By Doug McCullough and Brooke Medina If you ask most people about their impression of entrepreneurship, they might use words like “small business” or “innovation” or describe it as “working for yourself.” Some may go beyond that and paint a picture of an audacious Silicon Valley founder who boldly takes risks and tirelessly overcomes challenges. For others, an … [Read more...] about What Is Entrepreneurship?
By Barry Brownstein More than 20 years ago, Dan Pink, former chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, foresaw the gig economy. In a 1997 essay, “Free Agent Nation,” for the then-fledgling magazine Fast Company, Pink estimated “more than 16% of the American workforce” were free agents—"people who move from project to project and who work on their own, sometimes for … [Read more...] about California Is Trying to Roll Back the Gig Economy but “Natural Liberty” Will Prevail
By Joe Jarvis Ten years ago most of us couldn’t imagine getting in a stranger’s car for a ride. Or imagine the shock of your friends and family if you told them you had met a stranger online, and they would be paying you to stay in the spare bedroom for a weekend. In 2009 Uber launched, and Airbnb was only a year old. Now millions of people use these platforms to make … [Read more...] about A Retirement Plan Tailor Made For The Gig Economy Era
By Michael Munger The difference between contractors and employees is important. A “contractor,” from the Latin verb to draw together different things, is someone who brings their own tools and skills, and does a (relatively) brief stint of work in a defined task. An “employee,” from the Latin verb to be entangled, associated, or connected, is someone who predictably works … [Read more...] about You Can’t Create Jobs by Outlawing Work
By Brittany Hunter California may have just passed a death sentence on the gig economy. Late Tuesday night, as many California residents slept in their beds, the state legislature passed a bill that is expected to impact hundreds of thousands of independent contractors across the state. For months now, the state assembly has been debating controversial legislation … [Read more...] about Did California Just Kill the Gig Economy?