The future of hiring is here; it's just not evenly distributed. That paraphrase of the Silicon Valley proverb from Alan Kay tells a lot about the problems in virtually every company.
You could blame the rage of many Trump supporters on a backlash against a black president and against fear of immigrants. But that lets purely economic factors off the hook too easily. Today, the economy is on the mend, but that average progress isn't improving the life horizons of most people.
As an entrepreneur, I'm also proud of starting and growing companies that create exciting professional opportunities. Successful
For instance, driving for Lyft or Uber can provide significant supplemental wages or be a temporary gig with a great deal
Some version of the Gig and Sharing economies are here to stay. As policymakers, we need to ask the right questions, discuss the appropriate rules of the road, and know when we need to get out of the way.
It's an increasingly inescapable truth that no industry, no technology, and no way of doing things is safe from startups. We saw it with music distribution, then film distribution, and now we're seeing it with hiring cars, renting a place to stay, and grocery shopping.
The euphemism is the "share" economy. A more accurate term would be the "share-the-scraps" economy. New software technologies are allowing almost any job to be divided up into discrete tasks that can be parceled out to workers when they're needed, with pay determined by demand for that particular job at that particular moment.