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How the Collaborative Economy is Reinventing Business
From Airbnb to Uber to FD alum Boatbound to Founders Den itself, the sharing economy is exploding. Come hear what this means to you and your company.
After authoring the seminal report on the Collaborative Economy, Jeremiah became so enamored with the movement that he quit his job to found Crowd Companies:
‘The Collaborative Economy is a powerful movement. The people formerly called consumers are now getting what they need from each other, rather than from traditional institutions. Instead of buying new things, people are sharing products with each other in an emerging societal shift called the Sharing Economy. Meanwhile, the Maker Movement is empowering communities to build their own products, displacing the traditional role of manufacturers.
These Empowered Individuals are beginning to function like hotels, taxis, farms, restaurants, manufacturers, and other traditional business models. The crowd is becoming a company unto itself — it’s backed by powerful technologies, like social networks and mobile devices, and it is self-organizing.
However, what role do companies play, if people get what they need from each other?’
Join Jeremiah and fellow disrupters, Jon Gillon (Roost), Aidan Yeaw (Barnacle), and Aaron Hall (Boatbound), in an interactive discussion on how the Collaborative Economy is revolutionizing business.
6:30pm Cocktails & mingling
7:00pm Panel discussions
8:00pm More cocktails & mingling
Jeremiah’s "Honeycomb" illustrates this massive boom:
Jeremiah Owyang @jowyang
Jeremiah is the Founder of Crowd Companies, which focuses on how large companies tap the collaborative economy, maker movement, and customer collaboration. Prior, he was a founding partner at Altimeter Group and an industry analyst at Forrester Research, covering social computing—the first phase of digital making and sharing—and at Hitachi, where he launched the company’s first social program.
He focuses on how disruptive technologies—such as social media, mobile, and the internet of things powers the collaborative economy—impact the relevance of corporations to customers today and in the future. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving astute insights through rigorous research.
His site, “Web Strategy”, is one of the premier blogs on how corporations connect with their customers using Web technologies, and he frequently is quoted in top-tier publications and cited in books, press, and media. He was featured in the “Who’s Who” in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and Time named his Twitter feed one of the top feeds of 2011.
In November 2013, Jon was inspired to create a solution to solve the inconvenient and super-expense self-storage problems common in urban areas. After helping ease his brother’s anxiety surrounding his relocation from Austin to San Francisco by making space in his apartment storage closet, Jon wanted to help others avoid the extremely frustrating search for storage. The benefits to the solution were so clear that Jon had an immediate ‘light bulb’ moment, and Roost was born.
Prior to founding Roost, Jon started DropertyTax.com, a solution to help homeowners across the country drop their property taxes. Jon's experience also includes business development for a promotional products company, Director of West Coast Sales at Whitestone Works, and Director of Business Development for Virtrue.us.
Jon is a graduate of Lehigh University where he studied marketing. He has a wealth of experience starting—and failing—several companies through which he learned an incredible amount of what to do and what not to do to make a business run successfully.
Aidan Yeaw @atyeaw
Aidan Yeaw is co-founder of Barnacle, a peer-to-peer delivery platform that matches drivers and shippers. Think of it as “Carpooling for Cargo”. He serves as its Chief Community and Product Officer. He founded Barnacle in part to eliminate the waste in shipping, especially the corrugated boxes, cardboard, and packaging material that “Big Box” shippers like FedEx and UPS require us to use. Barnacle gives people a choice to “Ship out of the Box”.
His background is in product management specializing in customer and product analytics, primarily in financial services. He enjoys running, cooking, psychology, and spending time with his two sons. He also advises start-ups and is an angel investor.
Aaron Hall @amh
Founder and CEO and an avid boater, Aaron Hall founded Boatbound to help offset the cost of boat ownership, making boating more accessible. Aaron is a serial entrepreneur, who has been involved in the creation of numerous successful businesses. He believes that a company’s culture is key to its success and helps all employees create a “100 List” of things they want to do in their lifetimes. He has been featured in national publications such as TechCrunch, VentureBeat, IdeaMensch, Startup Plays, StartupDigest, and others. Aaron graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance.
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