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The newest Recode conference, Code Enterprise, is all about the changing rules of work

Our first line of speakers include Slack’s April Underwood and Noah Weiss, Twilio’s Jeff Lawson and Google’s Diane Greene


Everything about work is changing.

Software has upended the way businesses operate in a range of industries. Innovations in tech, like cloud computing and artificial intelligence, are accelerating that change, creating new promising companies and torpedoing others.

Tech has altered the definition of a job, thanks to the explosion of the “gig economy.” With more automation, many gigs will disappear too.

And the workplace itself is changing, growing more inventive and diverse. Although this is taking much longer than it should.

The latest chapter in Recode’s singular Code Conference will take a sweeping look at this evolution of work this coming November. We will delve into what’s next for enterprise companies and tech, for work culture, and for the future of automation and labor.

And we will do so, as usual, with fascinating speakers — from the tech world and beyond — and a critical journalistic approach.

One company that embodies the change in work is Slack. Work never relents — it’s always with us, one notification away. You can, depending on your druthers, credit or blame the fast-rising messaging startup for this.

Slack has also pushed the boundaries of what an enterprise tech company can do, building out a network with bot creators and connected device startups. We are proud to announce that April Underwood, Slack’s VP of product, and Noah Weiss, the head of its search, research and learning group, will be joining us at the conference.

Twilio, another one-time hot enterprise startup, is now a public company — and a well-performing one (so far). Jeff Lawson, its CEO, is a star in the world of developers, who are as reliant on Twilio’s cloud communications tech as the rest of us are on running water.

Speaking of the cloud: Diane Greene joined Google almost a year ago and has quickly steered the search giant into a serious enterprise contender position against Microsoft and Amazon. We are jazzed to have her in another marquee spot.

What we do at work and how we do it is changing rapidly. How about where we work?

To grok this change, we need more than just tech executives. Yves Behar, an internationally recognized designer, will join us to discuss ways aesthetics and tech can make everyday things livelier and smarter. Also, we’ve invited Ryan Mullenix, an architect with the firm NBBJ, which is designing the new audacious Amazon campus.

What about building unique companies, then keeping them that way?

Jacob Jaber, the CEO of Philz Coffee, one of the successful, idiosyncratic new retail outfits, will speak to the challenges a new generation of companies face as they scale, from hiring and retaining talent to maintaining a tailored culture.

We’ll have more speakers to announce in the coming weeks as we get closer to our two-day conference in San Francisco, so keep an eye out for that.

In the meantime, you can register for the conference here.

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