Collaborative Consumption

April 5, 2012 4

Will the Airbnb of fitness please stand up?

-+*Consider the irony: of all industries so beautifully disrupted by the sharing economy, why is there such little progress in the health and fitness niche? After all, the mantra is “be lean, healthy and nimble” — just like collaborative consumption. Yet, with all those billions spent on fad diets, gym memberships and experts advice, America consistently […]

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March 21, 2012 1

Sharing explodes at SXSW (VIDEO)

-+*Sharing, you say? Hardly a new concept for the SXSW crowd. Since its inception, Interactive attendees have been sharing ideas, tasty food and libations and—on occasion—the hard-to-find hotel bed. This year, sharing went from mere survival skill to one of the hottest trends to watch. Leaders of the Sharing Economy were prominent across many panel […]

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March 15, 2012 0

Who else wants better parking?

-+*Finding a parking spot in the city can take just as long as the actual drive or cost just as much as a monthly car payment, but now—thanks to collaborative consumption—there are more promising options. Peer-to-peer parking services pair drivers with people looking to rent out a private parking spot on an hourly, daily or […]

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March 2, 2012 0

5 vacation pitfalls and how to ditch them forever

-+*Feels great to take a vacation, doesn’t it? Or does it these days? In this age of collaborative consumption, the notion of taking your “two weeks” to blow your hard-earned cash on an overpriced yet underwhelming tourist trap experience seems less appealing than ever. Nowadays, travel is all about freedom, authenticity and being nimble. It’s […]

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February 3, 2012 1

7 Ways You're Already Doing Collaborative Consumption (and How it's Changing)

-+*Think collaborative consumption is newfangled? Think again! We’ve been sharing stuff for a really, really long time. The difference now is how we’re leveraging stuff like technology and disruptive business models to quickly and massively scale collaborative consumption. Check out these examples—many of the “before” examples here are borderline nostalgia: Borrowing books Before: Libraries Libraries are […]

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January 12, 2012 2

5 Emerging Truths About Internet Marketplaces

-+*Remember when eBay first came out? Remember the newfound thrill of doing business around the world with people just like you? Now imagine hundreds of savvy sites like that—virtual companies that let you buy, sell or rent anything you need or want. According this week’s “The Future of Internet Marketplaces: A Panel Discussion,” this kind of “marketplace […]

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