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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Scientists Use Robot Penguins to Spy on the Real Thing

Popular Mechanics has a great story about robot penguins being used to study Emperor penguin colonies in their natural habitat without disturbing them. After discovering tagging penguins with bands around their flippers was harmful—it impaired their survival and the number...

Cats Drive 15% of All Internet Traffic

Regular readers know we like pet trends. But I admit our coverage has been slanted towards dogs, mostly because I like dogs. But cats are more popular with online audiences. In fact, according to Bloomberg's The Magazine Trying to Bring...

The Backlash Against Sharing Economy Jobs

Over the past month or so there's been a crescendo of negative press on the sharing economy, with sharing economy jobs being the primary target. The negative press tends to focus on Uber, which has established itself as the company....

Smartwatches Forecast to Drive Wearable Computing Market

BI Intelligence has released their wearable computing forecast to 2020 and they are very bullish on smartwatches. As the chart below shows, BI Insider is forecasting that wearable computer shipments will grow 22% per year on average through 2020, reaching...

Small Businesses Turn to Their Accountants & Each Other for Advice

Barlow Research Associates is an analyst firm that works with banks to help them better understand the needs of small businesses. According to one of their recent surveys, small business owners turn to a number of sources for advice and...

PayPal, Square & Others Moving Into Small Business Lending

BI Intelligence, the research arm of new site Business Insider, has an excellent report on PayPal and Square's activities in the small business lending space. Their report - The Small Business Lending Opportunity - requires a paid subscription. But they...

What is "Hope Labor"?

Hope Labor: The Role of Employment Prospects in Online Social Production looks at the motivations behind "hope labor", which the authors define as: "... un- or under-compensated work carried out in the present, often for experience or exposure, in the...

SBA's Small Business Profiles for States

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy released their annual Small Business Profiles for States and Territories. This report provides a snapshot of small business activity in each state and territory, including information on the number of firms, employment, demographics...

Frog Design on the Future of Work

Despite the odd name (or maybe because of it), Frog Design is one of the world's leading design and innovation firms. I really like their logo, which is pictured. Frog's work combines research, strategy, technology, and design to create products...

Virgin's Coworking Hotel

Virgin has opened their first hotel - The Commons Club - in a refurbished bank building in downtown Chicago. Virgin describes the hotel as a combination of a boutique hotel and "a bold new vision for the modern day social...

Tracking the Digital Nomad Trend

Digital nomads - folks with a location-independent work and lifestyle that allows them to roam the earth working anywhere that has a good Internet connection - are getting a lot of attention these days. So I thought I would look...

Terminology - Sharing vs. Access vs. On-Demand Economy

There's a lot of discussion these days around what to call companies like Airbnb, Task Rabbit, Uber, Home Joy and others. They're mostly referred to as "sharing economy" companies. But as the Harvard Business Review article The Sharing Economy Isn't...

Why "Total Talent Management" is Important to Freelancers

One of key trends we follow is the growing awareness of the importance of contingent talent by corporate HR departments. Long viewed by HR departments simply as a way to save money, the independent workforce (freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, etc.)...

NBC Comedy to Look at Life in a Coworking Space

According to Variety, NBC has ordered a pilot of the comedy "Sharing", which it describes as: “Sharing” is a single-camera entry from Universal TV about disparate groups of people who work side-by-side in a shared office space. Jeremy Bronson wrote...

Digital Nomad Trend Taking Off

Tanya Mohn's New York Times article Coworking on Vacation: A Desk in Paradise hit a cord with readers. It lit up social media with thousands of tweets and Facebook posts. The article focuses on coworking facilities in exotic or tourist...

Uber Study - Drivers Satisfied, Like the Flexibility

Uber released a survey of their drivers last week. As with all things Uber, it's being widely covered. The key findings, at least from my perspective, are: 78% of Uber drivers are satisfied with their experience driving for Uber. 74...

Sources of Contingent Talent Shifting

DCRTrendline's New Sources of Talent covers research by Ardent Partners showing that hiring firms are shifting how they locate and hire contingent talent (freelancers, contractors, etc.). The Ardent Partners chart below from the article shows survey data on this shift....

Book Review: The Future of Work

I'm more than a bit behind on my book reviews, which is why it's taken me so long to get to Jacob Morgan's excellent book, The Future of Work. Morgan is one of the leading futurists examining work, so it...

The Internet of Pets

The giant, annual Consumer Electronics Show held last week in La Vegas was a major coming out party for new products with sensors, advanced network connectivity and products related to the emerging Internet of Things. Internet products for pets were...

Gallup Wrong About Solopreneurs

I'm a big fan of the Gallup organization and often reference their work. Which is why I'm so disappointed by their article American Entrepreneurship: Dead or Alive?. Gallup is simply completely wrong about solopreneur businesses. Key quote from the article:...

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