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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.

ShiftPixy Wants to Slay the Compliance-Risk Dragon

It may be that ShiftPixy has unique know-how and capabilities to take on the ACA compliance burden within the market segment it is addressing; however, it is not quite clear how this is a differentiator. Admittedly, though, we may be missing something here.

Source: ShiftPixy Wants to Slay the Compliance-Risk Dragon

Moving Toward a System of Portable Benefits in the Gig Economy

As a result of the demise of the employer-provided pension plan and the rise of participant-directed savings plans, workers have already felt the movement away from the paternalistic approach to retirement benefits. This development has not been without controversy, as exemplified by the debates regarding participant savings rates, education regarding investments and fee transparency, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) fiduciary rule regarding investment advice.

Also, on the health care front, the Affordable Care Act has provided a platform for workers to obtain their own individual health insurance in the Marketplace, either through choice or necessity, and the tax benefits of employer-provided health benefits are being threatened in tax reform initiatives. With the implementation of consumer-driven designs, employees are also managing their health spending and insurance choices.

Source: Moving Toward a System of Portable Benefits in the Gig Economy

NYP gets in on the on-demand health services hustle | Healthcare Dive

On demand healthcare is so hot right now. As a Rock Health report last November pointed out, funding for such services has increased over the years with a total of $692 million since 2011. Earlier this year, an Accenture report estimated the on-demand healthcare product investment would explode to more than $1 billion in 2017 from $250 million this year.

Source: NYP gets in on the on-demand health services hustle | Healthcare Dive

Airbnb, Uber see crucial role in 2016 vote | TheHill

The giants of the on-demand economy took to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, making the case that their users were crucial to the 2016 election.Airbnb’s policy chief, Chris Lehane, presented polling data on the on-demand economy, accompanied at the event by Uber’s David Plouffe.

“I think my big takeaway from the data that’s been presented is that a path to winning, securing the votes of millennials, is really talking about the sharing economy,” said Lehane, a longtime progressive operative who joined the company last year.

Source: Airbnb, Uber see crucial role in 2016 vote | TheHill

Santa Fe is test city for startup search engine Yellcast – The Santa Fe New Mexican: Business

Santa Fe has been chosen by a new Silicon Valley startup as the place to shape what it hopes will be a buyer-centered search engine that connects consumers with local merchants.

The idea of Yellcast might sound familiar, but the fact that its goal is to focus on local merchants and products in a specific community makes it different than Google or Yelp or national search engines where large companies with the most hits often monopolize the internet pages.

YellCast debuted its technology and business model at BIA/Kelsey NOW San Francisco last year. I think it is the most vendor relationship management ethos-friendly search startup, and their intention-based search can flip the traditional lead generation process upside-down, lowering costs for advertisers of services.

Source: Santa Fe is test city for startup search engine Yellcast – The Santa Fe New Mexican: Business

On-demand delivery app Favor expands service to Woodlands – Houston Chronicle

Favor, a smartphone app-based delivery service, expanded service to The Woodlands on Tuesday as it moves to grow its reach across the state. The delivery service connects users with “runners” who deliver anything from meals to groceries to personal items from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The cost per delivery is $5.

Source: On-demand delivery app Favor expands service to Woodlands – Houston Chronicle

Dropoff Brings Same Day, On-Demand Delivery Services To LA – socaltech.com

Dropoff, an on-demand, same day delivery startup, said today that it has launched its services in Los Angeles, as the first expansion of the startup into California. The startup, based in Austin, Texas, says it is targeting its on-demand delivery service at businesses, particularly those in the film and television, health care, professional services, food and grocery, and retail area

Source: Dropoff Brings Same Day, On-Demand Delivery Services To LA – socaltech.com

Zoomcar Raises $25 Mn From Ford Motors, Sequoia & Reliance Ventures – Inc42 Media

Bangalore-based self-drive car rental venture Zoomcar has reportedly raised $25 Mn in Series C funding led by Ford Motor Company. Its existing investor Sequoia Capital along with new investor, Reliance Ventures also participated in the round. With this, the self-driving car rental company has a total equity of $46.2 Mn.

Source: Zoomcar Raises $25 Mn From Ford Motors, Sequoia & Reliance Ventures – Inc42 Media

Milwaukee is Looking to Adapt More Internet of Things Technology | WUWM

Strong internet connections can play a huge role these days in the economic viability of an area. As growing numbers of devices and systems are being connected to the internet, cities across the country are looking to keep up with what’s called the Internet of Things, or IOT. Milwaukee is no different.

The city is in the early stages of examining what it means to be a “Smart City,” or a city that uses technology and the internet to enhance performance.

Source: Milwaukee is Looking to Adapt More Internet of Things Technology | WUWM

YP Announces New ‘Audience Cartography’ Platform for Targeting and Attribution | Street Fight

YP’s location data comes from several sources, including the information it collects from its own app as well as the in-app inventory it buys from the advertisers with which it partners. The company is also selective in the location data it actually uses for its client reports: YP discards almost 70 percent of the data at its disposal, presenting only the higher-quality figures to its clients, according to Bill Maslyn, director of digital ad products for national markets at YP.

Using this location data, YP provides an interactive click map on which businesses can see how many consumers have interacted with their campaigns. It is also now providing customers with store location heat maps that allow advertisers to gauge their success in courting customers of different sorts of demographics in various locations.

Source: YP Announces New ‘Audience Cartography’ Platform for Targeting and Attribution | Street Fight