All posts tagged: collaborative consumption

CollaborativeConsumption.com

Have You Seen CollaborativeConsumption.com Lately?

Have you seen the new CollaborativeConsumption.com? We just can’t get enough. We’ve always relied on the site for the best sharing economy content online, and now there’s even more to love. Here are some of our favorite things about the new site: In addition to great content and a sleek new design, there’s now a massive directory of all things collcons. It’s super easy to search for sharing platforms in any category, like food, fashion, or travel. The resources section includes just about everything you’d ever need to know about the sharing economy. The new events page includes all the major collaborative consumption events from around the world in one place. A job board is on the way that will make it possible for sharing junkies to easily find open opportunities at collaborative companies like TaskRabbit. So cool! Congrats to Rachel Botsman, Lauren Anderson, and team for an awesome update!

Vayable Local Expierence

Vayable Makes Everyone a Local

We’re mighty proud to be part of the sharing economy, so you can imagine how excited we are to count so many collaborative consumption companies in the TaskRabbit for Business community. This week we decided to catch up with the co-founder and CEO of one of our favorite companies, Jamie Wong of Vayable. By providing an incredible marketplace that makes it easy to access local experts, Vayable is redefining the art of travel. Jamie was kind enough to chat with us about her vision for Vayable — and how TaskRabbits are helping her realize it. What’s the mission of Vayable? “To enable entrepreneurship, cultural exchange, and community worldwide by empowering people to share experiences with others.” How do TaskRabbits help out the Vayable team? “‘How doesn’t the Vayable team use TaskRabbit?’ might be a better question. TaskRabbits deliver us food, Apple equipment, and matzo ball soup for our friends when they get sick. They’ve helped us move (several times), and kept us healthy with juice cleanses and warm with firewood for our in-office fireplace.” What …

Rachel Botsman: The Currency of the New Economy is Trust

Trust means an awful lot to us here at TaskRabbit. It’s why we make sure every single TaskRabbit is background checked, it’s why we built out a robust reputation engine complete with ratings and reviews, and it’s why our founder talks about trust and social reputation to anyone who will listen. This is why we were so excited to see this incredible TedTalk from Rachel Botsman — a woman who’s been a constant source of inspiration to us here at TaskRabbit. Take twenty minutes to be as inspired as we are by Rachel’s talk:

Rob Spiro of Good Eggs Discusses Food and the Collaborative Economy

We’re more than a little obsessed with collaboration and food, so we’re positively giddy over the Good Eggs mission — to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide. In the most recent episode of Collaboratively Speaking, Leah sits down with Good Eggs CEO and co-founder Rob Spiro to talk about how the collaborative economy moves his mission forward. Operating as a two-sided marketplace, Good Eggs connects farmers and food makers with people in their communities who are interested in eating well. By taking on administrative hurdles such as marketing and distribution, Good Eggs makes it possible for food makers and farmers to focus on their products. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts in the conversation came when Rob told Leah about the three specific ephiphany-type moments that inspire people to eat well: 1. Expecting children. This reminds people that what you put into your body matters, big time. 2. Reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. According to Rob, this single book is responsible for many, many sustainable eating conversions. 3. Biting into a …

The Shared Economy: Doing Business With the Joneses

On Thursday, Leah sat down with some of the leaders of the collaborative consumption movement for a frank talk at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Moderator Liz Gannes, Senior Editor of All Things Digital, kicked off the evening by asking author Lisa Gansky how she first identified sharing as a movement. The author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing chalked collaboration up to way more than a trend, attributing the rise in sharing-based businesses to the 2008 recession. “Things that we value that go unused, actually in that moment are wasted,” said Gansky. “It’s more convenient and less costly to share or gain access than to own.” Panelist Shelby Clark, Founder and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides, agreed that “rational triggers” like price and convenience are the initial draw for consumers, but that it’s the community that keeps them coming back. The evening’s discussion ended with an eye toward the future, with each panelist imagining where the sharing economy might lead. Although he admits it’s fun to imagine the Marty …

How Good Eggs is Changing the Future of Local Food

Farm-to-table. Local. Organic. Sustainable. For those interested in responsible eating, the buzzwords alone can be impossible to navigate (let alone the process of actually procuring good food). Enter Good Eggs, a San Francisco startup that’s about to change the way we think about food. Good Eggs connects farmers and foodmakers with consumers in their own communities. This means bread, eggs, produce, jam, pies, even baby food. If you can eat it, you can find it from a local producer through the marketplace at Good Eggs. You can also figure out how to cook it on their blog, The Eater’s Digest, and find farmers’ markets and other food events in your ‘hood. [pullshow] Since sharing and eating are the two things we love more than anything here at TaskRabbit HQ, it didn’t take us long to become converts. We’re also extremely honored that TaskRabbits are helping Good Eggs make such swift progress toward a very noble vision. Rahmin Sarabi, Head of Operations and all around awesome egg, took a few minutes to chat with us about …

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 …

Collaboratively Speaking with Project Trust’s Lauren Anderson

In this episode of Collaboratively Speaking, TaskRabbit Founder Leah Busque discusses trust and safety with Lauren Anderson, the Innovation Director of Collaborative Lab and Founder of Project Trust. During her work with Rachel Botsman and Collaborative Lab, Lauren was part of the initial push to connect founders of sharing-based companies around the world and provide a common vocabulary for the Collaborative Consumption space. As one of the early architects of the movement, she has a unique perspective on the challenges these companies face. During her discussion with Leah, Lauren reflects on the roles the economic crisis, environmental issues, and the influx of social media tools played in the emergence of Collaborative Consumption.  She also points out that the sharing economy is unseating a long tradition of direct-from-brand buying, with the community growing well beyond its initial base of early adopters. New users experience one fundamental barrier to entry: whether or not the person or company on the other end of the transaction can be trusted. Lauren discusses the importance of a new user’s very first experience with any …

How the Sharing Economy is Helping Small Businesses Thrive

Businesses within the sharing economy help busy people live more efficiently while supporting micro-entrepreneurs. But did you know they can also help small business owners set up shop, struggle through the lean times, scale their companies, and even improve their product offerings? Leah’s latest column in The Huffington Post is about just that. Here’s a look: When a person decides to open up a brick-and-mortar business, push “go” on a startup concept, or venture in any other way into full-fledged business ownership, a lot of questions pop up. Questions about money, product viability, staffing, working space, equipment costs, and about whether their company will be welcomed into the market. One question in particular overshadows the excitement of having a great business idea: Is it worth the risk? I’ve witnessed case study after case study of the sharing economy taking this risk off the table for small business founders, and let me tell you: I’m inspired. There used to be only a few inconvenient answers to the question, “How will I finance this?” A founder could …