I AM DESIGNING THE FUTURE OF WORK
Have you ever known something in your gut, that others can’t see, but you know its as real as anything you have ever believed or known? Articulating big ideas like that, at least for me, is like describing a dream you had that you can see in your head, but you just cannot explain.
That is how I feel about what I am building. I know, more than anything, that the way we are doing business is broken. We (founders, executives, leaders) are disconnected from our principals (if we even know what they are), we are barreling toward a future we don’t understand...and we cannot stop. I know that in the next 10-15 years (maybe sooner) as artificial intelligence gets its legs (in some cases literally), we are going to see disruption like never before. It’s the buggy and whip being taking over by the car, only this time we are the horses.
The goal for this (and when I say this, the series of project, partnerships, investments, and spin-off companies I will create) is to build a ecosystem that gives ambitious people a way to work and collaborate in a world that will be mostly automated. So how do you build a solution for a problem that isn’t here yet? You start where you are and build the foundation. So where am I in the process? What can I do today to serve while I design for the future? Here are the fundamental things I am good at.
First, I can build teams. When I say teams, I mean Google’s product team, Apple’s hardware team, Chewy’s E-commerce team, global sales teams that produce billions in sales, teams that build Gulfstream jets, teams that create venture-backed startups. Real teams. I can build the best teams in the world because I have built the best teams in the world.
The second thing I am good at is CREATING opportunities. After over a decade of working with executives, founders, investors, and the top .01% of individual contributors … I can leverage this network to find a solution to just about anything. That could mean finding new customers or partners, creating new solutions and sourcing the suppliers to do it or even finding a company to buy.
The goal for me over the next couple of years is to build a community of suppliers and partners (I already have over 1000 globally) and to serve that community by delivering significant growth. As I grow my portfolio of companies and solutions, I will create a road map to inject sustainability into these partners, develop opportunities for potentially millions of people around the world, and figure out how to help companies and people do the best work of their lives. So when I say I am building the future of work. I literally mean it.
This is a big mission. I cannot do it alone. I personally invite you to get involved and become part of the story.
-Jonah Manning, Founder @Grainhouse.io