Greetings from Maven. This month we’d like to share two items we’re very excited about: our recent work on the “Freelance Economy” and our upcoming Open Innovation symposium, open2012.

Welcome to the Freelance Economy

For several years a major transformation has been occurring in the global workforce as increasing numbers of professionals opt to leave traditional full-time employment to pursue careers as freelancers and consultants. In fact, this trend has accelerated over the past few years, and according to some estimates by the year 2020 the majority of workers (including white collar workers) in the United States will be independent consultants instead of employees of companies.

The reasons for this are myriad, including improved technology and communications, professionals’ desire for more flexibility and control over their professional lives, companies’ need for increasing amounts of “niche” expertise… and, of course, services like Maven that make it easier for consultants and employers to locate each other.

At Maven we specialize in empowering professionals to profit from their professional knowledge and connections, which means we’re passionate about the trend toward more freelance and full-time consulting opportunities. We have compiled some research on this trend (and conducted some of our own), which we are pleased to share with you. Click here to view our presentation entitled “Welcome to the Freelance Economy.”

open2012: Register Now and Save 50%

open2012, our inaugural symposium uniting the Open Innovation community with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists is rapidly approaching. We’ve added several new speakers and have a bunch of great content on tap for you.

The event will be held on December 11, 2012 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Register now for “Early Bird” tickets at 50% off the regular price.

Thanks again for being part of the Maven community. As always, let us know if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions for how we can make Maven better.