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Amazon Treasure Truck Program Going National

Amazon’s Treasure Truck program is expanding across the U.S. Amazon started testing the Treasure Truck last summer. It cruised around Seattle, stopping for people to pop in and buy a limited number of sale items. It also let people who...

The Taylor Review: The British Government Looks at the Gig Economy

Last October the British government asked Matthew Taylor, the CEO of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), to lead a study on the future of work with a focus on self-employment and the gig economy. The study - Good...

Direct Selling Industry Employs More People Than the Online Gig Economy Platforms

According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), 20.5 million Americans were involved in direct selling in 2016. Of those, 5.3 million are what the DSA calls "business builders". These are people actively managing and selling products to a customer base...

Led by Uber and Airbnb, the Sharing Economy Continues Rapid Growth

According to eMarketer: "...over a quarter (26.0%) of US adult internet users—or 56.5 million people—will use a sharing economy service at least once in 2017. This is a higher figure than previously projected due to stronger-than-expected uptake of both ride-...

Many Working in the On-Demand Economy Are Business Builders

The online platforms like Upwork, Uber, Lyft and WorkMarket are not just used to provide hourly or project work. For many, they function as platforms on which people can construct, test, build, and run small businesses. Others use them to...

Sextech and the Future of Sex

The sex industry is quite large, with industry revenue estimated to be north of $30 billion (which sounds low to us). So it comes as no surprise there's a future of sex podcast, which explores how sex tech is affecting...

Mastercard on the Sharing Economy

Mastercard believes the sharing economy is large. growing rapidly and here to stay. Key quote from their press release on their recently released sharing economy study: “The sharing economy is experiencing an extraordinary level of growth, transforming the fundamental way...

How the iPhone Changed the World

The iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. It wasn't the first smartphone - smartphones have been in existence since the 1990's - but it's clearly the smartphone that truly launched the mobile revolution. Recode's How Apple’s iPhone changed the...

VCs Investing Heavily in AI and Machine Learning

VC investments in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning more than doubled in 2016, according to the National Venture Capital Association. As the chart below (click to enlarge) from the Axios article Venture Capital Investment in AI skyrockets shows, VCs...

Seeking Freelance Flexibility With Full-Time Stability

The Inc. article What Do Millennials Want From Their Employers, Exactly? This Study Sums It Up in 1 Sentence says Millennials want: "Freelance flexibility with full-time stability" This is, of course, not just what Millennials want. It's what everybody wants....

The Growing Use of Online Talent Marketplaces

One of the more interesting findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence study is how much the use of online talent marketplaces has increased over the past 6 years. As the blue bars in the chart below show (click...

Despite Big Problems, Uber Will Likely Continue to Thrive

To say there's been a lot of recent bad news about Uber is, of course, a massive understatement. Rarely has a firm had as many problems, miscues and crises as Uber has had so far this year. Recode even calls...

Cyclical and Structural Forces Behind the Growing Independent Workforce

MBO Partners released their 2017 State of Independence report today. In 2017, the total number of independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors, etc.) in American rose to 40.9 million, up 2.8 percent from 2016. And MBO Partners is forecasting the...

Mapping Key Emerging Technologies

Maps are a popular way of displaying emerging technologies and how important they are and/or how quickly they will impact business and society. Almost all technology analyst firms produce maps. They do this to try to display complex information in...

Meal Delivery Heating Up

Blue Apron, a meal kit delivery service company, has filed for an IPO. The company reported $795 million in revenue for 2016, up from $341 million in revenue for 2015. It lost $55 million in 2016 compared to $47 million...

Despite Strong Job Market, Economic Uncertainty Still High

We consider the trend towards rising levels of economic uncertainty and insecurity to be one of most powerful trends we follow. We also think it's one of the least studied and understood. A combination of factors drive economic uncertainty. These...

The Business of Work/Life Integration

A growing number of firms are offering services and products based on the trend towards work/life integration. This is the shift towards work, home and life becoming increasingly blended. An interesting example comes from the popular dating site Bumble (tagline:...

The Ideas Industry

The Ideas Industry is an interesting look at how the marketplace for ideas is shifting due to the emergence of for-profit think tanks and ideas entrepreneurs. Written by Tufts University professor and political scientist Daniel Drezner, the book covers how...

What are Smombies?

According to the Macmillan dictionary, a smombie is a smartphone zombie: someone who is so busy looking at their phone that they do something stupid like stepping out into traffic. Unfortunately, walkers distracted by cellphones are leading to increasing rates...

The On-Demand Economy Driving Growth of Nonemployer Businesses

The U.S. Census released their 2015 data on non-employer businesses last week. Overall, the number of U.S. nonemployer businesses continued it's steady growth, increasing by 2.1% to 24.3 million from 2014 to 2015. Since 2003 the number of nonemployer businesses...

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