The future of work: empowering independent workers

  1. a high degree of autonomy,
  2. payment by task, assignment or sale,
  3. and, a short term relationship between worker / client.

Generation 1: creating the market

The first signs of tech-based infrastructure targeted to support specifically their needs, emerged with what could be defined as “Generation 1” platforms (Uber, AirBnB, UpWorks, Etsy, Coursera and many more).

Generation 2: supporting the workers in the long term

While generation 1 platform have provided access to jobs, we are now observing a second wave of technology “disruption” trying to impact the stability of the market by improving the workers’ conditions, their access to finance, insurance and facilitating the way they manage the business.

  1. different type of insurance for individual workers
  2. facilitating easiness of doing business (from umbrella companies to invoice management and taxation support)
  3. facilitating access to finance both from a professional and personal prospective.

So, what is exciting?

  1. New ways to aggregate independent workers and facilitate collaborations
  2. New distribution channels for services targeted to independent workers: one-portal-rules it all, workers’ services marketplaces or vertical platforms
  3. Cross-border services removing layers of bureaucracy for the independent workers (admin, accounting, expenses, taxation)

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Andrea Di Pietrantonio

Andrea Di Pietrantonio

European of Italian nationality. VC at @inventureVC @a_adp