another week and more discussion on automation and jobs from the NYTimes and Harvard Business Review; solid reads on distributed teams when scaling startups and CEO transparency; deep tech with story on Rigetti computing in quantum space and an elightening discussion on serverless in production in Hacker News
The predominant narrative among Silicon Valley start-ups has been: don’t open a second office until you have reached 100+ employees. Yes, there are tremendous advantages when everybody works out of one headquarters. However, the pressure of sky-high housing costs, salaries and competition for suitable candidates is causing start-ups and investors to rethink their approach to distributed teams.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the rage these days but not as intelligent as one may think - “Artificial intelligence software is making its presence felt in subtle ways, in an unglamorous place: the back office.”
must see from our friend Tony Saldanha VP, IT & GBS on how P&G thinks about innovation, thinking like a VC, taking on 10x only projects, rapid iteration, fail fast, + build from there; super thoughtful working with startup
it’s alive, global supply chain tracking with Maersk and IBM - a simple use of blockchain but need many players to coordinate, problem is IBM and Maersk own this and will be interesting to see how participants respond to this, also a big win for Hyperledger Fabric
as I’ve always believed, human in the loop, is wave of the future, enabling superhuman capabilities for employees rather than pure replacement as #automation #AI takes hold across the global 2000 - “The greatest gains come when machines and people work together.”