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Chloe+Isabel is an online social jewelry retailer and they recently raised $15 million in venture funding. Their platform allows women to build online stores featuring their favorite Chloe + Isabel jewelry, then market them via on and offline social networks. Think Tupperware parties going digital. They are one of many companies ...

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CoinDesk, an online site that covers the Bitcoin industry, released their State of Bitcoin Q2 2014 report. It shows that despite setbacks and negative press, the Bitcoin industry continues its rapid expansion. The chart below (from CoinDesk's report) shows their summary of the key things that happened Bitcoin wise in ...

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Bloomberg's Tiny Houses Big with U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom covers the nascent tiny home movement. Homes are generally consider tiny if they are less than 500 square feet in total and they can be much smaller - as small as 100 square feet.  They're also called micro-homes and as ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

Reuters Science Watch has released a set of predictions on the the landscape of science and technology in 2025 by examing global patent data and scientific literature. This was done by data mining the Reuters Web of Science service. This is an integrated database of curated content that includes cross disciplinary ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

The Staffing Industry Analysts is reporting there are currently more than 145 online staffing platform businesses operating globally.   They also reported in 2013 the industry generated roughly $1.4-$1.6 billion in "gross spend".  This is the dollar value of work completed and paid for.  And while they're not specific about 2014, they say ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

Last week the Freelancers Union released How to Live the Freelance Life, a report based on a survey of more than 1,100 freelancers nationwide that asked freelancers about their work, money, lifestyle, and values. There were a number of interesting findings, but three jumped out at me: 1. The Why Do ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

The European Coworking Conference site's article The Number of Coworking Spaces Exceeds a Hundred in Some Cities is fascinating. Regular readers know we follow and do forecasts on the coworking industry. But even we're stunned at how big coworking has become in some places around the world.  Spain in particular ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

Labormetrics is one of the trends we closely monitor. It's the use of digital data and analytical tools to analyze, track and improve work methods and performance. We track this trend for 2 reasons.  First, it's clear labormetrics systems are going to be used in most businesses and across most tasks. ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

Several recent studies show that a growing number of people are using Airbnb's platform to create micro hotels by renting multiple properties to people looking for a place to stay. As the chart below from a San Francisco Chronicle study shows, 513 of the city's 4,000 that Airbnb hosts list multiple properties. ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

Gallup has caused quite a stir with a survey showing that social media has little to no impact on the purchasing decisions of most consumers.   The key study chart study, which shows 62% of consumers responded social media has no impact on their purchasing decisions, is below.     ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

The coworking space Grind is now offering a coworking option for moonlighters.  According to their press release the new service provides: dedicated "after-work" and weekend hours, specifically for those who are working a second job, creating a new venture, building a side business or any other reason that might warrant ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

Yesterday the Freelancers Union launched their National Benefits Platform. This is a one-stop, online site that will enable freelancers and other independent workers to access a suite of curated, freelancer-focused benefits, including: 401(k) plans Health insurance Dental plans Disability insurance Term life insurance Liability insurance According to the site there will be ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

The Wall Street Journal's Virtual Biotechs: No Lab Space, Few Employees focuses on how biotech startups are outsourcing lab work and hiring consultants and other contingent workers instead of traditional employees. Key quote: Hundreds of virtual biotechs are estimated to be operating today, in tech hubs from San Francisco to Cambridge, ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 78 days ago

Amazon is a retailer, so it's not surprising their new cellphone would be built for shopping. It's key feature is called Firefly, which uses object recognition software so that users can scan items and then buy them immediately on Amazon. It can also recognize sounds and link back to the ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 79 days ago

As a South Florida corporate copywriter and freelance journalist, I meet and interview some interesting folk with keen insights on business, corporate culture, play – you know, daily life. So it is that when I was interviewing an executive recently as part the Executive Profile column I write for the ...

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