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Pioneer Interview With Accomable

Srin Madipalli is co-founder of Accomable, a service to help people with mobility difficulties find accessible hotels, vacation rentals and apartments around the world. Based in the U.K., Srin and the Accomable team successfully raised £300,000 in seed funding recently, a record amount for an accessibility platform. He spoke with Ireland-based curator Elizabeth Douet to share Accomable’s story and future plans. What…  Read more

Pioneer Interview With Helpling

Benedikt Franke is co-founder of Helpling, a global home cleaning platform headquartered in Berlin, Germany, that has had amazing growth and funding success since it was founded in early 2014. He shares Helpling’s journey with Ireland-based curator Elizabeth Douet. The easiest way to explain Helpling is …                              Helpling is Europe’s leading marketplace for home…  Read more

EU Consumers Associations study on #collcons effects

Pioneering research on CC effects on consumers Four EU consumers associations – OCU (Spain), Altroconsumo (Italy), DECO-Proteste (Portugal) and Test-Achats/Test Aankoop (Belgium) – in collaboration with Cibersomosaguas Research Group (Universidad Complutense of Madrid) and Ouishare Spain, came together to undertake a pioneering research project on the collaborative consumption phenomenon from the point of view of…  Read more

Pioneer Interview with Barqo

Barqo is a person-to-person boatsharing platform from the Netherlands. It makes sailing accessible and more sustainable by connecting people who own boats with people who want to rent a boat. Floris van Hoogenhuyze shares his ideas and inspirations for starting Barqo with Dutch curator, Harmen van Sprang. What inspired you to start Barqo? Our world is filled with boats:…  Read more

3 reasons why peer-to-peer marketplaces fail (and how not to)

This is the first post from the series of 3 articles Juho Makkonen has written on the Sharetribe blog.    Peer-to-peer marketplaces can be great businesses. They combine the convenience of online stores with scale that comes from the notion that every consumer can also be a provider. This combination is so powerful that starting a new…  Read more

Pioneer Interview With Orla McCallion and Sean Judge of UniTuition

Orla McCallion and Sean Judge are the Co-founders and Managing Partners of UniTuition, an Irish-based leading online platform for connecting third level students with pre-screened specialist tutors. The easiest way to explain UniTuition is… UniTuition partners with 3rd level institutions to provide a centralised online marketplace for connecting students with screened peer tutors. Our tutors are…  Read more

Planning on building a peer-to-peer marketplace? An interview with Juho Makkonen

Creating a peer-to-peer marketplace is one of today’s most popular startup ideas. The success of platforms like Airbnb, Etsy and Fiverr have proven that the online marketplace model is very scalable, and can be applied to pretty much any area of business. We are just at the beginning of the platform era and will see…  Read more

Collaborative Economy Revenue Models

Collaborative Economy Revenue Models from Collaborative Lab Revenue Models: The following are the common models used to generate revenue in collaborative-based networks and marketplaces. Service fees: A company takes a percentage of the total transaction for successfully matching two sides of marketplace (e.g. hosts and guests, buyers and sellers, drivers and passengers). Flat membership/subscription: A…  Read more

The Sharing Economy: Dictionary of Commonly Used Terms

Terms can become hard to define when they become too big. By too big, I do not mean in terms of impact or scale. It happens when the connections between a broad church of products, services and ideas becomes so loose and diluted that the umbrella term starts to lose meaning. The more inaccurately the…  Read more

THREE ARAB OLD SHARING INITIATIVES THAT STILL EXIST!

The Collaborating ideas are not new in the Arab World. Throughout history, people practiced sharing and collaboration in their day-to-day lifestyle as part of culture and religious beliefs. People shared food, products and homes among many other things. They also invented a number of traditional Collaborative/Sharing initiatives which are still being adopted today. Jamee’h An…  Read more