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Startups are Everywhere in the U.S.

CB Insights The United States Of Startups: The Most Well-Funded Tech Startup In Every US State illustrates that there are tech companies all across America. The article chart below (click to enlarge) shows the tech startup that has raised the...

The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy

Last week Intuit released The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy, which covers 5 common profiles of on-demand workers. This is a follow on report to their On-Demand Workforce report from several weeks ago, which covers the motivations, attitudes and...

Interesting Academic Paper Deep Dives on Coworking

You rarely sees the words "interesting" and "academic paper" in the same sentence. But despite its title, Coworking: A Transdisciplinary Overview is one of the best and most interesting articles I've read on coworking. Key quote from the paper's abstract...

Virtual Reality Hype Hits New Highs

We too believe virtual reality is going to be big - eventually. But the hype around virtual reality seems to be getting ahead of the actual reality these days. A big driver of the excitement around VR is Facebook's Oculus...

The On-Demand Economy is Not Just Good or Bad

We've been getting a lot of feedback on the On-Demand Workforce report Intuit released last week (we worked with Intuit on this study). Most of it has been positive, a fair amount negative and some of it downright nasty (see...

Most Workers in the On-Demand Economy Are Looking for Highly Flexible Part-Time Work

Intuit released their latest Dispatch from the New Economy - The On-Demand Workforce. How The On-Demand Economy is Reshaping the 40 Hour Work Week, from Intuit VP Alex Chriss, covers the study in more detail. The study covers a lot....

Vanity Fair Covers the Contingent Worker Supplement to the Current Population Survey

Vanity Fair's The Obama Administration Is Finally Getting Serious About the On-Demand Economy covers the plan by the Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to run the contingent worker supplement as part of the May 2017...

Aging Boomers Discovering the Gig Economy

Next Avenue's Gig Economy: Better for Boomers Than Millennials covers the growing trend of retirement age Americans choosing to work in the gig economy. Key quote: The lure of job flexibility and part-time income may be too hard to resist...

"Gig" - The Word of the Year

NPR's Goodbye Jobs, Hello 'Gigs': How One Word Sums Up A New Economic Reality covers the history of the word "gig" and suggests it as the 2015 word of the year. For those of us who have been saying for...

Survey Finds 1 in 8 Office Workers Moonlight as Freelancers

The Fiscal Times article This Is Why Freelancing Is the Hot Work Trend covers a Staples survey showing that 12 percent of office workers do freelance work on the side in addition to their regular job. It also found that...

Do 45 Million Americans Work in the On-Demand Economy?

Last week in our article Confusion Reigns Over the Number of People Working in the Online Gig Economy we reported that a recent study developed jointly by Burson-Marsteller, The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative and TIME found that 45...

Three Books That Explain The Economy (and Jobs)

We were asked the other day what books we thought best explain how the economy and jobs have changed over the past couple of decades. We came up with these 3: 1. Supercapitalism by Robert Reich. The former labor secretary...

Confusion Reigns Over the Number of People Working in the Online Gig Economy

Burson-Marsteller, The Aspen Institute and Time Magazine released survey results last week on the sharing/gig/on-demand economy. Time's Exclusive: See How Big the Gig Economy Really Is covers the study results, which indicate the gig economy is quite big. Key quote:...

Is the Staffing Industry Facing a Kodak Moment?

These are good times for the temporary staffing industry. As the American Staffing Association chart below shows, the industry has been booming since the steep declines caused by the Great Recession. 2015 was another record setting year and pretty much...

How the On-Demand Economy is Making it Easier to Start a Business

Intuit CEO Brad Smith's article How On-demand is Ushering in a New Era of Entrepreneurship covers a very important and under appreciated benefit of the on-demand economy - it reduces the friction and risk associated with starting a business. "Friction",...

The Rise of the Independent Professional Working for Businesses

Getting lost in the various debates around the "gig economy" is the size and growth of the segment of independent workers who provide professional services to businesses. As the chart below from the HBR's Your Company Needs Independent Workers shows,...

It's a Mobile World

No matter how much we cover mobile computing, it seems in many ways we continue to underestimate its impact. This is why it shows up yet again on our 2016 small business trends list. As the Business Insider Intelligence chart...

Small Business Trends for 2016

Over the past 8 years we've published an annual top 10 small business trends list (click here to see last year's list and a link to prior years). This year we decided to shake things up a bit. Instead of...

The History of Santa Trackers

This is also the 60th year the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs is tracking Santa's progress. Live Science explains how to track Santa and they also include how NORAD got into Santa tracking. Key quote: If...

The Shrinking U.S. Middle Class and Economic Uncertainty

Pew Research's The American Middle Class is Losing Ground helps illustrate one of the most powerful trends impacting society - rising economic uncertainty. The reason economic uncertainty is growing is fairly straight forward. Middle income jobs have become harder to...

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