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Given the recent rise of SaaS and the gig economy, has entrepreneurship become more ubiquitous? Can uberification benefit all industries, or only a select few?

I've done some preliminary research on the on-demand economy and its risings in San Francisco and the Bay Area. I want to learn more about its global effects. #technology #entrepreneurship #information-technology #startups #artificial-intelligence #saas

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Dwayne’s Answer

I love your ambition for asking such a strategic question about the economy. I believe that uberification can indeed touch all industries but it will first impact any industry where the possibility for improvement in consumer-centered services exists.

One macro technology trend that is enabling the rapid rise of new solutions such as Uber are Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) such as Microsoft Azure, SAP Cloud Platform, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services. These platforms have packaged up the elements required to rapid innovate and develop new capabilities such as mobile and cloud applications into easy to assemble modules. There are also a range of development tools ranging from traditional tools (eg Eclipse) to low/no-code tools and even citizen developer offerings depending on your skill set. Anyone with ambition can rapidly create new solution using these PaaS offerings that can literally turn existing industry offerings upside down.

That said, I agree with Steve that no matter what technology is available to create the "next Uber," it is critical to have the core business skills needed to start and run a business. If you don't have them, find someone who does.

If you aren't interested in starting your own business, then developing expertise on one or more of these platforms will greatly help your career in the gig economy. This is because even many SaaS offerings already sit on a PaaS or are rolling out a PaaS offering due to its amazing potential for rapid innovation outside of the core PaaS.

Hope this helps.

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Itai’s Answer

I'm not a business owner. But I think Gig work is a result of Uber's CX focus and work around Capital Costs.

What is the best way to make cabs available for everyone through an app without raising capital to buy cabs? The answer is Gig Drivers supplying their own cars.

IMO the long short is if you can disrupt and improve customer experience with out having to raise a lot of capital, you are in a really good spot as a business owner.
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Steve’s Answer

Having the skills to start your own business or be your own boss are always important. It can help you with a side project, selling yourself during a job interview, or working on a project at work. The gig economy has always been there. But, technology has been able to help open up the field to more people.
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