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The Staffing Industry Analyst's Human Cloud Framework and Taxonomy

Last week the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) released The Human Cloud, the Gig Economy & the Transformation of Work. It nicely covers the topics mentioned in the report title. Key quote from the report on the size of the "human...

Drones for High Value Deliveries

We hear a lot about drones delivering pizza here in the U.S. We also hear about driverless cars delivering pizza. We obviously like pizza delivery. But the startup company Zipline is delivering much more important items with drones. Since 2016...

Wireless Data Usage Continues to Explode

Wireless data consumption in North America has grown 9 fold since 2012. This comes as no great surprise, but the numbers are still impressive. The chart below illustrating this is from the Axios article America's insatiable wireless appetite. According to...

After a Decade of Strong Growth, Craft Brewing Industry Shows Signs of Slowing

In 2016, a new craft or micro brewery opened in the US on average every 11 hours. Pretty amazing. Also, the roughly 5,300 U.S. craft and micro breweries produced 24.6 million barrels of beer in 2016. This was about 12.3%...

The Gig Economy Pivots to the Enterprise

Over the past few months there's been almost a stampede of gig economy companies talking about the corporate market and/or announcing new services, products or initiatives aimed at serving large corporations. Examples include (but aren't limited to): IT talent marketplace...

The Number of STEM and Accounting Grads Rapidly Increasing.

Emsi's article STEM Majors Are Accelerating in Every State, Just as Humanities Degrees Are Declining covers the rapid increase in the number of college student graduating with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors. Key quote from the article: Since...

Economic Uncertainty and the Trend of Decline

The New Strategist Press has an interesting list of the Top 10 Emerging Trends of the 2000s. But even more interesting is their summary of the 10 trends: "Most are stories of decline–which is a trend of significance in itself."...

Robin, The Boy Wonder, Joins the Sharing Economy

Teen Titans is cartoon about the adventures of a group of young superheroes, including Batman's side kick Robin. The show released two short clips from a recent episode covering the sharing economy. They're both excellent. In the first, Robin explains...

Uber Promotes Worker Flexibility

Uber's "180 Days of Change" campaign, which is designed to improve the Uber driver experience, is getting a positive response for both the media and drivers. That Uber drivers have earned over $50 million in the 50 days since they.....

The Drivers of Contingent Workforce Use by Enterprises

We attended Upwork's Work Without Limits Executive Summit last week. This event was focused on the future of work and targeted at large enterprises. The attendees were senior HR, procurement and business unit leaders from major corporations. The summit sessions...

Drone Sales Taking Off

Over 3 million drones are expected to be sold in the U.S. 2017, with 4.45 million forecast to be sold in 2018. This data comes from The Consumer Technology Association via the Axios article Demand for Drones is Exploding. The...

What's a Good Job and How Many Are There?

The Georgetown Center on Education the Workforce has started a project on "good jobs", with a focus on good jobs that don't require a university degree. According to their first report, there are 30 million American workers without a college...

Small Business Owners Getting Older and Not Planning to Fully Retire

According to Barlow Research, the average U.S. small business owner is 60.3 year old. As the Barlow chart below shows (click to enlarge), 57% of small business owners are over the age 60, up from just 38% a decade ago....

Patreon, True Fans and the Return of "Patron Funding"

In 2008 Kevin Kelly wrote a prescient essay called "1000 True Fans". Key quote: "A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs...

Yes, Celebrity Dogs, Cats and Even Hedgehogs Have Agents

The Dog Agency is a talent management company focusing exclusively on animal influencers. By that we mean animals (mostly dogs and cats) with active online followers. Key quote from the New York Times article This Instagram Dog Wants to Sell...

Tech Jobs Moving to the Midwest

U.S. companies have long moved work overseas to save money. But a long emerging trend of moving work to lower cost areas of the U.S. instead of overseas appears to be gaining steam. The New York Times article Hot Spot...

42% of Young Small Businesses Use Contract Workers

The U.S. Federal Reserve released the their Report on Startup Firms. This is the second in a series of reports based on their 2016 small business credit survey. The focus of the report is credit experiences of startups with employees,...

Book Review: Thriving in the Gig Economy

"How to capitalize and compete in the new world of work" is the tagline for the book Thriving in the Gig Economy. This nicely summarizes this useful guide to the shift to independent work. The book starts with an excellent...

Deloitte on the Future of Work

The "Big 4" accounting and consulting firm Deloitte has released a series of articles, podcasts and videos on the future of work. Key quote on their view of the key drivers of the future of work: The future of work...

Big Smartphones Driving Online Video

No matter how much we cover mobile computing, it seems in many ways we continue to underestimate its impact. Recode's Big Smartphones Ate the Tablet Market big phones are defined as those with screens "between 5 inches and 6 inches....

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