The Future of Work -- And Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

  • May 2, 2014 · 8:15 AM
  • This location is shown only to members

The Future of Work And Opportunities for Entrepreneurs by Sugath Warnakulasuriya, an entrepreneur and angel investor focused on digitally disrupting industries.

There are big changes underway in how leading organizations across the globe want to use knowledge and expertise. There is also a powerful movement in the way knowledge workers now want to work. Amidst these changes, there are a many new business opportunities for entrepreneurs everywhere to help companies and workers figure out how to work in an entirely new way.10EQS ('Ten X') is one business that anticipated and caught onto this wave early on. Sugath Warnakulasuriya, former CEO of 10EQS will talk about his journey in building 10EQS, about other opportunities in this space, and about how this movement will affect just about everything. Even entrepreneurs focusing on other markets will find value in learning how to thrive in this new, hyper-specialized world.

Biography

Sugath Warnakulasuriya is an entrepreneur and angel investor focused on digitally disrupting industries by addressing complex, high-value problems. He previously built and served as the CEO of 10EQS, and was the co-founder and CTO of eLink Commerce. As a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and independently, he has helped a number of Fortune 500 High-Tech and Financial Services companies pursue new ventures, design and launch major products, develop and execute growth and competitive strategies, run high-profile marketing and sales campaigns, and build channel ecosystems across the globe. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS/BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

Join or login to comment.

  • Sugath W.

    Thanks for all of the discussion on- and off-line.

    Per some of questions, here are a couple of other links about disruption in the space and 10EQs in particular:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2012/04/16/how-to-cut-consulting-costs-by-90-and-keep-your-talent-happy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbL3BwV5eRg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBfNy5u3W3Y

    Best,
    S

    2 · May 6, 2014

  • Scott W.

    Here's an interesting conversation with Clay Christiansen (Innovator's Dilemma) and Dominic Barton (McKinsey) on the disruption in consulting, particularly at McKinsey. Among the insights, McKinsey recognized that many clients just wanted McK's data, not the traditional six-person, six-figure team. http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/09/clay-christensen-and-dominic-barton-on-consultings-disruption/
    ( You can download the audio from iTunes: HBR Ideacast, Sept 19, 2013)

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • Robert L.

    Great, thought-provoking presentation. Sugath’s company is a classic example of disruptive technology and is a harbinger of things to come. When we talk about disruptive technologies, we are not just referring to the disruption of economic, political and social systems. We are talking about the disruption of our perceptions and assumptions (our mental models) of how the world works. The big problem—the problem beneath the problems—is that our world is changing faster than our worldview. And when our worldview falls out of sync with the realities of the time, all sorts of bad things happen. Previous major shifts in worldview have always occurred over many generations—hundreds or even thousands of years. There is a good case to be made that we don’t have that much time this time. We need to make the transition in a microgeneration.

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • Graeme M.

    The 10EQS / TEN X solution is very innovative business solution and is a game changer. It is as disruptive in the business of consulting as it is a reflection of the levels of social disruption being experienced by many as a result of technology. The lady who stood up indicating that she had lost her job in the creative aspects of the entertainment industry and had a family to support is the perfect example. It was clear she has concerns about how to support her family in such a technologically driven change in the socio economic environment we now live in. And she is not alone.

    Sugath's comments that government regulations are also "way behind the curve" is a further illustration of the degree to which the exponential growth in knowledge and technology are pulling, often "kicking and screaming", the socio economic fabric into a new era. The "BIG question is, how do we as a culture and a society deal with such substantial paradigm shifts? This aspect requires a major solution.

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great topic; informative and edgy. Enjoyed the delivery by Mr. Warnakulasuriya.

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sugath,
    It was a pleasure listening to you this morning. Your topic was fascinating and I enjoyed the informal way that you delivered the material. In particular, I want to thank you for your approachability at the end.

    This was my first Innovate Pasadena Meetup - thank you to the organizers and hosts. The networking was amazing. I will be back.

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Sugath W.

    Thanks everyone for the comments and feedback, and the Innovate Pasadena team for the opportunity to speak this morning. I had fun, and it was a somewhat "informal" version of a presentation I gave last week at an entrepreneurial program at a b-school in Asia. If anyone is interested in advancing this topic, I'm very happy, in the spirit of "open sourcing", to share with you the formal presentation slides and speaker notes, provided that you help take it to the next level. You can find me at: [masked]

    5 · May 2, 2014

  • LLB

    Great topic Sugath and the networking can't be beat, always worth the drive. Also glad to hear about the different location for next meeting. While the location was nice in many aspects I think it fell short in the "audience being able to hear when anyone opened the Starbucks door" dept.

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Tom L

    Great ideas and conversations with the attendees.

    May 2, 2014

  • Jose S.

    Thank you Sugath. This was incredibly informative and opened my eyes to the possible structure of future employment/work. Also, thank you for your book recommendation, Drive by Daniel Pink. I will be reading it soon. Great meetup!

    1 · May 2, 2014

    • andy w.

      I ordered on my Amazon app during the event . . .only $10 with delivery through Prime!

      2 · May 2, 2014

    • Jared H.

      My copy is currently being borrowed by a CEO I used to work with. Your local library should also have copies.

      May 2, 2014

  • Jared H.

    Great talk! Here's more from Daniel Pink (author of the mentioned books "Drive" and "Free Agent Nation") for anyone interested:

    http://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc

    For those that also like RSA Animate, this is a related video debunking some more neo/classical economic myths that might be holding back your startup:

    http://youtu.be/l7AWnfFRc7g

    This is all just a starting-off point of course. If you're serious about this research I suggest starting with Abraham Maslow (anti-deficit psychology), Elinor Ostrom (commons economics), and David Graeber (historical and anthropological economics) -- then catch up with the other researchers who are constantly extending their scientific work. Ignore all the myth-based economic "axioms" and economists who argue from self-anointed authority, just as you would any other doctrinaire looney.

    May 2, 2014

  • simon m.

    Accessible speaker, plus stimulating and solidly reasoned narrative. I'm in.

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Scott W.

    May 2, 2014

  • Scott W.

    Book Recommendations:
    'The Secret Life of Information' by John Seely Brown
    ( Essays on how information moves between people. Written by former Xerox PARC guy )

    May 2, 2014

  • Malcolm W.

    Best talk I've been to yet! Very insightful.

    May 2, 2014

  • andy w.

    Thought providing. All about the massive change in efficiency to access relevant knowledge on demand . . . huge implications for professional life

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Chris de L.

    Great viewpoint on the changing world of employment. New ideas for growing companies and how we can maximize results

    May 2, 2014

  • Jorge

    Informative and thought-provoking ideas presented today.

    May 2, 2014

  • Liane

    where will this be held?

    April 28, 2014

    • Sonya L.

      Liane, it is held at the Convention Center behind Starbucks. You can find more information here on this Meetup event page :)

      April 28, 2014

  • 3media

    We live in such an exciting time for entrepreneurs. The ability to deliver content globally coupled with unlimited sources for information is an entrepreneurs dream.

    My mantra is "If you can think it, you can do it"

    meetup.3media.com

    3 · April 26, 2014

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more
Bill

I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.

Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy