemed to recognize it. Big
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How to Capture, Manage and Use Institutional Knowledge to Boost Your Productivity

You may or may not be familiar with the term ‘Knowledge Retention.’ However, you – and your team – have likely experienced frustration caused by its absence:
  • Time and energy wasted as each new employee struggles to understand their role and responsibilities.
  • Lost productivity and overall disruption to the business as those new hires slowly get up to speed.
  • Mistakes caused by a lack of information, practice, feedback, or experience.
  • Deliverables and deadlines missed due to employee absence and turnover.
These are just a few examples of what happens when institutional knowledge isn’t captured and managed in an intentional, proactive way. They may seem like small issues that can be overcome in the moment, but at scale they create significant negative business impact. The real issue is the lack of an information roadmap, and building one is an intentional step that pays off in more ways than one.

The
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How to Capture, Manage and Use Institutional Knowledge to Boost Your Productivity

You may or may not be familiar with the term ‘Knowledge Retention.’ However, you – and your team – have likely experienced frustration caused by its absence:
  • Time and energy wasted as each new employee struggles to understand their role and responsibilities.
  • Lost productivity and overall disruption to the business as those new hires slowly get up to speed.
  • Mistakes caused by a lack of information, practice, feedback, or experience.
  • Deliverables and deadlines missed due to employee absence and turnover.
These are just a few examples of what happens when institutional knowledge isn’t captured and managed in an intentional, proactive way. They may seem like small issues that can be overcome in the moment, but at scale they create significant negative business impact. The real issue is the lack of an information roadmap, and building one is an intentional step that pays off in more ways than one.

The
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Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women Tech Leaders Weigh in on What it Takes to Make it to the Top

OpenView has made a public commitment to narrowing the gender gap within our firm, across our portfolio and the tech ecosystem at large. Through partnerships with organizations like NCWIT, theBoardlist and The Athena Alliance, we’ve started to move the needle – making more introductions of female executives and board members to our portfolio companies than ever before. And concentrating more than ever on filling our talent pipeline with diverse candidates. But moving the needle on a problem that has plagued the tech world since its inception is about so much more than just partnerships and introductions. It’s about promoting the stories and lessons learned from women who have broken through the proverbial glass ceiling. Today, I want to share with you advice from some of the most inspiring women in tech – women who have made it to the top not only in an industry that lacks gender diversity, but
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