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Abandoned luxury cars become a big problem in Dubai

July 15th, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Thousands of luxury cars are being abandoned every year since Dubai’s financial meltdown. Dubai over the last several years has been facing an unusual problem of high end sports cars being abandoned and left to gather thick layers of dust at airport parking lots and on the roadside across the city. If you’ve ever been […]



How the collaborative economy will change the way we travel

June 30th, 2014 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Airbnb doesn’t need to build or own inventory, it facilitates access to existing assets, such as spare rooms, holiday houses, entire islands or treehouses. At the annual Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals conference (HITEC) in Los Angeles, Rachel Botsman, Founder of Collaborative Labs, talked about how the collaborative economy will transform the hospitality ecosystem. She was talking to a group whose […]



China will become the world’s largest economy by the end of 2014

May 2nd, 2014 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

China was the world’s largest economy until 1890 before America surpassed it. By the end of 2014 China is on track to reclaim its crown.  



Fewer high school graduates enroll in college after graduation

April 30th, 2014 at 7:56 am » Comments Off

Just 65.9 percent of students who graduated from high school in spring 2013 had enrolled in college by last October. The proportion of high school students in the U.S. who go on to college rose regularly for decades but now appears to be declining.



More middle-aged moving back in with parents

April 24th, 2014 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts. Debbie Rohr, her husband, and twin teenage sons live in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It’s a modest but comfortable house, […]



What job creation looked like under the last six presidents

April 8th, 2014 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

There are many differences between the president’s terms. Overall employment was smaller in the ’80s, so a different comparison might be to look at the percentage change. Of course the participation rate was increasing in the ’80s (younger population and women joining the labor force), and the participation rate is declining now. But these graphs […]



Tesla is driving the new Purpose Economy

April 4th, 2014 at 9:19 am » Comments Off

Tesla, the electric car company, is slowly reshaping how people think about driving. Following the same pattern can help any social entrepreneur get people excited about world-changing products. Here’s what Tesla is doing.    



Sharing is the new buying: Insights into the Collaborative Economy

March 6th, 2014 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

A new report, Sharing is the New Buying, offers important insight for big brands who are grappling with the emergence of the Collaborative Economy, and for the startups that are driving this growth. The collaborative economy is a powerful movement in which people are getting the things from each other, it’s a combination of trends […]



The Internet is the greatest facilitator of inequality in history

February 4th, 2014 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

The Internet affects the economy differently than the new businesses of the past did. John Doerr, a venture capitalist, predicted in the 1990′s that the Internet would lead to the “the largest legal creation of wealth in the history of the planet.”  The Internet has created a tremendous amount of personal wealth. Just look at the […]



The Disruptive Nature of the Sharing Economy: Finding the Next Great Opportunities

February 3rd, 2014 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Many of us suffer from a sinister and often contagious disorder, something I call just-in-case disease. We own toolboxes full of tools, just in case we need to fix something. We have kitchens full of appliances just in case we want to prepare a meal. We have cars in our garages just […]



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