This week we continue our discussion from the Internet Trends 2015 report last week surrounding the workforce's participation in the on-demand economy. In recent weeks/months there has been considerable news around the changing landscape around what is popularly referred to as "The Gig Economy": on-demand goods or services provided through platforms like Etsy, Uber, Airbnb and the like. Recently this space has seen:
- taxi riots in France, leading to the arrest of Uber executives there;
- anti-Uber court rulings in California (leading to the recent shutdown of Homejoy);
- compromises on Uber driver-access in New York;
- Airbnb-related destruction of personal residence in Calgary;
- and so so many more.
At the same time, new "Uber for X" type businesses are popping in new business markets seemingly every week, so this is a space that shows enormous growth, together with change and risk.
We will discuss some sample cases of how the regulatory landscape has been handled, and what the present and future look like in this expanding space.