As I reflect over my career to date, I
was fortunate to achieve this trifecta
very early in my work. While I wasn’t
aware of the model at the time, I had
measured the qualities of the opportunities I was a part of and the feelings I got
when working or talking about working.
These elements, in some shape or form,
have been a guiding light to planning
my moves professionally.
So, as you start the next chapter of
your life selecting the work you wish
to do, take a moment to take a personal inventory:
˲ What are my strengths?
˲ Does this path allow me to continue to grow and develop personally?
˲ Is this an environment that allows autonomy in the work I do?
˲ Do I find meaning in this work?
There hasn’t been a better moment
in history to start a business or to join
a start-up. Technology has enabled us
to produce minimum viable products
quickly and at a relatively low cost.
Across the country, venture capital investment dollars are flowing into very
early stage organizations or even just
ideas. Not everyone is willing to take
the leap to start their own company.
For those who are looking to join an
existing team, my advice is this: Find
an organization where you believe in
the work you are doing, where you can
continue to grow your skills, and seek
to understand how that organization
empowers their staff to set a clear path
to following their own MAP.
Tony Blankemeyer is the startup liaison for 84.51°. He
previously served as Director of Strategy and Marketing at
the venture-backed company, Zipscene, and, prior to that,
Associate Director of Marketing Sciences at POSSIBLE,
a global WPP agency. Blankemeyer holds a Bachelor’s of
Business in marketing and operations management.
Technology innovation often serves to replace
existing human labor tasks, which result in a
range of public responses: from thankfulness for
the new convenience, to anger over the change
of the status quo. In this column, we explore a
few milestones in labor automation machines.
181 1 English textile workers, known as Luddites, destroy
machinery in cotton mills, believing
the machines threaten their jobs.
189 8 Nikola Tesla invents a radio-controlled military
boat. He offers this invention to the U. S.
Navy, who showed him the door.
1961 GM begins using the first industrial robot in New Jersey
to perform spot welding and die castings.
200 8 Aeon Company introduces a robot that babysits
children while adults shop. The child-sized robot can tell jokes, and even track
children using radio-frequency ID chips.
201 6 Spread, a Japanese company, opens the
world’s first robot farm, which uses
industrial robots to grow lettuce.
— Jay Patel
LEGO uses an online platform for crowdsourcing to allow
users to design new products, and others to vote for the best
ones. The creator of the best idea receives a 1 percent of the
total net sales of the finished product.