collaborative consumption

The limits of coworking

It feels like there’s a WeWork on every street nowadays. Take a walk through midtown Manhattan (please don’t actually) and it might even seem like there are more WeWorks than office buildings. Con

Pew study finds younger adults driving growth of ride-hailing apps

If you’re wondering which demographic is driving usage of ride hailing apps in the U.S., new research by Pew suggests it’s very much young people who have their foot on the gas here.

Bnbsitter raises $2.5M for on-demand concierge service for short-term rentals

<a target="_blank" href="">Bnbsitter</a> is another startup operating in the Airbnb and short-term rentals ecosystem. However, differing slightly from property-management-styl

Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

Convincing users to join new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse at how others building businesses along similar lines might b

Airbnb And NY Attorney General Prepare To Meet In Court This Week

Last fall, the Attorney General filed a subpoena for thousands of records related to hosts in New York in an effort to identify bad actors and illegal activity on the platform. On Tuesday, Airbnb will

Urban Storage Startup Boxbee Raises $2.3 Million From Floodgate, Google Ventures, And Others

About a year ago, Boxbee launched to create a new paradigm for how people use storage in urban settings. Today, it's announcing that it's raised $2.3 million from investors that include Floodgate Capi

On-Demand Household Services Startup Handybook Expands To 12 More Cities

On-demand household services startup Handybook wants to enable consumers to hire a cleaner or a handy man with the push of a button on their mobile phones. And it's aggressively expanding to make that

‘Airbnb For Retail’ Startup Storefront Raises $7.3M From Spark Capital, Expands To LA

Now more than ever, both big brands and independent merchants are looking for flexibility in the way that they reach consumers. With Storefront, they're able to find space to set up popup shops or sel

Amidst Reports Of New Funding, Airbnb Growth Accelerates In Europe

Hospitality startup Airbnb has seen more than 11 million guests stay on the platform since being launched in 2007, and increasingly those guests are traveling to, from, or in-between nations in Europe

Peer-To-Peer Car Rental Startup FlightCar Lands Some Senior Execs

Since launching at SFO last year, <a target="_blank" href="">FlightCar</a> has taken the Airbnb model for peer-to-peer lending and applied it to the airport car rentals. But, a

Delaware Filing Confirms Lyft Is Raising $150 Million In Series D Financing

On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is raising a new round of funding, according to a filing from the <a target="_blank" href="">Delaware Division of Corporations</a>. The new

Spokefly Launches Peer-To-Peer Subscription Bike Rentals Just In Time For SXSW

Spokefly is an Austin-based startup that is hoping to make it easier for users to find (and rent) bikes in the city. It operates on a peer-to-peer basis, allowing folks with bikes to make them availab

Uber Adds Push Notifications To Let Passengers Know When Surge Pricing Ends

Now, thanks to an <a target="_blank" href="">update of Uber's mobile apps</a>, passengers will never have to guess when surge pricing ends, as the company has added a fie

Crowdsourced Delivery Startup Deliv Raises $4.5 Million In Strategic Funding

Deliv, the startup which hopes to provide same-day delivery with the help of a peer-to-peer network of shoppers and delivery people, has raised another $4.5 million. The funding comes from a number of

Peerby’s Local Lending App Is Ready To Help Neighbours Participate In The Sharing Economy

You've got stuff, but not all the stuff you need. Dutch startup and TechStars London first cohort member Peerby is hoping to unlock the use value of that stuff with a collaborative consumption model t

Airbnb Says Today’s $117M Form D Filing Is Part Of Series B Financing [Update]

In <a href="">September</a> we broke the story about how the short-term accommodation-sharing s