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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Newspaper Death Spiral

The Observer's Newspaper Death Spiral Made Plain in One Chart covers the decline in newspaper ad revenue. The key quote is: Newspapers are not a mass medium anymore. Newspaper penetration has fallen from a high of 124% in 1950 (when...

Freelancers Embrace Health Insurance

According to data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independent study, the percentage of U.S. full-time independent workers/freelancers who report having health insurance increased from 64% in 2013 to 82% in 2015. This increase in coverage means that roughly...

Defining the Human Cloud

The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) - a leading, global analyst firm focused on the use of contingent workers by businesses - recently released a report on the human cloud. It's only available to their members. But since I called them...

Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

Pacific Standard's Who Really Runs the Airbnbs looks at the boom in Airbnb rentals in New Orleans with a focus on better understanding whether or not Airbnb hosts live in the space they rent. In New Orleans, most don't. Key...

The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. The most recent bad news comes from the earnings (losses, actually) reported by 2 public makers of 3D printers....

Amazon and the Growth of the Independent Workforce

The Internet has lit up with reactions to the New York Times article on Amazon's bruising, data-driven, "purposeful Darwinism" culture. The vast majority of reactions are negative. This not surprising given how harsh the article makes Amazon sound - people...

The Growing Importance of Managing Freelancers

The Harvard Business Review's 7 Tips for Managing Freelancers and Contractors provides advice on how managers can successfully navigate their relationship with contingent workers. Talent shortages and the shift to hiring more contingent workers means companies are becoming more reliant...

Retail and the Growing Experience Economy

The New York Times article Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers covers the growing consumer trend towards purchasing experiences over objects. Key quote: Analysts say a wider shift is afoot in the mind of the American consumer,...

The State of the VC Industry - Fewer Firms, More Funding

TrueBridge Capital Partners recently released a report on the State of the Venture Capital Industry. It covers venture capital firm fundraising, investments, valuations, exits, and returns with a focus on 2014, but also has a lot of historical data. A...

Coworking, Social Contacts and Weak Ties

The Pacific Standard's The Future of Work: The Water Cooler and the Fridge covers a fascinating academic research study on the important social role offices play. Key quote from the article: But the office is not merely a place for....

WeWork and the Blending of Physical and Digital Worlds

WeWork announced last week they had acquired Case, Inc., which is a "a building information and technology consultancy." I found the blog post on Case's site explaining why they were joining WeWork to be quite interesting. First, I like their...

The Growing Number of Food Startups

CB Insights, a great source of information on VC activity and startups, has an excellent article covering the growing number of food startups. The article chart below (click to enlarge) lists over 40 food startups by category. The trends driving...

It's a Mobile World

No matter how important you think mobile computing has become, there's a good chance you're underestimating it's growth and impact. It's moving that quickly. Ad Age's 15 Mind Blowing Stats About Mobile highlight statistics showing this. Here are the three...

The Accelerating Pace of Worker Misclassification Regulations

Spend Matters and MBO Partners had a really interesting webinar last week titled Highly Skilled Independent Professionals are Coming - Get Ready. It covered the trend towards highly skilled people becoming independent workers and the issues corporations face in attracting...

The Economic Woes of Millennials

Life's tough out there for millennials (born 1980 to 2000). And several recent articles have extensive data illustrating this. The New York Time's article We're Making it Too Hard for Millennials points out: "The most educated generation in history is...

Trading Income for Flexibility

We've been doing a lot of research lately on people trading income and income stability for greater work autonomy, control and flexibility. The two most recent examples are discussed in our posts Why the Self-Employed Flourish and Coworking, Independent Work...

Major Shift in Thinking About Americans with Multiple Jobs

Fusion's There are probably way more people in the 'gig economy' than we realize covers a major shift in thinking about how many people in the U.S. have multiple jobs or "gigs". The article quotes noted Harvard economist Larry Katz....

The Etsy Economy

Craft marketplace Etsy recently released a new report called Building an Etsy Economy: The New Face of Creative Entrepreneurship. The report is based on a survey of 4000 Etsy sellers. The key findings include: The vast majority of Etsy sellers,...

Using Digital Data For Economic Analysis

One of the biggest shifts going on in economics is the growing use of digital data for research. The Internet and cloud computing platforms are generating large amounts of digital data on pretty much all areas of business and economics....

On-Demand Economy Infrastructure Startups

The CB Insights blog's Pickaxes and Shovels: 35 Startups Providing Infrastructure for the On-Demand Economy covers the growing array of companies aiming to provide support services for on-demand economy companies and their workers. Key quote: “For most technology trends, the...

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