Market News

CurrencyFair raises $10m in latest funding round

CurrencyFair, a Dublin-based global p2p currency exchange platform, recently raised $10 million in its latest funding round. Led by UK-based Octopus Investments, whose investments include Zoopla Property Group, Secret Escapes, SwiftKey, and YPlan, the funding round also included existing backer Frontline Ventures. Chief executive Brett Meyers said the funds will go towards launching a mobile app later…  Read more

The Social Value Creation of 4 Sharing Economy Companies in 2014

The largest Dutch insurance company Achmea commissioned True Price to research the social value creation of four fast growing Dutch and international sharing economy platforms Croqqer, SnappCar, Thuisafgehaald and Peerby. The study reveals that together these 4 initiatives created a social value of 4 million euro’s due to more and better social relations between people, increased…  Read more

Market News: Carpooling launches in US

European ridesharing platform, Carpooling, announced that it is launching in the U.S., making door-to-door long-distance transportation  affordable and convenient for users. Through a product integration with Uber, carpooling will be the first company to offer a door-to-door long-distance service in the U.S. Passengers can request to be picked up at home by an Uber to…  Read more

Sharing España: the association of sharing economy startups in Spain

Earlier this week SharingEspaña was presented in Madrid. SharingEspaña is the association of sharing economy companies in Spain, originally founded by 26 members including international ones such as Airbnb and BlaBlaCar, and also local initiatives such as Chicfy or SocialCar. Platform technical providers like MangoPay (payments) and Traity (reputation) are also in the mix. Intial focus of the…  Read more

Market News: Peers announces 2 new products

Peers, a member-driven organisation to support the sharing economy movement, launched two new products on December 4th: Homeshare Liability Insurance and Keep Driving. Homeshare Liability Insurance is a comprehensive personal liability insurance for homeshare hosts/owners. Hosts and home owners are insured for up to $1 million for personal injury or damage to property sustained by a homesharing guest/renter. Homesharing Liability Insurance…  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

Market News: Amsterdam startup Peerby raises $2.1 million to bring smalltown sharing to your doorstep

Good news from the Netherlands! Amsterdam-based local borrowing platform Peerby raises $2.1 million. The investment round is led by French XAnge Private Equity. Netherlands-based Sanoma Ventures invested for a second time. TechStars and angels from Canada and the United States also invested. Dutch founder Daan Weddepohl is going to use the funds for product development and and…  Read more

News from the Netherlands

Over the last year the Dutch collaborative economy has evolved rapidly. Let’s have a quick look at some of the developments. Growth of collaborative economy platforms More and more platforms pop up almost every day. Over the last year we’ve noticed a significant consumer potential through different research projects (by for example Nielsen, NCDO and…  Read more


We scour the internet to find the most interesting news on the collaborative consumption front. Here are our picks for the week: Thousands of European Cab Drivers Protest Uber, Taxi Apps Lisa Fleisher, Wall Street Journal Thousands of European taxi drivers snarled traffic in cities across the continent, protesting car-hailing services provided by Uber Technologies Inc. and…  Read more

Market News: Easybring goes global

Easybring is a collaborative service for deliveries – a marketplace matching delivery needs with spare capacity. The service has become a preferred logistics partner by leading e-commerce providers in home market Norway and is finally ready for International release.Read more about the company’s expansion on the Easybring website.