Saujin Yi

Saujin Yi

I care about communities coming together to advance.

When my family came to the US, it tapped into the Korean community for work, support, and local knowledge. As a young kid, I watched my parents leverage the community to settle into a new country, and then, pay it forward to the next generation of immigrants.

Unfortunately, I have found that there is often too much talk (books, panels, conferences), and not enough actionable solutions. I also believe the focus should shift from solving just the pipeline problem for women in business, to also include what I perceive to be bigger issues: retention and engagement.

During business school, I made “beer money” for myself and my friends as I would get consulting projects for us and then subcontract pieces out to my trusted peers. This evolved as they, too, started generating work for the group. We would divide work into ad-hoc project teams to make sure we got it all done efficiently and we’d share in the benefits. Little did I know that these would be the building blocks for FlexTeam.

Then, later in my career as a strategy and product executive then an investor and advisor, I would contract out projects to my incredibly intelligent, efficient, and experienced friends. These friends were mostly MIT alumni women who had dropped out of the “9-5” to take care of their kids. They loved the work (lovingly dubbed “brain candy”) and did amazing jobs. This is when I began to realize what was possible with this untapped pool of talent.

It meant no more fixed headcount for companies even for higher levels of work. No more life-constraining 9-5 work for the workers. With FlexTeam, we can take the best elements of marketplaces and traditional consulting companies and layer on “smart” software that not only intelligently routes work to the most relevant and trusted experts, but also continually self-learns to automate pieces of projects that are inefficient for humans to do. The vision is to optimize work, life, and happiness for both workers (micro-entrepreneurs) and companies. I call this achieving “derivative equals zero.”

This is the future of work.

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