The world’s 6 most valuable companies by market capitalization (Amazon, Apple, Alibaba, Microsoft, Alphabet, Facebook) and 70% of the $1 billion+ unicorn startups (Didi, Airbnb, Uber) operate digital ecosystems that match buyers & sellers, and gain enormous market share from network effects. Yet, only 3% of established companies have adopted active platform strategies. But things […]
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Karen Wessinger is an independent European affairs consultant who has been providing strategic advice and communications support to associations and companies in a variety of sectors. She has over 10 years experience in advisory services and advocacy projects particularly in the internal market, health, food, consumer affairs and financial services sectors.
Nearly one out of four Europeans is working independently. The number of freelancers has increased from just under 6.2 million in 2004 to 8.9 million in 2013, making independent workers the fastest-growing segment in the European labour market. The new sharing economy worker is not working a 9-5 job in one company. The trend is […]
Contract work is becoming the new normal. Consider Uber: The ride-sharing startup has 160,000 contractors, but just 2,000 employees. That’s an astonishing ratio of 80 to 1. And when it comes to a focus on contract labor, Uber isn’t alone. Handy, Eaze and Luxe are just a few of the latest entrants into the “1099 Economy.” Though they get the most […]
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PRESS RELEASE (25 September 2013) The European Sharing Economy Coalition was launched at a public hearing [*] in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 25 September 2013. The launch of the Coalition followed an invitation from the European Commission to discuss the importance of tackling the Sharing Economy model for the European Union. Brussels, […]
Euro Freelancers delivered a presentation at the Public Hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 25 September 2013. The topic of this presentation was: “Sustainability in the Collaborative Economy”, addressing collaborative production as well as consumption in a value chain perspective. The aim of this Hearing was to gather representatives of organisations working in the […]