Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Stats on The Gig Economy

Traditional stats are lagging tracking the gig economy. You know, UBER, Airbnb, Lyft and so on. So I found Mish, the great blogger, who recently tackled measuring this subject.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Housing Starts and Building Permits

Housing starts (well, technically, building permits) by US Metro areas can be found here.

I like how they include counties and smaller cities as well. Oh yeah - "they" are the US Census Bureau.

Here's the link to the main Census New Residential Construction Page. There is a helpful explanation of methodology and a few other categories like Quarterly Starts by Purpose and Design.

Business Passings: Andy Grove, CEO of Intel

All of our books about Andy Grove here.

Andy Grove was a Hungarian born refugee who joined Intel - one of the first companies that made the processors for computers. He eventually became the head. A fascinating classic business American success story. Read the books above for a glimpse of how Silicon Valley worked in the early days.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Freeters - Japan's Part Time Underclass

There's a growing underclass of part-time workers in Japan.  Called Freeters, they tend to be intelligent, educated university graduates from middle class homes, but cannot find fulltime positions.

Update: the original video I embedded has been removed but here's a link to all YouTube videoes on freeters.