Why Uber Remains Disruptive and Dangerous

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Uber is the Kanye West of Silicon Valley: bold and brilliant. Toxic and troubled. Disruptive and dangerous. Uber's willingness to play dirty and its dysfunctional culture are well documented, most recently in a New York Times piece, "Uber's CEO Plays with Fire" that laid bare the controversial management style of CEO Travis ...

The Four Elements of the On-Demand Economy

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Big brands continue to transition to the $57.6 billion on-demand economy, which is characterized by the complete removal of friction from consumer purchases: Jaguar and Shell recently rolled out a partnership to make it possible for people to prepay for gas from their in-car infotainment touchscreens. By using Apple Pay or ...

Are You Ready for the Self-Driving Car?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

A few weeks ago, Adweek's Chris Heine asked me how soon Americans will accept self-driving cars -- or vehicles that do all the driving while everyone in the car kicks back and enjoys the ride, freed up to bury our noses in our mobile phones, watch movies on longer drives, ...

The Collaborative Economy Goes Mainstream

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Welcome to the age of sharing. Thanks to easy-to-use online markets like Airbnb and Uber, consumers are increasingly choosing to share goods and services with each other than buy from big brands. According to Fast Company, the so-called collaborative economy represents a $110 billion market. Now, for the first time, ...

“We Are a Catalyst”: Jeremiah Owyang Discusses Crowd Companies, His Bold New Venture for the $110 Billion Collaborative Economy

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

If you have ever rented your home or apartment to make extra income while you were on vacation, or if you've used a markplace like Lyft to rent a car from someone just like you, then congratulations are in order: you're contributing to the rise of the $110 billion collaborative ...