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Public Agencies Go Gigging for Influx of Workers – Workforce Magazine

Everything will be outsourced? There is a good reason for oversight of public offices, which gig workstyles should not displace, the prevention of exercise of political power by public workers prime amongst them. This is a relatively innocuous problem when dealing with firefighters, but “gig cops” are potentially political private armies. What happens next? The […]

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On-demand property maintenance platform Homee raises $11 million to power growth | 2018-07-02 | HousingWire

Welcome, Homee, to an intense battle. Homee is a home services marketplace joining Porch, HomeAdvisor, and others in the race to sell yard and home repair services. We think marketplace platforms are great, but that they need human representation to close larger projects, long-term subscription services, and to handle customer support during the frustrating days […]

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Lyft gets into bike-share business, acquiring operator of Capital Bikeshare and Citi Bike – The Washington Post

This may be a case of competitive mimickry, as Uber bought JUMP Mobility back in April. However, it points to an inevitability in on-demand: Every business that establishes a beachhead with consumers will find it opportune, even essential, to expand into adjacent markets. Bike-sharing, like car-sharing, can be delivered in one interface by Lyft and […]

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Putting A Purpose Behind Lyft’s Wheels

This interview with Lyft VP of Marketing, Melissa Waters, is worthwhile reading. She describes a future built on drivers providing hospitality experiences: “We will continue to have drivers and people servicing vehicles. We think in the frame of hospitality and customer service.” It’s when she dives into the challenge of building the Lyft brand that […]

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Ford’s Hypothetical Autonomous Car Test

Ford is testing autonomous vehicles with delivery service Postmates in the Miami area. The catch is, the cars’ automation is merely simulated to gather feedback from customers about the experience. A driver is hiding behind tinted glass. The reality is Ford is testing car configurations. With three lockers, the Ford vans in Miami will roll […]

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Uber Brand Leader Bozema Saint John Out, Headed for Endeavor

Uber lost its highest-profile executive after new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi as brand maven Bozema Saint John departs to become CMO of Endeavor, a new entertainment company. Hired by ousted CEO Travis Kalanick, Saint John is one of the last senior female executives at the company. The move is not surprising, given the many executive changes […]

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Facebook is getting into the gig economy by bringing cleaning and other home services to Marketplace — Quartz

Everyone wants in on the high-margin gig economy. The low-margin gig economy, in which brokers of work opportunity take a more traditional brokerage fee, between five percent and 10 percent, compared to today’s 25 percent or more of each transaction, will disrupt this movement toward consolidation. If Facebook recognizes this is its opportunity to be […]

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Subpoenas Fly In Wake Of Gig Economy Ruling | PYMNTS.com

The expansion of gig work is well underway, and the challenges to the model will grow. This is a long-term renegotiation that needs to include retirement and health services in a solution, though not necessarily through traditional employment. What would a new form of worker union look like in this world? It might be a […]

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New Report To Update Decade-Old Data On The Nation’s Gig Economy Workforce – Lexology

New gig economy data coming from the BLS on June 7 How much has the gig economy changed in the last 13 years? We’re (finally) about to find out. According to Tyrone Richardson at Bloomberg Law, the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is scheduled to release a report on “contingent […]

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Will the future of work be a utopia or a dystopia?

The future is literally in our hands. We have a choice regarding work and the rewards it provides. Looking ahead, West sees the American economic and political systems at a crossroads: one path leads to a utopia with a more inclusive society, more leisure time, and culture; the other leads to a dystopia with high […]