Episode 4

November 3, 2021

Finding Competitive Advantage with a Liquid Workforce w/ John Ragsdale

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Host Matt Finch sits down with Distinguished Researcher and Vice President of Technology Ecosystems at TSIA John Ragsdale to talk about current trends in the tech industry and the importance of a strong freelance culture. The conversation includes:

  • John’s perspective and definition of the liquid workforce
  • Trends shaping emerging digital talent platforms
  • How COVID accelerated already established trends and behaviors of younger workers
  • The shift to more fixed-price predefined projects
  • How to remain a competitive employer in a tough hiring market
  • How rising cost of living in coastal cities may be contributing to younger workers wanting to move to this new model
  • Solutions to allow both distance work and in person collaboration
  • The risks and rewards of using contract workers
  • Why middle managers will be so important during this shift
  • Project based hiring best practices
  • John’s advice around challenging the traditional hiring and career mindset for young workers

To learn more about this topic download Mavenlink’s recent research report, The Changing Face of the Modern Workforce.


Matt Finch

Vice President, Global Solutions Consulting and Enablement

Matt Finch is a 20 year software and services industry leader who has led pre sales, sales and services teams across a variety of software companies. Matt’s early career was involved in one of the UKs first SaaS startups in the late 90s and then one of Europe’s largest consulting organizations. Following a move to the West Coast almost a decade ago he has been growing solutions consulting organizations at global software companies ever since. Matt’s passion for technology and process improvement focuses him on helping companies reach their potential and realize the value of the software they implement through a relentless focus on outcomes and adoption.


Brent Trimble

Managing Director, Marketing Service & Agency Vertical

Brent Trimble is a 15+ year agency leadership veteran who has led agency growth and operation initiatives. As Mavenlink’s Agency Managing Director & VP of Advisory Services, he specializes in mapping and improving agency workflows. Deploying market understanding and best practices, Brent helps agencies refine processes and staffing dynamics. He isolates key metric improvements resulting in faster revenue recognition and ultimately models performance impact. Before joining Mavenlink Brent held positions at Interpublic Group, Accenture, WPP, independent agencies and consulting firms.

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