Introducing: The 2015 Crowd Companies Awards

Crowd Companies’ member organizations consistently work to overcome challenges while leading their teams in adapting to, and thriving within, the Collaborative Economy. Their efforts to connect with new the crowd behaviors have not gone unnoticed. 2015 Crowd Companies Awards Recognize Collaborative Economy Excellence: At the Crowd Companies “Main Event” in San Francisco on Oct. 6-7, we presented awards to five member companies that have exhibited excellence in the creation and execution of Collaborative Economy programs. The following companies have proven ROI as a result of their dedication and initiative deployment in the areas of on-demand integration, crowd collaboration, brand innovation, and enablement of makers and marketplaces. Below are photos of Angus Nelson of member success and I, presenting awards at the council event. … Continue readingIntroducing: The 2015 Crowd Companies Awards

The Real Mythical Creatures of the Collaborative Economy: Centaurs, Unicorns, and Pegasus

Above: Version 1.1, with updated data. Version 1.0 is available here. Collaborative Economy valuation is through the rainbow-beaming clouds. These highly funded, fast-growing, media-hounded startups are the portfolio darlings of any venture capital firm, while this crowd-based, on-demand, collaborative category enables people to access resources from peers using efficient mobile devices. The Collaborative Economy market has received a total of $25 billion in investor funding, but not all companies are equal. Using the “mythical” creature lexicon of Silicon Valley, we’ve sorted Collaborative Economy startups based on highest valuation. We didn’t even include the “Little Ponies” that are valued at $10 million – $100M as the list would be in the hundreds. Working with VC Dave McClure of 500 Startups, who … Continue readingThe Real Mythical Creatures of the Collaborative Economy: Centaurs, Unicorns, and Pegasus

Report: The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, 2015 Data on the Rise of Sharing

The biggest shift in the business landscape since the Internet continues to grow—and established, traditional companies need to act soon in order to compete. That’s one of the key findings in The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, a report I co-authored with tech researcher Alexandra Samuel, released today. The report is an update to Sharing is the New Buying, a 2014 report that, for the first time ever, mapped the prevalence of the collaborative economy and its impact on the business world. You can download the full report The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, at no cost. What is the collaborative economy? The collaborative economy is an economic movement where common technologies enable people to get the goods … Continue readingReport: The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, 2015 Data on the Rise of Sharing