Welcome to the 129th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc. editor James Ledbetter.

This week, staff writer Zoë Henry explores how startups that depend on short-term labor--such as Uber, Lyft, and Postmates--are dealing with a shift in the job market. The so-called gig economy, comprising freelancers and contract workers, may actually be shrinking as the U.S. economy grows, research suggests. That has some employers scrambling to offer new perks, from $1,000 signing bonuses to partial health care coverage.

Reporter Emily Canal then discusses why Netflix, the DVD rental service-turned-streaming-giant, just made its first-ever acquisition. The company's purchase of comic book publisher Millarworld, Canal argues, speaks to its new focus on creating content rather than licensing third-party shows.

Plus, executive director of editorial Jon Fine examines the power that big digital platforms wield over media--and what one new, high-profile essay on the topic gets so wrong.

As always, you can listen to individual episodes of the Inc. Uncensored podcast on the Panoply network or on Apple Podcasts, where you can also subscribe.

Published on: Aug 11, 2017