There’s a new mobile sensor tracking capability that can track when a person is walking, driving or standing still, when they arrive at store or restaurant, if they are lingering in any part of that location, and whether they are sitting or standing, if their phone is in their pocket or purse or if it’s being looked at.
An Ohio company, Advia Partners, is combining visual detection with other capabilities to identify the gender and age of a person viewing an outdoor screen and real-time changing the marketing on the screen to suit the current viewer.
Source: IoT Target Marketing: Detecting Sitting, Standing, Walking, Driving And Current Mood 06/29/2016
Based on their learning from experiments, home services provider Housejoy bringing back their services to all pincodes, and are gradually scaling it up.
“We call ourselves a hyperlocal services company. So we had to figure out how to generate hyperlocal density in demand across categories through high utilisation from service partners in particular zones in the city. That’s how we have been experimenting across all categories,” says Saran.
Source: Housejoy back to servicing across areas in Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai
The latest SpendSmart report from travel and expense management software provider Certify showed Uber and Lyft rides accounted for 46% of total ground transportation among business travelers in the first quarter of 2016. That’s up 4% from the fourth quarter of 2015.
The SpendSmart report details findings from a survey of more than 9 million business traveler receipts and expenses. The ridesharing findings, specifically, indicate the use of ride-hailing services is at an all-time high among U.S. business travelers. Uber proved to be the top ride-hailing provider in the first quarter, accounting for more than 43% of ground transportation rides, according to the report. However, Lyft is gaining popularity, with rides from the service growing 44% in the first three months of the year, representing 2.5% of all ground transportation transactions.
Source: More Business Travelers Turn to Uber, Lyft Than Ever Before
Stefanie Contreras rarely waits in line. She prefers a life where on-demand or sharing services mean she can spend her time living her life, whether she’s ordering laundry detergent or booking a vacation in Costa Rica.
“Most of the time I’m so focused on having fun. The convenience of the apps can help me do that,” Contreras said. “I don’t have to worry about those things because they take care of themselves, almost. I can focus on the things I actually want to be paying attention to.”
Source: The magic of the new sharing economy | Cronkite News
This was a reminder to me that the digital economy is still far from mainstream, and I think we need to keep that in mind when we analyze new technologies. But there’s another reason the report caught my eye, which is that it I think it’s another good example of a human ecosystem, in this case the digital economy, exhibiting signs of Postnormal Times (PNT). The digital economy is famous for making our lives easier, cutting out various middlemen and red tape to get what the consumer actually wants: a bed, not a grand lobby, a ride, not a car. This seems very normal in terms of the evolution of consumer needs.
Source: Lifeboat News: The Blog
Crowded.com, a startup centered in the exploding “on-demand,” “gig” workforce space, announced a $3.3 million seed funding round led by Tokalon Ventures, with participation by ARC Angel Fund, EarlyStage-NYC Fund, Gambit Ventures and an angel investor. Founded in 2015, the company has been in what it calls “private beta,” working with unspecified platforms and businesses and, reportedly, 50,000 workers.
Source: Crowded.com Closes $3.3M Seed Round
A few guiding assumptions:
Automated and intelligent digital systems will rapidly destroy the jobs available to people with only basic literacy; adults who do not become masters of these automated and intelligent systems will be mastered by them.
The nature of the rewarding careers and jobs that will be available to well-educated and highly trained people when today’s primary school students join the full-time workforce is increasingly uncertain. It is increasingly likely that individuals will become self-employment contingent workers, holding a changing array of multiple jobs for multiple clients at the same time—i.e. the “gig economy.”
Source: Preparing Students for the Gig Economy, Automation & Uncertainty – Top Performers – Education Week
The San Francisco home-sharing business is already valued higher than most big hotel chains it competes with in the world.
Source: Airbnb could hit $30 billion valuation in new funding round – Silicon Valley Business Journal
Growing a business takes time.
TaskEasy, Inc., the premier nationwide, on-demand exterior maintenance provider announces the completion of over $20 million in services ordered and delivered through TaskEasy.com. The services automation company took three years to reach their first $10 million in lawn mowing and snow removal, and needed just a few months to add the next $10 million in services performed.
Source: TaskEasy Delivers Over $20 Million In On-Demand Lawn Services
Many don’t see themselves as small business owners and aren’t ready to deal with one of the great two certainties in life: taxes.
Source: Here’s What Gig Workers Need to Know About Paying Taxes | MONEY