Perspectives

The Sharing Bros Journey Round-up

Traveling 21,000 kilometers across Latin America over 7 months using only collaborative economy start-ups makes for an interesting journey. The Sharing Bros reflect on 7 months on the road in this article. What made you go on this trip? It all started last September. Ivan and Roro were Couchsurfing in Chile and Uganda while Mathieu had…  Read more

The rise of the ‘peer-to-business-to-peer’ marketplace

The concept of the peer-to-peer marketplace is well known since the rise of the internet and has become an important feature in any definition on the collaborative economy. However, lately in the Netherlands, we have had several discussions on how new models such as the model of ParkFlyRent, fit in the collaborative economy. This is…  Read more

Asset Sharing: the new task for Procurement and Facility Management

Our society is changing. ‘Us’ is becoming the new ‘me’. Access to items is becoming more important than actually possessing them. We are currently in the midst of a transition to a circular, sharing economy in which we make more efficient use of everything we already have. We are now looking to share, lend/borrow and…  Read more

Barcelona, the travel startup boom & the rise of peer-to-peer

  Photo credit: Timeout.com Guest post written by Natalie Batlle, Steven Douglas and Emily Elwes, Trip4Real Barcelona: A sharing city on the rise, Barcelona is the place to go if you want to share a taxi with a stranger, have dinner at a professional chef’s house or live like a local when you’re traveling. These…  Read more

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

Keycafe: Key Exchange Simplified

Keycafe is a simple way to exchange keys, allowing homeowners to remotely manage access to their home. The idea came to Co-Founder Clayton Brown while he was renting out his house as an Airbnb host in Vancouver. He found the process of exchanging keys difficult and time-consuming, having to go out of his way to…  Read more

Hurrier: Connecting Torontonians to Local Goods and Places

Hurrier is an on-demand delivery service that delivers goods, food, documents and other items within Toronto. Story and How It Works Founder Adam Hasham considers Hurrier a local e-commerce platform. It’s a three-sided marketplace that connects couriers, consumers and partners like local restaurants. The local aspect is especially important for Adam: “while travelling abroad, I…  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

WHAT DO PEOPLE REALLY THINK?, A SUMMARY OF FINDINGS ACROSS THIS YEAR’S STUDIES ON THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY

It’s a sign that the collaborative (or sharing) economy has reached the next stage of its maturity, given the number of research studies that have been conducted through the past year aiming to get a clearer picture of who, how and why people are participating in different services and activities. To get a sense of…  Read more

AskforTask: One-Stop Shop for everything on your to do list

AskforTask is a Toronto tech startup that provides a competitive, transparent online marketplace for on-the-spot projects and chores. Users can set their task requirements and how much they’re willing to pay, and offers will come in from taskers looking to do the task. Users can then choose who they want to assign the job to,…  Read more