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

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

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 Bros Journey Round-up

Traveling 21,000 kilometers across Latin America over 7 months using only collaborative economy start-ups makes for an interesting journey. The Sharing Bros reflect on 7 months on the road in this article. What made you go on this trip? It all started last September. Ivan and Roro were Couchsurfing in Chile and Uganda while Mathieu had…  Read more

The rise of the ‘peer-to-business-to-peer’ marketplace

The concept of the peer-to-peer marketplace is well known since the rise of the internet and has become an important feature in any definition on the collaborative economy. However, lately in the Netherlands, we have had several discussions on how new models such as the model of ParkFlyRent, fit in the collaborative economy. This is…  Read more

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