By Jeremiah Owyang
I’m excited! Today is a milestone, it’s the first Catalyst Companies council session –we’re kicking off!
The above video was played in our session, to set the tone of the council, we worked with Visually, a collaborative marketplace to get it created. Catalyst Companies now has 26 companies in the council, and 22 startups from the collaborative movement.
Together, we’re exploring, discussing, learning, engaging, connecting, and activating within the Collaborative Economy. All within a program focused on the business models and trends we see emerging.
Our speakers are authors, startup CEOs, the members themselves, and even folks who are living a sharing lifestyle day to day. Everyone brought together to think along the lines of innovation – The goal is that brands win and startups too.
This month, we’re setting the foundation for the council, and I’ll present our vision, along with the key business models we see emerging. In Feb, we’ll focus deep on the Sharing Economy and have author of The Mesh, Lisa Gansky present, followed by Neal Gorenflo the founder of Shareable magazine and then council member discussions.
In March, we’ll focus on the Maker movement with the CEO of Techshop, Mark Hatch who authored the book the Maker Manifesto, along with startups from our Innovation Network sharing how they want to work with large companies. In future months, the council will help to share the topics in which we’ll explore.
In addition, we’re trying our best to live this movement too. So far, we’ve used: Crowdspring, Zirtual, Visually, co-working at the Impact Hub, Uber, Airbnb, Visually, TaskRabbit, and many other services. We’re learning into this new economy, as it makes business sense and the best way to learn is by doing.
Professionally, launching this company has been the most challenging and rewarding endeavor ever. And I’m deeply thankful for all of the support and encouragement from people like you.
Since I have you, I’d like to do a little crowdsourcing of our own and get YOU involved. We put up a FAQ on our website and I’d really appreciate you visiting and letting me know if there should be additional questions answered on this page. We want to be as transparent as possible and look forward to your questions.
Today is the start of a long journey, as businesses can also be part of this new economy.