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Filed Under:Business & Finance / Entrepreneurship
Posts on Regator:1259
Posts / Week:3.9
Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Women, Seniors Leading Self-Employment Growth in UK & Canada

The UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) released a report showing that self-employment in the UK is the highest its been since they started tracking it 40 years ago. Their data shows the UK has 4.6 million people working for...

Betting on Fusion Energy

Tech Crunch's Y Combinator and Mithril Invest in Helion, A Nuclear Fusion Startup covers a $1.5 million investment in Helion, a nuclear fusion startup. What makes this really intriguing is Helion's claim that it can produce, in 3 years, a...

It's Not Just Cloud Price Wars Driving Usage

The cloud storage price wars being waged by Google, Amazon, Microsoft have been getting a lot of press this summer. As the chart below from TechCrunch's Cloud Storage is Eating the World Alive shows, since March of this year the...

Y-Combinator Goes Freelance

Last week was Demo Day for Y-Combinator's summer batch of startups. For those not familar with Y-Combinator, it's the most successful startup accelerator in the U.S. According to their website, since 2005 over 700 startups have gone through their program...

The Rise of Digital Nomads

Yahoo Travel's The New Digital Nomads - Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World covers the growing trend towards people professionals who are choosing a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere in the world. The...

Encore Career Study Findings - More Encore Small Businesses

Encore.org is an organization focused on encore careers, which they define as "post-midlife work or pro bono service to meet community needs". Their tag line is "second acts for the greater good". They go on to say that encore careers...

On-Call and Fixed Contract Work Becoming More Common

The New York Times article Working Anything But 9 to 5 covers the impact of erratic work schedules on low income parents. The erratic schedules are due to labrometrics systems, which the article nicely describes as “software that choreographs workers...

Adapting To Versus Adopting Cloud Computing

The recently released Intuit dispatch Small Business Success in the Cloud includes the following forecast: Nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent rate. We've...

Two Views of Independent Work in the Sharing Economy

Two articles with very different points of view on work in the sharing economy were published this weekend. The New York Times article In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty presents an unflattering view. Key quote:......

TJ McCue's Excellent 3D Printing Adventure

TJ McCue is crisscrossing the country in a an RV exploring the world of 3D printing. How cool is that! According to his trip website, over 8 months TJ will make hundreds of stops with the goal of:... exploring...

The New Entrepreneurial Mindset

The economy is clearly changing and to better understand these changes Emergent Research (that's us) and Intuit partnered on a year long study examining these shifts, the trends driving them and their impact on the small business economy. At a...

Small Business Success in the Cloud

Small Business Success in the Cloud is the first in a new research series from Intuit. It focuses on how cloud computing is transforming small business. New technologies, like cloud computing, tend to go through 3 broad generations. During the...

BI Forecast: Beacons Will Change Retail

The ability to provide real-time, location-specific, personalized data delivered straight to a customer's smartphone has long been considered the holy grail of location-based marketing. According to a recent report by Business Insider (registration required), a relatively new technology called Beacons...

Deloitte on the Landscape of the Future

Deloitte's Center for the Edge researches and analyzes issues and topics related to corporate growth. It is run by two Silicon Valley luminaries - John Hagel and John Seely Brown. They recently released The Hero's Jouney Through the Landscape of...

1 in 5 Microbiz Owners Take a Lot of Vacation

Gallup has started a quarterly tracking survey on microbusinesses, which they seem to define as having less than 5 employees (their methodology section is a bit hazy on this). The most recent survey was on how much vacation time microbiz...

Pharma Going to the Dogs

Yet another entry in our "going to the dogs" series, the New York Times article Start-Ups Work on Biotech Drugs for Pets covers the growing number of companies developing drugs for pets. Key quote: It’s a new example of pack...

The Rise of Farm Incubators

Two of our favorite topics are shared workspaces and small farms. So we're very excited about the the emergence of farm incubators that combine both concepts. According to Fox Business dozens of farm incubators are springing up across the country....

The Common Mistakes Futurists Make

LinkedIn's post Why Everyone Needs to be a Futurist contends that due to growing competition and the pace of change, everyone should spend part of their day thinking about the future. As the title states, it even goes so far...

The Societal and Small Business Impacts of Economic Uncertainty

If you Google "economic uncertainty" you will find many references to its impacts on the economy and business. But you won't find much on its impact on people and society. We find this interesting because we think in addition to...

Freelancers and the Rise of Multiple Income Sources

A recent Freelancers Union post titled 87% of Freelancers Have Multiple Sources of Income covers the gowing trend of freelancers piecing together multiple sources of income - and even multiple careers - to meet their financial, work and lifestyle goals....

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