on-demand services

  • The Race To Frictionless Parking Crunch Network

    The Race To Frictionless Parking

    Parking. It’s an issue that impacts everyone who owns a car. People might not think about it or talk about it, but it certainly can be one of those daily frustrations that ignites stress. Traditionally, drivers will circle the block for a coveted on-street parking space or a parking garage that has an affordable hourly rate. However, there is more to parking than white lines, garages… Read More

  • Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup Crunch Network

    Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup

    While Uber and TaskRabbit have become household names, and the on-demand economy continues to boom, the problem of worker classification continues to bedevil companies in the on-demand marketplace. For new startups looking to enter this exciting landscape, there are many lessons that can be learned from the demise of companies like Homejoy, as well as from companies like Instacart and Luxe… Read More

  • Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble Crunch Network

    Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble

    Service marketplaces have recently become Silicon Valley darlings. The marketplace model has been a popular way for VCs to efficiently tap into the local economies at scale, specifically the $800 billion home services space. It’s a model that dates back to the initial concept of Yellow Pages in 1883. And it makes sense — giving homeowners a convenient way to find local… Read More

  • Techy Is An On-Demand Repair Service For Laptops

    Techy Is An On-Demand Repair Service For Laptops

    While companies like iCracked have extensive repair networks allowing you to get a phone or tablet repaired in just hours, getting a laptop repaired normally requires making an appointment, dropping your device off, and eventually picking it up days later. Techy (a recent winner of our TC Radio pitch-off) solves this problem by providing an on-demand platform for laptop… Read More

  • “Desksourcing” Is A New Labor Market Concept In The Mobile-First World  Crunch Network

    “Desksourcing” Is A New Labor Market Concept In The Mobile-First World 

    I’ve always been fascinated by how labor markets work. People are the foundation for how things get done. How we organize across and within companies impacts both creativity and efficiency. The first big labor market shift in my lifetime that I can remember was outsourcing. Fueled first by globalization and ignited further by Internet connectivity, arbitrage opportunities in labor… Read More

  • Understanding The Future Of Mobility Crunch Network

    Understanding The Future Of Mobility

    We recently had the opportunity to participate in two important conferences focused on the future: one on the on-demand economy (On Demand Economy 2015) and the other on mobile communications (Rutberg Future Mobile 2015). While each conference covered a range of fascinating topics, if taken together, one can develop from the conversations and presentations a clear picture of the future of… Read More

  • Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy Crunch Network

    Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy

    On the heels of Homejoy’s failure, the fundamental “on-demand marketplace” model has come into question by investors, the media and even consumers. That questioning is very relevant, as there has been an overload of VC money that has been injected in the on-demand service platform space over the past few years ($4 billion-plus in 2014). Read More

  • A Car Full Of People With No One Driving Crunch Network

    A Car Full Of People With No One Driving

    Since the days of the horse and buggy, there has been a fundamental relationship between vehicle and driver. The advent of driverless cars will invert this dynamic as we all roll forward into the future. What should cities do now to prepare? Due to the popularity of application based on-demand vehicle services, we have some foreshadowing of what may arise. Read More

  • The Fall and Software Rebirth of Middlemen

    The Fall and Software Rebirth of Middlemen

    Every region has its evil. In Hollywood, it’s content pirates, and in New York, it’s banking regulators (or Michael Bloomberg if you live outside Manhattan). In Silicon Valley, though, we don’t choose a small profession as our bogeyman: that’s way too pedestrian for us disruption gods. No, we choose all of middlemen as our foe. In the pantheon of evil conjured up by… Read More