The Technology behind the Share Economy

16 02 2014

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The idea of membership is not new. Churches, social clubs, professional associations, insurance companies and book clubs have long used membership as a means of building loyalty and connection among the people affiliated with their organizations. The membership model makes sense to both to organizations and individuals. Executives and investors like the model because it reduces uncertainty in their revenue streams. When done correctly, memberships appeal to customers too. They appreciate the stability and convenience of the relationship, and are also able to fulfill the human need to belong and to connect with others.

The advent of the consumer internet, social networks and mobile devices have dramatically enhanced the ability of a broad range of industries to rethink their business models, introducing ideas of sharing, subscribing and connecting in surprising new ways. Join Membership guru Robbie Kellman Baxter to explore how companies like Airbnb, RelayRides and Bag, Borrow or Steal as well as blue chips like Netflix, Facebook and Apple are moving from ownership to access and from customer transactions to member relationships.

We’ll dig into the technology behind the apps, industries most affective and opportunities for entrepreneurs to ride this wave into the future. Don’t miss this exciting interview!

Robbie Kellman Baxter is a sought after consultant and speaker with over fifteen years of experience advising fast growth companies in Silicon Valley—from Netflix, Oracle, and Yahoo!, to dozens of successful venture-backed startups. She has been advising businesses with subscription-based business models and driving substantial and consistent results for over a decade. Robbie frequently appears in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronical and CNN.com. An expert on subscriptions, sharing and loyalty, as well as innovative business models in general, Robbie is currently working on a book for McGraw-Hill, entitled The Membership Economy.

Week In Review


  1. NY to adapt money transfer rules for Bitcoin
  2. Verizon ‘More Everything’ Plan Adds Data, Cuts Prices
  3. NYC’s Touchscreen Subway Maps Are Finally Here
  4. Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion
  5. Beware of malicious Flappy Bird clones




Recorded Segment from CES

9 02 2014

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Week In Review


  1. More Than 14,000 People Around The Globe Streamed The New York Bitcoin Hearings
  2. Satya Nadella named Microsoft CEO, Gates out as Chairman
  3. New York Police Department is beta-testing Google Glass
  4. Verizon could be throttling Netflix and Amazon, but there’s no actual evidence of it




The Pros and Cons of Net Neutrality

2 02 2014

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Maybe you have heard of net neutrality, but you don’t know what it means. Earlier this month there was a landmark court case by the DC Circuit striking down net neutrality. The case was brought by Verizon against the Federal Communications Commission. Though the FCC lost, many see it as a win. For cable, telco and internet companies, it may be a loss. Tune in to hear why.

American Roslyn Layton is a Ph.D. Fellow in Internet Economics, Center for Communication, Media and Information Studies at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is earning her PhD in net neutrality. Before entering academy, she worked in the software industry in Silicon Valley, India and Europe. She is also a Vice-President of Strand Consult, an independent consultancy for mobile operators around the world. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Communications, Information and Technology at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. More information http://roslynlayton.com/about/

Week In Review


  1. Verizon Adds Service to 35 More Subway Stations
  2. Rural areas in upstate New York receive broadband access
  3. NFL to block mobile streaming video in Super Bowl stadium
  4. Errors and other problems plague iTunes 11.1.14 on Windows
  5. With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water