Gig Companies Go Old School and Hire Workers | News Fix | KQED News

The nugget of the Trusted story is that the decision to hire workers is an economic one. The CEO of Trusted, Anand Iyer, calculated he would actually save money by hiring employees instead of getting gig workers.

Here’s the logic. In the short term, employees cost a business more. Companies have to pay higher taxes and offer benefits like workers’ compensation. But Iyer says employees tend to stick around longer and fewer quit. There is less “churn,” or worker turnover, which means less money spent on find

Source: Gig Companies Go Old School and Hire Workers | News Fix | KQED News

Gig Companies Go Old School and Hire Workers | News Fix | KQED News

Over the last few years, investors have poured money into gig companies like Uber and TaskRabbit that rely on armies of contract workers. Now, some smaller gig companies are changing course and doing what most businesses do. They’re actually hiring their workers.

Source: Gig Companies Go Old School and Hire Workers | News Fix | KQED News

Online jobs in gig economy growing fast, finds new index | Money | The Guardian

The number of jobs in the online gig economy advertised by UK employers has leapt by 14% since May, according to a new index. There has been a rapid increase in the use of online platforms by companies and individuals who want to engage remote workers for piecemeal, short-term or project-based work delivered over the internet.

Source: Online jobs in gig economy growing fast, finds new index | Money | The Guardian

All 44 million contingents are part of Gig Economy

The world of work is changing, and that change is only accelerating with the introduction of the Gig Economy, said Barry Asin, president of Staffing Industry Analysts, during a keynote address today at the Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference in Las Vegas.

Today, there are 44 million Americans engaged in gig/contingent work in the US, and companies spent $792 billion on them in 2015, Asin said.

Source: All 44 million contingents are part of Gig Economy

Uber’s billion-dollar losses expose the fragile state of the on-demand economy — Quartz

One of the best summary statements of the current situation I’ve seen. — Your Editor

Taken together, the summer’s events brought into sharp focus two of Uber’s fundamental challenges: labor and competition. The company is primarily engaged in buying a monopoly to justify its status as the highest valued start-up on the market. Meanwhile, it’s devoting many of its substantial resources to keep driver disputes stretching across the country from California to New York at bay—at least for now.

Source: Uber’s billion-dollar losses expose the fragile state of the on-demand economy — Quartz

The five issues holding Uber and Lyft back in big states – The Verge

Schaller, who worked for New York City’s Department of Transportation and now runs his own consulting firm, says there are five main issues on which Uber and Lyft won’t budge, which is preventing them from reacher broader compromises with state regulators. “Across the board in big states, it’s the same issues again and again,” Schaller told The Verge.

Source: The five issues holding Uber and Lyft back in big states – The Verge

Starship robots try out deliveries on SF sidewalks – San Francisco Chronicle

Starship’s “friendly sidewalk robots” are designed to deliver parcels, groceries and other goods within a 2-mile radius, the company said, operating as a local on-demand service, rather than competing with the likes of FedEx and UPS.

Source: Starship robots try out deliveries on SF sidewalks – San Francisco Chronicle

Oracle and Salesforce and IBM? Oh my! Here comes AI sprawl | ZDNet

Data paves the way for AI. AI paves the way for more workforce automation. Automation, robots, and the digital workforce allows for lower costs, fewer humans, and easier scaling.What’s unclear is whether there’s an advantage to actually having the applications that house corporate data….

Source: Oracle and Salesforce and IBM? Oh my! Here comes AI sprawl | ZDNet

Forrester: Marketers need to say goodbye to campaigns, hello to AI-driven conversations with customers

Forrester is obsessed with customer-obsession, which it says is essential to a modern brand and which is characterized by several key principles. According to the research firm, such a customer-focused company is led by insights from and about customers, responds quickly and is thoroughly connected everywhere. The report chose 15 technologies for their impact on companies employing these principles.

Source: Forrester: Marketers need to say goodbye to campaigns, hello to AI-driven conversations with customers

Twitter’s First NFL Broadcast Draws Average Audience of 243,000 – WSJ

An average audience of 243,000 viewers per minute watched the New York Jets beat the Buffalo Bills via a live-stream broadcast on Twitter, according to the NFL. That pales in comparison with the average of 15.4 million people who watched the game on CBS and the NFL Network.

Source: Twitter’s First NFL Broadcast Draws Average Audience of 243,000 – WSJ