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Blockchain Starting to Move into the Real World

Goldman Sachs recently released a report suggesting that blockchain is moving past the hype and that the decentralized ledger technology that Bitcoin is based on will be used across a variety of applications in the near future. We covered blockchain...

Consulteering - A New Approach to Retirement

Work a Little, Play a Little: A New Retirement Strategy from the New York Times covers the growing trend towards people working part-time in retirement. As we reported last week, record numbers of Americans are working past 65. They are...

Coworking Has Crossed the Chasm

The Coworking Industry is an interesting white paper by coworking industry veteran Drew Jones, who is a partner in the boutique coworking consultancy OpenWork. The paper uses the diffusion of innovation model developed in the book Crossing the Chasm to...

Record Number of Americans Working Past 65

Bloomberg's I'll Never Retire covers the trend towards people working past the traditional retirement age - or at least the recent traditional retirement age. As the article chart below shows, the percentage of Americans aged 65 and older who are...

Why People Work in Coffee Shops and Why This Means Coworking Will Continue to Grow

I ran across a really interesting post in Medium titled What are People Working on in Coffee Shops? The title is a bit misleading. It's really about what people are working on in a single coffee shop in Venice Beach,...

ProFinder - LinkedIn's Freelance Talent Marketplace Targets Upwork

LinkedIn has quietly launched ProFinder, it's online talent marketplace. It was first released in last fall, but at the time it was a bit unclear how serious LinkedIn was about ProFinder. That's no longer the case. ProFinder, not surprisingly, is...

Top 10 Signs Coworking is Entering the Mainstream

The annual U.S. Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) was held last week in Los Angeles. Based on what we saw, heard and learned, coworking is entering the mainstream. Our top 10 reasons why are: 1. The continued exponential growth of...

New Coworking Video; GCUC Coworking Conference Presentations Available

A new coworking video was released last week at the GCUC coworking conference. It's short (2:30), to the point and nicely covers the reasons coworking has become so popular. It features the results of our coworking member survey. The conference...

Uber Didn't Create the Gig Economy; The Gig Economy Created Uber

We've been in a lot of meetings lately where people talk about the "Uberization of Work". These discussions tend to go the same way. The claim is made that Uber is creating the gig economy by hiring independent contractors instead.....

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...

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