Thinking Economic Transformation, by Mitch Ratcliffe
Author: Mitch Ratcliffe
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.
Used together, these features will enable developers to provide more customized user experiences.
Snapshot API lets the app request context-based information about users, such as their current location and weather conditions in their area.
Fence API allows the app to react to changes in users’ context. For example, it can tell the developer when the user has plugged in their headphones, so that developers can push notifications to users about certain music or videos.
There’s some closure (literally and figuratively) for Move Loot, the furniture resale marketplace that we wrote earlier this month was up for sale. The startup — backed by nearly $22 million in funding from a list of top investors that included Y Combinator, GV, Index, Metamorphic and Sherpa — has shut down its business and sold access to its customer list to Handy, the home services company that offers cleaning and repairs on demand. TechCrunch understands that no other assets or employees are a part of th
Across the Index, a total of 19 nations that have tapped 80% of their human capital potential or more. In addition to these 19 countries, 40 countries score between 70% and 80%. A further 38 countries score between 60% and 70%, while 28 countries score between 50% and 60%. Five countries in the Index remain below 50% in 2016.
Whether that increase in stability is wholly positive is arguable. In roaring economies, workers switch jobs more often, looking for higher pay or better bosses. The length of time spent at one job goes up in times of economic stress (such as the mid-aughts), when workers hang on for dear life. But whatever the cause, it’s clear that younger workers switch jobs less often than in the past. For women, also, the length of time at the average job has gone up markedly. (It’s now almost the same as for men.) To the extent that there was security in the past, it didn’t apply to women.
ShiftPixy, Inc. creates innovative solution to Employer/Employee problems created by affordable care act (ACA); revolutionizes “GIG Economy” structure by creating its own proprietary workforce to lend out to third party employers. The ShiftPixy Solution allows employers who choose to reduce Employee Work Hours as their default dption to avoid mandated regulatory costs and related burdens; gives them the ability to maintain workforce levels while providing employees opportunity to receive “Full Time” Wages and Healthcare Coverage.
From ride-hailing apps to shopping services, the sharing and on-demand economy has grown in the U.S., yet a relatively small minority of the public is incorporating shared and on-demand services deeply into their day-to-day lives. Still, some Americans are “super users”: 7% have used six or more services (out of a total of 11), according to a Pew Research Center study.
Convey handles the logistics of moving large items from the store to homes and businesses. The company creates fulfillment software for retailers. Its customers include Jet.com, Build.com and Living Direct. Convey reports its software saves retailers approximately 11 to 22 percent, on average, on freight costs and increases on-time delivery.
According to a recent study by IndustryARC the global market for industrial internet of things is estimated to reach $123.89 billion by 2021. The manufacturing industry will be the highest revenue generating segment for IIoT market in the forecast period. However, healthcare or medical devices segment will have the highest growth rate through 2016 to 2021; this is estimated to grow at approximately 60% year on year.
“These markets are contestable, and they’re contestable city-by-city,” Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, told me a few weeks ago. “There are network effects that are local to a particular market, but these are not like Facebook’s network effects. They don’t give you a multiyear advantage.”