sharing economy

  • The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time Crunch Network

    The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time

    In a world of decreasing size and rapidly increasing technological development, the financial sector needs to keep up at the same pace. While physical supply chains have improved to keep track of the digital world, the financial supply chain has not kept pace. The race toward real-time financial services involves a wide array of stakeholders and possibilities, ranging from common… Read More

  • Luxury Retreats, An Airbnb For High-End Homes And Guests, Raises $11M

    Luxury Retreats, An Airbnb For High-End Homes And Guests, Raises $11M

    As Airbnb continues to add more features to its online accommodation rental marketplace to meet demands both from regulators and its growing audience of hosts and guests, a startup in the same space but focusing exclusively on high-end properties has raised funding. Luxury Retreats, a Montreal-based marketplace for people to list and find super fancy homes for short-term rentals, has raised… Read More

  • The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel Crunch Network

    The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

    The foundations of the business travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 million on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2% from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty. Sharing economy startups like Airbnb and Uber are challenging traditional travel vendors – and in the process… Read More

  • Collaborative Consumption Of Stationery! (And Other UK Gov Responses To Sharing Economy Report)

    Collaborative Consumption Of Stationery! (And Other UK Gov Responses To Sharing Economy Report)

    Reading through the report so you don’t have to, here are some of the more interesting responses relating to policy areas such as ride-sharing, the status of ‘task-sharing’ platforms, online identity, and better sharing of government assets. Read More

  • Supply-Side Challenges Of The On-Demand Economy Crunch Network

    Supply-Side Challenges Of The On-Demand Economy

    As the on-demand and sharing economy grows at a feverish pace, led by companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Postmates, Instacart and Homejoy, worker rights has become one of the focal points of the most prominent technology trends in recent history. The companies in the blossoming on-demand and sharing economy cumulatively employ hundreds of thousands of workers directly and indirectly. Read More

  • Airbnb and Uber Face Some Harsh Realities Crunch Network

    Airbnb and Uber Face Some Harsh Realities

    Airbnb and Uber are maturing startups both facing some hard realities as they grow. While they have found a loyal and happy user base, they are facing tough resistance from not just the taxi and hotel industries they are disrupting, but also political and social resistance from quarters they probably never imagined when they started their businesses. In Europe and the US we are beginning to see… Read More

  • UK Gov’s “Independent” Review Of Sharing Economy To Be Led By Sharing Economy Startup CEO

    UK Gov’s “Independent” Review Of Sharing Economy To Be Led By Sharing Economy Startup CEO

    Today the UK government threw its weight behind the so-called sharing economy, epitomised by companies such as Airbnb and Zipcar, with the stated aim to make the country “the global centre for the sharing economy” and ensuring it can compete with Silicon Valley. To do this it’s ordered an “independent” review to look into policy and regulation issues and how to… Read More

  • When Old-Economy Jobs Become New-Economy Gigs Crunch Network

    When Old-Economy Jobs Become New-Economy Gigs

    I love the sharing economy because it’s efficient. Got some spare time? Become a TaskRabbit! Spare space? AirBNB it! A car and nowhere to go? Drive for Uber or Lyft! The taxi industry is a regulatory-capture nightmare. Disrupt ’em ’til they’re dead! …But our 21st-century sharing-economy dream is beginning to look worryingly like a 19th-century robber-baron nightmare. Read More

  • Lessons From The Sharing Economy Crunch Network

    Lessons From The Sharing Economy

    Companies everywhere are jumping on the sharing economy trend – from sharing skills to houses to cars, the sharing economy is transforming many industries. Technology has lowered the barriers so that anyone can provide services blurring the line between “personal” and “professional.” Read More