Liberals and Conservatives Both Love & Loathe the Collaborative Economy

By Jeremiah Owyang, Founder, Crowd Companies and Alan Webber, Government Insights Research Director, IDC, (profile and twitter). Last week, A version of this article appeared in the WSJ. The Collaborative Economy is emerging as the defining societal narrative for 2015 and beyond. In this burgeoning, economic model, individuals use commonly available technologies to obtain resources from their peers, like use of homes, cars, money, and other goods and services. These technology-based companies enable people to bypass inefficient corporations, find favorable alternatives to entrenched, established channels, and confront existing, draconian, government regulations. Above Graphic: Spectrum of Political Perspectives on the Collaborative Economy Above Slideshare: Spectrum of Political Perspectives on the Collaborative Economy, detailed How big is this market? We know that … Continue readingLiberals and Conservatives Both Love & Loathe the Collaborative Economy

Your Tech Startup Doesn’t Need to be in Silicon Valley.

By Jeremiah Owyang @jowyang, living in Silicon Valley since 1997. My long-time, close friend, Chris Saad, wrote a helpful essay on 39 tips for startups. He shares many suggestions, based on his personal experience, in the startup world, from his home country of Australia, and in Palo Alto, and in the heart SF’s tech district SoMa. While I agree with 38 of his tips and suggestions, I’d like to discuss the merits of tip number one. Dear readers please know, I first chatted with Chris in advance, he was aware I was writing this, as I certainly don’t like to surprise a friend. Chris gives startups the following suggestion as his opening tip: #1: “Be in Silicon valley. Yes you … Continue readingYour Tech Startup Doesn’t Need to be in Silicon Valley.

Self-Driving Cars Disrupt the Crowd

Google and Uber are building self-driving cars, it’s rumored that Apple is going to be building self-driving cars, Tesla has launched driver-assistance features, and many traditional auto manufacturing companies are advancing their features to include driver assistance and, eventually, automation. Ride sharing and car sharing pave the way for the self-driving car industry. Ride sharing startups, like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, BlaBlaCar, and car ownership-sharing, like Getaround, DriveNow, Car2Go, RelayRides, and Zipcar are paving the way for this market. Society is learning we don’t need to own a car to complete our journey, increasing the demand for this new product. Yesterday, at a Silicon Valley Forum event in Palo Alto, experts predicted that self-driving cars will be rolling out within 5-10 years, which is … Continue readingSelf-Driving Cars Disrupt the Crowd

Google Enters the Collaborative Economy in a Big Way

Here comes Google, with a series of five market moves injecting them as a central player for the collaborative economy. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information. But it doesn’t just start and stop there. They also want to organize the world’s logistics, commerce, local transportation, service economy, and even how people obtain and receive loans. In the past, our perspective of the Collaborative Economy has been through startups, like Airbnb, oDesk, Lyft, Uber and Lending Club that enable people to get what they need from each other, using commonly available technologies like online marketplaces and mobile apps. Today, Google has entered the Collaborative Economy with a series of announcements that leave a casual reader scratching their head. But … Continue readingGoogle Enters the Collaborative Economy in a Big Way