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Kohler A.E.,The Shoshone Bannock Tribes | Zendt J.S.,Field Nation | Mesa M.G.,U.S. Geological Survey | Connolly P.J.,U.S. Geological Survey
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society | Year: 2012

Anadromous fishes represent an important ecosystem linkage between marine and inland aquatic and terrestrial habitats. These fishes carry organic matter and marine-derived nutrient (MDN) subsidies across a vast landscape, often with profound influences on recipient ecosystem food web structure and function. In the Columbia River basin, century-long declines in the abundance of anadromous fish populations have focused attention on potential mitigation efforts to address MDN deficits. In this study, we evaluate components of the stream food web response (periphyton,macroinvertebrate, and fish) to pasteurized salmon carcass analog (SCA) treatments in 15 streams across the Columbia River basin. Periphyton standing crop, macroinvertebrate density, and salmonid fish growth rates and stomach fullness measures increased following the addition of SCA. We found no significant change in dissolved nutrient concentrations after treatment, suggesting that biological demand exceeded supply. Nitrogen stable isotope signatures confirmed trophic transfer fromSCA to lower trophic levels but were noticeably weak in fish tissue samples despite our marked growth and stomach fullnessmeasures. These data indicate that SCA has the potential to increase the productivity of nutrient-limited freshwater ecosystems and may provide a nutrient mitigation tool in ecosystems where MDNs are severely limited or unavailable. © American Fisheries Society 2012.

News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) today released the second annual “Dispatches from the New Economy: The On-Demand Workforce” study, offering a window into the motivations, attitudes and challenges of the 3.9 million Americans now working in the on-demand economy. The study, which features data from 6,247 people working via twelve on-demand economy and online talent marketplaces, found that people engaged in on-demand work are looking for flexible opportunities to smooth out unpredictable income, while also testing ways to build a secure financial future: “We’re continuing to see how profoundly the on-demand economy and technology is reshaping the American workforce and overall economy,” said Dan Wernikoff, executive vice president and general manager of Intuit TurboTax. “This new data demonstrates how more people are using on-demand work to improve their financial stability. At Intuit, we’re committed to understanding the challenges and needs of the growing ranks of people working on-demand jobs so that we can help simplify their financial lives and maximize their tax returns with solutions like TurboTax Self-Employed and QuickBooks Self-Employed.” “I decided to start working on a platform while I was an attorney at a law firm that told me there might not be enough work to justify my role. I wanted to know that I could have financial security if I was let go, and also to see if I could successfully run my own business,” said Josh Garber, a startup attorney who finds the majority of his work online. “My firm is now my full-time work, where I use platforms to get most of my clients, and my lifestyle has changed dramatically. I have the ability to create my own schedule, to focus on eating right and my physical/mental health, to travel and work from anywhere, and to avoid the stress of a commute and office politics.” “I chose to work through online platforms because it gives me full autonomy over my time, which I believe is the most sacred thing we have,” said Victor Sandifer, Lyft driver and small business owner of Run The World Clothing. “I am able to take care of all of my necessities while building my clothing company, Run the World By Victor Sandifer. I value my time and being able to spend it working on things that I am passionate about is more important than having a steady paycheck.” In an updated forecast of previous Intuit research, Intuit and Emergent Research now predict the number of people working on-demand jobs will grow from 3.9 million Americans today to 7.7 million by the year 2020, and an impressive 9.2 million by 2021. The rise of the on-demand economy is part of a broader long-term growth trend in the contingent workforce, which has grown from 17 percent of the U.S. workforce 25 years ago, to 36 percent today, and is expected to reach 43 percent by 2020. For self-employed individuals, including freelancers and independent contractors, tracking finances and preparing taxes can be a year-round challenge. To make life easier, Intuit Inc. has introduced TurboTax Self-Employed, the first and only integrated tax preparation solution that comes with QuickBooks Self-Employed for year-round expense tracking. The product also comes with QuickBooks Self-Employed at no extra cost when customers file their return through TurboTax Self-Employed. QuickBooks Self-Employed delivers effortless, year-round tracking with: A total of 6,247 workers who find work opportunities via online platforms completed an online survey between Sept. 20 and Nov. 18, 2016. Participating platforms include Lyft, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Upwork, TaskRabbit, Wonolo, MBO Partners, OnForce, Work Market, Catalant, Field Nation, Kelly Services and Avvo. The results were weighted to reflect the proportion of workers in each of the following segments: drivers/delivery/onsite consumer, online/offsite talent, field service/onsite business. Intuit Inc. creates business and financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services include QuickBooks® and TurboTax®, which make it easier to manage small businesses and tax preparation and filing. Mint provides a fresh, easy and intelligent way for people to manage their money, while Intuit's ProConnect brand portfolio includes ProConnect Tax Online, ProSeries® and Lacerte®, the company's leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants. Founded in 1983, Intuit had revenue of $4.7 billion in its fiscal year 2016. The company has approximately 7,900 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Australia and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.

News Article | January 1, 2016
Site: www.fastcompany.com

The holidays are officially over, which means it’s time to try to put some money back in your pocket after it spent the past couple months gushing out like Mentos in a Coke bottle. There’s something for everyone here, depending upon how hard you’re willing to work. Can you, you know, actually do stuff? If so, Field Nation (Android, iOS, Web) is worth a look. This isn’t at-home-in-your-pajamas work; you’ll have to go on-site, but if you’ve got experience with point-of-sale systems, networking, telecom, running cabling, or general computer skills, you could land medium- and longer-term contract gigs. Field Nation even handles paperwork, tax stuff, and gets you set up for twice-weekly payments. The concept behind Receipt Hog (Android, iOS) is simple. You scan your receipts—from any store—into the app, and the info is used anonymously for research marketing purposes. For doing so, you earn virtual coins that can be exchanged for PayPal cash or Amazon gift cards. As a bonus, all your receipts get digitized inside the app so you always have them close at hand if you need them. You have plenty of valuable items you could stand to part with, yes? OfferUp (Android, iOS, Web) might be one of the easiest ways to do so. You take a picture of whatever you’d like to sell, add a quick description, and it gets listed for people in your general area to peruse. Buyers and sellers can message each other securely from within the app, and everyone gets rated so you can opt to only deal with high-reputation users. Shopkick (Android, iOS) lets you earn gift cards just for walking around big-name stores. Walk into Target, for instance, and you’ll get points (called "kicks"). If you scan certain items and buy stuff with a credit card linked inside the app, you’ll earn even more. You won’t get rich overnight, but if you’re spending a lot of time in brick-and-mortar retailers anyway, this is an easy way to get rewarded for it. The aptly named Fiverr (Android, iOS, Web) lets you work in quick, maniacal bursts for $5 per project. Can you draw? Great! Offer to doodle something unique for people. Are you good at proofreading? Splendid. It takes you five minutes, but it’s a valuable service to plenty of people.

Keep S.G.,Field Nation | Allen M.B.,U.S. Geological Survey | Zendt J.S.,Field Nation
North American Journal of Fisheries Management | Year: 2015

Abstract: The immobilization of fish during handling is crucial in avoiding injury to fish and is thought to reduce handling stress. Chemical sedatives have been a primary choice for fish immobilization. However, most chemical sedatives accumulate in tissues, and often food fishes must be held until accumulations degrade to levels safe for human consumption. Historically, there have been few options for nonchemical sedation. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been widely used for decades as a sedative, and while it does not require a degradation period, it does have drawbacks. The use of electronarcosis is another nonchemical option that does not require degradation time. However, little is known about the latent and delayed effects on migration rates of adult salmonids that have been immobilized with electricity. We compared the travel times of adult Chinook Salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha and Coho Salmon O. kisutch through a fishway at river kilometer (rkm) 4, and to rkm 16 and rkm 32 after being immobilized with either CO2 or electronarcosis. Travel times of fish treated with either CO2 or electronarcosis were similar within species. Because of the nearly instantaneous induction of and recovery from electronarcosis, we recommend it as an alternative to CO2 for handling large adult salmonids. Received February 17, 2015; accepted June 27, 2015 © 2015, © American Fisheries Society 2015.

MINNEAPOLIS – Sept. 3, 2015 – Field Nation, the contingent work platform for business, today announced it has been included in a new report from Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) called, “Human Cloud Landscape: 2015 Update.” The Human Cloud is an emerging $10 billion+ industry characterized by websites, apps and other digital platforms built to help organizations or individuals transact or complete various types of work arrangements using a computer, mobile phone or other digital device. “This report includes a ranked list of the largest providers in the world, measured by 2014 gross spend, as well as global market estimates by spend category, how work is performed, and whether end users are primarily businesses or consumers,” said David Francis, research analyst at SIA and author of the report. “Collectively, we estimate these platforms accounted for between $8.9 and $11.1 billion in spend around the world. It’s hard to even call it emerging anymore. That said, the space is evolving rapidly, and stakeholders that have an interest in the independent/ temporary workforce should sit up and take note.” The company is categorized as a Freelancer Management System, a sub-segment of Online Staffing Platforms, and is the second largest such provider on the list. Field Nation ranked 14th overall in the broader Human Cloud category. “Staffing Industry Analysts is among the top advisors tracking the contingent workforce market,” said Mynul Khan, founder and CEO of Field Nation. “The Human Cloud Landscape report is unique in that it looks at companies established to help people complete on-demand work with contract and contingent labor. We’re pleased that Field Nation is recognized as a leader in our industry.” Since its launch in 2008, Field Nation has grown dramatically. The company evolved its web platform and SaaS-based offering, which enables organizations to connect with skilled independent workers, manage projects with workflow management tools, and pay contractors as soon as work is completed. Field Nation appeared on the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing American Companies in 2013 and 2014. In May 2015, Field Nation purchased FieldSolutions as part of its strategic growth initiative. Today, the company employs more than 100 professionals. SIA members can download the Human Cloud Landscape report at: www.staffingindustry.com/eng/Research-Publications/Research-Topics/Region-Europe/The-Human-Cloud-Landscape Field Nation (www.fieldnation.com) is the most complete Freelancer Management System (FMS) and SaaS-based project-management solution available. The online work platform quickly connects organizations with the highly skilled external, extended workforce in order to get more work completed – anywhere and at any time. The cloud-based platform enables companies to find, hire and pay contractors, manage projects and operate more efficiently. With more than 60,000 service providers in its network, Field Nation serves as a catalyst for business growth and ensures successful collaborations around the world.

App Enables Users to Get Work, Complete Work and Get Paid Faster While in the Field MINNEAPOLIS – Aug. 24, 2015 – Field Nation, the contingent work hub for business, today launched its new iOS application. The Field Nation app, which allows businesses and independent contractors to find and manage work from their iPhone, is free to download from the iTunes App Store. The new Field Nation app allows contractors to keep track of required tasks while performing jobs on-site. Users no longer have to log into a computer to update the status of their work or search for new assignments. In addition, businesses get real-time visibility and faster responses to project communications and published work opportunities. “At Field Nation we have made a conscious effort to completely power the mobile workforce and our users,” said Mynul Khan, CEO. “With 70 percent of Field Nation users on Andriod systems and 30 percent on iOS, we have now equipped everyone with the power of a mobile app so they can be more effective while out in the field.” In addition to real-time communication tied to work orders, the Field Nation app provides users with several features currently unavailable with other marketplace applications. Field Nation iOS app features include: The Field Nation app for iOS users empowers on-site work management so businesses and contractors can get their work done anytime and anywhere, whether they are in the field or on-the-go. “Our app allows buyers real-time visibility into each project, quick updates on issues and concerns faced by providers on site and immediate completion notifications, all of which ensure better fulfillment rates and improved accuracy,” said Travis Emslander, Chief Technical Officer at Field Nation. “Service providers will find it easier to upload deliverables, access opportunities while in the field, and view tasks, work requirements and deliverables without having to log in to a computer.” The Field Nation mobile apps for Android and iOS operate the same as the current mobile-optimized website, and users can continue to use both as needed. Field Nation (www.fieldnation.com) is the most complete Freelancer Management System (FMS) and SaaS-based project-management solution available. The online work platform quickly connects organizations with the highly skilled external, extended workforce in order to get more work completed – anywhere and at any time. The cloud-based platform enables companies to find, hire and pay contractors, manage projects and operate more efficiently. With more than 60,000 service providers in its network, Field Nation serves as a catalyst for business growth and ensures successful collaborations around the world.

Work intermediation platform Field Nation announced Thursday it closed a $30 million investment round led by Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE). This funding event represents strong investor confidence in Field Nation’s potential, as well as a continuing flow of capital into the emerging work intermediation platform (WIP) space. From a services procurement and contingent workforce management standpoint, this investor backing further validates our view that WIPs will continue to evolve to become a significant part of the future contingent workforce ecosystem. Spend Matters has been covering the emerging WIP space, which includes Field Nation. We last reported on the company after its acquisition of FieldSolutions in May. Field Nation, based in Minneapolis, with more than 100 employees, describes itself as a “complete freelancer management system (FMS) and SaaS-based project-management solution.” The company reported $62 million in marketplace transactions in 2014, with about 1,000 business clients and a network of more than 65,000 service providers (i.e., contactors). Field Nation also reports that, since its founding in 2008, the business has been growing profitably by at least 65% annually. Field Nation is a notable WIP for a number or reasons. First, it is one of the few platforms that intermediate engagements of contingent workers to perform on-location work. Second, it is a work platform business that appears to be successfully evolving its business model. Starting as a marketplace through which companies could engage independent technical field service contractors offering their services, the company has continued to develop its platform. For example, Staffing Industry Analysts has included Field Nation in its shortlist of FMS, signifying that the platform has also geared itself toward supporting individual enterprises to manage their own private contractor networks. “The broader platform extends the marketplace through Field Nation Complete™, a SaaS solution that delivers a complete work management solution when organizations require the combined experience of their internal and external workforce,” the company said Thursday in a press release announcing the funding event. Field Nation also distinguishes itself as a rare case of a growing platform business that has been self-funded for over 7 years since its founding. “Bucking current funding trends, the company first built a profitable business before seeking external investment,” it said in the press release. Competitor Work Market, for example, was founded in 2010 and has raised $35 million in capital in 3 rounds since then. The funding from the latest investment round will be used, the company said, in 3 main areas: It is this last targeted area of investment that is perhaps the most interesting. Field Nation, like its 2 direct competitors in the technical field services segment, Work Market and Onforce (now a part of Beeline), has been attempting to extend its FMS offerings to additional vertical markets. It now appears that Field Nation will get a boost in pursuing its expansion.

News Article | May 11, 2015
Site: www.businesswire.com

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Field Nation, a leading work platform connecting organizations with independent contractors to get work done, today announced the company will present at the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit. Chief Marketing Officer Billy Cripe’s presentation, “Scaling Growth with Disruptive Innovation,” is scheduled for Noon on May 12 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. The presentation and case study covers how the changing landscape of the freelance workforce presents new challenges and opportunities for organizations throughout North America. “We’ve discovered firsthand that when your marketplace or industry pivots dramatically you must be prepared to respond or get left behind,” said Cripe. “Our experience at Field Nation will help SiriusDecisions attendees better understand how the freelance workforce approaches work, and how to maximize their skills and talents to benefit their organizations.” Attendees at the Field Nation session will learn: Now in its 10th year, the theme for the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit is Outperform: Strategies for Intelligent Growth™. Onsite registration begins May 11 at 4 p.m. Summit sessions begin at 8 a.m. May 12 and end at 12:25 p.m. on May 15. To see the complete agenda for the SiriusDecisions Summit, visit sdsummit2015.com For more information about Field Nation, visit FieldNation.com. About Field Nation Field Nation (www.fieldnation.com) is the leading online work platform for connecting businesses and workers. Global enterprises to small local companies use Field Nation’s self-service web portal to find, manage and pay contractors for any specific job. The platform enables workers to spend more time working and enables businesses to manage the right talent anywhere in the world, on demand. Field Nation has more than 50,000 service providers in its network and serves businesses globally.

News Article | March 12, 2013
Site: www.alleywatch.com

But what about people as a service? People as a service actually have a long history.  Temp and staffing firms are the old legacy model of people-as-a-service.  They provided skilled labor on demand, usually for prolonged periods of time.  Often the goal of the temp was to get hired permanently. More recently, offshore, rapid prototyping and consulting shops provided people-as-a-service.  These engagements were governed by large SOWs (statements of work), multiple, waterfall-style project management and long development and production cycles. But now the situation has changed.  People are more highly skilled with deeper expertise and narrower areas of focus.  Skilled contractors are not mere staff-augmentation where any warm-body will do.  They are entrepreneurs unto themselves.  On the flip side, businesses large and small are increasingly favoring focus over full value-chain control.  That means they’re shedding jobs, departments and products once a vital part of their business.  The advance of technology – from value chain management, to just-in-time inventory to the opportunities of remote workforce has changed the ecosystem of work. The advance of technology, connectivity, expertise, telecommuting and big data all mean that people-as-a-service is a reality today. Companies like   are making people-as-a-service personable.  They are doing a good job of humanizing human resources and ensuring that the social is kept as part of social business.   Field Nation encourages contractors and the businesses hiring those expert services to connect – even if remotely – and share experiences, recommendations and ideas for ways to make business better. With so much focus on how businesses can leverage the cloud to save on operating costs, it is important that we never lose sight of the people that make people-as-a-service a cornerstone of our new cloud economy.

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