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Do Gig Workers Like Their Jobs? It's All About Choice, Flexibility, and Control

There is much confusion around whether or not gig workers like their jobs. The reason is the answer depends on which gig workers you ask. We've done extensive research on this topic and whether or not someone likes gig work...

The 3 Technologies That Will Define Our Future - For Good or Bad

Inventor, entrepreneur and thinker Ray Kurzweil is legend in Silicon Valley. While probably best know for inventing the first music synthesizer, the Kurzweil K250, his inventions and achievements are too numerous to list here. Singularity University's Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three...

Gig Economy Declining in Rural America

The Daily Yonder's (tagline: Keep it Rural) ‘GIG ECONOMY’: WHILE U.S. GAINS, RURAL SHOWS NET LOSS covers an interesting study that shows rural areas of the country are seeing declines in gig economy employment. The is based on an examination...

Uber, Lfyt and Ridesharing Spreading to Adjacent Industries

It's been clear for some time that Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing firms are taking share from traditional taxis. But the ridesharing industry is not just stopping there. It's starting to have major impacts on adjacent industries. For example, Skift's...

Low Wage Workers Not Who You Think They Are

The Economic Policy Institute's (EPI) article Low-Wage Workers Are Older than You Think provides a good, demographic snap shot of low wage workers in the U.S. Their infographic (below) shows that surprisingly relatively few (11%) are teens and most (57%)...

Consumers Embracing the On-Demand Economy

The Harvard Business Review's The On-Demand Economy Is Growing, and Not Just for the Young and Wealthy covers research showing the on-demand economy is attracting more than 22.4 million consumers annually and $57.6 billion in spending. More interesting is the...

Why the Office is Still Important and Coworking is Growing

One of the most interesting trends we follow is the paradox of place. The paradox is place and location have become both more and less important. Place is less important because high fidelity connective technologies allow people to communicate with...

What is Platform Cooperativism?

Platform Cooperativism is the term being used to describe the combination of coop business structures with online platforms that delivers real-world goods or services. Coops are basically businesses owned and controlled by the members that they serve. This means that...

Etsy Makes it Easy for Sellers to Move Off Etsy

One of the challenges online marketplaces face is sellers often do their best to move their customers off the marketplace to their own ecommerce site. They do this for two main reasons. First, they want to avoid the fees associated....

The New Comedy Gig Economy

Wired's fascinating The Silicon Valley Boys Aren’t Just Brilliant—They’re Part of a Comedy Revolution covers what they call the new comedy gig economy. Key quote:... a new comedy gig economy built on a hodgepodge of podcast appearances, sketch show...

Excellent Definition of the Pet Humanization Trend

I just joined the LinkedIn Group Packaged Facts Pet Market Research & Trends. Great group for fans of pet trends. It's a private group. But they let me in, so they're willing to let in non-pet industry folks. Joining the...

Expect More Internet Connected, Quantified Dogs

Based on our site stats, we have a loyal core of readers who love pet trends as much as we do. So this group will no doubt want to be updated on the acquisition of Whistle, a maker of "Fitbit...

Contract Jobs Dominated Job Growth Since 2005

Fusion's Harvard economist: All net U.S. job growth since 2005 has been in contracting gigs covers a study by two noted academic economists that found all net employment growth in the U.S. economy since 2005 appears to have occurred in...

Truck Based Commerce Continues to Expand - Financial Planning & Books

The use of trucks as mobile commerce platforms continues expand. Just in the last week the press have reported on two interesting examples. The Forbes article Financial Planner Takes Tough-Love Money Advice On The Road reports on the first financial...

A Watershed Moment for External Talent Platforms

The Harvard Business Review's How PwC and The Washington Post Are Finding and Hiring External Talent covers the growing use of external talent platforms by corporations. Emergent Research Managing Partner Carolyn Ockels and I co-authored this article. We've covered PwC's...

Small and Independent Brewers Continue to Gain Share

According to the Brewers Association, small and independent craft brewers continued to gain share on beer industry giants in 2015. Key quote from their press release: In 2015, craft brewers produced 24.5 million barrels, and saw a 13 percent rise...

Tesla's Auto Pilot and Underground Self-Driving Cars

I had the opportunity to experience Tesla's self-driving auto pilot mode in their new Model X SUV. It's very cool and the car really does drive itself. While in auto pilot mode the human driver doesn't need to have their...

The 4 Kinds of Work in the Future

HBR's Work in the Future Will Fall into These 4 Categories has a great 2X2 matrix (below) showing the 4 different types of work likely over the next decade. Two things really struck us about this article and chart. The...

The Rise of Internet Middlemen

One of the most persistent myths about the Internet is that it's eliminating the need for middlemen. Since the early days of the Internet when Bill Gates wrote in his book The Road Ahead that the "information superhighway" would become...

Economic Uncertainty Hits Millennials; Only 1/3rd Feel They are Middle Class

The Guardian's US millennials feel more working class than any other generation covers data from the General Social Survey showing that the number of millennials (born 1980 to 2000) who consider themselves middle class has fallen from 45.6% in 2002...

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