Gigapod is a podcast which explores exciting business models within the sharing, gig and circular economies. We meet with founders and operators, on how they achieve growth, whilst they responsibly scale.
Like any fast growing phenomena the gig economy has received a lot of backlash from different players in the market. That's why we've chosen to collaborate with the well-known economist and writer, Claes Hemberg to investigate the state of affairs in our home market, Sweden. In this episode we discuss the scope, which areas will be investigated and why such a report is important, right now. You can read more about why Claes has chosen to engage in this topic on his website here: https://claeshemberg.se/skriver-rapport-om-gig/
We will be talking again with Claes early next year to discuss findings and thoughts, as the report takes shape.
We first learnt about Skillbreak when our CEO, Raiha, attended a perfume making workshop through the platform. It was a unique and memorable experience, that it made bringing Skillbreak's founder, Matilda Hannäs a natural choice for the podcast. This episode was recorded in May, 2020, during the first wave of Covid. Like many other businesses, Skillbreak rethought their business offering and as a result now offer many of their bespoke courses to an online audience. Listen to this episode as Matilda speaks about her journey to starting Skillbreak, what drives her and the team, and how they see the future.
We've long admired Sharetribe's position in the Marketplace space. They're the go-to for many businesses looking to start, as they make it easy to get started by providing an easy to use platform and have great tools to use as they scale. In this episode we sit down with Sjoerd Handgraaf, Sharetribe's CMO. Hear Sjoerd story, and how he got involved with Sharetribe, and how this Finnish startup has developed to become what they are today.
Check out the book mentioned in the podcast here: https://theleanmarketplace.com/ and look at Sharetribe's other amazing resources for startups here: https://www.sharetribe.com/academy/
In this episode we meet with Mario Rueda, CEO and co-founder of BASA (Book a Street Artist); a leading marketplace for brands to find unique artists, curated by Mario and his team. Mario shares their origin story; how Covid has helped them to rethink their business model and strategy; and we learn what a "Zebra" is and why more startups are looking to achieve this status.
Go here to find out more about their virtual experiences, or to find out more about BASA visit their website.
This episode we sit down with Scotland-based Eleanor Tucker; a well known sharing and gig economy consultant. We primarily discuss growth strategies for B2C marketplaces, and learn from Eleanor's wealth of experience within the growing industry. Eleanor is a startup advisor and active in the Gig and Marketplace community and is the advisory board chair for Marketplace Risk.
Join us for this educational episode of Gigapod.
In this episode we speak with Olof Lundström, CEO and founder of L2GO; a concept which goes beyond the traditional value chain of the hotel experience. Olof shares his story of L2GO; their foundation, their pivot, their business model, and plans for the future. We are inspired by his story and we hope that you are too, when you listen to this episode.
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The rise of remote teams and Covid 19 have increased the importance for digitized tools to increase efficiency in daily work. Whilst the ability to be able to legally sign contracts is not new, the need for such a service has dramatically increased. Especially as more deals are now needed to be closed remotely. In this episode I speak with Emilia Wikstedt, Head of Sales at Oneflow. Emilia shares her thoughts on the impact of Covid-19 on their business, the changes in her industry and how this relates to trends within the Future of Work. Emilia also shares how to build a high performing sales team - perfect for any b2b digital businesses that are either starting out or about to grow.
Join us as we speak with Malin Granlund, founder and CEO of Done. Done is a Swedish-based Marketplace that helps to remove the friction of finding the perfect provider for home renovations. Through their innovative approach to an often tiresome task, they vet all handymen (and handywomen!) who sign up on the service: utilising video calls to create offers, and to help their customers find the right person for the job.
We love that Malin and her team leverage technology to take on this future of work challenge, in an industry ripe for disruption. We also appreciate that Malin shares her journey on how she started Done, her top tips for growing marketplace businesses, and the importance for focus when scaling.
In this episode we speak with Emelie Fågelstedt, who won the Hack the Crisis Sweden business challenge a few weeks ago, with her team. Their solution focused on how the largest job board in Sweden, Platsbanken, could include other forms of employment, to allow for the change of times with the unique situation we are in today. In addition, Emelie is the co-founder of Svenska Nomader, a community for freelance and self-employed Swedes who often choose to work remotely and work for themselves. Emelie shares why she is such a strong advocate for the future of work and how she sees the crisis acting as a catalyst in this area.
In this episode we chat with Fredrik Karlberg, country manager of SnappCar, Sweden's largest p2p car-sharing platform. Did you know that one shared car can replace up to 10 cars, and subsequent car parks?
SnappCar is interesting, as they are the only car-sharing actor in Sweden who are truly working towards their mission of getting cars off the road. They are the only player who neither tries to sell cars to our users or in anyhow indirectly profit from new car-production. We think that sets them apart.
Remember how the first job you ever got made a real impression on you? Perhaps it instilled in you a strong work ethic? Or you made such strong connections that your first employers helped you further your career?
With this ethos in mind, CEO and founder, Jacob Ruddbäck founded Yepstr. Jacob shares his story on how they've become the biggest marketplace for those just getting their first jobs, and their plans for the future.
Less than a year ago Charlotte traded corporate life to that of an Entrepreneur. Together with her co-founder Oleg Danylenko, she started Teemly, a digital solution which offers virtual offices for distributed teams. Given that most workers are forced to work remotely, it has quickly become a much-desired solution. She shares her story, her success and plans for the future.
Over the last decade Adrian started a creative agency, and then a digital-first recruitment agency. This passion morphed into Gigway, which is a Stockholm based platform, which matches creatives with companies. In this episode Adrian shares his journey, his thoughts on what's next, and what the future of work could hold.
Marianne Olsson, Gig expert and Strategic Advisor, shares her thoughts on the impact of the Corona virus on gig work and the potential opportunities that can result as part of the upheaval. She also talks about her perspective on the future of work and how all workers could be seen as gig workers.
If you're not familiar with Marianne yet, she is a published author with 10 books, mostly focusing within the Gig economy. Marianne describes herself as a Gig worker at heart and has run her own business since 2001. If you want to find out more about her visit https://konsultboken.se/
Glen Hodgson joins us for episode 5, as he shares his views on the platform economy. Glen shares why it's important that we work together to create a positive framework for the future, so it's beneficial for society, businesses, and for the individual.
Glen will be hosting an event in Stockholm on March 4th, so if you're interested in learning more be sure to sign up here.
In this episode we meet with the inspirational Ola Lowden, Founder and CEO of Omocom. Ola and his team take a novel approach to insurance for the sharing and circular economy; the market gap was identified when he worked as a Legal Advisor for the Swedish National Board od Trade. There he realised their was a lack of insurance products addressing the growing need in the changing economy. Join us as we hear how his team has tackled this issue as they continue to grow.
In this episode we meet Alexander Engl from ihopa, a Swedish based platform for co-sharing items. He shares the story of how we came up with the idea for ihopa; how they've pivoted, and how non-linear sales processes are positive for the future of business. Alexander also shares his top tips for scaling in this not to be missed episode!
To find out more about ihopa go to ihopa.com
Transcript to episode can be found here: https://gigapay.co/blog/gigapod-ep-3-ihopa/
Did you know that fashion is the second most polluting industry after oil and gas? 100 billion pieces of clothing are produced every year, with 60% ending up incinerated or in a landfill? Sellpy is on mission to improve usage of existing fashion pieces, and to essentially counteract waste, by offering a platform to easily enable upcycling. In this episode we meet with with Gustav Wessman, CMO and Partner of Sellpy about their growth, journey and what they're trying to achieve.
"In the transportation sector, it is 97% men" shares our first guest, Maria Folkesson. Maria is on a mission to create the world's first electric-pod-sharing subscription, that is driven by women for women.
The concept was built from her own personal story and something many, I am sure, can relate to. Not only is Maria trying to improve diversity in the transportation sector in an environmentally friendly way, she's also creating a business she plans to scale across Europe. Listen as she shares her story, as a founder, and as a responsible business owner on her journey towards growth.
Transcript to this episode can be found here: https://gigapay.co/blog/ep-1-gigapod-cityzap-her/