August 7th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Alexa Clay – The Misfit Economy
Recorded in Los Angeles, July 2015

The Misfit Economy is a book that argues that lessons in creativity, innovation, salesmanship, and entrepreneurship can come from surprising places: pirates, bootleggers, counterfeiters, hustlers, and others living and working on the margins of business and society.

The book investigates the stories of underground innovation that make up the Misfit Economy. It examines the teeming genius of the underground. It asks: Who are these unknown visionaries? How do they work? How do they organize themselves? How do they catalyze innovation? And ultimately, how can you take these lessons into your own world?

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June 22nd, 2012 by Michael Sauers

Doc Searls longtime advocate for open-source software, talks to us about his new book The Intention Economy, and more.

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May 21st, 2012 by Michael Sauers

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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May 17th, 2012 by Michael Sauers

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July 10th, 2009 by Michael Sauers

freecover Chris Anderson’s new title Free can of course be purchased at Amazon but is also available for free online reading via Scribd. Even better the unabridged audio version is also available completely for free download.

From Amazon:

The New York Times bestselling author heralds the future of business in Free

In his revolutionary bestseller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that in many instances businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them. Far more than a promotional gimmick, Free is a business strategy that may well be essential to a company’s survival.

The costs associated with the growing online economy are trending toward zero at an incredible rate. Never in the course of human history have the primary inputs to an industrial economy fallen in price so fast and for so long. Just think that in 1961, a single transistor cost $10; now Intel’s latest chip has two billion transistors and sells for $300 (or 0.000015 cents per transistor–effectively too cheap to price). The traditional economics of scarcity just don’t apply to bandwidth, processing power, and hard-drive storage.

Yet this is just one engine behind the new Free, a reality that goes beyond a marketing gimmick or a cross-subsidy. Anderson also points to the growth of the reputation economy; explains different models for unleashing the power of Free; and shows how to compete when your competitors are giving away what you’re trying to sell.

In Free, Chris Anderson explores this radical idea for the new global economy and demonstrates how this revolutionary price can be harnessed for the benefit of consumers and businesses alike.

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