Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 2

Our weekly round-up of thought-starters, opportunities & ideas...

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UberCommerce

In New York, Uber has introduced a new payment option, in partnership with an employee benefits service WageWorks, that allows users to pay for eligible Uber fairs with 'pre-tax' dollar - saving up to 40% off their total price.

Meanwhile in San Francisco & LA they are trialling a 'rewards' system that sees users earn points towards free Uber rides when they shop with local merchants as part of Visa's 'Local Offers' platform.

Read more at http://goo.gl/sQZ00lhttp://goo.gl/R7K2b3

How will today's tech disruptors shape the financial norms of the future?  

The Internet of (Junk) Things

As Amazon Dash gains traction, academics and environmentalists alike are questioning the long-term environmental impact of a connected future that sees our homes so easily filled with plastic e-waste in the form of 'smart' devices & sensors, that in-turn automate the delivery of highly-packaged consumables right to our doorsteps.

Read more at http://goo.gl/Zg2RLE

How can we develop a more sustainable future for the Internet of Things that balances ultra-convenience with a more conscious consumption?

Lo-Fi High-End Dining

Ikea has announced the launch of a London-based pop-up restaurant experience 'The Dining Club' that sees diners preparing their own meals in a twist on the DIY model they're famous for in retail.

While earlier this year, 2 hawker-style food stalls in Singapore became the first Street Food vendors in the world to be awarded the coveted rating of a Michelin star - despite their meals costing just a couple of dollars a piece.

Read more at http://goo.gl/4aflbp & http://goo.gl/0p1z9I 

How can we design more immersive food service models that favour experience over traditional prestige?