What sharing-economy startups know that you don’t

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What goes on behind the scenes that the general public or entrepreneurs don’t see?

Whatever you want to call “the sharing economy” or “marketplace startups,” peer-to-peer marketplaces continue to gain popularity, with a flurry of startups growing rapidly to keep up with all of this “on-demand” demand.

 

 

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Mobile marketplaces are creating a million new jobs in the U.S.

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These emerging new businesses are already on track to create one million brand-new jobs in the U.S.

Uber and Instacart are just two examples of online marketplaces that are rapidly transforming the way people get what they want when they want it, whether it’s a ride, a meal, or a pet sitter. These companies are on a hiring spree in order to make this happen, one that’s gone virtually unnoticed by the statisticians and economists who track the labor market.

 

 

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The growing success of piggybacking

Piggyback on a thriving network as long as your platform is contextual and complementary to that network.

When creating a two-sided network one of the key challenges is deciding how to get both sides on board. What does a marketplace do first – get the consumer or the merchant first? Why would either side join without the other? It’s a chicken and egg problem that often occurs during the initial stages of seeding. A great way to gain traction for such a network is to steal traction from another one.

 

 

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6 reasons why half of us may soon be freelancers

Shane Snow and his cofounders started Contently in 2010 because they saw the world of journalism shifting. Where newspapers and magazines once provided stable, salaried jobs for reporters, writers and editors, they now largely shun fixed costs for an employment model that relies on an increasing percentage of freelancers.

 

 

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Project Natal – Meeting Milo

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Meeting Milo

Serious groundbreaking technology here. I have always said that motion controls for gaming, no matter what tech you used to derive your motion control, was a complete dead end for gaming, unless someone developed a revolutionary method to make it essential for gaming.

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Lifestyle Disparities Of American Elites From Mainstream America

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The social elite have a distinctly different view of the world ahead

There’s always been lots of talk in this country about income inequality, but very little about lifestyle disparities, differences which are pulling American elites farther and farther away from mainstream America.

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Top 5 Tech Toys Of 2009 And 5 More On The Way

Top 5 Tech Toys Of 2009 And 5 More On The Way 

2008 was a good year for gadgets, and we’re hoping that ’09 will be just as impressive. We’re only a month in so far, but Palm, Dell, Sony and even Amazon have all dropped hints about what the companies have in store. We’ve collected the five big announcements that have us drooling, as well as five more that we’d like to see happen before 2010.

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The Evolution of Mobile Phones 1985 – Today

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Watch closely a see if you can spot the models you owned

Using some great morphing software, this video has an ingenious way of adding perspective to the blurring development cycles in the ever changing cellphone marketplace.  Second video after the jump.

 

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