Over the past year, there has been a rapid increase in the number of companies built on the concept of sharing. These companies are leveraging social networking, location and mobile technologies to create connections online that translate into meaningful connections offline. This movement is called Collaborative Consumption. It is disrupting business models in every industry, and fundamentally changing the way people consume. Consequently, peer-to-peer networking is quickly becoming the default method of exchange.
At TaskRabbit, we are so excited and passionate about Collaborative Consumption and are dedicated to enhancing the movement. Today, we are kicking off a new initiative called Collaboratively Speaking, a series of podcasts and videos produced by TaskRabbit for those interested in learning more about Collaborative Consumption, or Meshing as it is also referred to, and how it is disrupting commerce. In the series, I will be joined by founders, entrepreneurs, executives, journalists and consumers who are authorities on the movement and can help us understand what this emerging model means for the future of business.
Our first guest is my good friend, Shelby Clark, the founder of RelayRides. RelayRides is a peer-to-peer car-sharing platform that connects people who need a car with vehicle owners whose cars would otherwise just be sitting idle.
Shelby has unique insight about how the CollCons movement is changing the automobile industry. While the podcast is still in its final stages of approval with Apple, in the above video, you’ll learn how Shelby came to found RelayRides and what challenges he has faced and the lessons he has learned. You’ll also hear how Shelby’s startup has developed a partnership with auto giant, General Motors.
I hope you enjoy my chat with Shelby, and I look forward to having you stop by for our next episode of Collaboratively Speaking.