Location Based Temp. Work Force
LocationValue is running an interesting LBS play called Otetsudai (helper) Networks, a new service which enables people looking for temp. work to establish a profile listing their skills and download a GPS location reading app. to their mobile phone. Employers who need someone for a few hours can just send the request to Otetsudai Networks and within minutes, they will have a list of people who might be available. The list shows what each person is qualified for, how others have rated their work and exactly how far away they are.
Via: Joi Ito
The businesses are rated too on a per-manager basis so when you’re hanging out with your friends and you get a request to go help at the corner convenience shop, you know how your peers have rated that particular guy who’s asking you to come and help. You can also counter the request and say you’d go if they paid you 2000 yen / hour instead of 1500.
As more and more people start using this system, it’s liable to start filling a very important gap in the workforce. It’s also a perfect example of a location based, peer-to-peer reputation based, mobile behavior oriented product for an aging society.
According to his update2 they have about 45,000 users and are adding 1,000 more per week!
Update: Tipsters dropped us a note to say that LocationValue is planning roll-out related LBS offerings in the food & beverage and transportation verticals very soon as well.. no doubt.