Perspectives

The Sharing Bros-Video#5

This is part 5 of the Sharing Bros web-series: 6 small boats to cross the Caribbean Sea, hitchhiking across Colombia and a week of WOOFing working on an organic farm.      

Crowdfunding now a permanent part of finance ecosystem, says Indiegogo founder

Crowdfunding is now a permanent fixture of the financial ecosystem because founders and investors see it as a vital risk mitigation system, said Danae Ringelmann, founder and chief development officer of Indiegogo. Today, Indiegogo ranks alongside Kickstarter as one of the chief means by which start-ups, activists, artists and non-government bodies attempt to crowdfund projects….  Read more

MakeSpace is Cloud Storage for Physical Things

MakeSpace is a New York City startup that’s transforming the self-storage industry. It allows users to store and access their stuff whenever they need it, without the inconveniences of visiting an actual storage facility. The company recently expanded their services nationally, vs. only operating in New York City previously. Here’s how it works: Users request boxes to be delivered to them….  Read more

A great challenge that is also an opportunity of development for collaborative consumption in Colombia

Every day in Colombia we can find new projects, contests and events oriented towards supporting new IT based endeavors. November 5th is the deadline for presenting business ideas aiming to solve real life problems and to contribute to improve extreme poverty conditions in our country. It is not only a contest, it´s a world wide…  Read more

Trust in the Sharing Economy: In Conversation with the UK Gov’t

This excerpt is reposted from the eRated blog. Written by Matthew Godwin How do we keep users safe? What role should the government play as regulator? Can marketplaces really police themselves? These were just some of the questions in a free-flowing discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing the sharing economy in the months and…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Andy Taylor, Founder of Yatango

Andy is the co-founder of Yatango,  a collaborative consumption technology platform based in Australia.He is also the co-founder of p2p money lending platform, SocietyOne. In this interview, he talks about Yatango, a platform that allows users to build their on mobile plans and allows them to change it on a month to month basis to…  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

WEEKLY ROUND-UP: COLLCONS MUST-READS 5TH SEPTEMBER

We scour the internet to find the most interesting news on the collaborative consumption front. Here are our picks for the week:   Report: Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy 25% of the UK population took part in the collaborative economy over the last year according to a report by Nesta UK and Collaborative…  Read more

REPORT: Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy by Nesta UK with Collaborative Lab

Over the last few years, we have observed the rapid growth in popularity of collaborative economy companies all around the world, and while we learn more and more about this shift every day, a number of big questions have remained unanswered, such as exactly who is participating in this new economic activity? Why do company founders…  Read more

The Catalan Competition Authority issues the study “P2P transactions and competition”

In the middle of a complicated scenario for Airbnb and Uber in Catalunya, the Catalan Competition Authority (ACCO) issued the study “P2P transactions and competition” (.pdf) The document is an approach to the technology innovation of marketplaces (websites or mobile applications) that turn out to be a meeting point between supply and demand, and which…  Read more