Episode #56

Freelance Nation: “The Greatest Economic Transformation in Human History”?

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More and more micro-entrepreneurs are using online services like Etsy, Kickstarter, Uber and Lyft to create their own jobs. Welcome to the new DIY economy.

This week, New Tech City introduces you to the drivers, the Airbnb hosts and the other entrepreneurs making a living (or supplementing their income) in today's "sharing economy."

"We are going through the greatest economic transformation in human history," Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, tells host Manoush Zomorodi. 

According to one recent report, more than 40 percent of us will be freelancers, contractors and temp workers by 2020.

Farming 2.0: Tractors and Tech

Quick! Picture a small farm. There might be a big red barn, chickens running in the pasture; maybe even the stereotypical white picket fence. Whatever the particulars, that imaginary small farm is probably pretty low tech. After all, small farms are supposed to be the antidote to “industrial” agriculture, where farmers sow thousands of acres of corn or soybeans from the comfort of air-conditioned tractors.


Airbnb Hosts Owe Millions in Taxes, Says Attorney General

Renting a room or an apartment through the popular website Airbnb is easy to do and an easy way to make extra money.  And according to the state’s Attorney General, it’s also an easy way to avoid paying taxes.

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Marlene Dodes-Callahan from Long Island City, NY

Very informative and opens up so many possibilities for creative thinkers who want to work.

Oct. 18 2013 12:30 PM

What a silly response. I care more about a business following the rules and PAYING their taxes then saluting their illegal actions.
Wake Up! Crime is not acceptable.

Oct. 17 2013 12:28 AM
interesting from nyc

nice segment - glad wnyc promoted it to their front page.

Oct. 16 2013 01:56 PM
Joshua Ness from Brooklyn, NY

Claiming that AirnBnB is costing the state hundreds of thousands in unpaid hotel taxes is a short-sighted way of looking at the AirBnB issue. The people who rent from AirnBnB generally fall into two categories: those visiting the city and those who just moved here.

Given cost savings of AirBnB, New York will get visitors may not have otherwise chosen NYC as their travel destination. These tourists will spend their money in Manhattan AND in the communities where their host apartments are located... communities that otherwise likely wouldn't have received tourism dollars.

New New Yorkers who rely on AirBnB to facilitate their move come here for jobs that allow them to contribute to the economy and pay taxes. Without the advantage of AirBnB to find short-term housing in their first weeks as residents, many aspiring New Yorkers may choose not to move here.

The fact that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ignores these ancillary benefits and chooses solely to champion the hotel industry causes me to question his motives. Like Manoush alluded, I'm assuming it has something to do with campaign contributions.

Oct. 16 2013 12:56 PM

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