sharing economy

  • The future is the trust economy Crunch Network

    The future is the trust economy

    As we get into cars with complete strangers, sleep in the beds of people we’ve never met and lend money to others on the other side of the world, a powerful new currency is emerging — and it’s based on trust. What’s striking about the shared economy is not the technology that has made it possible, but the vast changes it has triggered in society. Read More

  • UK’s Onfido raises $25M as it brings its background checking platform to the US

    UK’s Onfido raises $25M as it brings its background checking platform to the US

    The rise of on-demand startups and other fast-growing businesses like online marketplaces has created a need for reliable ways to verify new hires and customers to make sure they are cut out for the task. Onfido, one of the group of startups building software-based solutions to do just that, has raised $25 million to meet that need. The Series B round was led by Idinvest Partners… Read More

  • Airbnb’s VP of engineering on the sharing economy

    The sharing economy, which is sometimes referred to as collaborative consumption, has become a household term — at least in the tech industry — that signifies peer-to-peer exchanges through technology. “The fact that there are so many terms going around these things is almost a function of the fact the industry is so new,” Airbnb VP of Engineering Mike Curtis told me… Read More

  • Embracing the sharing economy for growth in China Crunch Network

    Embracing the sharing economy for growth in China

    China’s track record for economic growth has been impressive in the last several decades, with China accounting for up to one-third of global growth in recent years. However, China is slowly transitioning from a manufacturing-reliant economy to one focused more on services. And, the sharing economy has become a large part of the service sector. Read More

  • BMW just jumped into the U.S. car-sharing biz, with the help of YC alum RideCell

    BMW just jumped into the U.S. car-sharing biz, with the help of YC alum RideCell

    BMW just launched a new car-sharing service called ReachNow that will enable Seattle residents to access 400 cars that they can pick up and drop off pretty much wherever they like, as long as that’s not on the outskirts of town. Eventually, the idea is to expand into cities nationwide. BMW’s isn’t a revolutionary concept at this point. Daimler has a similar service… Read More

  • Chariot for Women is a new ridesharing service for women only

    Chariot for Women is a new ridesharing service for women only

    Uber driver Michael Pelletz is launching a new ridesharing service with a twist: All the drivers and passengers will be women. Chariot for Women will be active in the Boston area on April 19. But does the world need another ridesharing service? Especially one so specific? It turns out maybe it does. “The premise is the same as all the other ridesharing services,” Pelletz said in… Read More

  • How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy Crunch Network

    How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy

    DHL, the international express delivery company, started its business by offering free plane tickets to people on the street. For the trouble of giving up their baggage allowances, passengers were handed a free round trip plane ticket to Hawaii. Founded as a courier service in 1969, DHL used the spare capacity in travelers’ luggage to transport high value documents. To understand why it… Read More

  • The Sharing Age Crunch Network

    The Sharing Age

    Imagine the possibilities of a world in which we are able to make trusted connections between a near-infinite number of people. A world in which transaction costs, time and distance are reduced to almost nil. A world that is instantly available from a smartphone, anywhere, anytime. This global revolution, enabled by databases, search engines and connectivity, has begun. It’s allowing… Read More

  • Tech And The Changing Face Of Insurance Crunch Network

    Tech And The Changing Face Of Insurance

    It’s only 2016, but the real world is quickly moving into the realm of science fiction. Drones, driverless cars and not-really-hoverboards are (or soon will be) commonplace. We’ve also seen technology change industries not normally associated with the term “cutting edge.” But with these new toys and technologies come questions. Here’s the one question everyone… Read More

  • Uber And Lyft And The Debate Over Fingerprints In Austin Crunch Network

    Uber And Lyft And The Debate Over Fingerprints In Austin

    It is self-evident that ensuring public safety is a city’s job. In a sane world a public official would never choose between reducing sexual assault and reducing drunk driving. Ridesharing policy is increasingly being framed as either/or brinksmanship, presenting a false choice. I reject that polarity, and I urge you to as well. Read More

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