Perspectives

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

WEEKLY ROUND-UP: COLLCONS MUST-READS 29th AUGUST

We scour the internet to find the most interesting news on the collaborative consumption front. Here are our picks for the week: Independent contractor ruling on FedEx drivers could affect “Sharing Economy” Patrick Hoge, BizJournals A federal court panel ruling this week holding that FedEx drivers were misclassified as independent contractors could have major implications for “sharing…  Read more

To Share = To Empower: The Collaborative Economy in Colombia

Colombia is a country teeming with entrepreneurial spirit and a regional leader in social innovation. The days of drug wars are receding, and it’s opening up to the world. Colombia also has a history of progressive mayors, especially in Bogotá and Medellín, making it a hotbed for urban innovation. Earlier this month I went to…  Read more

Sharing’s Not Just for Start-Ups

This excerpt is reposted from Harvard Business Review. Written by Rachel Botsman Two years ago Peggy Fang Roe noticed a frustrating phenomenon. The chief sales and marketing officer in Marriott’s Asia Pacific division, Fang Roe knows that hotel conference rooms are underutilized—yet she often saw people searching Marriott’s lobbies and restaurants for a quiet spot…  Read more

Why Copenhagen Can Become Europe’s Crowd Capital

The city of Copenhagen is making a public call to citizens, companies and government to make the transition to the new, connected and inclusive economy. With many great cities in the running, it is no mean feat that Copenhagen nabbed the top spot, for two years in a row, as Fast Company’s most innovative city…  Read more

WEEKLY ROUND-UP: COLLCONS MUST-READS 8th AUGUST

We scour the internet to find the most interesting news on the collaborative consumption front. Here are our picks for the week: Can “Instant” Become a Viable Business? Liz Gannes, Recode.net Startups square up to take on the giants of delivery  such as FedEx and UPS to bring customers their packages, groceries, food and services on…  Read more

Collaborative Finance: By the People, For the People

I was invited to speak at World Council for Credit Unions this week on how technology is enabling a new generation of person-to –person and crowd–driven funding, lending, currency and investment services that will decentralize and democratize finance, money and banking. Think: Funding Circle, Bitcoin, Lending Club, Kickstarter, IndieGogo, Seedrs, CircleUp, GoFundMe, CurrencyFair, Transferwise, Zopa, MPesa…  Read more

Near Me Helps Brands Join the Sharing Economy

“Whether it’s testing a new vehicle by having potential customers rent them or using a services-based company to deliver goods from one place to another for optimal customer service, brands are creatively using this new type of customer engagement to build community, customer loyalty and reach new audiences. So, what have brands done so far?”…  Read more