Handelsblatt: Germany’s false envy of Silicon Valley “startups”

By Steven Hill, Handelsblatt, April 21, 2016

German PDF version Handelsblatt, online version here

As I travel around Germany, from the giant messe of Hannover and Frankfurt to the digital incubators of Berlin, I hear a near-constant refrain: “Germany needs more startup companies, more innovation, more ‘disruption’ — where...

Salon: Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

By Steven Hill, Salon, March 27, 2016

The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” companies that have sprung up as part of the so-called sharing...


By Steven Hill, Sierra, March 14, 2016

Sarah and Jorge both love Uber. They dig everything about ithow quickly it arrives, especially compared to San Francisco’s crummy taxi service, and the efficiency of the app, which allows them...

Handelsblatt: Curse and blessing: How Germany can play a leading role in the new high-tech era

By Steven Hill, Handelsblatt, February 26, 2016

German PDF version Handelsblatt, online version here

Many Germans I have spoken to are puzzled by the US presidential election, and the controversial rhetoric used by some leading candidates. It is hard to believe that these candidates are running for the...

Spotlight: A New Safety Net for the New Economy

By Steven Hill, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, February 10, 2016

For decades following the New Deal, most workers had a single employer who provided their safety net. But now tens of millions of workers are working in a high-tech economy for multiple businesses, either as contractors, freelancers, temps,...

Observer: Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt

By Steven Hill, Observer, February 9, 2016

The liability and regulatory issues involved in letting a 3000 pound death machine steer itself with no human at the controls remain huge

Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr....

Tagesspiegel: Gute Jobs – durch das Internet bedroht

By Steven Hill, Tagesspiegel, February 5, 2016

English version here

Gute Jobs – durch das Internet bedroht


Die „Sharing Economy“ macht Industriestaaten wie die USA zu Niedriglohnländern. Es ist ein Trend, der auch auf Deutschland zukommt. Ein Gastkommentar.

Wie sieht die Zukunft der Arbeit aus und wie wirkt sie sich auf...

Tagesspiegel: Good Jobs — threatened by the Internet

By Steven Hill, Tagesspiegel, February 5, 2016

German version here

Good Jobs — threatened by the Internet

What is the future of work, and the future of jobs? For the last several decades, the workers of Germany, the US and Europe have been the most productive and wealthiest in the world.…

C-SPAN: Book discussion on Steven Hill’s Raw Deal

By Steven Hill, C-SPAN, January 2016

Steven Hill talks with New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter about his book Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers, in which he examines the shift in the U.S. workforce with the rise of companies such as...

Huffington Post: Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” Redux in the Sharing Economy

By Steven Hill, World Post/Huffington Post, January 21, 2016

Fifty-one years ago, Bob Dylan’s song “Maggie’s Farm,” a brilliant satire that compared the job prospects of that generation’s youth to that of working on a dystopian plantation, was released on Dylan’s album “Bringing It All Back Home.” The owners, Maggie,...