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WEEKLY ROUND-UP: COLLCONS MUST-READS 13TH JUNE

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.    

FLOOW2 goes “business park sharing”

There are numerous peer-to-peer collaborative economy services. However, there are also opportunities arising for companies and Floow2 is doing just that. Sharing of company assets isn’t that new. Particular companies in the agricultural sector, have been buying production equipment together and have been using it when the other had no need of it, for decades. However,…  Read more

NESTA SURVEY: Businesses and Organisations in the Collaborative Economy

Are you a European-based organisation, company or group that identifies as part of the collaborative economy? Please take our 10-minute survey by May 30th to help us map the sector in the region. We’ve come to recognise the big players of the collaborative economy over the last few years, from AirBnB to ZipCar or Lyft. But what…  Read more

P2P car sharing community SnappCar crowdfunds €560k

Amsterdam, April 17. During the last two months, p2p car sharing community SnappCar raised a total of €560,125 ($771,796) from 481 crowdfunders. The Dutch company not only broke the record for equity-crowdfunding, but also proved the potential of collaborative investment in the collaborative economy. The amount raised will be used for SnappCar’s European rollout. Within…  Read more

Skillshare debuts new Spotify-like membership model for online education

Students can now pay just shy of $10 a month to access hundreds of online courses on Skillshare. The Skillshare courses were previously available for a flat fee — typically around $20 or $30 per course. That’s relatively inexpensive for a one-off course, but the bill racks up fast for Skillshare’s most loyal customers. After the beta…  Read more

Colombia and its first steps towards a collaborative economy

In this post, Gustavo Palacios, our curator from Colombia maps out Colombia’s current economic environment and how it’s gearing up to be collaborative economy ready in terms of tech, infrastructure and more. Colombia is developing an attractive economic environment with great business opportunities specially boosted by free trade agreements recently signed with different countries. The…  Read more

Westpac starts on start-ups: takes $5m stake in peer-to-peer lending service SocietyOne

Below is an excerpt from Business Review Weekly. Westpac Banking Corp’s new venture capital fund has taken an equity stake in Sydney-based peer-to-peer lender ­SocietyOne, in a deal that reflects the coming of age of online lending in Australia and the desire of the major banks to get closer to disruptive start-ups. Reinventure Group, the…  Read more

Airbnb Comes to South Africa

Peer-to-peer accommodation marketplace Airbnb is now available in South Africa, with 3,180 places available to stay country-wide. With around 1462 listings in Cape Town, 452 in Johannesburg and the rest spread across the country, there are diverse opportunities for people to learn more about the way of life in South Africa. While the demand for…  Read more