Mitch’s Take: Be clear, Facebook is saying “All your customers are our customers first and foremost.”
Seattle-based sales technology startup Outreach has raised $17.5 million in a new round of funding led by Trinity Ventures, with involvement from Microsoft
NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of new startups are tackling a thorny problem that AOL couldn’t solve with zillions of dollars: How to cover local news in different cities without going broke. Some see a news hole left behind…
In her Columbus speech Tuesday, she touched on the changing nature of the workforce, for instance. She should grab this idea with both hands. The truth is that whoever the next President is, he or she will have to deal with continuing changes in the labor force. Lower paying service jobs are growing relative to higher paying manufacturing positions, the gig economy is spreading to more parts of the economy, the corporate-social compact is broken, and the public safety net isn’t catching all the people that it should. Many working people, in particular working class white men, are experiencing a “falling down” scenario in which they lose jobs and never regain them.
Sundararajan’s influence spreading….
There’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea of working a job here and a job there according to the worker’s convenience and other activities. The problem is that the profits go to some centralized corporation rather than being spread out among all the giggers in proportion to their participation in the system.If Uber or Lyft were a co-op, the profits would go to all the worker/owners instead of a handful of investors. Then the gig economy would offer not only a technique for working at one’s convenience and fitting into one’s schedule whether that schedule might be educational or child care or surfing or whatever.In other words making up one’s own work schedule so it fits into your life is not a bad thing as long as the enterprise is co-operatively owned and provides not only convenience but worker protections. [Read more…]
Take a look at these figures “as of May 2016: 15 million workers were self-employed; at the same time, a 2014 study found 53 million workers were freelancing, and it is estimated that by 2020, 60 million workers (40%) will be contingent employees.
As an example of what “gig” employment looks like, Hansen noted that car-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are leading forces. “How to manage these types of workers and provide benefits is an evolving issue. We don’t have the answers yet,” he said.
Mitch’s Take: The solution to this problem is in the next step of on-demand markets, where the current cutting edge is in collective platforms. These platforms are themselves audiences, in the media marketing sense, who can use their collective buying power to build strong portfolios