I Am My Own System Of Record | BIZCATALYST 360°

Most surveys conclude that ‘we’ have just ‘given up’ and ‘accept it’. At least that is what corporations want you to believe. But it isn’t too late, which is why two years ago, I became involved with Project VRM, an initiative that will be ten years old this coming September, started and lead by Doc Searls (Cluetrain Manifesto and The Intention Economy). It is a great group and I am proud to be part of it. It’s amazing to think how long this army of people has been working at the challenge.

Source: I Am My Own System Of Record | BIZCATALYST 360°

Just going to work costs your employees

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, the average amount of money people spend to go to work each month is $276, or around $3,300 per year.

Source: Just going to work costs your employees — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

Inside Alphabet’s money-spinning, terrorist-foiling, gigabit Wi-Fi kiosks – Recode

The free Wi-Fi kiosks that Alphabet’s urban innovation division Sidewalk Labs is selling — similar to those already on the streets of New York — will come with eyes, ears and a host of environmental, air and digital sensors to give the tech giant an unprecedented snapshot of urban life, according to documents obtained by Recode.

Source: Inside Alphabet’s money-spinning, terrorist-foiling, gigabit Wi-Fi kiosks – Recode

Mark Cuban adds to another funding round for Boston’s HourlyNerd – Boston Business Journal

Online freelancer marketplace HourlyNerd announced Tuesday it has raised another $22 million in new funding from investors including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Total funding to date for the Boston-based startup, whose freelancers are being used by 5,000 companies around the world, is now $33 million since it was founded in 2013.

Source: Mark Cuban adds to another funding round for Boston’s HourlyNerd – Boston Business Journal

Amazon Is Quietly Eliminating List Prices – The New York Times

In a major shift for online commerce, Amazon is quietly changing how it entices people to buy.

The retailer built a reputation and hit $100 billion in annual revenue by offering deals. The first thing a potential customer saw was a bargain: how much an item was reduced from its list price.

Now, in many cases, Amazon has dropped any mention of a list price. There is just one price. Take it or leave it.

Source: Amazon Is Quietly Eliminating List Prices – The New York Times

Get Ready to Pay Surge Pricing for Food Delivery | Digital Trends

As the on-demand economy grows, there are only so many people willing and available to actually make the deliveries. A 2015 Harvard Business school study determined that it costs on-demand companies an average of $650 to recruit a driver. Drivers often don’t stay with the same company or work for only one service. The result is that even when companies pay a good deal for new drivers, the demand still isn’t being met.

Source: Get Ready to Pay Surge Pricing for Food Delivery | Digital Trends

Editorial: Lawmakers should ‘lyft’ the veil on ride-share records | Opinion | eagletribune.com

“Our greatest asset in Massachusetts is our civic-minded citizenry and it is my hope that (records reform) will foster increased and productive engagement from the public,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said in a statement after the Legislature approved the changes.

It took years of fighting on the part of open-government advocates to bring about the changes, the first in 40 years. Sadly, there is no evidence the Legislature is entering a new era of transparency.

Source: Editorial: Lawmakers should ‘lyft’ the veil on ride-share records | Opinion | eagletribune.com

Invoking Uber, Flipkart’s Bansal says markdowns in investor valuation don’t matter – Firstpost

“That (markdowns) does not matter. If you look… they did it to Uber as well. Uber raised (money) at a higher valuation. They did it to one more company, they also raised money athigher valuation,” Bansal told PTI on the sidelines of an event when asked about the recent markdown by Morgan Stanley.

Source: Invoking Uber, Flipkart’s Bansal says markdowns in investor valuation don’t matter – Firstpost

Massachusetts lawmakers debate fallout of ‘gig economy’ | WWLP.com

The Senate bill would also create a trust fund paid for by an assessment on transportation network companies of not more than 10 cents per ride. The money would be distributed to municipalities based on the proportion of rides originating in a city or town.Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg said the bill “strikes a balance between allowing an innovative business the ability to thrive while also implementing common sense regulations that protect public safety and consumers.”

Source: Massachusetts lawmakers debate fallout of ‘gig economy’ | WWLP.com

Amazon’s next $1.7 trillion opportunity could come from 5 markets – Business Insider

Amazon has been making big investments lately in all of those categories. It has launched its own private fashion labels while expanding its grocery delivery network. Amazon Business, its office supply sales channel, recently announced that it has sold over $1 billion worth of products, just a year after its launch. It even has its own local services network, called Amazon Home Services, for things like plumbing and TV installations.

Source: Amazon’s next $1.7 trillion opportunity could come from 5 markets – Business Insider