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Seth Godin's Freelancer Course

I can't imagine any clearer signal that the freelance economy is happening than having one of the most successful business authors of past decade or so - Seth Godin - release a training class on becoming a freelancer. The class...

2.7 Million Independents Work in the On-Demand Economy

According to a new report from MBO Partners - Independent Workers and the On-Demand Economy - about 2.7 million American independent workers report using at least one on-demand economy platform or marketplace as a source of work or income. The...

Coworking in India

I'm just back from a trip to India where I had the opportunity to visit several coworking spaces. Coworking in India is growing quite rapidly, with more than 100 spaces across the country and new spaces popping up on a...

The Shoe That Grows - Small Business Innovation in Action

The Shoe That Grows is a simple and clever solution to a massive problem - providing children in the developing world with inexpensive, long lasting shoes. Ill-fitting or the lack of shoes is a big problem. Over 2 billion people...

Dogs Helped Humans Outcompete Neanderthals

Really interesting review of the book The Invaders in the Wall Street Journal. The book argues that humans and their dogs outcompeted Neanderthals, leading to their demise. Homo sapiens arrived in Europe about 40,000 years ago. It appears they quickly...

Coworking and the Blending of Work and Life

We quit using the term "work/life balance" many years ago. It simply doesn't fit the world most of us live in. Instead, we started using "work/life flexibility". This term fit what we were hearing in our interviews and seeing in...

The Myths About Working in Retirement

A good study from Merrill Lynch on working in retirement is nicely covered in the Fast Company article The Real Reasons More People are Working in Retirement. The study covers in detail what they call the 4 Myths of working...

The Pet Sitting Dog Fight

Seattle based Rover.com, a site that connects dog owners and sitters, recently announced a $25 million funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures. This brings the total amount raised by Rover to $50 million across 4 funding rounds. Other investors...

The Advantages of Being a "Global Cosmopolitan", or a Digital Nomad

"Global cosmopolitans" are people who have lived, worked and studied for extensive periods in different countries. And according to a professor from the highly regarded European business school Insead, because of their travels and life paths: "They have often developed...

Americans Consume an Amazing Amount of Media

The audience measurement giant Nielsen released new data on the total number of media users across connected devices. Their chart below (click to enlarge) summarizes the data. Not only are lots of Americans using connected devices, they're spending a stunning...

Nomatik - A Coworking Platform for Digital Nomads

Digital nomads are attracting a lot of attention these days. The Internet and a growing array of telework and online collaboration tools are allowing laptop carrying nomads to work from pretty much anywhere they can find a decent Internet connection....

Is a War for Talent Starting in the On-Demand Economy?

It seems almost every day an on-demand economy company announces a big fund raise. For example, the delivery service Door Dash announced last week it raised an additional $40 million. And pretty much all of these companies have business models...

Competition to Hire On-Demand Economy Workers Heating Up

Really interesting atricle by the folks at Zen99 on the amount of money being spent by on-demand economy companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart are spending to recruit "providers" (contract workers). The numbers are quite large. For example, Lyft is...

A Honey of an Indiegogo Campaign

Beekeeping has been around for thousands of years. And the process of collecting the honey has always been difficult (just ask Winnie the Pooh). It's also hard on the bees, which often believe their hive is being invaded and attack....

The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

The chart below, which shows a decline in employer-provided and on-the-job training in recent decades, has been making the rounds in the economic blogs. It comes from the 2015 Economic Report of the President (page 147), which is prepared annually...

Goldman Sachs on Millennials

Goldman Sachs has an excellent infographic/report on millennials (born 1980 to 2000). They describe Millennials as: Millennials have come of age during a time of technological change, globalization and economic disruption. That’s given them a different set of behaviors and...

Small Business Owners Don't Like Taxes

I've never met a small business owner who liked taxes. No surprise there. Also, if you talk to small business owners for any length of time, most will eventually complain about taxes. The recently released Wasp Barcode Small Business Accounting...

Wasp Barcode's Excellent Small Business Accounting Report

Kudos to Wasp Barcode Technologies for their excellent Small Business Accounting report. It contains survey results from companies with 11-100 employees on issues related to their accounting and finance functions. According to their blog post on the report, the key...

Uber and Lyft Lawsuits & the On-Demand Economy

Uber and Lyft were both dealt legal setbacks in two different lawsuits last week. The separate suits - one filed by Uber drivers and other by Lyft drivers - allege they are misclassified as independent contractors. The drivers are claiming...

The World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies

Continuing with futurist week, today we're covering The World Economic Forum's recently released list of their Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015. Because the focus is on emerging technologies, it's more "futures" oriented than most tech trends lists - meaning...

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