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Where does loyalty lie in the Collaborative Economy?

“How does it make you feel?” is a question I commonly ask when I meet hosts on Airbnb, drivers on Lyft or Taskrunners on Taskrabbit to try to understand the role this rising breed of companies in the collaborative economy play in people’s lives. What I have noticed is that I often don’t get a…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer: An Inside Interview with GoCar Ireland’s Colm Brady

Colm Brady, Managing Director, has helped grow GoCar Ireland to a 75 vehicle, 3,000 member operation over the past two years. He tells us how providing great customer experiences and word-of-mouth referrals have powered this growth.  The easiest way to explain GoCar is … GoCar is an on-demand, pay-by-the-hour vehicle rental service that offers a…  Read more

Mapping Failure

Studying failure is a recipe for success in the collaborative economy. Building two-sided collaborative marketplaces is hard – really hard. Companies in the space face a unique set of challenges, constraints and a complex web of relationships to navigate that in many ways represent a whole new era of doing business. Over the past five…  Read more

Brazil Collaborative Consumption Country Guide

Brazil has just the right ingredients for collaborative consumption services: a strong entrepreneurial culture, a young population with high mobile internet usage, and a real thirst from its citizens to find alternative s to traditional systems that don’t work. Along with all this, there is a general mistrust for the traditional institutions that control the country, and…  Read more

Collaborative Economy: A Transformative Lens, Not a Start-Up Trend

“What do you think are the myths around the collaborative economy?” is a question I rarely get asked. My hunch is that because my work is dedicated to championing the ideas, the assumption is I will always espouse its upsides and virtues. I believe, however, that in order for the space to progress, big questions…  Read more

Peers relaunch: making the sharing economy work for the people who power it

Peers, a member-driven organisation to support the sharing economy movement, relaunched its website on  the 12th of November. The website now focuses on supporting the people who work in the sharing economy by making new tools available on the website. It now has the following: income discovery tool to help people find work, a support…  Read more

Public Consultation on the “Sharing Economy” in Spain

One of the functions of the National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) in Spain is advocating competition through the issuing of sector studies and reports. In the framework of this function the Council of the CNMC decided to conduct a study on the new models for service delivery facilitated by information technologies and Internet,…  Read more

Report: The Emerging Collaborative Economy in Australia

A new report, The Emerging Collaborative Economy in Australia, produced by Vision Critical in partnership with Collaborative Lab and Nine! Rewards, reveals promising uptake of and enthusiasm for collaborative economy platforms that use technology to enable people to connect to share and exchange a variety of goods and services. There is already high penetration of many…  Read more

Collaborative Logistics: Ripe for Disruption

I am frequently asked what sectors I think will be next in terms of being disrupted by collaborative business models. Pet care? Mortgages? Parking? It’s a hard space to crack but I think 2015 will be the year we see some big things happen in collaborative logistics, especially shipping. A useful lens I have developed to…  Read more