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Sharing Economy

Report: The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, 2015 Data on the Rise of Sharing

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

The collaborative economy is an economic movement where common technologies enable people to get the goods and services they need from each other, peer to peer, instead of buying from established corporations.

Six Lessons In Innovation From Cuban Entrepreneurs

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ricardo Herrero

As Cuban entrepreneurs start to enjoy greater access to the American private sector, they will undoubtedly gain an abundance of insights that will help their businesses scale and succeed.

The Independent Work Boom: Why it's Good for the U.S. Economy

Gene Zaino | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Gene Zaino

The future of work is already here, and the innovation and entrepreneurship it will unleash are unprecedented. Will the trend towards independence continue? All signs point to "yes."

10 Reasons Why Investors Love Shared Transportation

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

So why have VCs invested so much capital into the transportation space? There's at least ten reasons why this category is so attractive.

We Need to Make Demands From the On-Demand Economy

Mike Lux | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I want to stay at a place on my trips that has some health safety regulations they have to abide by; I want there to be an even playing field so that Uber and AirBnB have to live by the same rules that taxi companies and hotels do. If Uber drivers are full time, if AirBnB hosts are renting out apartments most of the time, they ought to be treated like employees and have their payroll taxes paid.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 - Leading Special Forces for Sustainability, A Conversation with Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustaina...

How Big Is the Gig Economy?

Steven Hill | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Steven Hill

The gig economy is just one sub domain of what is happening more broadly to the workforce, including just-in-time scheduling and other disruptions to the labor markets, whether as a result of the gig economy, automation and robots, artificial intelligence and other factors.

Trailblazing Women: Alex Depledge, Founder & CEO of

Anne Ravanona | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

"It really shows you that you can do anything if you really put your mind to it. I don't think you can really experience great things in life until you hit rock bottom and have to pick yourself up again."

10 Ways Mobility-as-a-Service Changes Your Lifestyle

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

In my ongoing studies of tracking market funding of this market, the transportation sector has received the most funding, over $14B, out-funding all other industries. The lion's share going to ride-sharing apps like China's Didi, India's Ola, and America's Uber.

Dear Uber: America Needs a Caring, Not a Sharing Economy

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Americans are looking to corporate citizens to embrace their responsibilities to workers and the public. The enormous popularity of minimum wage increases and anti-wage theft measures are a powerful barometer of this desire, and one that Uber and other sharing economy players would do well to heed.

5 Women Labor Leaders Speak Their Minds on the Future of Labor

Leslie Tolf | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Leslie Tolf

"A woman's rights affect everyone's rights. This is happening in sectors where people think it's not -- like manufacturing, where women might get only $11-12 an hour. Collaboration is important, and women need to come together. We also need men supporting this."

Monetizing Neighborliness

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 08.31.2015 | Technology
Lee-Sean Huang

Apps like eNeighbr are seductive in their seamlessness, but do they encourage the kind of community that we want to live in?

Is The Corporate Travel Agent Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

Jeffrey Hayzlett | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Hayzlett

Over the decades, we have seen the aviation industry change dramatically, for leisure and also for business travel. During the economic downturn/recession, many companies decided to cut back on their business travel expenses.

Sharing the Millennial Way

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Shannah L. Compton

While the classic American Dream is to own everything, cars, homes, luxury items and such, millennials are creating their own version of the American Dream: sharing with access, without owning.

Trailblazing Women: Sarayu Srinivasan, Founder & CEO of Kaargo

Anne Ravanona | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

Sarayu Srinivasan is the Founder & CEO of Kaargo, an online consumer shipping and logistics marketplace. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Bill Maher Rips Today's 'Sharing Economy' On 'Real Time'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 08.22.2015 | Comedy

It's probably safe to say you won't see Bill Maher ride around in an Uber anytime soon. The comedian put the ride-finding app as w...

Why I Still Ride Cabs In San Francisco

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.15.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Ridesharing is playing an important role in making cities easier and cheaper to get around; it's resulted in a far more functional system. But what I've learnt is that there is room for many different players in this space, and that their coexistence makes all of them stronger companies.

Uber Wins Dismissal Of Lawsuit By Connecticut Taxi Companies

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business

Aug 13 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday won the dismissal of a racketeering lawsuit by 15 Connecticut taxi and limousine companies seeki...

Spanish Town Installs Communal Fridge To Fight Food Waste

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact

Consider it a “free little library” approach to saving food from the trash. In the Basque Country town of Galdakao, Spain, residents have...

Worker Definitions in the 'New' Economy Are an Old School Trick

Rebecca Smith | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Rebecca Smith

Changing a worker's title to "independent contractor" is an age-old way to claim exemption from core labor and tax laws.

Think Design Think

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 08.03.2015 | Science
Jens Martin Skibsted

Design negotiates between technology, policy, systems and users. It has become a universal medium for expressing ideas, raising fundamental questions and addressing social challenges.

How Uber And The On-Demand Economy Are Changing The Way We Live

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology

Now that the Uberization of everything is breaking into mainstream politics, it's time to talk about what on-demand apps such as Uber or Pag...

Hillary Clinton Hints She'd Support Flexible Benefits For Gig Economy Workers

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

If America's economic future includes on-demand labor in a "gig economy," then American policymakers will need to build modern safety nets to protect ...

Why Uber Is An Easy Target For Politicians

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business

   Uber is growing fast -- and its economic value has become a topic of political debate. Politicians are grappling with how to approach th...

Risk in the Asset-less Economy

Dante Disparte | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

Uber and Airbnb's customers, non-employee employees and stakeholders rightfully have an expectation of the harmonization of the terms of trade irrespective of borders. Herein lies one of the greatest existential risks to the asset-less economy.