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Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he's published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.

Sharing economy takes mercantile twist in China — FT.com

“[A] much-replicated business model. Bicycles, phone chargers, umbrellas and even basketballs can all be rented by the hour. Even purveyors of music have got in on the act: telephone-box-style karaoke booths outside malls and supermarkets in some of the biggest cities allow crooners to dart in for a swift lunchtime song or two, and even record it. Jiedian, a spin-off from electronics accessory maker Anker, plans to place more than 1m of its AnkerBox phone-charging units in Chinese bars and cafes this year.

Source: Sharing economy takes mercantile twist in China

In Uber echo, Lyft rolls out high-end rides

Lyft Lux and Lyft SUV debut Thursday in five markets — San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago — with 20 other cities coming on line in mid-June. Expect the services to cost up to double that of a Lyft Premier ride, and up to five times a basic Lyft fare, says the company’s chief business officer David Baga.

Source: In Uber echo, Lyft rolls out high-end rides

The Latest Uber Effect: People Are Ditching Their Cars | Fortune.com

Nearly a quarter of U.S. adults have sold or traded in a vehicle in the last 12 months, with 9% of that group turning to ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft as their main way to get around, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

Source: The Latest Uber Effect: People Are Ditching Their Cars | Fortune.com

Sprig, San Francisco food delivery startup, is shutting down – Business Insider

“No question, I’m sad that the Sprig model did not work out — but the food delivery space on the whole is growing,” wrote its CEO and cofounder Gagan Biyani. “The demand for Sprig’s convenient, high-quality food was always incredibly high, but the complexity of owning meal production through delivery at scale was a challenge.”

Source: Sprig, San Francisco food delivery startup, is shutting down – Business Insider

Lyft adds scheduled rides, new app for drivers – Business Insider

This type of scheduling will allow drivers to develop loyal riders and differentiate service by price (plus tip). An important move toward empowering drivers to profit.

Lyft is introducing a new way for drivers to book rides that will change how the nascent industry has worked until now.Now when riders schedule rides in advance, drivers can choose to accept them days or hours beforehand, with full knowledge of where the passenger is going and how long it may take them.

Source: Lyft adds scheduled rides, new app for drivers – Business Insider

What should business leaders change to thrive in the gig economy? | TrainingZone

Due to the rise of part-time staff, is it no longer acceptable to put emphasis on those who work full time. Managers need to understand the needs of everyone who work in the company, to ensure they feel included and valued. This extends to out-sourced workers or temporary, seasonal staff, who several years ago, would have slipped through the nets.

Source: What should business leaders change to thrive in the gig economy? | TrainingZone

The gig economy workforce will double in four years – Recode

For context, there are currently more gig workers than people employed in the entire information sector (which includes publishing, telecommunication and data processing jobs) and IT services combined, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: The gig economy workforce will double in four years – Recode

Bentley Launches New Concierge Service Trial For Existing Customers – CarScoops.com

Bentley-on-demand.

The British luxury brand says that the service will enable existing customers to “avoid the inconvenience and disruption of traditional rental car services” and instead give them the option of a Bentley model.

Source: Bentley Launches New Concierge Service Trial For Existing Customers

A U.S. senator has introduced the first bill to give gig workers benefits | TechCrunch

While some in Silicon Valley indulge in free meals, laundry service and egg freezing, an estimated 50 percent of the workforce won’t even have basic benefits by 2020 — and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wants to do something about that.

Source: A U.S. senator has introduced the first bill to give gig workers benefits | TechCrunch

Why ‘gig health’ matters – FT.com

This is a reflection of the same issue reported as “the meritocracy is becoming hereditary” earlier today, but from the health perspective on life outcomes.

Attention is turning to the health and wellbeing of this fast-growing workforce, which numbers about 1.3m in the UK. One academic is even calling for a “Gighall” study — akin to the landmark Whitehall studies into the health of civil servants.

Source: Why ‘gig health’ matters