Since Insight's inception in 1995, we have witnessed dramatic changes in the ways companies source talent and a trend toward agile workforces. Like many of our portfolio companies, we utilize tech-enabled platforms and networks to access on-demand freelancer and consultant talent.
To better understand the impact of having 68 million people engaged in independent work and how your company can tap into this labor pool, Insight hosted a digital panel discussion with leaders from Catalant, SpareHire and Guidepoint. During the conversation, the panelists shared their advice on how businesses can effectively leverage platforms and networks to solve business needs.
Here are some of the questions that were answered during this informative panel discussion:
- What skills and capabilities do you see the most demand for today?
- What corporate functions or projects will increasingly be outsourced to the "gig economy" using services like yours?
- When should or shouldn’t a company use an external expert?
After listening to the discussion, we encourage you to share your thoughts and questions on Twitter @insightpartners.com or Insight's GO Network community platform (only available to portfolio companies).
Vikram Ashok, Co-Founder & CEO of SpareHire
Vikram is the Co-Founder and CEO of SpareHire, a technology platform that connects highly vetted business experts with PE/VC firms (and their portfolio companies), professional services firms and Fortune 2000 companies for project-based work. Prior to founding SpareHire in 2014, Vikram was an independent consultant, providing finance and strategy support to private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Prior to that, Vikram was a private equity investor at Quilvest, a multi-family office with $36B under management. Vikram holds a BS from Columbia University.
Matt Harloff, Vice President at Guidepoint
Matt Harloff, CFA is currently Vice President at Guidepoint, managing a research team servicing investment clientele. He has worked in the expert network industry for more than 6 years managing relationships with varied client types including Venture Capital, Private Equity, Credit, Consulting, Start-ups, and Corporations. His roots are in TMT, beginning his career developing and selling fiberoptic connectivity solutions in major metro areas, but has worked in a generalist capacity for the last 4 years.
John Nylen, Director of Sales at Catalant
John is Director of Sales for the Middle-Market business at Catalant. He joined Catalant in 2014 as one of the first members of the go-to-market team. When he’s not working, he enjoys traveling, a life-long battle with the game of golf and shamelessly following all Boston sports teams.