The Collaborative Economy is Replicating Social Business #socbiz

Above image: Social Business Replicated by Collaborative Economy, Ver 1.1If you’re a social business professional, you’re in a prime spot to advance your career to the next phase: the Collaborative Economy. For over ten years, I was a social business professional. I helped Hitachi launch their program as a full time employee in 2005, started this Web Strategy blog, joined Forrester Research, and became a founding partner at Altimeter Group. I saw the genesis, evolution, maturity, and integration of an entire market in less than a decade. Today, another decade later, I’m witnessing the birth, growth, and emergence of the next phase of social connection: the Collaborative Economy. In social media, people created media and shared it on social networks. In this next phase, … Continue readingThe Collaborative Economy is Replicating Social Business #socbiz

Massive Spreadsheet: Collaborative Economy Funding

Click on the above image, or you can advance to the Spreadsheet of the Collaborative Economy Funding, to see a multi-tab analysis of funding, which I update on a regular basis. Caveat: This sheet is incomplete: People continually submit new data to me, and early stage funding is often not reported in public. The Collaborative Economy continues to be a darling of tech investors. In a few short years, these companies have received incredible amounts of funding, totaling nearly $7 billion across 169 startups, with no signs of it slowing. Startups continue to seek investors to raise more funds, and investors are pressured by their own partners to get into the sharing and collaboration space. Here’s a few previews of what you’ll find in … Continue readingMassive Spreadsheet: Collaborative Economy Funding

Funding Comparison: Social Networks vs Collaborative Economy

Social networks were the first phase of digital P2P. They enabled anyone to create media and then share it. The Collaborative Economy is the second phase. It enables anyone to create goods and share what they already own. So, how similar or different are the funding amounts for these two movements? This post provides some insight. There are many ways to compare industries. I’ve conducted analysis on: adoption rates, attitudes, growth rates, and, in tech-heavy industry, funding rates. While investors have often known to be wrong, funding indicates bullish attitudes based on financial analysis and gut reaction to new markets. It’s a metric we must analyze. If you want to see the full perspective of funding, advance to the Google Sheet of … Continue readingFunding Comparison: Social Networks vs Collaborative Economy

WSJ Essay: The Ups and Downs of Crowd-Based Resources

Below is my most recent essay to the WSJ Accelerator series, a dedicated section for the the fast-moving business audience. In this essay, I explore how we’re drinking our own champagne at Crowd Companies, by exploring and adopting crowd-based services. The Ups and Downs of Crowd-Based Resources Entrepreneurs today have no shortage of crowd-based services to augment their business models. Most people are probably familiar with Lyft and Uber, the ridesharing transportation services, but a large and dynamic industry of crowdsourced tools has emerged to help manage many aspects of running a business. I’m currently experimenting with, adopting and using a number of shared services for all areas of my business. My company logo and design work, for instance, was … Continue readingWSJ Essay: The Ups and Downs of Crowd-Based Resources