Pioneers

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: AN INTERVIEW WITH LIEZL HESKETH, FOUNDER OF ROOM LINK

South African based Roomlink is a platform that matches renters with available rooms. Founder, Liezl Hesketh shares her view on why this is the solution for so many students, commuting professionals and people looking for short term rentals. Why did you decide to start Roomlink now?  We found that there were many students in South…  Read more

Pioneer Interview with Ed Kushins of HomeExchange

Ed Kushins is the founder of   HomeExchange, one of the best known and oldest  companies in the collaborative economy. He shares with us what keeps HomeExchange competitive in the space. 1. HomeExchange.com is one of the oldest companies in the Collaborative Economy – how has the company maintained its strong reputation despite growing competition…  Read more

Inside Interview with Giovanni Casinelli of BonAppetour

Giovanni Casinelli is the founder of BonAppetour, an online platform for social dining. He shares with James Robertson, our Singapore curator, memorable dinners, inspirations for starting the company and the difference of growing the platform in Asia and Europe in this Pioneer Interview. 1. How did you first come up with the idea for BonAppetour?…  Read more

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: INSIDE INTERVIEW WITH JAMES MOODY, FOUNDER OF TUSHARE

James Moody is the founder of TuShare, an online sharing platform in Australia.He talks all things TuShare and the gift economy with Darren Sharp. What motivated you to start TuShare? It was both a personal passion and direct evidence that motivated me to start TuShare. In 2010 I wrote a book about the next wave…  Read more

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: INSIDE INTERVIEW WITH ABE GEIGER, FOUNDER OF SHAKE LAW

Abe Geiger is the founder of Shake, an app that allows you to create legally binding agreements in a matter of seconds. This is a major step forward in the sharing economy, making it easier for microentrepreneurs and freelancers to establish trust and protect themselves in transactions. Whether it’s renting out your car or hiring…  Read more

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: AN INSIDE INTERVIEW WITH KJETIL J. OLSEN, VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL AT ELANCE-ODESK

Elance and oDesk are the world’s leading platforms for online work and the most popular places to find, hire, manage and collaborate with online freelancers. Belgian Curator Marco Torregrossa had a chat with Kjetil to understand how savvy businesses and talented freelancers alike are moving to online work at record pace – and why Elance-oDesk is leading…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer: Inside Interview with Yariv Gilad, Co-Founder of CasaVersa

Yariv(Ajar) Gilad is the founder and CEO of CasaVersa – a home exchange platform based in Tel-Aviv Israel. Our curator Dan Benjamin sat down with him for an interview about his journey. Can you tell us how it all began? CasaVersa is a home exchange platform. The concept is very simple – you stay in my place while I…  Read more

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: INSIDE INTERVIEW WITH MATT SYMONS OF SOCIETYONE

Matt Symons is the CEO and co-founder of SocietyOne, Australia’s only active p2p lender. In this interview, he tells us what makes SocietyOne different from traditional loans and also shares his favourite success story so far.      How does SocietyOne work?  As a p2p lender, we connect savvy investors to creditworthy borrowers in a…  Read more

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: AN INSIDE INTERVIEW WITH ALISTAIR MARTIN, FOUNDER OF RIPENEARME

Alistair Martin is the founder of RipeNear.Me,  a platform that allows users to share, sell and swap produce that they grow. In this interview, Alistair talks about his platform and the joys of being able to access homegrown produce. What sets RipeNear.me apart from other similar platforms? Does it have any unique features? Yes! There…  Read more

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: AN INSIDE INTERVIEW WITH DENNIS TEICHMANN, CO-FOUNDER AT JACANDO

Jacando is a Swiss marketplace for micro-jobs. Private customers  but also businesses can find a helping hand for various tasks, including gardening, moving, pet-sitting or an actual job position. In this interview, Dennis Teichmann tells us more about Jacando, the role of micro-jobs in Switzerland and his approach of developing and growing the business. Stella Schieffer,…  Read more