A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR OUR UNPREDICTABLE LIVES
Vera Sprothen is a German-Australian journalist and economist with a passion for surfing and untangling the complexities of labour markets. As a reporter with some of the world’s largest publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Wirtschaftswoche, DIE ZEIT and ELLE, she has written numerous features about the working lives of people around the globe, from Ukrainian day labourers in Germany to vanilla farmers in Tonga. For this book, she recalled her own gig economy experience – as a pizza delivery driver, tobacco vendor and promotion girl – from the days when your mobile phone was still dumb and the internet only a few pages long. Vera holds a Master in Economics and Politics from University of Cologne and is a graduate of Holtzbrinck School for Business Journalists. She is now working in Sydney as a freelance writer, editor and surf instructor helping people find their flow in life.
Nicoló Andreula is an Italian economist, strategist and public speaker. A former management consultant with McKinsey, he loves travelling far and wide in the world of work. He has taught maths to slum kids in Kenya, sold prostate drugs in Japan and honed his financial skills at investment bank Goldman Sachs in London. An advisory job in Singapore, where he worked with Google, Uber and Netflix on public policy issues, ignited his fascination with disruptive technology and societal change. This book finally gave him an outlet to draw on his passion for Greek philosophy. Nicoló holds a Master in Economics from Bocconi University and MBA from INSEAD. Based in Puglia, a beautiful Southern Italian region marred by high youth unemployment, Nicoló is working for positive change and living the liquid life himself – as a freelance consultant, corporate trainer and lecturer (Chinese University of Hong Kong)