Yochai Benkler on the Company of the Future (follow-up)

The company of the future topic (which I recently tackled here and here) sticks around. Why a second follow-up? Because I just came across a paper (PDF) by (the highly esteemed!) Yochai Benkler. It goes by the title Peer production, the commons, and the future of the firm so it naturally grabbed my attention, particularly for the…… Continue reading Yochai Benkler on the Company of the Future (follow-up)

Did Facebook Make Trump?

There is a vivid discussion right now whether or not Facebook played a crucial part in making Trump. It’s funny to me that the very same company that not too long ago faced enormous criticism for allegedly being biased towards liberal news, is now responsible for Trump. Apparently Facebook can have its cake and eat it…… Continue reading Did Facebook Make Trump?

X’s Astro Teller on Patent Lifespans

Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at Alphabet’s X (formerly Google X), makes a great argument for much reduced patent lifecycles in an interview with The Verge. He does so either unconsciously or he outsmarted the PR department. Whatever the case may be, here is the respective part: The patent system was built 130–140 years ago around the idea that you…… Continue reading X’s Astro Teller on Patent Lifespans

Follow-up: Challenges for The Company of the Future

This week I wrote an essay, examining how the company of the future might look like. After dissecting six trends which I assume are indicative of said future, I eventually arrived at a (rough) outline: Our company of the future will be rather small as it has a comparably narrow scope. On the other hand, it will be…… Continue reading Follow-up: Challenges for The Company of the Future

Companies Will Improve Gig Workers’ Experience Over Time

A few days ago I tackled the common pushback against gig economy platforms (or talent aggregators as I refer to them) from a macro-perspective. Today, I want to focus on the micro level in a b2b environment¹. One of the biggest issues currently discussed with regards to the gig economy – as it currently presents itself, one ought…… Continue reading Companies Will Improve Gig Workers’ Experience Over Time

Internet Media Business Demonstrated by The Verge

As The Verge is working on a relaunch of its site, Nilay Patel published a great piece that lifts the curtain on the business model of a modern internet media company. Whether you are in the media business or in online marketing, you can certainly learn a few things from it. Here, I summarize my major takeaways.…… Continue reading Internet Media Business Demonstrated by The Verge

On Pushback Against Gig Economy Platforms

A week ago I wrote about the the Small/Big Dualism of Networked, Decentralized Systems. In there, I talked about some of the ‘gig economy platforms’ like Uber or AirBnB (I dubbed them aggregators in conformity with the article’s theme). Because I took a broad, systemic view in the piece I remained very neutral. I wrote: If we…… Continue reading On Pushback Against Gig Economy Platforms