The Shared Economy at The Commonwealth Club

You know what gets us really excited? Sharing. Okay, so you already knew that, but did you know that Leah will be sitting on a panel this week at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco with some of the other leading voices in collaborative consumption? Leah joins Lisa Gansky, Author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing, Shelby Clark, Founder and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides, Cory Smith, CEO of Hub Bay Area and SOCAP, and Nate Blecharczyk, CTO and Co-Founder of Airbnb. Liz Gannes, Senior Editor of AllThingsDigital, will moderate.

This incredible meeting of the minds will examine the values of access over ownership, financial efficiency, and environmental sustainability. The panel will also discuss what a future built on collaborative consumption models looks like. Come ready to be inspired.

The Shared Economy: Doing Business With The Joneses
Thursday, August 16
6:30pm program (7:30pm reception)
Blue Room, The Commonwealth Club
$20 standard, $12 members, $7 students

Collaboratively Speaking: Zimride’s Co-Founders Talk Community

In the latest installment of Collaboratively Speaking, Zimride co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green chat with TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque about the role of community in peer-to-peer marketplaces. There’s a lot of great stuff in the interview, here are some highlights:

  • Zimmer and Green share the story of their partnership and the origins of the Zimride mission — it’s a tale complete with long-distance romance, scary Greyhound busses, and a crash course on the history of transportation.
  • Currently, the most popular destinations from the San Francisco Bay Area are Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles. Trips trend higher on the weekend, and the cost is substantially cheaper for the passenger ($35 per trip) than any other mode of transport — plus the driver makes good money (an average of $200 per trip).
  • The Zimride guys have even seen people post open seats on airplanes. It may sound lavish, but the concept is the same: occupy as many seats as possible.
  • Although there’s been a little pushback with the Facebook Connect feature, Zimmer and Green notice that the ability to view mutual friends has been a major contributor to community engagement.
  • Zimride has found a lot of luck plugging into the existing communities on campuses around the country, and tapping into the existing excitement of destination events like music festivals.
  • As for what’s next, Zimride is excited about reaching the critical mass it will take to plan real-time trips and launching more frequent routes across the country.