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, 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

Airtasker acquires Occasional Butler

Airtasker has joined forces with another Australian task outsourcing platform, Occasional Butler. Occasional Butler co-founders Erz and Jodie Imam (who also founded Prahan, Melbourne co-working space depo8) will join Airtasker as Community Advisors. Read more about the acquisition on the Airtasker blog.

Uber and the collaborative transportation revolution in Colombia

   We all have been witnessing how collaborative consumption had started to change consumption trends but, right now in Bogota, we are starting to see how it´s really impacting legal framework and business strategies and specifically in transportation. The controversy arose early in May when police started making checkpoints to immobilize private vehicles dedicated to deliver transportation…  Read more


Carpooling is a known but not a very often practiced concept here in the Emirates. Most people prefer to take their own car to and from work and the result is a high number of cars on the road with just one person in them. Carpool Arabia is aiming to improve the situation by introducing…  Read more

Repost: Your social delivery service is now called Nimber

Reposted from the Nimber blog For over two years easyGroup and Norway Post have challenged our right to Easybring by claiming ownership of basic words such as “easy” and “bring”. Walking away from the name that has been synonymous with our service since day one has not been easy. But equally, spending precious capital and…  Read more


We scour the internet to find the most interesting news on the collaborative consumption front. Here are our picks for the week:  eBay Inc Social Innovation Report 2013 There was 16% increase in eBay Inc. Greener Commerce in 2013 – read about Social Innovation impact in new report. The Evolution of Trust David Brooks, NY Times-The…  Read more

Radio National: Uber rideshare app a nightmare for the taxi industry

Sarah McVeigh discusses the issue of regulation of Uber in Australia. The private ridesharing service  is operating  in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and is causing a headache for the taxi industry, who argue that the service doesn’t have appropriate safeguards in place. Go to ABC Radio website

Collaborative economy services: changing the way we travel

Today I spoke at the annual Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals conference (HITEC) in Los Angeles about how the collaborative economy will transform the hospitality ecosystem. I admitted I was a tad nervous to talk to a group whose sector was getting hit hard and fast by the ideas I was going to share. How…  Read more