sharing economy

  • The Sharing Economy And The Remaking Of Loyalty Crunch Network

    The Sharing Economy And The Remaking Of Loyalty

    A 25-year-old named Ben Schlappig was in the news recently because he traveled around the world for an entire year — for free. People like Schlappig outsmart loyalty programs all the time, racking up frequent flyer and hotel reward points in mindboggling volumes. And while this might sound neat, your business is probably subsidizing his travel. Read More

  • Politicized “Gig Economy” May Make Changing Status Quo More Difficult Crunch Network

    Politicized “Gig Economy” May Make Changing Status Quo More Difficult

    The so-called “sharing economy,” which some affectionately (or pejoratively) describe as the “gig economy,” is becoming a highly politicized issue in the 2016 presidential election. As the “sharing economy” capitalizes on crowdsourcing everyday tasks or “gigs,” lawmakers and politicians alike are chiming in. The issue of whether to classify… Read More

  • Lessons from Seoul’s Two Sharing Economies Crunch Network

    Lessons from Seoul’s Two Sharing Economies

    As a Fulbright grantee, I spent part of the last year researching the sharing economy in Seoul. One of my main findings? Korea actually has two. The first is small-scale, hyper local and socialist in flavor. The second is the polar opposite of the first, and encompasses Airbnb and Uber, the enormous, multinational corporations that remain those best associated with the term “sharing… Read More

  • 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