"If you don't have a real stake in the new, then just surviving on the old—even if it is about efficiency—I don't think is a long-term game."
-Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
"Learn how to become a 'creator' of technology and not just a 'consumer'."
-Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls Code
"Many bought into the idea that America could go from a technology-based, export-oriented powerhouse to a services-led, consumption-based economy—and somehow still expect to prosper. That idea was flat wrong..."
-Jeff Immelt, CEO, GE
"The crash in 2008 changed the shape of our societies and our politics. It also challenged the underlying assumptions about the nature of economic growth, and made a response to the rise of inequality an essential part of mainstream politics."
-Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
"Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location."
-Reid Hoffman, Co-founder, LinkedIn
"Our job is to build tools to improve the income of our workers."
-Leah Busque, Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit
"We aim to create a job market where... technology is used to accelerate learning and optimize human capital potential—not just to automate tasks."
-Byron Auguste, Managing Director & Co-founder, Opportunity@Work
"The most talented people on the planet are increasingly physically mobile, increasingly connected through technology, and—importantly—increasingly discoverable by employers."
-Laszlo Bock, Google
"The best—maybe the only?—real, direct measure of 'innovation' is change in human behavior."
-Stewart Butterfield, Co-founder, Slack
"Why aren't more companies pursuing the good jobs strategy? One reason is that achieving excellence is harder than achieving mediocrity."
-Zeynep Ton, MIT Sloan School of Management
"Everyone has a meaningful place in the new economy."
-Zoë Baird, CEO & President, Markle Foundation
"I believe that companies can and should use the power of business to create social good."
-Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
"If you can save 98 percent of your startup costs, you can launch 20 more startups. Anybody in the middle class can now launch a hardware company."
-Mark Hatch, CEO, TechShop
"Rich people don't create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is a 'circle of life' like feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtuous cycle of increasing demand and hiring..."
-Nick Hanauer, Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist
"We’ve entered a new chapter of work in which technology is making it easier for people to find work faster and reach beyond the Industrial Era time and place boundaries we've been held back by."
-Stephane Kasriel, CEO, UpWork
"Work is interaction between interdependent people."
-Esko Kilpi, Managing Director, Esko Kilpi Company
"Work is not 'a place', work is finding the right people for the mission."
-Gary Swart, Venture Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
"How will technology shape the future for American workers? Who will win, and who will lose, as technology drives change far faster than policy and politics can keep up?"
-Felicia Wong, President & CEO, Roosevelt Institute
"Modern employment conventions are the product of a century of progress meant to protect workers and employers. It would be naïve to think that the basic needs of workers change with the proliferation of smart phones."
-Dan Teran, Co-founder, Managed by Q
"If we're going to rebuild the labor movement, we need to start with a commitment to quality work, to show that union labor makes a difference not only for the workers and their families, but also for our employers."
-Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
"It's time to consider the rights and needs of the hidden digital workers that are making our internet experience so magically seamless."
-Rochelle LaPlante, Digital Worker Advocate
"Marketplaces leverage the power of people; that is the fundamental source of power for all marketplaces."
-Simon Rothman, Partner, Greylock Partners
"The creative collaboration of business tech and social movements is the only sustainable way forward. For all of us."
-Palak Shah, Social Innovations Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
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