Collaborative Startups Shift from Contractor to Employee Relationships

On-demand startups, which are a subset of the Collaborative Economy, have been under scrutiny on worker treatment. They’re under the magnifying glass more than ever. This new industry, which was birthed  the 2008 recession, provided rise to the “gig” worker, or independent contractors. These part-time workers were offering their idle time, working multiple jobs, and offering their spare bedrooms to make ends meet. Many of the workers see the benefits of “being their own boss” as they can choose the time, service, and how they work –rather than reporting to a salaried job. In past months, there’s been increasing pressure to shift the relationship from contractors to employees. There have been lawsuits against Uber, where a single driver was able … Continue readingCollaborative Startups Shift from Contractor to Employee Relationships

Large Companies Ramp Up Adoption in the Collaborative Economy

The Collaborative Economy market is growing at an accelerated rate. Not only is adoption increasing by individuals at a rapid pace, but the VCs have invested a massive $16 Billion to pad the war chests of these disruptive P2P commerce startups. Corporations aren’t standing on the sidelines waiting to be disrupted, the progressive companies are leading the charge by deploying these same strategies and technologies. The following three slides show market growth, adoption by brands, and indicate how companies are deploying, you can view all the data in a Google Sheet, live on the web and thanks to Amy Bishop for her research analysis managing the sheet. Above: These five stats indicate the growth of the disruptive startups: Young companies, … Continue readingLarge Companies Ramp Up Adoption in the Collaborative Economy