Guest post by Jacob Haney, Research Optimus.
Surviving the initial stages of a new business is one of the most difficult steps, but that’s when things really start to get interesting. You have one of two choices: either rest on your laurels or grow it even further. So many people choose the former because they reach a certain comfort zone but that’s a mistake. The key should be to set your business up for the future.That’s the only way to avoid the pitfalls associated with failure. Continue reading “The 5 Key Signs That a Business is Ready for the Future”
The collaborative economy is growing in size, in usage, and in complexity. But how is it fairing in Europe? Who’s winning? And what does it take to win?
The collaborative economy is growing. In size, in usage, and in complexity too. It’s set to be a key economic component in the years to come as people use digital technologies to get what they need from each other.
The collaborative economy is global. But its characteristics and conditions vary a great deal from region to region.
Continue reading “The collaborative economy in Europe & why non-profits and big brands will win”
What role do companies play, if people get what they need from each other?
The collaborative economy is on the rise. It’s the third phase of social: First came social media where the media landscape was democratised as people started sharing and creating media; then came social business where businesses started using social technologies across the enterprise; and thirdly came the collaborative economy which is about sharing and creating physical goods and services.
You know it from the likes of Airbnb, Uber and Kickstarter.
Continue reading “The collaborative economy is growing – now includes healthcare, logistics, corporate, utilities, municipal and learning.”
“Two newlyweds spend their honeymoon in a rented loft instead of a chain hotel. A first-time mom rents a stranger’s truck in her neighborhood to pick up a baby crib. An entrepreneur
taps the crowd to fund a new product on kickstarter rather than seek traditional investors.”
Ever since Jeremiah Owyang took the stage at LeWeb 2013 and presented his and Altimeter Group’s research and report on the collaborative economy I’ve been convinced: The collaborative economy will be one of the next big things. Jeremiah’s impressive keynote back then made clear that this is a new business model that will upset most industries in the years to come.
How’s that? Well, we’ve already seen some strong examples of the collaborative economy in action (Airbnb, Uber, TaskRabbit etc.), and the VCs are backing it up. Continue reading “Sharing is the New Buying: New report offers insights into the collaborative economy”
Earlier this week, we (Ed Major and I) launched a new company called Orca Social as we see a need for large B2B companies to make better use of social technologies. Visit the website here.
The key for B2B companies is to learn to do social from within. The alternative is grim: If they engage external resources it becomes costly, slow and inauthentic. And, even more important, they miss out on the chance to break the silos and nurture a culture on which you can scale the social efforts to include e.g. social selling, social media customer service, social listening, internal collaboration etc. Continue reading “Introducing Orca Social, a member-based social media consultancy”
The logistics business is not easy on the startups. It’s regulated. It’s hardware-driven (ships, rail, trucks, air). And there’s a reluctancy among the big players to change their business models.
In short: 1) the whole logistics business is still living in the past, both technology- and mindset-wise; 2) it’s a very difficult arena to enter for startups; 3) once a few startups hit the nail on its head it’s likely to cause a massive disruption in this space.
Therefore, I’ve just created a list with the most promising logistics startups. One or more of the startups on the list might just end up making a huge difference.
Among others, Tom Stitt (also featured via Staxxon) and Jeremiah Owyang (Crowd Companies) have been very helpful in compiling the list.