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Coworking Forecast - 26,000 Spaces and 3.8 Million Members by 2020

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How coworking is defined is an important attribute of any coworking industry analysis. Coworking is booming. million in 2020.  In the U.S.

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Intuit Future of Small Business Report

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Last week Intuit released the Slideshare presentation  The Future of Small Business.

2016 76

Using Satellite Imagery for Investment Analysis

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But they've expanded their product line to include investment analysis.    According to their analysis traffic fell in both August and September, so October showed a positive turn around (and yes, the pun was intentional if not good).  DigitalGlobe is a fascinating company.  and Western Europe.

Strong Job Market Pulling Independent Workers Back to Traditional Jobs

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The MBO Partners 2016 State of Independence in America report was released this week. This The reason for this is clear from the data.   2.

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Gartner's Top Trends for 2017

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It's that time of year again. We're not referring to the holidays.   Below is their list of the top technology trends for 2017.

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Insight, Innovation and Finding Aha's

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But we consider two to be of the greatest importance to us in our trend spotting and analysis work. It describes 7 sources of insight: 1.

2014 55

Study: Gig Economy Growing Fast, Creating Mostly Part-Time Jobs

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For another analysis of these studies, see Bloomberg View's Your Uber Driver Probably Has Another Job. This works out to about 2.5

2016 36

Top Ten Small Business Trends for 2012

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  Big Data – the collection, manipulation and analysis of large datasets – allows large companies to look, act and compete like a small business by using data and analytics to provide personalized products and services.  Below is our fifth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  GDP increasing 2.5%-3.0%.    1. 

2012 70

Is a War for Talent Starting in the On-Demand Economy?

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Zen99's interesting analysis  of recruitment spend by on-demand economy companies, which we covered yesterday, shows the extent of the industry's recruiting efforts. It seems almost every day an on-demand economy company announces a big fund raise.   Already on-demand economy companies are facing worker recruitment issues.

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Three of Our Favorite Trend Sources

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  We've also found cross discipline trend analysis is much more powerful and accurate than focusing on a single or small set of trend areas.  Our job is tracking and forecasting small business trends.   We do this for two reasons.    Keeping up with all these trends is hard.    2.  trends

2011 56

PwC's When Megatrends Collide

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Strategy & Business , one of our favorite publications, has a good article on trend analysis. trends

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Disruption in the Industy Analyst Industry

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 There are several worth noting: Industry Analyst/Journalism Hybrid : These are firms that are augmenting or replacing their traditional advertising based business models by adding industry analysis and/or research services. BI Intelligence : provides data and analysis on a wide range of digital topics. charge for their services.

2014 31

Labormetrics, Autonomy and Employee Tracking

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The growing use of labormetrics - a buzz word that's a play on sabermetrics , baseball's term for the use of statistics and empirical analysis - is interesting to us on two levels. First, it's clear labormetrics systems are going to be used in most businesses and across most tasks.  So which path is going to win?

2013 36

Moonlighting: Booming or Declining?

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  Pew's analysis is based on data from the U.S. Let me say up front our research indicates moonlighting- working 2 or more jobs - has become much more common in the U.S. over the past decade.  But not everyone agrees. Working two jobs or more has become less common, not more, since the end of the Great Recession.

Consulting Firm Thought Leadership Sites We Follow

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We get a lot of questions about what information sources we use in our trend analysis work.    A couple of months ago we posted on our favorite trends sources.    We also follow several of the major consulting firm thought leadership sites.     Nice range of articles. trends

2011 40

Bitcoin Gaining Funding, Market Momentum

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Also released recently was Business Insider's analysis of the amount of venture capital flowing into the Bitcoin industry.   Web/Tec

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Small Businesses Want Tech Help From Accountants

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Emergent Research (that's us) assisted the Sleeter Group with this research. What may be a bit of surprise is the disconnect around technology.

2013 30

Is Small Business Ownership the Great Equalizer?

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  The analysis was based on data from the Small Business Success Index  (SBSI) produced by the University of Maryland and Network Solutions.  I recently posted on a study we did comparing the demographic and motivational differences between traditional small business owners and high growth-entrepreneurs. 

2011 33

Is the Venture Capital Industry Broken?

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And He Is Us" is a damning analysis of Venture Capital as an asset class and the Venture Capital industry in general. According to the Kauffman Foundation, the VC industry is very broken. Their report "We Have Met the Enemy. The news here isn't that the VC industry is broken.  This has been actively discussed for years.

2012 31

Coworking and the Blending of Work and Life

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But it's clear from our preliminary analysis of the results that work/life blending is common among coworking members.

2015 18

The Growing Role of Analytics in College Basketball

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  But what is new is the amount of data being collected and the sophistication of the analysis.  Meteorologist Becomes a Go-To Guy from the New York Times covers a free college basketball statistics website used by many college coaches.    Using data in sports is not new. 

2011 31

The Tablet Revolution - Tablets Taking Over

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In case you've been living in a cave the last year or so, the use tablet computers (and especially Apple iPads) is surging.   Mobile trends

2011 31

Using Digital Data For Economic Analysis

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One of the biggest shifts going on in economics is the growing use of digital data for research. The Internet and cloud computing platforms are generating large amounts  of digital data on pretty much all areas of business and economics. In fact, the amount data is growing much faster than our ability to analyze and use it.

2015 2

What is Computational Anthropology?

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It's also leading to more timely and accurate analysis and deeper bahavior insights. Big Data trends

2005 18

Major Shift in Thinking About Americans with Multiple Jobs

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This is done by thorough data collection and rigorous analysis, both of which require a lot of time - often years in the case of the data.  Fusion's There are probably way more people in the 'gig economy' than we realize covers a major shift in thinking about how many people in the U.S. And that is a big deal.

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Why Everyone Wants Small Businesses as Customers

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Enterprises have gotten so good at contract analysis and negotiation that it's very hard to wring profits out of this segment. One of the most interesting shifts we've seen since we started researching small businesses is the change in view of small businesses as a target market. Today, lots of firms do. These are: 1.   3.

Thomas Friedman's Darwinian Theory of Everything

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If you haven't read Thomas Friedman's piece A Theory of Everything (Sort Of) in Sunday's NY Times, I suggest you do.    I don't think Friedman covers new ground in the article.    Amazingly, he does this in a page and half.    trends

Making Serendipity Happen

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Lindsay's article points out the promising areas of serendipity research, with social network analysis likely the best way to attack this problem. Greg Lindsay's NY Times article Engineering Serendipity is a fascinating look at how companies are trying to increase the amount of serendipity that happens at their firms. Coworking

The State of Telework in the U.S.

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  In addition to insights and analysis, the report is full of interesting data.   So we were very excited to read through their latest research report -   The State of Telework in the U.S.   It describes who's teleworking and why they are teleworking.    Only 2.9

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Confirmation Bias and Decision Making

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 They're also more willing to challenge our assumptions and analysis. Regular readers know survivor bias is our favorite bias here at Small Business Labs.  But if we had a 2nd favorite bias, it would be confirmation bias. There's been a flurry of recent articles on confirmation bias: 1.  Kodak is a great example.

2012 22

Benefit Declines Makes Self-Employment More Attractive

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Most people looking at becoming self-employed or starting a small business go through a risk/reward analysis of their choices.  We've found that corporate benefits tend to be overvalued in this analysis.   It's no surprise that companies continue to cut workplace benefits.    According to a U.S.

Brookings: Natural Gas Best Path to Low Carbon Future

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Brookings Why the Best Path to a Low-Carbon Future is not Wind or Solar  provides a detailed analysis of why natural gas is the best choice for reducing carbon emissions associated with the production of electricity.  From the article: we estimate that at least 7.3 solar plants and 4.3 Not a bad combination.

2014 13
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What is a Spurious Correlation?

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  It's beyond the scope of this blog to fully cover this topic, but there are two new books well worth reading that do cover it: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data  does an excellent job of describing the basics around statistical causation and the limitations of statistical analysis in layman's terms.

2013 16

Behavioral Finance Lessons for Entrepreneurs

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  The academic fields of behavioral finance and behavioral economics have changed this by including social, psychological and emotional factors in the analysis of economic and financial issues. very good overview of behavioral issues that trip people up is  10 Behavioral Pitfalls: A Primer from Morningstar.   5.

Book Review: Raw Deal - How the Uber Economy is Screwing American Workers

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It's a non-stop attack on Uber, Airbnb and any other company or person who offers contract work or suggests freelance work isn't awful. 

More on the End of Men and Rise of Women

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  Although not new (the trends have been discussed for many years), new information and analysis on these trends continues to surface.

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Should You Hire People With Graduate Degrees for Your Startup?

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  Because a key part of our job is data analysis, we don't get to be quite as uncluttered by facts as others.  Penelope Trunk's Why Startups Shouldn't Hire People with Graduate Degrees is a fun read.  We at Smallbizlabs are quite jealous of articles like this.    Web/Tech

2011 13
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Analyst Firm Borrell Really Believes in Mobile

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  I follow their work and enjoy their forecasts and analysis. I'm a fan of the local media research firm  Borrell Associates.  But I'm a bit surprised by a recent post in Lost Remote  with their mobile ad forecast.  By 2015 that will be 64 percent. The devices will change,” said Cassino.   mobile

2015 13

Lessons from a Failed Forecast

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  The qualitative analysis looks OK: " a futurist specializing in workplace issues, says pressure on baby boomers wanting to retire will be so great that they will be pulled back into the labor market.   This is great.    We don't often get a chance to see how trend forecasts turn out.    2. 

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Will Small Businesses Drop Employee Health Coverage in 2014?

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  The New York Times has an article covering McKinsey getting hammered over their analysis of the new health care law.  We've looked at the new health care law and tried to understand and forecast what it means for small businesses.    Which is one reason why the topic is so controversial.  The

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