Value of Australia’s sharing economy hits $15 billion, while concerns around future of work grow

“The value of Australia’s sharing economy is expected to hit $55 billion across the next five years, having risen from $14.5 billion to over $15.1 billion in six months thanks to over two thirds of Australians now actively spending on or earning from a sharing economy service. The latest RateSetter Sharing Economy Trust Index, which … Read more

‘Choking’ fears if home delivery left unregulated

“Everything we desire from the booming convenience economy is now just a swipe of our smartphones away. But according to Melbourne academic, Australia’s capitals face the same traffic-congested “choking” fate as central London if the burgeoning economy is left unregulated. Dr Ian Woodcock from RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Science warns inner-city, ‘to-your-door’ services … Read more

Country boy takes on supermarkets with new startup: “We’ve modelled the business on AirBnB and Uber”

“A new Aussie startup is hoping to cut out the middleman and deliver fresh produce straight from the farm to shoppers’ doors. Aussie Food To You has been launched by entrepreneur and business consultant Peter Askew as a response to growing demand, nationally and internationally, for fresh Australian produce. “My current business is involved in a lot … Read more

Start Your Own Transportation Service : Your Step-by-Step Guide to Success (ebook)


Authors: Staff of Entrepreneur Media & Cheryl Kimball Start Your Own Transportation Service shows readers how to create a revenue stream by thinking outside the traditional transportation box. Features information on how to start businesses in the areas of ridesharing, executive car service, special events, medical transport, and pedicab/party services. The personal transportation business is … Read more

Why innovation springs from collaborative invention

“From tapping commands into an automatic teller machine or checking out goods at the supermarket self-service terminal, co-creation is part of everyday life. For many businesses, in the quest to save money, solve problems, innovate or better satisfy customers, co-creation has become a keen focus. Typically, finding ways to collaborate with customers, suppliers, distributors and … Read more

Frugal innovation : how to do better with less (book)


Authors: Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu Frugal innovation is a way that companies can develop high-quality products and create more value with limited resources. In today’s cost-constrained environment, companies in the developed economies are seeking new routes to long-term business success – while also appealing to cost-conscious and environmentally-aware consumers. With an estimated trillion-dollar global … Read more

The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur : How the Growth of Cities and the Sharing Economy Are Driving a New Breed of Innovators (ebook)


Authors: Cohen Boyd, Pablo Munoz and Richard Florida The world is urbanizing rapidly. Currently, 600 cities account for 60 percent of the global economy; by 2025, it is predicted that the top 100 cities will account for 35 percent of the world’s economy. Emerging trends in collaboration, the sharing economy, and innovation are opening up … Read more

The ‘Uberisation’ of work is driving people to co-operatives

“Street protests against popular “sharing” economy firms Uber and Airbnb have become commonplace around the world. Both these sector giants are succeeding in circumventing market regulations in many markets in areas including tax and labour law, creating concerns not just among workers but the broader public. Direct action against these companies has not been the only … Read more

Matchmakers : the new economics of multisided platforms (book)


Authors: David S. Evans and Richard Schmalensee Many of the most dynamic public companies, from Alibaba to Facebook to Visa, and the most valuable start-ups, such as Airbnb and Uber, are matchmakers that connect one group of customers with another group of customers. Economists call matchmakers multisided platforms because they provide physical or virtual platforms … Read more