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Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights - BBC News
[ ANOTHER COURT IN UK SAID, UBER DRIVERS ARE EMPLOYEES.] Uber said there were two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. &! Deliveroo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41983343 - But the CAC found they were self-employed because of their freedom to "substitute" - allowing other riders to take their place on a job. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41980922 - Handy gig cleaning app. and its policy acts causes social media row.
UK  Uber  Platform  1099  Self-Employment  gig  Economy  on-demand  working  poor  poverty  insecurity  Precariat  minimumwage  Mindestlohn  TaskRabbit  neoliberal  Exploitation  workers  rights  trade  union  neoliberalism  Capitalism  profit  maximisation  PAYE  NI  taxation  pension  scheme  bailout  welfare  state  recovery  Technology  totalitarianism  technocracy  Super  Rich  1%  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  evasion  avoidance  tax  employment  law  Deliveroo 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. - https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/79jmuh/almost_all_the_10_million_jobs_created_since_2005/
USA  economic  history  workers  trade  union  recovery  GFC  secular  stagnation  social  income  mobility  inequality  job  creation  Precariat  working  poor  security  insecurity  1099  gig  economy  Self-Employment  part-time  Uber  on-demand  profit  maximisation  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  benefits  welfare  state  tax  credits  evasion  avoidance  Austerity  BarackObama  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  poverty  trap  post-racial  American  Dream  UK  Germany  btw17  lobby  vested  interest  No  Representation  employment  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  Werkvertrag  Agenda  2010  Agenda2010 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS plans to introduce an 'App' for staff to 'work extra hours at short notice'
https://skwawkbox.org/2017/10/03/video-hunt-ill-give-nurses-an-app-to-work-longer-at-short-notice/ - VIDEO: HUNT – “I’LL GIVE NURSES AN APP TO WORK LONGER AT SHORT NOTICE” //&! Several changes to nursing education were also announced during the conference including; increasing the number of trainee nursing associates and introduce nursing apprenticeships. apprenticeship nurses! are you kidding me!? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41489986 // from reg nurses w work experience and college/uni time to nursing associates to apprenticeship nurses! // Jeremy thinks you can catch patient safety w Nursing for Idiots. As well as allowing family to wash their relatives. // [...] [ending free nurse training = policy blunder bc also pay cap, austerity, not valued = training numbers down] Mr Hunt's announcement begs a big question - why is the Government flagging up a route to nurse qualification with no tuition costs at the same time as scrapping free tuition for student nurses? Could the Health Secretary have realised that making nurse trainees pay for their tuition might deter future applicants?
NHS  Nurses  Junior  Doctor  gig  economy  1099  on-demand  Jeremy  Hunt  Brexit  immigration  EU  staff  recruitment  Austerity  remuneration  Crisis  staffing  hiring  locum  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  delayed  treatment  bedblocking  Council  bed  blocking  Simon  Stevens  quality  patient  safety 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Falling unemployment is great for the economy? Try telling cleaners like Irene | Stefan Baskerville | Opinion | The Guardian
While UK unemployment fell by 75,000 in the three months to July, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.3%, these figures disguise a disturbing trend in the British labour market – one of falling wages, rising insecurity and false self-employment. At the New Economics Foundation, we carried out research that shows two in every five people employed in the UK are in “bad jobs” – work that doesn’t provide a secure, living wage.
UK  working  poor  Precariat  Austerity  Self-Employment  zero  hour  contract  part-time  child  credit  tax  insecurity  job  Productivity  underinvestment  skill  gap  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  consumer  debt  household  zero-hour  on-demand  profit  maximisation  living  standard  wage  growth  inflation  secular  stagnation  GFC  recovery  poverty  trap  Deprivation  mental  health  chronic  stress 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
What Next tells us about shopkeepers' woes - BBC News
more online shopping, less high street (high street had to be profitably managed down). More spending on experience.
Brexit  inflation  High  Street  Amazon  on-demand  Mainstreet  HighStreet  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  wage  growth  household  debt  consumer  credit  card  creditcard  UK  private  borrowing 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Panorama 3 vom 1.11.2016 | Panorama 3 | NDR - YouTube
Arbeit auf Abruf: Das Leiden der Arbeitnehmer "teilzeit auf abruf" aka Zero Hour contract! abb 22:30 // der Mensch als Roboter den man an und aus schaltet!
Zero  Hour  Contract  UK  Germany  Leiharbeit  Zeitarbeit  Minijob  technological  unemployment  neoliberal  neoliberalism  on-demand  part-time  underemployed  Structural  Agenda  2010  crony  capitalism  working  poor  Precariat  Precarious  ALG2  Sozialabstieg  poverty  child  Exploitation  SPD  CDU  CSU  AfD  PEGIDA  Rechtsruck  far-right  right-wing 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
"YouTube is the ultimate place to succeed. There's no nepotism, no hierarchy. If people want to see your stuff, they will." @CaseyNeistat
// + press junket // + traditional marketing and advertising spend [<< anti Gary Vaynerchuk] // - "YouTube is the ultimate place to succeed. There's no nepotism, no hierarchy. If people want to see your stuff, they will." @CaseyNeistat //&! "I fell in love with film making immediately. I've realized how elusive it is to find something your that passionate about." //&! "The line is hard to define between what you share & don't share. I lightly skim off the top of my actual life." //&! "If there's something I want to do, I make it my mission to do it. I fantasize about being healthy until I die an old man." //&! "One of my dreams has been to make film making democratic. Now all you need is a cell phone." [ Beme ] //&! "I made a short video about bike lanes in a funny way, but it was a relevant issue. It led me to other PSA's." //&! "What's more exciting to me is looking at the future of media like Netflix, festivals, Amazon. Those are really interesting." HOLLYWOOD NO PLACE 2TAKE RISKS!
Casey  Neistat  Hollywood  Television  Music  Industry  MCN  Entertainment  Industry  Gary  Vaynerchuk  nepotism  noise  filter  bubble  Beme  Netflix  Amazon  Prime  iPlayer  HBO  on-demand  mobile  homescreen  YouTube  Entertainment  Escapeism  Vlog  Vlogging  nepotism  democracy  meritocratic  meritocracy  Quentin  Tarantino  Steven  Spielberg  George  Lucas  Stanley  Kubrick 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Aldi cranks up the pressure on the big four supermarkets
All the major chains have cut prices, but Barnes says he merely cut Aldi’s further, by an average 6% in the past year, to maintain the differential. He adds that Asda will never achieve its stated aim of narrowing its price gap with the discounters to just 5%. “Whether Asda gets to 5% is not just their decision; it’s ours as well. We will not let any competitor get to 5%. That’s a concrete commitment.”

Maintaining that price position has hit Aldi’s already slim profit margins, but Barnes says profits were strong last year, with the cost of price cuts offset by increased sales and tight control of central costs. He believes deflation in the market will slow by the end of this year as the major chains switch to competing on measures such as service or quality.
ASDA  Aldi  Lidl  Tesco  UK  Retail  brick  and  mortar  on-demand  Supermarket  commodity  business  austerity  squeezed  middle  class  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  working  poor  recovery  Frugal 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Angestellte bei Airbnb und Uber: "Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat"
AirbnB und andere Firmen tun so, als hätten sie eine soziale Mission. Doch laut dem Buchautor Tom Slee beuten sie ihre Angestellten schlimmer aus als herkömmliche Firmen - und begünstigen totale Überwachung. // SPIEGEL: Es gibt Ökonomen, die sehen in diesen neuen Jobs auch eine Chance.

Slee: Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat. Die dahinterstehenden Plattformen tarnen sich als Innovation, bauen aber auf unbegrenzte Verfügbarkeit und darauf, Arbeitsgesetze auszuhebeln und alles Risiko den Kleinunternehmern aufzuhalsen. [...] SPIEGEL: Uber und Co gerieren sich oft als Plattformen für freie Miniunternehmer. Sind sie das wirklich?

Slee: Die Leute sind scheinselbstständig, oft werden sie wie Angestellte behandelt. Tatsächlich haben sie etwa die Pflicht, 90 Prozent der angeforderten Fahrten anzunehmen, sonst werden sie gefeuert.
Share  Economy  sharing  Uber  for  X  Uber  Lyft  AirBnB  Book  on-demand  mobile  homescreen  ondemand  convenience  convenience  Service  Sector  Jobs  Precariat  precarious  employment  precarious  work  Contractor  part-time  part-time  employment  Zero  Hour  Contract  1099  Economy  Gig  Economy  neoliberal  neoliberalism  tax  credit  low  pay  low  income  self-employment  labour  market  job  insecurity  job  security  job  market  secular  stagnation  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  marketplace  efficiencies  TaskRabbit  minimum  wage  TOS  employment  EULA 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate
Uber for X // Startups that deliver what you want, when you want it — like Uber, but for groceries, laundry, munchies, etc. — are revamping their business plans or shutting down entirely. It turns out that the on-demand model is so cash-intensive that it only really works if you're, well, Uber.
Uber  Uber  for  X  Uber  Playbook  Lyft  on-demand  mobile  homescreen  convenience  Share  Economy  Gig  Economy  self-employment  1099  Economy  marketplace  efficiencies  TaskRabbit  Zero  Hour  Contract  commodity  business  commoditization  Niedriglohnsektor  Service  Sector  Jobs  job  insecurity  job  creation  job  security  job  market  freelancing  freelance  precarious  work  working  poor  Silicon  Valley 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Why doesn’t Whole Foods just take out Blue Apron, Plated et al?
But the biggest problem has to be churn. These services-- even if you love them-- burn you out. A small percentage of people have the time and desire to cook three nights a week over the course of a year. The recipes either don’t repeat favorites enough or offer too much duplication of sauteed chicken with slightly different ingredients placed around it. We spent months demoing them and boxes arriving soon started to elicit groans. It was a ticking time bomb crossed with the monotony of a to do list arriving on our doorstep.
on-demand  mobile  homescreen  user  churn 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Number of workers on zero-hours contracts up by 19% | UK news | The Guardian
Office for National Statistics says number of people reporting that they work on contracts with no minimum hours has risen to 744,000 [...] “The effect of zero-hours contracts on market behaviour and outcomes is thus likely to be greater than their incidence might suggest.” He also said that more employers would stop offering full-time permanent contracts to avoid paying the steep rise in the national living wage for the over-25s that comes into force next April. “In an otherwise very lightly regulated UK labour market the forthcoming large hike in the minimum wage when the national living wage (NVL) is introduced next year might act as a further incentive to employers to increase their use of zero-hours contracts – which are already very prevalent in sectors where the NVL will bite hardest - in order to minimise the impact on total labour costs.” [ study shows ppl are worse of, much more worse off ] &! Zero-hours contracts offered to 'a quarter of all unemployed' - bit.ly/1Nn9yiT
UK  working  poor  tax  credit  child  tax  credit  working  tax  credit  tax  code  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  precarious  work  Precariat  labour  market  neoliberalism  neoliberal  deregulation  Wall  Street  on-demand  Marketplace  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  living  wage  national  living  wage  minimum  wage  budget2015  George  Osborne  Tories  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Conservative  Party  austerity  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  job  creation  labour  economics  manual  labour  Service  Sector  Jobs  Services  Industry  economy  recovery  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  exploitation  poverty  trap  child  poverty  poverty  food  poverty  2015  wage  stagnation  wage  growth  secular  stagnation  deflationary  deflation  squeezed  middle  class  Sozialer  Abstieg  income  mobility  social  mobility  Gini  coefficient  GFC  part-time  underemployed  globalization  globalisation  self-regulation  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  regulation  regulators  Workers  Union  insecurity  uncertainty 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Dog Days | TechCrunch
the personal assistant is the new smartphone! can't live without it once you (technology; augmented intelligence and artificial intelligence) mastered it. // GoButtler in Germany. And Operator in SV - http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/22/the-request-network/ - << both take a cut/commission fee. Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook could have it as features. Just as Facebook can have Meerkat as feature, for the celebrities. And the personal assistant - will be JUST A FEATURE - on your phone. iOS, Android ... & Facebook's 'empire' Platform to keep you inside Facebook continuing scrolling that god damn newsfeed. // // noise is lower on FB newsfeed (learning algorithm - your personal filter bubble) vs Twitter and vs RSS. ... Google News is a different thing. // // &! and there is a business in manual (editor, personal brand, leader) content curation/editing as well as in algo (Newsfeed)
Facebook  M  Facebook  Messenger  personal  assistant  technological  progress  AI  augmented  intelligence  artificial  intelligence  Google  Now  on  Tap  Siri  Apple  Spotlight  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  Apple  Microsoft  Cortana  Amazon  Google  Now  convenience  frictionless  friction  GoButtler  Amazon  Echo  feature  Platform  Silo  iOS  Android  Windows  10  Newsfeed  on-demand  noise  filter  bubble  Twitter  RSS  Signal  vs.  noise  pollution  digital  economy  The  Content  Wars  attention  span  attention  graph  digital  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  contextual  discovery  Programmatic  Content  user  generated  curation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Blue Apron and the rise of the non-demand economy
[ trading money 4 convenience, on-demand, no planning (no personal overhead, that thing you have 2 plan & be reminded of 2 go after work 2 grocery store with that list.), & TIME. IF YOU HAVE THE MONEY. New Friday Night in (not w pizza, Chinese take out) for the better paid. You think you deserves, deserved to treat yourself, even during the week 2-3 times. Because you worked so hard and are so busy. It's not a mass market, utility thing. Period. It also sprouted so many kind of these things, because the money was there (2010-12-13-14-15). and SV and NY is hot bed of them, because of so much more disposable income available. But go into America. The picture looks very different. The opposite. People trying to make ends meet. Not just America but rest of western world! The actual macro of America did not justify those valuations and the money and the amount of these start-ups. SV/NY/Seattle distored the picture, does distort pictue of rest of America labour market! ] //&! bit.ly/1hUTTdS
disposable  income  discretionary  spending  Middle  Class  on-demand  convenience  aspirational  product  mobile  homescreen  Smartphone  Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  2015  distortion  labour  market  secular  stagnation  western  world  wage  stagnation  wage  growth  job  market  recovery  globalization  globalisation  squeezed  Sozialer  Abstieg 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Built a ‘Personal Assistant’ Inside Messenger | Re/code
Facebook has a new, A.I.-powered Siri-like assistant tool in Messenger. It's called "M," and it's the company's latest effort in a battle with Google, Uber and others to be the artificial intelligence leader in Silicon Valley. // FB got AI lab in France, got money to invest, to diversify from other Messaging platforms - tcrn.ch/1N1rTSF &! tcrn.ch/1JCfs8Q --- can productise it! your personal assistant, for shopping - convenience - no clicking, not tapping, - M takes care of buying that item you saw in your stream. --- also keeps people inside Facebook! instead of leading them out to the shopping site/product site/... --- also expanding the category/vertical of the messenger you use. --- // // &! http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/28/8677147/google-now-on-tap-announced // &! tcrn.ch/1idSz5R
Google  Now  Siri  Apple  Spotlight  Google  Search  Google  Now  on  Tap  Android  iOS  Facebook  Messenger  augmented  intelligence  artificial  intelligence  personal  assistant  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  AI  automation  Big  Data  Google  Inc.  Apple  Facebook  Platform  Silo  Cortana  Microsoft  Line  Kakao  Talk  Viber  Google+  WhatsApp  SMS  WeChat  Newsfeed  Facebook  Instant  Articles  on-demand  convenience  differentiate  differentiation  vertical  category  friction  frictionless  Kik 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Staff Exodus, Pressure From Microsoft, Apple Hit Google Now | Re/code
According to multiple sources, their initial vision of Now — as a mobile assistant tailored to particular users — works best living on the mobile operating system, not within search. Also, Google is a political place and search is Congress. Big, necessary, stodgy. [...] “‘Look, I’ve got a lot on my plate. Chrome and Android are my top priorities. Google Now is not on that. I can’t fight that battle for you.’” [...] Apple, for its part, looks prepared to launch a competitor to Now on Tap. With its proactive assistant and spotlight search, the Apple entry could elbow Google out. // // Amazon released a (SW/HW)PA for the living room, Apple got Siri & just recently launched its own integrated search engine called "Spotlight" & Google released Google Now (voice activated search in response to Siri) and at last Google I/O, Now on Tap [ Now on Tap will solve app developers’ nagging issue with discovery. ] And FB just came out w an assistant product for Messenger. // &! bit.ly/1JYeNCT
Google  Inc.  Google  Google  Search  Android  Google  Now  augmented  intelligence  Siri  Apple  iOS  Sundar  Pichai  personal  assistant  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Big  Data  user  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Facebook  Messenger  Platform  convenience  on-demand  user  behaviour  friction  frictionless  voice  recognition  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  Smartphone  Facebook  Appification  Silo  content  discovery  discovery  distribution  model  App  discovery  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Do SpoonRocket and GoodEggs signal the beginning of the on demand food contraction?
Postmates-- unlike almost all leaders in every ecommerce and mobile commerce segment-- has insisted on growing at a rational pace, while protecting margins. Some would be investors have criticized Postmates for not going on more of a land grab. But other investors I’ve spoken with have been impressed with CEO Bastian Lehman’s restraint in such a free-spending environment. Particularly since Uber has told him -- literally in 2012-- and through its actions recently that it’ll “see (him) in the trenches.” The crazy over-funded trenches lined with subsidy, customer acquisition gold...
convenience  Uber  on-demand  Postmates  Marketplace  FoodPanda  Delivery  Hero  Rocket  Internet  burn  rate  growth  round  customer  acquisition  CAC  customer  retention  LTCV  user  acquisition  user  churn  1099  Economy  Gig  Economy  self-employment 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC TV chief warns of US threat after big-money Amazon deals | Media | The Guardian
>> iPlayer needs to become an international subscription business. and leverage the BBC brand (sought after and trusted, it's the last public crown jewl that actually can compete in a global market! Channel 4 or ITV can't. ) // “Their model is built on having global rights and we have got to respect that. They are a very smart, impressive bunch of people,” Cohen said. “The key thing we look at more and more is the impact of global competition rather than just in the UK where very big companies can distribute their content around the world. That is a very big challenge.”
distribution  model  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  Netflix  HBO  cable  provider  Amazon  Amazon  Prime  on-demand  convenience  friction  frictionless  user  experience  economies  of  scale  scale  globalization  globalisation  digital  economy  digital  content  Television  TV  The  Wars  content  discovery  content  distribution  user  generated  content  competition  competitiveness  IP  intellectual  property  differentiate  differentiation  Branding  brand  awareness 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Ways to think about cars — Benedict Evans
PREPARING FOR THE IMPACT OF DRIVERLESS CARS - http://www.newgeography.com/content/005024-preparing-impact-driverless-cars --- "By combining ride sharing with car sharing—particularly in a city such as New York—MIT research has shown that it would be possible to take every passenger to his or her destination at the time they need to be there, with 80 percent fewer cars. Clearing the roads of four out of five cars has momentous consequences for cities, by measures such as environment, traffic, efficiency, and even parking.
ownership  cost  of  ownership  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  Share  Economy  on-demand  convenience  Apple  Apple  Google  Inc.  Tesla  Motors  public  transportation  transportation 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter | TechCrunch
I recently heard a story about one VC pushing a company to drive their burn up from $1 million a month to $2.5 million. Unfortunately, an inefficient sales force will always come back to bite you in the butt. We typically think of 60 percent as the benchmark for a healthy performing sales organization. Anything less and you don’t have a repeatable model. [ avc did write about that you need to find product/market fit, traction, self starter, great net promoting score, without spending marketing/advertising/pr ] [...] The goal of every entrepreneur and VC for that matter should be to build sustainable and scalable businesses. The only way to do that is to focus on the metrics that truly matter. The companies that nail many, if not all, of the above criteria will be the ones that make it to the finish line, and the balance will be wandering through the forest looking for someone to feed them.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
Who Will Own the Robots? - We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates? // BY MARTIN FORD - The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them BY JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ &! Inequality: What Can Be Done? BY ANTHONY B. ATKINSON &! The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies BY ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON AND ANDREW MCAFEE // &! Paul Krugman - “A lot of what’s happening [in income inequality] is not just the gods of technology telling us what must happen but is in fact [due to] social constructs that could be different.” - gov policy, corporate policy (ie 4-day work week and 6-hour days because productivity and profit margin do allow for that, and more brings diminished returns etc etc but will that go down well with Wall Street?)
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What is the 'gig' economy? | FT Comment - YouTube
human capital, HR - as cost center. // trading short-term competitiveness (kick ppl of the book according to demand) but trade it in aggregate with long-term social deprivation and skill gaps and underinvestment. because of dog eat dog mentality than you are incentivised to compete on price, because it is the easiest and you are able to to it with those neoliberal labour reforms in Europe. Don't compete with Amazon on price. Don't compete with China/Asia on price. Stupid.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Japan Exports Its Way to Irrelevance - Bloomberg View
[ Politicians as always will react with reactionary unimaginative policy, competing for the same pie. instead of enabling, supporting new pies to be created. ] But Abe needs to recognize, as China already has, that this is only the latest sign of a broader reality: Asia's old export model of economic growth no longer works. [...] All the stimulus BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda can muster won't change the worsening trajectory of the region's most-populous nation. That's why Abe needs to take a page from Beijing and focus more on creating new industries at home. [ the base of home grown new market/category/vertical also includes sound middle class to buy those products. demand at home. social safety net (security). and less inequality. progressive taxation. fight tax evasion/avoidance, monopoles, monopsonies, bribery, corruption. and politicians making policy for lobby. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Networks and the Nature of the Firm — The WTF Economy — Medium
“publish, then filter” - Clay Shirky. >> It is fundamentally an open-ended network in which filtering and curation (otherwise known as “management”) happens largely after the fact. [ Twitter lacks a management/curation feature, has to overcome its once cheered differentiator of no curating nor using algorithms to make sense of the noise one subscribed to. ] [...] [ Replacing knowledgeable workers, sales person, support staff, with software. ] One way to think about the new generation of on-demand companies, such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, is that they are networked platforms for physical world services, which are bringing fragmented industries into the 21st century in the same way that ecommerce has transformed retail. [...] This fragmented industry [Taxi] provides work not just for drivers but for managers, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and bookkeepers.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Zirtual's Maren Kate Donovan: "Numbers were just completely f***ed" - Fortune
Zirtual's 'outsourced CFO' gives his side of the shutdown story - for.tn/1gEw7BD - As for Keating, he continues to support Donovan. “She was a great CEO. It just became very hard to get on top of the business model.” // &! bit.ly/1DR6usb - Why Zirtual’s Demise Makes Me Glad I Turned Down Millions in Funding [...] I can imagine the pain of admitting failure to someone that you previously spent all of your energy trying to convince of your success. // &! via bit.ly/1L9utCA - bit.ly/1Na7c5I - To Maren and the rest of the Zirtual Management Team [...] You knew long ago it was not going to be able to be sustained and you did nothing morally and ethically responsible toward fixing it. [ true steadfast entrepreneur (&business) (which can't be taught in university/mba) fixing the ship: doing the hard things, painful things. the right things for all existing shareholders. << book - The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers ]
Zirtual  business  model  Gig  Economy  1099  Economy  self-employment  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  Share  Economy  Marketplace  efficiencies  on-demand  convenience  book  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  of  You  Leadership  operation  operations 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon’s Dash Buttons Hint at a Future of Interface-Free Shopping | Re/code
[ Amazon / Jeff's mantra, obsess over the customer and invent in the name/for the customer, dash button is just the next sensible common sense iteration of their frequent item subscription option during check-out (re-order in 1-2-3 months automatically) and their Prime Membership Subscription (free shipping) >> convenient, on-demand, frictionless, no need to think about it, nothing annoying. it's incremental, but it is an improvement. what is not incremental is printing it at your home - Star Trek replicator style, that is 3D printing - what it promises to be. ] There are a couple different ways to look at Amazon’s Dash Buttons. The first, and most obvious, is that they are a gimmick. But these buy buttons also support a shopping experience that involves almost zero interaction, whether that means browsing store shelves (IRL!) or tapping a touchscreen to browse and buy virtually.
e-commerce  Amazon  friction  frictionless  Jeff  Bezos  multi-product  company  pure  play  user  experience  user  behaviour  on-demand  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  convenience  augmented  intelligence  3D  printing 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Vaniday, Rocket Internet’s Beauty And Wellness Marketplace, Scores €15M Backing | TechCrunch
raise money to buy customers/bring customers onto the platform, and hope 50% stay on it and use it regularly; cost of customer acquisition, ops cost, lifetime customer value. scale to make and idea a sustainable business / cross fingers. // There is an App for that.
Marketplace  Appification  Google  Search  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  on-demand  convenience  vertical  plurality  efficiencies  Rocket  Internet 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy | TechCrunch
The fundamental “on-demand marketplace” model has come into question by investors, the media and even consumers. [...] However, because Homejoy acted as a platform “middle man,” taking a 25 percent cut of the transaction, the wage economics for pros did not make sense. Thus, this attracted young, inexperienced and low-quality pro labor (at times even homeless people), leading to inconsistent and lower-quality work. This mix doesn’t quite cut it for the average homeowner who wants a spotless home, thus leading to platform churn. [ low lifetime customer value that does not cover the cost of ops and customer acqusition ] It wasn’t all bad for homeowners. Homejoy did match some skilled pros with homeowners, driving them to form real business relationships. The issue was these relationships were typically taken “offline” (i.e., platform leakage). [...] Full-service on-demand platforms have been seeing success among more commoditized types of services.
Homejoy  on-demand  convenience  Share  Economy  1099  Economy  Service  Sector  Jobs  marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  Niedriglohnsektor  burn  rate  runway  customer  acquisition  user  churn  middleman  repeat  business 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month | TechCrunch
tcrn.ch/1CO0OOU / 7:10 $VC subsidized early business. Could not get 2 cash flow even. Lets not speak of cash flow positive. // If u dont have a cash flow even/positive business, u are dependent on $VC 2 keeping it afloat. If u dont have massive growth, VCs like 2 see & not hitting ur milestones & ur still not able 2 turn the business arnd towards cash flow even. Ur dead in the pan. AND 4 digital only consumer & entertainment products, scale is important +10m users. Because then only advertisers might ... might consider placing an add/natively if the conversion & engagement metrics are attractive. Advertisers & brands cant spread resources thin across 1000 apps. Its overhead & waste in ops. That is why BIG like TV (still), Daily Paper/Magazine (still) and FB (owning +70% of Social) are the MAIN HUBS. >> THUS [Freemium] the Free On Phone Version 4 closetphile (wont cost u much except dev) & the Customer paying 4 Cloud Convenience,Security, more features (ie analytics). &! bit.ly/1CSygUA
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  on-demand  convenience  scale  economies  of  scale  Venture  Capital  burn  rate  runway  business  model  closetphile  wardrobemalfunction  freemium  Homejoy  added  value  value  creation  Perception  Silicon  Valley  Unicorn  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  Appification  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  irrational  exuberance  Rocket  Internet  Uber  Lyft  customer  acquisition  customer  acquisition  cost  customer  retention  customer  lifetime  value  SAAS  Postmates  Service  Sector  Jobs  1099  Economy  uncertainty  self-employment  Niedriglohnsektor  Niedriglohn  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  price  sensitive  price  insensitive  price  sensitivity  behavioral  economics  behavioral  finance  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  social  status  craigslist  sustainable  sustainability  metrics  KPI  Circa  Share  Economy  marketshare  unit  economics 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
One Year In, CUPS Is Serving Coffee Through 170 NYC Shops - TCTV News | TechCrunch TV
[OpenTable ( https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/opentable ) for Coffee ] Vertical Niche Google !!! on your phone, and will try to unite Indie coffee shops and give them economies of scale, leverage, to buy resources ie milk // can also help facilitate loyalty programs across different stores via subscription // http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/09/sweet-sweet-caffeine/ - https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/cups
marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Starbucks  economies  of  scale  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  friction  frictionless  Appification  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Indie  Movement  Hype  Cycle  individuality  individualism  Selbstdarstellung  status  anxiety  Coffee  OpenTable  Yelp!  convenience  on-demand  Google  Search 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Helpling: Putzportal-Chef Franke über Preise und Festanstellungen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Putzjob: Zwischen 8 und 9,50 Euro Stundenlohn verdienen "Helplinge" - minus Kosten für Rentenversicherung, Anfahrt, Arbeitskleidung --- Die Plattform Helpling vermittelt günstige Putzkräfte. Forciert sie nur die Ausbeutung von Tagelöhnern? Hier spricht Mitgründer Benedikt Franke über karge Stundenlöhne. [...] KarriereSPIEGEL: On-Demand-Plattformen verbrennen derzeit vor allem Geld. Ihr US-Konkurrent Homejoy soll pro Auftrag zwölf Dollar Verlust einfahren. Wird Helpling jemals profitabel arbeiten können? Franke: Unser Geschäft hängt ganz davon ab, ob es uns gelingt, langfristige Kundenbeziehung aufzubauen. Darauf konzentrieren wir uns derzeit, versuchen aus ganzer Kraft, das Kundenerlebnis zu optimieren. Operativ arbeiten wir bereits profitabel. [ LTV - user lifetime value got to be < than user acquisition cost = sustainable (if operation can be paid for and some little profit even) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customer_lifetime_value ] - bit.ly/1NP6Ore "digitaler feudalismus"
Rocket  Internet  Helpling  on-demand  convenience  Share  Economy  self-employment  precarious  work  Precariat  working  poor  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  Service  Sector  Jobs  1099  Economy  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Uber  Contractor  Zero  Hour  Contract  labour  market  labour  economics  underemployed  employability  employabilitie  uncertainty  Sozialer  Abstieg  Aufstocker  minimum  wage  living  wage  commodity  business  commoditization  Universal  Basic  Income  working  tax  credit  child  tax  credit  tax  code  tax  free  Homejoy  Venture  Capital  user  acquisition  LTV  business  model  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  social  status  squeezed  middle  class  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  class  warfare  job  creation  job  market  Minijob  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  vocational  education  education  policy  added  value  value  creation 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Who wins from workplace flexibility? - BBC News
It has to do with something economists call 'the backward bending supply curve of labour.' As with much of economics, this gymnastic-sounding graphic concept is much simpler than it sounds. On the y-axis is pay: on the x-axis hours worked. At low levels of pay, people have to work long hours to make ends meet. Pay them more, give them more security, and they want more time to themselves. Pay them lots, and they offer fewer hours because they want more leisure time, and the opportunity to spend all that moolah. That's where the curve bends back. [...] A big problem with depending on freelance workers or overtime is that you can't be sure the staff are available when vital services need them. And in a sellers' market for working hours, the trains and the health service find themselves in trouble. ... Workforce planning
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Doorman Raises $1.5 Million To Eliminate Missed Package Deliveries | TechCrunch
With Doorman, the idea is that consumers can provide an online retailer with their “Doorman address,” which is a location in the company’s warehouse. You can then specify when, exactly, you want that order sent to you at your home or elsewhere via Doorman’s app, which also notifies you when the courier is in route. Doorman currently offers hourly scheduling from 6 pm to midnight, catering heavily to office workers who can’t be home during the day for deliveries. [...] [ API allows companies to provide Doorman option automatically to its customers where Doorman is available ] [ again, trading money for time and convenience, for those available with the disposable income >> thus SF tech workers is/are the ultimate proving ground, other metropolitan cities with high disposable income are next, from highest to lowest, for the roll-out plan ]
API  on-demand  convenience  middleman 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Who Will Be Hurt Most When The Tech Bubble Bursts? Not VCs | TechCrunch
In a nutshell, FOMO is driving many investors in a hustle to be a part of the next Facebook or Twitter and put in huge investments for a fraction of stake. And, they don’t see much risk in it as long as they get the downside protection. [ growth round = rocket fuel splashed onto stuff to acquire more customers and market share (basically, but not always) ] [...] Someday, pretty soon, these will be put to the test, and valuations based on visibility of earnings will matter again. A few will succeed of course, but several others will fall – it remains to be seen how miserably. VCs will most likely walk away with their invested money, if not more. It’s the employees and founders who will see their million-dollar dreams crash and burn. [living beyond ur means & betting dollars you dont have on a time that seems further away than u can even guess (secular stagnation)] [lack of income growth (across the western world) thus disposable income (discretionary spending) is also not helping]
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Florida man undermines Uber’s claim that drivers aren’t employees | PandoDaily
tech-enabled marketplace in your pocket. (1) trading money for time and (2) finding through the marketplace efficiently someone to do it (price discovery, finding a natural equilibrium - how ever it might look). A search engine for people doing manual mennial labour. // http://www.fastcoexist.com/3040863/stop-saying-uber-is-part-of-the-sharing-economy
1099  Economy  Share  Economy  self-employment  contractor  contract  Zero  Hour  Leiharbeit  Zeitarbeit  neoliberal  neoliberalism  working  poor  precarious  work  Precariat  poverty  uncertainty  USA  UK  Europe  exploitation  marketplace  on-demand  convenience  Uber  Lyft  Hailo  Instacart  Postmates  Homejoy  Helpling  Handy  minimum  wage  living  wage  search  engine  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  Service  Sector  Jobs  Services  Industry 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Are we too nice when a company fails? Out of money and fresh ideas, Homejoy and CustomMade find cushy landings | PandoDaily
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Homejoy+Adora+Cheung // "GET USERS, BURN MONEY." // https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/homejoy // brother sister start-up, maybe they did too many things (burning too much money) mediocre instead of one thing really well! getting to the next milestone or even surpassing it and some, and able to go to investors and say "look here, lets pure more rocket fuel on it."
acquisition  acquihire  acqui-hire  burn  rate  runway  Silicon  Valley  HomeJoy  Handy  Helpling  operations  on-demand  convenience 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Elizabeth Warren: No Need to Stop Uber-ized Workforce, but Must Invest in Education (Video) | Re/code
Warren defends Uber-ization of labor // Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator denounced by some as a “far-left” socialist radical, came out in support of the “Uber-ization” of the labor force. “We’re not going to stop tech so that lots of people will work,” Sen. Warren said at yesterday’s Code Conference. “That’s like saying, ‘Let’s get rid of heavy equipment and let people dig with a spoon.'” // "how the on-demand economy is creating full-time jobs out of part-time work. Several startups, like Uber, rely on contract employers. Google CEO Larry Page has predicted that part-time working will soon be the norm." // marketplace lowers prices! its inevitable. Except there is regulation and a guaranteed income /w around minimum wage. // Wall Street - Capitalism - rootless global corporations (& money have no conscience) has no self-limiter. Is no stakeholder in a local economy has no shared economic interest whether in a local economy nor country. // on.recode.net/1eAwEE0
1099  Economy  Share  Economy  TaskRabbit  Uber  Lyft  on-demand  self-employment  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Future  of  Work  contractor  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  contract  Zero  Hour  labour  market  labour  economics  Capitalism  crony  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  stakeholder  exploitation  social  safety  net  welfare  state  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  outsourcing  Universal  Basic  Income  uncertainty  working  poor  precarious  Precariat  Instacart  Postmates  Proletariat  USA  UK  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Workers  Union  tax  code  Wall  Street  underinvestment  productive  investment  Washington  revolving  door  No  Representation  Super  Rich  1%  Career  Politicians  voter  turnout  Protest  Partei  Protest  Party  Elizabeth  Warren  infrastructure  investment  21stcentury  Smart  Grid  education  policy  vocational  education  workforce  poverty  minimum  wage  living  wage  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  economic  history  globalisation  globalization  borderless  flat  world  policy  folly  Makers  policy  error  social  tension  social  cohesion 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Walking with Disruptors: I crashed yesterday’s big sharing economy conference in SF | PandoDaily
Much of the panel’s time was consumed by discussion of the on-demand economy’s labor structure — the sudden emergence of fleets of branded contractors has lately triggered both legal and business concerns about the practice of 1099ing the workforce. Three of the four encouraged companies to find a way to grant full employee status to their workers. Patel even went so far as to assert it as an ethical responsibility. “We shouldn’t just think of this responsibility in terms of whats legal. We should think of the responsibility in terms of what is right … the on-demand economy is getting this wrong,” he said. “Those workers are your interface with your customers, and if you take care of them they will stick around, and you’ll have a better chance at a successful business, because churn is becoming a big problem.” Greylock’s Rothman was less than convinced.
Share  Economy  on-demand  convenience  1099  Economy  self-employment 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Macroeconomics Causes of Inequality - YouTube
"consumption drives much of the economy" // free up disposable income >> free child care, health care, limit exploitation of financial illiterate people (% interest on pay day loans, overdraft charges, dispo), public services, social services, pension contribution by state (preventing poverty at old age), tax credits for low income and children and carers, free education and vocational education/continual education - enabling to move up the ladder, // min11 - secular stagnation post GFC compared to previous recessions in terms of real household demand (balance sheet recession, debt overhang, deleveraging (debt repayment), and lack of new issuance of consumer credit I guess, too + rising income equality! lower redistribution from top to bottom (fair taxation) reduces recycling of income (freed up by policy items above) into demand. // min 18 - top 5% society (luxury, vanity, status) takes over bottom 80% society in aggregate terms of consumption. Economy driven by WHOM?! Affluent!
income  inequality  inequality  social  mobility  income  mobility  vocational  education  education  policy  Gini  coefficient  Makers  squeezed  middle  class  middle  class  working  poor  precarious  work  Precariat  savings  Proletariat  economic  model  trickle-down  economics  macroeconomic  policy  economic  growth  Super  Rich  1%  tax  free  income  Universal  Basic  tax  credit  tax  code  tax  avoidance  tax  evasion  consumption  consumerist  consumer  credit  creation  budget  deficit  exploitation  shareholder  value  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  Lohnzurückhaltung  lohndumping  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  Zero  Hour  Contract  productivity  Werkvertrag  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  contractor  outsourcing  fairness  unrecht  bailout  Career  Politicians  gender  pay  gap  policy  folly  policy  error  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  working  class  Blue-collar  Worker  White-collar  Worker  knowledge  GFC  debtoverhang  balance  sheet  recession  liquidity  trap  deleveraging  secular  stagnation  austerity  UK  USA  economic  history  recovery  fiscal  policy  fiscal  stimulus  Schuldenbremse  Pact  Western  World  Europe  deflationary  consumer  debt  consumer  confidence  dot.com  Privileged  Establishment  convenience  on-demand  innovation  Silicon  Valley  wealth  distribution  income  distribution  income  growth  income  gap  redistrib 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Vive Aims To Make Everyday A Great Hair Day | TechCrunch
[ remote control for your life ] // vertical - niche - on-demand convenience (based on disposable/discretionary spending) marketplace // see already existing StyleSeat which has broad application - youtu.be/7jwHz7NcI0g - youtu.be/D3MNMyX8O6s - youtu.be/ZzpBvyzmijk - from Melody McCloskey
mobile  phone  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Platform  on-demand  convenience  disposable  income  StyleSeat 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Rocket Internet kauft türkischen Lebensmittellieferdienst - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ # remote control for your life, services are going up and down with disposable income available (discretionary spending) in the economy, and is not per se a utility that one can not live without it once he she used it once or twice. ] Delivery Hero acquires Yemeksepeti for $589M Delivery Hero has acquired Yemeksepeti, another food delivery service, to bolster its operations in the Middle East. The deal was made with $589 million in cash and stock, and will give Delivery Hero an expanded presence in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries. - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-05/delivery-hero-buys-middle-east-web-food-service-for-589-million
Rocket  Internet  Delivery  Hero  Lieferheld  Foodpanda  Just  Eat  Yemeksepeti  on-demand  convenience  disposable  income  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Smartphone  mobile  phone  GrubHub  Postmates  Instacart  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
After Your Job Is Gone | TechCrunch
Future  of  Work  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Robotics  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  algorithm  automation  first  homescreen  phone  Peak  Peak  Jobs  self-employment  Zero  Hour  Contract  contractor  precarious  Precariat  working  poor  crony  capitalism  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  globalisation  globalization  borderless  flat  competitiveness  competitive  competition  freelance  freelancing  competitive  advantage  education  policy  Share  Economy  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  industry  Services  on-demand  convenience  austerity  Universal  Basic  Income  welfare  welfare  state  social  safety  net  minimum  wage  living  wage  Makers  Career  Politicians  protectionism  Uber  public  transportation  transportation  AirBnB  Postmates  Lyft  disposable  squeezed  middle  class  social  cohesion  democracy  No  Representation  Wall  Street  outsourcing  1099  Economy  3D  printing  industrial  policy  Manufacturing  Mittelstand  SME  SMB  Leadership  Programming  STEM  Bulimie  lernen  online  learning  e-learning  Google  vocational  education  Sozialer  Abstieg  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  marginal  cost  economics  of  economics  economics  abundanc 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Rocket Internet’s Foodpanda Gobbles Up $100M More Led By Goldman Sachs | TechCrunch
[ Smartphone aka connected device aka mini computer. Remote control for your life. ] Yet, clearly investors like Goldman Sachs see huge potential in on-demand verticals in emerging markets, where consumers typically leapfrog wired internet for the mobile internet on smartphones. “We believe that Foodpanda has a tremendous opportunity to cement its emerging markets leadership position in the coming years. It is our expectation that the company innovative, value-added offerings will lead Foodpanda to be the winner in online food delivery within the markets in which it operates,” said Ian Friedman of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners.
Rocket  Internet  Foodpanda  Delivery  Hero  convenience  on-demand  Services  Industry  service  service  economy  Sector  Jobs  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  Smartphone  disposable  income  Private  Equity  growth  round  asset  allocation  GoldmanSachs  Goldman  Sachs 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen: Kommentar zu Rücktritt von Piëch und Ehefrau - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Symptom (first cracks) of an Industry and Industrial Might at the Top of its Power. Fall from grace. Industrial Revolution gets ousted by Industrial Revolution 2.0 (3D Printing, Share Economy, Marketplaces (tradesy, poshmark for fashion), Millennials (preferring not to have possessions and idle assets with low utilisation rates, its about experiences.), Software eats the world, Robotics, Automation, Future of Work, Mobile Creatives. Detroit was the beginning. China, BRIC, Emerging Market/Frontier Market Car consumption is only a buffer and will quickly adopt new generational change seen in western world towards not buying. Status Anxiety/Selbstdarstellung happens now on the Platforms of the internet/Phone. 2nd/3rd photo of your new car is becoming boring & stale. &! bit.ly/1Gwoc4C &! Chronologie des VW-Machtkampfs: Das Golfsrudel [...] Der Machtkampf bei Deutschlands größtem Autokonzern wird immer verworrener. bit.ly/1OUj2hR &! bit.ly/1E8kDOc &! bit.ly/1HGNonr
Volkswagen  VW  Porsche  BMW  Audi  conglomerate  industrial  policy  Revolution  Revolution  2.0  Millennials  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Share  Economy  3D  printing  Future  of  Work  automation  Robotics  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  self-employment  working  poor  precarious  Precariat  contractor  Zeitarbeit  Zero  Hour  Contract  generational  change  homescreen  first  phone  on-demand  convenience  status  anxiety  status  symbol  social  status  Selbstdarstellung  narcissism  society  Western  World  lifestyle  society  culture  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
We Are All Venture Capitalists Now | TechCrunch
In Mediocristan, you work fixed hours for a fixed wage. In Extremistan, success is enormously lucrative, but failure is far more common … and, for artists, condemns you to a life of grinding poverty and/or working outside of your chosen field. Of course tech startups also live in Extremistan. So too does venture capital itself, a meta-tournament of picking winners, in which enough money is (hopefully) made from the few big hits to outweigh the inevitable failures– –and so too will we all, soon enough. I’ve argued before that, because software is eating the world, “technology is slowly dragging us all, economically, away from Mediocristan and into Extremistan.” The power of software is such that it gives ever-smaller numbers of people ever-greater leverage. Meanwhile, much of yesterday’s rote Mediocristan work can and will be automated tomorrow. As a result, our economies are moving (slowly, in fits and starts) to a power-law Extremistan future. [ Seth Godin "be remarkable" ]
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Mark Hatch & Thomas Kalil | Studio SX | SXSW ON - YouTube
min 8:30 // by 2030, 50% of the employment will be self-employed, contractors, freelancers, consultants ... including on the manufacturing side. not just knowledge workers and the services industry. // western world's middle class and affluence gets hollowed out by the rise of the rest, loss of competitive advantage, and the 2nd industrial revolution. taking greater share of the growth of the global economy, compared to western world.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
ClickMechanic, The U.K. On-Demand Car Mechanic Startup, Scores Seed Funding | TechCrunch
[the rise of the marketplace and on-demand and convenience start-up ideas, that want to be businesses. sustainable businesses. ] Yet another one applying one of the above mentioned ideas at a multi-million dollar market. But will it be big enough? Will it scale (being sustainable; LTV, user acquisition cost)? It's not used weekly nor even every month. Thus every lead/prospect has to be acquired through marketing/SEO/SEM/Social Media or the experience (visiting site doesn't always lead to conversion/booking a mechanic) has to be 'wow' and service has to go beyond what was expected (delighted), thus being recommended/word of mouth/high net promoter score. Lots of challenges. Millennials and GenY might convert easier, but not baby boomers. Learned habits, however painful, are hard to unlearn and change. Plus, there is the trend that owning isn't cool! Car ownership is trending down. Period. This thing has so many fundamentals against it. Lets see in +2yrs time if it can get 2 A Round.
marketplace  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  convenience  on-demand  Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want | TechCrunch
[The up-market version of Google Search for those with the disposable income. SV/SF, NY, London, all mega cities/hubs; of $ and innovation/disruption. because people with very much disposal income know, time is a non-refundable resource while cash-flow, when earning +100k/y (above US middle class), is a sort-of refundable/replenishing resource. When guys buy pricey escort girls for the experience and convenience. People will eventually spend $ on services for pure convenience & the bragging rights to afford it. And the phone becomes, truly, the remote control of your life.] Operator’s app acts as an inbox of your requests, which each live as message threads. To start a new request, you just type in what you want and send it. [...] it’s likely that Operator will be able to handle more than just deliveries, such as some personal assistant tasks.
Google  Search  Magic  Operator  convenience  Silicon  Valley  on-demand  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  Service  Sector  Jobs  Services  Industry  economy  customer  user  experience  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  friction  frictionless 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Digitale Revolution: Die Deutsche Wirtschaft ist zu zufrieden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Skepsis ist angebracht. Die Digitalisierung ist dabei, das Leben umzuwälzen. Wie die Wirtschaft funktioniert, womit wir unseren Lebensunterhalt verdienen, wie wir zusammenleben, wie wir denken, lernen und fühlen - all das ist einem epochalen Wandel unterworfen. Wer die Folgen dieser Zeitenwende vor lauter Selbstzufriedenheit unterschätzt, lebt gefährlich. Eine Studie der Oxforder Forscher Carl Benedikt Frey und Michael Osborne kommt zu dem Ergebnis, dass durch die digitale Revolution 47 Prozent der heutigen US-Arbeitsplätze gefährdet sind; in anderen westlichen Ländern dürften die Dimensionen ähnlich sein. [...] Denn die Digitalisierung führt bei vielen Gütern zu einem rapiden Preisverfall. Zwischen 2010 und 2014 wurden Mobilcomputer in Deutschland um 40 Prozent billiger, IT-Dienstleistungen um zwölf Prozent, Mobiltelefonieren immerhin um neun Prozent, wie das Statistische Bundesamt vorrechnet. [future of Hardware as a Service ...]
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Gang of Four: Why Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook Dominate the Market - Kara Swisher Keynote - YouTube
some remarks from 2012 /// 'continuous partial attention' // min 40 - always on >> presentism, >> affects journalism and Media >> divide between Pando likes and BuzzFeed likes // FB & Google are in content distribution. // min 46 - VR - Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality ... things respond to you interacting with it, without pressing buttons or calling their name ("Xbox"). &! &! (2012) Keynote Presentation: The New Power Brokers: Amazon, Apple, Facebook & Google - youtu.be/rpsigsW-688
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Exclusive: Amazon tests smart home gadgets, expands hardware lab | Reuters
Amazon will invest $55M & increase staff by 27% over the next 5 yrs at its Lab126 hardware operations, Reuters reports; Amazon is reportedly testing IoT products, incl a Wi-Fi device facilitating push-button ordering of household staples; the co is also interested in the wearables mkt, acc to sources
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Sascha Lobo: Sharing Economy wie bei Uber ist Plattform-Kapitalismus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
S.P.O.N. - Die Mensch-Maschine: Auf dem Weg in die Dumpinghölle. Der Konflikt um den Fahrdienst Uber illustriert einen globalen Trend. Was oft als Sharing Economy bezeichnet wird, ist in Wirklichkeit ein euphemistisch benannter Aspekt einer neuen digitalen Wirtschaftsordnung: des Plattform-Kapitalismus. +!+!+!+ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8347583 - The Demons Of On-Demand +!+!+!+ Legal challenges could threaten the business models of the on-demand startups relying on independent contractors. Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem? — An examination of tech's favorite labor model. "t's simply the digital middleman [...] fewer people [will] have traditional full-time or part-time jobs as a result. [...] "Perpetual, hourly employment is often deeply inefficient for all parties involved," (CAPITALISM SAYS) [... vs MyClean using Employee Structure, Controlling usr experience] - nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/silicon-valleys-contract-worker-problem.html +!+!+!+
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
De Maizière über Datenschutz im Internet, Gabriel zu Apple und Amazon - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Mit Blick auf die Steuervermeidungsstrategien von Konzernen wie Apple, Amazon und Google in Europa sagte er: "Das ist asozial." Heute gebe es "Click- und Cloud-Worker" ohne feste Arbeitszeiten, Jobs würden global ausgeschrieben. "Das Ergebnis sind rechtlose digitale Tagelöhner", meinte der SPD-Chef. Zusammen mit den Gewerkschaften gelte es, Leitplanken einzuziehen. Immer gigantischere Rechnerkapazitäten dürften nicht Arbeitnehmer "durch Software und Robotik ersetzen". Gabriel: "Wir müssen die totale Ökonomisierung aller Lebensbereiche verhindern." Zugleich warnte er die SPD vor einer Angst-Debatte. "Wir dürfen das digitale Zeitalter weder verherrlichen noch verharmlosen." Bis Ende 2015 arbeiten rund hundert SPD-Politiker an dem Projekt "#DigitalLeben".
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
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