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Jeni Britton Bauer, the founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, explains how scent, texture, and taste come together in her dessert creations. Photo: Kristin Mackler for Axios

For the Smarter Faster Revolution's final stop of 2018, we returned to Columbus, Ohio — this time visiting Columbus State Community College. There, Axios' Mike Allen hosted four conversations on the future of work with business leaders ranging from hometown entrepreneur to global executive.

Why it matters: These experts shared their insights with Columbus State students, illuminating some of the biggest trends shaping the workforce they will soon enter.

Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO
Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen and JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon. Photo: Kristin Mackler for Axios

Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Columbus' largest private employer, discussed the importance of focusing on science and technology and the potential for a recession in the near-future.

  • On the global race to dominate the future of science and technology: "This might be a sputnik moment ... We have to wake up and start competing and not think that we own the future forever because we don't."
  • A recession is possible, despite today's seemingly strong economy. "That very well may happen in 2020, 2021."
Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Founder and Chief Brand Officer
Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen and Founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Jeni Britton Bauer. Photo: Kristin Mackler for Axios

Bauer, who launched her artisanal ice cream business in Columbus 16 years ago, spoke about how her obsession with perfumes and essential oils inspired her to make beautiful, unique ice creams. She also discussed how her upbringing and major led her to where she is today.

  • "I didn't grow up in a family that gave me anything, so to me entrepreneurship and working was power and freedom."
  • "Art history is a great thing to study if you want to be an entrepreneur because you start to identify patterns in emotion, and that's what entrepreneurs do."
Josh Silverman, Etsy CEO
Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen and Etsy CEO Josh Silverman. Photo: Kristin Mackler for Axios

Silverman spoke about Etsy's unique platform and power in the e-commerce space and the economic impact the company has had on individuals and communities around the world.

  • The power of Etsy. "The chance to take your creative energy and run a global business from your living room is really powerful."
  • Etsy's economic impact through small sellers. "$4.7 billion added to U.S. economy, 1.24 million jobs created in the independent worker economy."
"In a world where automation is changing the future of work, creativity can't be automated."
— Josh Silverman, Etsy CEO
Francis Davidson, Sonder Founder and CEO
Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen and Sonder Founder Francis Davidson. Photo: Kristin Mackler for Axios

Through Sonder, Davidson is trying to create the Apple of the hospitality industry, by building a brand people can identify with.

  • Davidson's mission is to synthesize the comfort and safety of a hotel with the uniqueness of an Airbnb, creating an easy and enjoyable, yet authentic experience.
Thank you to all the students who joined us on this snowy Columbus day. Kristin Mackler for Axios

After visiting, Howard University, NYU, Columbia University, Fordham University, OSU, UT Austin, UCLA, and Columbus State Community College, the Smarter Faster Revolution is done for 2018!

Thank you JP Morgan Chase & Co. for sponsoring this event.

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America's child care sticker shock

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Parents looking to return to the job market may find child care options have gotten pricier — and that's if they can enroll their kids at all.

Why it matters: The fate of the recovery partially relies on the return of parents who left the workforce to care for their children.

Biden's major border shake-up

A migrant family waits to be taken to a Border Patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande River. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to the border on Friday will play out amid the Biden administration widening shake-up of U.S. border policy and leadership.

Driving the news: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.) tells Axios that he's been advised by a border official that as soon as mid-July the Biden administration will end all use of Title 42, a Trump-era policy citing coronavirus as rationale to block migrants at the border.

DeSantis signs law requiring college faculty, students to take surveys on beliefs

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed legislation requiring state colleges and universities to annually survey their students, faculty and staff about their beliefs to ensure "viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom."

Why it matters: The legislation doesn't specify for what the survey results will be used, but at a press conference on Tuesday DeSantis said that schools found to be "indoctrinating" students aren't "worth tax dollars" and are "not something we’re going to be supporting going forward."

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