Scott Monty

Scott Monty

Uber's no-good, horrible, very bad week, more 2015 predictions than you can shake a stick at, putting the 'no' in innovation, updates to Facebook's search tool, Instagram surpasses Twitter but Twitter doesn't care, the biggest media company of the future, the data behind binge listening to podcasts, understanding the quality of your audience, the FTC cracks down on agency social media activity, the evolution of the collaborative economy and more, it's This Week in Digital.

A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry.

Each week, I compose a newsletter that includes a series of links about current events and trends in the worlds of technology, business, digital communications and marketing in order to keep leaders up to date on changes, newsworthy items and content that might be useful in your job. And now you have the option of subscribing just to this newsletter if you wish.

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Collaborative Economy

  • Home grocery service Instacart has raised $100M on a $2B valuation. (TechCrunch) 
  • If Instacart reminds you of WebVan (for those of you around in the late 1990s and early 2000s), it should. The problem with all of the web-based services back then: we weren't ready for them. (Wired) 
  • We're seeing a shifting of power now that is transforming business. While it's not a utopian dream, neither is it the end of business as we know it. It's important to understand the New Power. (Harvard Business Review) 


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When You Have Time: Essential Reading / Listening / Watching

  • LeWeb took place in Paris earlier this week, and for us one the highlights was seeing the output of Jeremiah Owyang's presentation on the Collaborative Economy. Jeremiah celebrated the first anniversary of Crowd Companies, which was launched at last year's LeWeb (disclosure: I am on the board of advisors for Crowd Companies). Calling 2015 The Year of the Crowd, Jeremiah outlined exactly how robust the market is (over 9,000 startups with over $8 billion in funding) and got some nice coverage out of it. (Slideshare and Upstart Business Journal)  
  • The original structure of the collaborative economy has grown as well: the 6-hexagon honeycomb has doubled: the original categories of Goods, Food, Services, Transportation, Space, and Money have been joined by: Health and Wellness, Logistics, Utilities, Corporate, Municipal and Learning. Read about the full impact on Jeremiah's site. (Web-Strategist) 
The evolution of the collaborative economy