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: 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


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


We scour the internet to find the most interesting news on the collaborative consumption front. Here are our picks for the week: Uber Confirms New $1.2B Funding Round At $40B Valuation Ingird Lunden, TechCrunch Uber, the transportation and ride-sharing startup, has just announced that it has raised another $1.2 billion in funding, and we have…  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