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Dave Jamieson

California Official Dismantles Uber's 'Independent Contractor' Model

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business

An official at the California Labor Commission has taken an axe to Uber's claim that its drivers are really independent operators and not employees of...

Autonomous Vehicles Will Replace Taxi Drivers, But That's Just the Beginning

Sam Tracy | Posted 06.12.2015 | Technology
Sam Tracy

Robots taking human jobs means that those humans can spend their time doing higher-valued work that will drive even more progress, which is especially good news for less-desirable professions like long-haul trucking, which is actually facing a worsening shortage of workers.

11 Economies Shaking Up the World of Work

Blair Forlaw | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Blair Forlaw

Did you catch the headline last week about Amazon Prime's new same-day service? Online shoppers in some markets who place an order before noon can now get their packages later that very day.

Payment Doesn't Always Look Like Money

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

When we attempt to reduce our value and worth at all times to mere dollars and cents we will always come up short. I have always found that I am usually rewarded for my work in direct resonance to my own sense of value.

Be a Winning Entrepreneur in the New Sharing Economy

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Yes, the sharing economy is changing the rules of business, and opening a wealth of opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs around the world. Those that recognize it early still have time to ride the wave, and those that don't will lose out on a lucrative way of doing business.

This Will Make You Never, Ever Forget Your Taxi Seat Belt Again

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Riding in a taxi without a seat belt isn't just a big city public health problem. Thanks to the popularity of car-hailing services such as Uber an...

These Companies Prove You Don't Need to 'Own' Anything to be Successful

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

In the earlier times, having the largest empire and estate equate power and success. The more tangible your assets are, the easier to flaunt and make listen and believe what you've got to say.

How the Sharing and Collaborative Economy Is impacting the Energy Sector

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

What's the Collaborative Economy? An economic model where technologies enable people to get what they need from each other --rather than from centralized institutions. This has impacted cars, hotels, banks, retailers, manufactures, and more.

Earth Day 2015: Inspiring Evidence of a Paradigm Shift

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Instead of resorting to a cynical stance towards Earth Day this year, look around to see the movement that is sneaking up on us and transitioning not only our attitudes, but also our global economy, towards a more holistic system.

It's Time to Start Talking Seriously About Basic Income

Jim Pugh | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jim Pugh

What if full employment wasn't a necessity in our economy? What if it was okay to not have a full-time position? What if robots stealing our jobs could actually be a good thing, rather than something to fear?

#WeWashing: When "Sharing" Is Renting and "Community" Is a Commodity

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 05.16.2015 | Technology
Lee-Sean Huang

Based on terms like whitewashing and greenwashing, WeWashing is when corporations, brands and other groups use the language of "sharing" and "community" to describe what are essentially capitalist commercial transactions.

Sharing Services Will Continue to Dominate in 2015

Paul DeLong | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Paul DeLong

As the sharing economy becomes more widely accepted, it opens the door for sharing services in new industries to take root and build reputable brands. Based on the principle of communal goods or services, companies will continue to help users solve common annoyances.

The On-Demand Economy and the Global Skills Gap

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 05.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Today, the majority of the world's population uses a cell phone. In addition, what is known as the "internet of things" is connecting us to our appliances, our cars, and our buildings through wireless artificial intelligence. This has major implications for our economy.

The Office-Sharing Effect

David Mandell | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
David Mandell

The static corporate real estate infrastructure has the capability to suffocate growing businesses. Last year, office rents in major markets skyrocketed to more than $62 per square foot in the Bay Area and more than $65 per square foot in Manhattan.

How to Avoid an Online Vacation Rental Scam

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Imagine you're planning a much-needed vacation. You rent a home using an online site and pay in full to secure the deal. You board your flight and travel to your destination, excited to be far away from work and ready to relax. You arrive at your rental to get the keys -- and find out you've been scammed.

How the Technology of the Collaborative Economy All Works Together

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

If you've used Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, oDesk, Kickstarter or Lending Club, you've participated in the Collaborative Economy, ever wondered what's powering it behind the shiny user interface on the app?

Can We Bend the Sharing Economy Toward Equity?

Sarah Treuhaft | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Sarah Treuhaft

We've all heard the stories. Homeless Homejoy cleaners. Uber drivers on food stamps. Grad students Airbnb-ing their extra rooms in gentrifying neighborhoods to cover their own rent.

Cutting the Mesh

Joe Singh | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Joe Singh

It's an increasingly inescapable truth that no industry, no technology, and no way of doing things is safe from startups. We saw it with music distribution, then film distribution, and now we're seeing it with hiring cars, renting a place to stay, and grocery shopping.

Grab Your Traveling Spoon and Get a Taste of Local Culture

Mimsie Ladner | Posted 04.26.2015 | Travel
Mimsie Ladner

Some of the best memories of my travels involve sharing a meal with the local people. From slurping up chanko at a sumo wrestling championship with a ...

2015 Will Be the Year of the Services Marketplace, But Only if the Price is Right

Alex Moazed | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Alex Moazed

Service marketplaces are aggregating consumer demand through mobile apps (and some websites) and fulfilling that demand through offline services.

Hot and on Demand Parking Service ZIRX CEO Sean Behr Shares His 15 Year Entrepreneurship Journey

David Ongchoco | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

The sharing economy is on the rise. We've seen a big shift in the markets of public transportation and accommodation because of the likes of Uber and Airbnb respectively.

How to Design a Sharing Market (Hint: Empathy Matters)

Markus Giesler | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick raises an important issue. Most people think that the sharing economy is all about convenience and the power of networked technology. But the biggest risk for sharing companies does not emanate from technology but from a failure to manage social expectations around it.

Joseph Erbentraut

Here's What The People Delivering Your Instacart Groceries Really Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business

In today's app economy, part-time work just isn't what it used to be.

The Share-the-Scraps Economy

Robert Reich | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The euphemism is the "share" economy. A more accurate term would be the "share-the-scraps" economy. New software technologies are allowing almost any job to be divided up into discrete tasks that can be parceled out to workers when they're needed, with pay determined by demand for that particular job at that particular moment.

The Sharing Economy Is a Gateway Drug

David Mandell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
David Mandell

Those who have challenged this in the past instigated social progress, political recourse and cultural revolutions -- all phenomenons rooted in change, outlined to disrupt the norm and drenched in risk -- risk we can't afford to take.