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Advancing Automation Means Humans Need to Embrace Lifelong Learning

Jeremy Auger, the chief strategy officer for Tweney Media client D2L, wrote a piece that appeared in Entrepreneur this week:

With the advancement of artificial intelligence technologies, automation is still replacing humans, only it’s now happening the cognitive space as well as the physical one.

…According to University of Oxford researchers, 47 percent of workers may  be at risk of losing their jobs to automation, in particular those in mid-skilled retail jobs, and office workers like cashiers and telemarketers. A recent McKinsey report predicted that a smaller percentage of jobs would be at risk of being completely replaced by machines, but pointed out that the majority of jobs would see some of their tasks replaced by automation.

In other words, we’re all going to feel the impact of AI in some way. And our skills aren’t keeping pace.

Read the rest: Advancing Automation Means Humans Need to Embrace Lifelong Learning

A Deep Dive into Hexadite’s Founding, Growth, and Acquisition by Microsoft 

Yoav Leitersdorf just published a long read about Hexadite’s startup journey, from its founding three years ago to last week’s acquisition by Microsoft. It’s not often you get to see so much of a startup’s inside story.

Since we were there from the earliest days, we’d like to share some anecdotes and insights that show how special this team is. We also want to share this story so other entrepreneurs can see more of what goes on behind the scenes at a successful enterprise technology startup. Starting a company can be a long journey filled with challenges of all kinds. It helps to understand what is really happening, not just what gets written about in the news after a funding round or an acquisition closes.

Read the rest: A Deep Dive into Hexadite’s Founding, Growth, and Acquisition by Microsoft | Yoav Leitersdorf | Pulse | LinkedIn

Tech companies overlook a key CEO talent pool: Sales

Only 8 percent of the CEOs nation’s 100 largest tech firms have primary backgrounds in sales, and less than 30 percent of them have any sales experience at all.

“Companies are missing an important pool of top talent to consider for the CEO role,” says Rick Sklarin, senior client partner in Korn Ferry’s Global Technology practice and author of the report, “From sales executive to CEO: lessons on the journey.”

Tweney Media helped Korn Ferry produce this in-depth, 12-page white paper, and the result is pretty slick. Check it out on Korn Ferry’s website.