The Sharing Economy

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The “sharing economy” describes a type of business built on the sharing of resources, like AirBnb or Zipcar. As of 2012, the concept of sharing has moved from a community practice into a legitimate business opportunity. This increasing legitimacy is reflected in the more polished terms used to describe the phenomenon like peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, collaborative consumption or the access economy. Some advocates wax philosophical that this emerging sharing economy has come about because society has collectively arrived at a more altruistic place in our evolution. Others simply attribute it to Clinton’s old adage, “it’s the economy, stupid,” with trying financial times forcing us to reevaluate the way we interact with one another and with the resources we have at hand. Whether it is a monetary or social paradigm shift, Time considers the access economy to be one of “10 Ideas That Will Change the World.” We agree.

Uber

Why Uber is Not Part of the Sharing Economy

I know that it might sound a bit strange, as Uber is one of the more common examples of the sharing economy. But…
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Patagonia Launches Black Friday Worn Wear Swap with Yerdle

Patagonia continues its Black Friday tradition of defying the consumer spirit by launching another Worn Wear event -- this time in concert with…
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Patagonia’s Investment in Yerdle Shows Sharing Economy Maturing

Patagonia has announced an investment in Yerdle, a startup where users can use a smartphone app to give and receive things for free.
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Stories & Beer: The State of the Sharing Economy

TriplePundit hosted a conversation on the "sharing economy" with Airbnb, Yerdle and Lyft for a night of learning and networking in SF and…
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San Francisco Law: Airbnb Wins, Vacation Rentals Lose

The San Francisco Board of Supervisor's recent vote to allow short-term rentals of residences was a major win for Airbnb supporters. But, as…
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Airbnb Goes After Business Travelers

More business travelers are choosing Airbnb when attending those conferences or sales meetings instead of hotels. And why not?
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Bliive: Use Your Social Networking Time to Share Your Talents

Bliive is a new social network based on principles of collaborative economy. This platform allows exchanges of knowledge and skills without using money.
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Despite Bully Tactics, We Can’t Stop Using Uber

Nobody likes a bully. But tell that to Uber, which has made little effort to shroud its back-handed tactics to annihilate its ridesharing…
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Small Business Survival: The Real Risks with Viral Success

We're in the age of the disruptive sharing economy startup, when viral success may seem like it's just around the corner. But the…

Adapt to Crowd-Sourcing or Risk Losing Relevancy

"The 20th century economy was powered by big corporations that standardized everything because they never really knew their customers," explains Brian Chesky, the…
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Lyft, Uber Edge Closer to True Ridesharing With Carpooling Services

Lyft and Uber have announced new features that could bring them closer to true ridesharing than ever before. Last week, Lyft launched its…
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Helsinki Mulls a Future Free of Car Ownership

Helsinki is considering a holistic transportation plan that could phase out car ownership by the mid-2020s.
Millennials

More Millennials Are Living With Their Parents: Is It Hurting the Economy?

A growing number of millennials are living with their parents. This is good news, right? Millennials seem to adopt a more responsible economic…
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Is Uber Exploitative? And What Does It Say About the Sharing Economy?

Some questions the legitimacy or fairness of Uber’s business tactics, especially given the fact that it operates in many places within a "grey…
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San Francisco: No-Go to Sharing Economy Parking App

Online apps are nifty, especially when you can manage a new startup in a major city from the other side of the world…