sharing economy

  • Homemade food-sharing startup Josephine makes another attempt to legalize its business in CA

    Homemade food-sharing startup Josephine makes another attempt to legalize its business in CA

    Josephine, the startup that lets people cook meals inside their homes and sell them to neighbors, is sponsoring a recently-introduced homemade food bill in California that aims to legalize the sales of prepared meals and other food from small-scale, home kitchen operations. Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) introduced the bill, AB 626, this week. Josephine is sponsoring this bill… Read More

  • Postmates and DoorDash are testing delivery by robot with Starship Technologies

    Postmates and DoorDash are testing delivery by robot with Starship Technologies

    Not even flexible, freelance jobs in the on-demand economy will be saved from the siege of automation. Starship Technologies is putting its self-driving delivery robots to work in the US. Specifically, its first US partners are the food delivery startup DoorDash, and courier marketplace Postmates, which are beginning pilot tests with Starship’s delivery robots in Redwood City, Calif. Read More

  • GigRove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms

    GigRove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms

    Bootstrapping London-based startup GigRove is looking to carve out a niche in the collaborative consumption space as a matching platform for digital workers with itchy feet and startups with a spare room and pressing skills need. Which is all very zeitgeisty in these digital nomad/citizen of nowhere times. Read More

  • There’s more than one way to share your car Crunch Network

    There’s more than one way to share your car

    Over the past several years, the popularity of “sharing economy” models has skyrocketed. The key to success has been finding a category with high demand but low capacity utilization, then relentlessly focusing on the customer experience. Although vehicles are among the most expensive assets purchased by consumers, their historical utilization rate has generally hovered around a… Read More

  • Bikeshare conference brings pedal power to the people

    Bikeshare conference brings pedal power to the people

    As the North American Bikeshare Association begins its annual conference in Austin, Texas, participants will be focusing on social equity. If you’re wondering what that means, wonder no more, thanks to a statement from the NABSA’s project manager, Matt Martin: “Social equity in bikeshare means making a healthy and versatile form of transportation accessible to those who… Read More

  • Deliveroo riders in North London push to unionize

    Deliveroo riders in North London push to unionize

    A group of Deliveroo riders in North London is pushing for improved pay and conditions by taking legal steps to obtain union recognition. To achieve that they will need a tribunal to judge at least some of them to be workers, rather than self-employed contractors as Deliveroo describes them. Read More

  • Vehicle security device Ernest launches today

    Vehicle security device Ernest launches today

    Ernest is a bit difficult to describe. It’s a device, it’s two devices, it’s an app, and according to its founder, Arturs Pumpurs, it’s a kind of virtual butler. The system secures your vehicle, tells you where it is, and controls your garage door or, if you have one, gate. The Kickstarter campaign starts October 28 and runs through December 7. The project began as a… Read More

  • Accela appears headed for exit with new CEO

    Accela appears headed for exit with new CEO

    Accela, the nearly two decade old gov tech startup dreaming of finding new life as a problem solver for the sharing economy, brought in a new CEO to replace Maury Blackman who served as the company’s anchor since 2007. During Blackman’s tenure, the SaaS company brought a number of open data and regulatory management solutions to market for governments. Mark Jung, the incoming… Read More

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