Sharing Economy

AirBnB reshapes travel accommodation but at what price?

Along with Uber AirBnB is the most famous of the “sharing” economy companies. It allows anyone to rent out their house or spare room on a short term basis. The initial idea was for homeowners to  earn a few extra pounds or dollars and make use of spare and underutilised capacity, but the phenomenal growth of AirBnB has created a less than sustainable sub-economy.

BlaBlaCar goes far beyond city auto sharing

Driving is so convenient that it’s no surprise most of the world would prefer to travel by car. Increasingly though people are coming to terms with the environmental cost of their attachment to the auto, and they are seeking out greener, more cost-effective ways to get around.

BMW encourage DriveNow car sharing

BMW teamed up with Sixt back in 2011 to create DriveNow, a car-sharing service for Berlin and Munich, with three more cities in Germany added through 2012 and 2013.

Can Uber overcome its sustainability problem?

No other Sharing Economy startup has come close to generating the publicity Uber has achieved.

Eat With employs good taste to sustain local culture and economy

Eat With is a culinary sharing economy service that matches travelers looking for good food and local culture with trained chefs and talented home chefs in cities around the world.

Elance-oDesk connects human capital globally

Elance-oDesk allows freelancers to connect with potential contract employers worldwide. The membership platform claims to have 9.3 million freelancers and 3.7 million businesses on the platform.

Ford turns to Techshop to boost employee sustainability and innovation

Techshop is a resource-pooling enterprise for prospective inventors and makers that lets them use industrial tools and equipment to design and create their own creative and entrepreneurial projects. Users get access to the tools through a chain of workshops across the US.

Fresh Necks offers sharing with style

The sharing economy may not seem like it is destined to break into the realm of high end menswear, but Fresh Neck could revolutionise how men consume fashion.

Ikea's second hand sale success

As part of an eight-week ad campaign, IKEA created a virtual flea market for its used furniture in Norway. Ads were created for each piece of furniture and incorporated the seller’s contact details so individuals could arrange the sales independently. IKEA’s own furniture sales figures during this time still somehow managed to increase. 

Krrb puts the local back into upcycling

Krrb acts as a “hyperlocal” classifieds network where users explore what is available in their own neighborhoods. It was created by AREA 17, an interactive agency in New York City and Paris, France in 2010. Today It has a presence in 3681 cities in 125 countries.