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Can We Bend the Sharing Economy Toward Equity?

Sarah Treuhaft | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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 02.26.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 01.29.2015 | 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.

How The Uber Economy Can Become A Race To The Bottom

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business

Growth in on-demand services helps customers improve their lives by finding somebody else to clear out the garage, put up the shelves or run errands. ...

How the Future of Work May Make Many of Us Happier

Anne-Marie Slaughter | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Anne-Marie Slaughter

The 'care economy' allows people time to both make a living and do what they most care about.

10 Consumer Trends and Implications for Marketing Practice in 2015

Jenny Darroch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Jenny Darroch

As a marketing professor and therefore an active researcher, I pay close attention to changes in consumption and how these changes might impact marketing strategy. Below, I outline ten observations related to consumer trends and offer questions for you to contemplate as you fine-tune your marketing strategies for 2015.

New Year's Resolutions: 10 Ways to Combat Upward Redistribution of Income

Dean Baker | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

Here are 10 ways in which we should be looking to change the structure of the market in 2015 so that all the money doesn't flow to the 1 percent. This list should provide a useful set of market-friendly policies that will lead to both more equality and more growth.

Hey Cabbies, Apps Are Cheap!

Daniel Ben-Horin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Technology
Daniel Ben-Horin

All the recent Uber crap just seemed to underlie an ineluctable point: Behind every prosperous sharing economy company, sits a smart capitalist maximizing profits.

Uber's 'Winner-Takes-All' Attitude Spells More Trouble Ahead

Reuters | Sarah McBride | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows h...

The Best Is Yet To Come: Tech Leaders Predict What's Coming Next

Grace Nasri | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Grace Nasri

As we begin to wind down the year, many executives within the tech industry are looking ahead to 2015 and evolving strategies based on expectations of what's coming next.

WATCH LIVE: The Future Of Work In The Sharing Economy

Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Dec. 2 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST. Many have touted the sharing economy’s benefits for consumers, including convenient and affordable s...

People Make The World Go Round: Standing Up for the Collaborative Economy With Joel Comm

Daniel Newman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Daniel Newman

For Joel Comm, the renowned author of Twitter Power and nearly a dozen other books, the idea of joining the sharing economy as an Uber driver seems exciting, spontaneous and perhaps even an adventure out of his comfort zone.

Weddings and the Sharing Economy

Marta Segal Block | Posted 01.19.2015 | Weddings
Marta Segal Block

Would you be willing to rent your wedding dress from a stranger? Would you consider using someone else's flowers for your centerpiece? Would you pay for your wedding photography with free legal advice?

Lydia O'Connor

Taxi Industry's Protest Against Ridesharing Apps Backfires

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business

San Francisco taxi drivers are done playing nice. For two hours on Monday night at San Francisco International Airport, cabbies with the San Franci...

Could Lyft and Uber Put Public Transit Out of Business?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.17.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It is likely that these services will just exacerbate the differences that already exist in the quality of public transit in different areas. The localities that invested and ran their systems well won't be as impacted. In the areas where frustration is higher, the problems will surely become worse when revenues and ridership decline.

The Right to Share (Rides, Rooms and More)

Hilary Gowins | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Hilary Gowins

The benefits of the sharing economy are numerous, but they stem from the fact that these business models have evolved past a traditional middleman, meaning services and goods cost less for consumers, and providers can keep more profits.

Millennials Openly Defy the Obamacare Mandate

Brad Chase | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Brad Chase

Millennials are openly defying the government mandate and thumbing their noses at legislators who continue to ignore the issues critical to young Americans. They're fed up with government forcing them to pay for the poor financial decisions of previous generations.

3 Lessons on Financial Inclusion and the Sharing Economy

April Rinne | Posted 12.25.2014 | Business
April Rinne

Why is it that despite new technologies and widespread innovation, today's financial sector provides such ill-fitting products and services to so many people and leaves so many more entirely unserved? We are missing a huge opportunity for business, policy and society alike - a missed opportunity with lasting negative effects

Is The Digital Economy Still A Capitalist Economy?

Don Tapscott | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business
Don Tapscott

Too bad the term "socialism" was appropriated by Karl Marx, because it would be an apt description of today's emerging social economy. The social media revolution is transforming the way we create wealth, work, learn, play, raise our children, and probably even the way we think.