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Networks and the Nature of the Firm — What’s The Future of Work? One of the themes we’re exploring at the Next:Economy summit is the way that networks trump traditional forms of corporate organization, and how they are changing traditional ways of managing that organization.

Networks and the Nature of the Firm — What’s The Future of Work?

Uber and Airbnb are textbook examples of this trend. Uber has ambitious plans to manage hundreds of thousands — eventually even millions — of independent drivers with a small core of employees building a technology platform that manages those workers. Airbnb is on track to have more rooms on offer than large hotel chains, with under a thousand employees. Self-Publishing Is Good for You ... and Authors and the Book Industry. Making movies for virtual reality is unlike any previous kind of filmmaking.

Self-Publishing Is Good for You ... and Authors and the Book Industry

You can’t “frame” a 360-degree shot. There are no cuts. Essential Elements of an Effective Facebook Posting Strategy. You use your personal Facebook account to have fun, relax and stay in touch with friends.

Essential Elements of an Effective Facebook Posting Strategy

But it's different when you get down to business... right? No goofing around there. You've got to sell, sell, sell. How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty. When I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently as part of the U.S. government’s delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, I was struck by how much the international development landscape is changing.

How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty

Where governments were once the primary source of development assistance, today the private sector, civil society, academia and donors are all working together to discover, fund and scale innovative solutions to longtime development challenges. Some of these solutions have already resulted in transformative innovations that have improved development outcomes. Building the skills and ecosystem to participate in the fast-growing digital economy is likely one of the most powerful drivers for future employment and economic prosperity. In the past two decades alone, advances in mobile technology and digital connectivity have completely revolutionized how we interact with the world around us.

We’re already seeing promising signs of this digitization in Africa. Do brands benefit from making a scene on social media? When Tinder tweet-stormed a rant at a Vanity Fair writer, it left many people agog.

Do brands benefit from making a scene on social media?

Vanity Fair's Nancy Jo Sales had written a story on the uglier, seedier side of Tinder's use for soulless hookups. But it wasn't anything shocking. The new normal: five ways that retail is set to change under the influence of digital shopping. A new round of digital disruption is set to change forever the way shoppers buy, a new report concludes.

The new normal: five ways that retail is set to change under the influence of digital shopping

Retailers will respond by fully digitising the end-to-end customer experience, from the store onwards, predicts Forrester’s The Future of the Retail Experience. Report author Nigel Fenwick says that customers’ expectations of the ‘normal’ in-store experience will change as they become more used to digital experiences. That in turn, he argues, will mean all retailers must provide similar experiences, or risk losing customers. The Changing Face Of Today’s Consumer - ReadWrite. Guest author Ori Karev is general manager of enterprise and the U.S.

The Changing Face Of Today’s Consumer - ReadWrite

CEO of Gett, an on-demand purveyor of ground transportation. Back in the 80s and the 90s, companies worked hard on their interactions with consumers. Everything was about communicating correctly. Legions of experts taught employees how to speak with clients. Others worked on corporate communications materials. 100 Resilient Cities. 50pc of Irish firms replace people with software and robots. Almost half of businesses in Ireland (48pc) have automated business functions or are in the process of replacing people with software and machines, according to new research.

50pc of Irish firms replace people with software and robots

According to data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), this is slightly behind the global average of 55pc. A further 24pc of Irish businesses state that they may automate processes in the next 12 months. These companies are principally looking for greater accuracy and efficiency in production (67pc), and enhanced flexibility to increase or decrease production (50pc). Are We Living In A "Post-Startup" World? - ReadWrite.

Guest author Carol Broadbent is the cofounder and principal of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency.

Are We Living In A "Post-Startup" World? - ReadWrite

She wrote this post with cofounder Tom Hogan. Industry pundits like to talk about how we’re now inhabiting the post-PC, post-desktop, post-software world. Businessinsider. The future of food shopping: holograms and cloud control? Imagine walking into your local giant supermarket and being greeted by a smiling hologram waiting to take you to all points of interest in the shop.

The future of food shopping: holograms and cloud control?

What if you could wave your increasingly smart phone at an unusual vegetable and call up a virtual chef to take you through some brilliant recipes? Or imagine being able to hold your device up to a shirt hanging lifelessly from a rack so that a Gok Wan type could magically materialise to give you fashion tips. Striping down The Brands: The Actual Price of Things. We all love and enjoy branded cars, clothes, sneakers and all the other toys, but we rarely ask ourselves how much do these products actually cost. The long and pricey road a product travels from a manufacturer to a distribution network, catches a few zeros on its tail here and there, and today we will strip down the brands and take a look how high is the real expenditure of our beloved belongings, and what it takes to make them. Let’s start from cars, since the price of the certain vehicles is almost legendary and incomprehensible to the most of us. But let’s not discuss collectible automobiles, because the current price of the Ferrari GTO from the year 1963 is breaking all records, and as a collectible item it doesn’t concern us, everyday consumers.

A Pricey Ride. New Financial Times And Economist Owners Ponder The Future Of Digital Media. Who saw the recent sale of the Financial Times (FT) from Pearson to Nikkei for $1.3 billion coming? The sale of The Economist, also owned by Pearson, three weeks later, was less of a surprise, as Pearson set forth its new streamlined “digital ambitions.” While everyone and their dog was talking about Bloomberg or Axel Springer being the likely new owners (see graph), nobody mentioned Nikkei, despite it being one of the largest media companies in the world.

FT journalists even published an article the day before, outlining their publication’s “talks with Springer are further advanced” than with Nikkei (which, by contrast, was only mentioned once in the original FT article). The Revolution Of The Cashless Society. For over 500 years, Britons have been trading with the much-loved and popular paper currency. This is a similar trend to that which has developed overseas, where paper and coin currency has driven economies and purchasing for generations. It wasn’t always this way, however, and the orientation of technological advancement suggests that a cashless society may soon be in-vogue once again. Prior to the emergence of paper currency, citizens would trade using certain items such as food or weaponry. The Future of Work: We Have Been Here Before - Pacific Standard. This is not the first time society has fretted over the impact of ever-smarter machines on jobs and work—and not the first time we have overreacted.

In the Depression-beset 1930s, labor Jeremiahs warned that robots would decimate American factory jobs. Three decades later, mid-1960s prognosticators offered a hopeful silver lining to an otherwise apocalyptic assessment of automation’s dark cloud: the displacement of work and workers would usher in a new “leisure society.” Paul Saffo teaches forecasting at Stanford University and chairs the Future Studies and Forecasting track at Singularity University. Redfront. A short while ago we developed some materials around the sharing economy. As part of a wider service design toolkit we created a simple tool for developing sharing economy startup ideas. This tool was first tested in an open workshop at Mozilla London and subsequently used with Ravensbourne students. You can download a printable version with some simple instructions here.

How Self-Driving Vehicles Will Change Us - ReadWrite. Guest author Amber Case is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and researcher who helps Fortune 500 companies design, build, and think through their roadmap for connected devices. Cities As Platforms. The Devil Shares Prada: The Sharing Economy Boosts Luxury. Experiences over possessions. I, For One, Welcome Our New (Google) Overlords « INC Longform. How Museums Are Using Technology. Bits.blogs.nytimes. At Vidcon, cute YouTube stars are the best moneymakers.

Just before 8:00 A.M. in Anaheim, California, hundreds of teens are lined up, waiting. Less Than One Percent of All Things That Could Be Internet-Connected Actually Are. Internet connectivity has become globally ubiquitous, yet only a minute fraction of possible items are connected. Electronic Word of Mouth Marketing: Relationship between Brand Loyalty and Electronic Word of Mouth in Social Marketing Networks: Business and Management Book Chapter. 10 sought after "Areas of Expertise" in the New Internet Economy! Traditional brick and mortar businesses are crumbling and a new internet economy is beginning to take shape. Needless to say a big chunk of the 21st century jobs created will be in the digital arena.

See Ya Later, Capitalism — the Collaborative Economy Is Taking Over — Backchannel. The end of capitalism has begun. Facebook Oozed Rainbows, but LGBT Activists Say It Denies Them Their Identity. After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states on Friday, Facebook immediately unveiled a tool to help its users celebrate: a filter that tints profile photos in rainbow stripes. Katy Perry's Left Shark Has a Page, but Facebook Still Wants Native Americans to Prove They're Real. Space Race 2.0: Avanti claims headstart in bringing Africa online. In the Digital Economy, Reinvention is the Word. Facebook e il declino dell'Occidente. From Remnant To Riches: What The Quest For Premium Inventory Means For The Industry. Microsoft's new augmented reality project, "SemanticPaint," lets you digitize your environment.

Microsoft backs 'micro-celebrities' "Matematica dei sentimenti e telepatia": il futuro secondo il visionario Zuckerberg. Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet. Top 10 Emerging Technologies Changing Our Lives. From Social Networks To Market Networks. Ready or Not, Millennials Are Changing How We Do Business Forever  The Berlin Startup Ecosystem Needs An IPO In The U.S. 0965254X.2015. The Recycling Industry is Losing Money. How Crowdworkers Became the Ghosts in the Digital Machine. Nano Satellites Will Stop the Internet of Things from Ever Going Offline. Royalty-creating app Eternify targets Spotify. How Industrial Systems Are Turning into Digital Services. Michael Wolff's War: TV Vs. The Web.

From A to Z: 200 Essential Resources for Entrepreneurs Building a Business. API-Based Money Mover Currency Cloud Taps Sapphire Ventures And Rakuten For $18M. Anarchy at the checkout: You can now own a Sex Pistols credit card. How the Internet of Things is Poised to Shake Up Sports Marketing. How Digital has reduced the B2B buying cycle across the globe. - Valve Solutions.

Power beamed to camera via ambient wi-fi signals. Organizing Connected Transportation – Brand Marketing Evolution: The Future of Content Creation. Philip N. Howard: Extremists fear the Web: politics, liberty and the new Internet of things. The Unbundling Of Finance. Guest Post: 3 Ways to Monetize Users (And Keep Them Happy) With Mobile Video Ads. MassRetailer NZ - Top trends impacting the retail sector. Retailers sacrificing £6.6bn a year due to lack of mobile investment. 70,000 pictures make up this panorama of Mont Blanc. Location-Based Marketing Startup Ubimo Gets $7.5M To Create Ad Campaigns Using Real-Time Data. Daimler and Qualcomm team up on wireless charging for electric cars. 365 Million Reasons Why Email Is A Solid Investment. Net Neutrality: the struggle for the future of the Internet has only just begun. Futuro, idee e innovazione alla Luiss il primo evento TedxLuiss. Nikon legitimizes the selfie stick once and for all. Get a free estimate of what's your CV worth.

The smart traveler and the experience economy. The philosophy of privacy: why surveillance reduces us to objects. "Emerging Trends towards Connect2020" The car of the future is 'the most powerful computer you will ever own' About IFTTT. We're Running Out of Internet. Shadow Banks Could Take $11 Billion Annual Profit, Goldman Says. Using Technology To Humanize Finance. Co-innoviamo tutto! - cheFare. What is the future of work, travel and mobility? 'Facebook for Scientists' Could Change Science Research For Good. You Can't Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing. How This Teenager Turned Her Childhood Hobby Into a Global Business. The Technologies That Will Change The Way You Shop. Retail's new reality: Invisible shopping centers and virtual assistants—commentary. How to make Social Media Day official in your city. Propelling business into the future with science fiction. The Future of Interfaces is Mobile, Screen-less and Invisible.

Just Eat Snaps Up Menulog For $687M To Enter Australia And New Zealand. 5 technologies that will transform shopping. The Care-Centered Economy: A New Theory of Value. The global commodification of agriculture and its perils. Fashion Revolution. Your place to buy and sell all things handmade, vintage, and supplies. Curbing the New Corporate Power. Internet 'rationing' needed as UK cannot keep up with demand. Facebook Opens Internet.Org To All Developers In Response To Net Neutrality Concerns.

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