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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.

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Ridesharing Firms Struggle to Meet Needs of Americans with Disabilities

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Is the Sharing Economy Bad for the Real Estate Market?

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Yerdle’s Critics Miss the Point

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Lyft Launches Coalition to Bridge Ridesharing Insurance Gaps

In the wake of the tragic New Year's death of a 6-year-old girl in San Francisco caused by an on-duty Uber driver, along…
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Who is Liable When Ridesharing Goes Wrong?

Popular ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have long-operated in a legal gray zone. While the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) unanimous…
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Airbnb’s Hidden Challenge: Its Own Community

The Airbnb community itself erode the company's revenue by avoiding fees through “off-site” deals. But the motivation behind this could be transformed by…
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Recap: A Conversation on the “Sharing Economy” with Neal Gorenflo and Nicco Mele

On January 29th, the Founder of TriplePundit, Nick Aster, led a live conversation with Neal Gorenflo (Founder of Shareable) and Nicco Mele (Founder…
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FlightCar: Sharing Economy Takes Another Legal Hit

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Sharing Economy Revolution Turns Violent in Paris: What Can We Learn?

The sharing economy is revolutionizing many industries. Taxis are taking it kicking and screaming. This isn't going to help them.
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Ridesharing Can Save Cities from Traffic Congestion

In the United States, the average commuter loses 34 hours a year to congestion delays, according to Deloitte.
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2013’s Best Sharing Economy Concepts

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Enterprise CarShare Launches in Salt Lake City, Now in 35 States

Enterprise CarShare launched in Salt Lake City this month, bringing its car sharing service to 35 U.S. states, as well as regions in…
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‘On the Money’ Describes Structural Changes Coming to Our Economy

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Airbnb Faces Trouble in New York Again

After what it celebrated as a "victory for the sharing economy," and the reversal of a $2,400 fine against one of its owners…
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Small Step for Ride Sharing, Big Step for the Sharing Economy

It’s official. As of yesterday, ride-sharing is legit. The State of California passed the first set of rules today to make it safer…