VCs Foresee a Bleak Future for Startups? (Work Management Roundup)

Welcome back to the weekly Work Management Roundup, where we collect and curate the latest articles on productivity, business, and work. This week, we're looking into the future of work. We lead off with eight VCs foretelling the future of startups. Then we follow up with six trends that will affect how work will be done a few years from now. Read on!

The Steroid Era of Startups is Over — Here's What 8 Top VCs Think Will Happen Next (Business Insider): Eight leading venture capitalists share where they think startups are heading — and it ain't a pretty picture. They foresee massive slashing of expenses leading to layoffs, some companies having to swallow their egos and accept down rounds, larger companies swooping in to buy startups (but only if it's strategic, and discounted), and much more. It's time to face stark reality and trim the fat, guys and gals.

6 Trends Shaping the Future of Work (Infographic) (Wrike): All it takes to know we're living in the future is to watch self-driving cars on our streets and observe the bots in our apps. But what does the future hold for workers? This infographic spots six trends that are well on their way to mainstream acceptance, including remote work being on the rise and company culture defining a company's success.

The Number of New Businesses in the US is Falling Off a Cliff (Quartz): Supposedly, startups are all the rage — at least you read about them in every tech publication that assaults your eyeballs. But the sad truth is fewer new businesses were created in the last five years in the US than any period since at least 1980, according to a new analysis. And all of those new businesses were in large metro areas, with half of them concentrated in only 20 counties. How's that for "all the rage?"

How to Break Your Addiction to Work (HBR): Speaking of startups... workaholism is an addiction, yes. It feeds the ego, it's super rewarding, and all our digital tools make it easy to always be "on" and "available" to your team. But it's not healthy. This HBR piece discusses six strategies for beating your work addiction. And in case you're unsure if you're a workaholic or not, we have a quiz for you.

Study: Poor Writing Skills Are Costing Businesses Billions (Inc): According to a study, companies are altogether spending up to $3.1 billion annually sending current employees to remedial writing training. Because, let's face it, you don't want your CEO's blog post to misuse "their/they're." This just hurts the eyes. Here's a tip: stop looking at resumes riddled with typos. It'll save you money in the long run. Which means you can now buy me a coffee.

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