Infographic: A Day in the Life of the Collaborative Economy

See the original Honeycomb graphic, which spurred this “Day in the life” graphic. Data shows collaboration in the new economy is accelerating.  People are crowdfunding, making, sharing, collaborating, all kinds of their things in life. Some are getting food on-demand, rather than going to traditional grocery stores or restaurants. The world is speeding up, and people are transacting between each other, or rapid-delivery services. We expect this to continue to accelerate as the funding from VCs dwarfs many markets, adoption rates are doubling, and the media has endless coverage over this collaborative movement. To help make sense of this dizzying environment, we attempted to take a snapshot of this world in motion, to try to find out what a single … Continue readingInfographic: A Day in the Life of the Collaborative Economy

Disruption from the Collaborative Economy

(Above: Read the full article in the SF Chronicle, and, please, read the comments. There’s no mercy for the taxi industry from former customers. Here are my recommendations to the taxi industry to lead this movement –not fight it)  The Collaborative Economy is a crowd commerce revolution. People are empowered to get what they need from each other, using now common, mobile technologies in their pockets. Several quarters ago, people told me it was a fad; it wouldn’t last; peer-to-peer commerce can’t happen at scale. Like social media was disbelieved in 2005 (I vividly remember the attack of the blogs), we’re seeing disruptions, but these impact real revenues, not just communications. Above Graphic: A TNC (Transportation Network Company) is the designation for Sidecar, Uber, and Lyft. From … Continue readingDisruption from the Collaborative Economy

Even More Money Funnels into the Collaborative Economy (Part 3)

Investors are doling out money by the fistful, $241 million deployed in less than three months. See the Google Sheet that has all this data, broken down by industry, amount, and date.  You can read part 1: Meet the investors, and part 2: The investors are in love with this market. Since my last analysis on July 3rd, 2014, there’s been continued funding into the Collaborative Economy market –where the crowd gets what they need from each other. Investors are infatuated in this market as it provides new supply, disrupts incumbents, using faster technology powered by mobile, social, and internet of things, the Phoenix Business Journal did a recent write-up of my keynote at a business conference, highlighting the market … Continue readingEven More Money Funnels into the Collaborative Economy (Part 3)

Here’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values

This was originally posted on VentureBeat, with a wide array of comments and reactions. Silicon Valley has been espousing sharing, making, community through the latest startups like Lyft, Airbnb, LendingClub and more. Yet is Silicon Valley really leading the example?  While generalizations can put people off, I wanted to take a stand on some broader trends we see. I’ve received reinforcing and disagreeing feedback, all which I’m open to learning more from. Photo by Adam Foster Here’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values Silicon Valley startups like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Lending Club and others that empower people to get what they need from each other command extensive market attention and sky-high valuations. This Collaborative Economy prospers on the … Continue readingHere’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values