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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!

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 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 …

TaskRabbit Joins San Francisco’s New Sharing Economy Working Group

UPDATE: Here’s a recap of the event. This evening, Leah will join leaders from other Bay Area collaborative consumption companies to discuss the role city government can have in promoting the shift to a sharing economy. Leah will be joined by Jessica Scorpio, Founder of Getaround; Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for AirBnB; Jamie Wong, Founder and CEO of Vayable; and Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer of the City and County of San Francisco. This incredible group of innovators forms the core of the nation’s first Sharing Economy Working Group. San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, together with Shareable, SPUR, sf.citi, and TechCentralSF, convened this group to develop policy initiatives to promote the sharing economy. “The growing ‘sharing economy’ is leveraging technology and innovation to generate new jobs and income for San Franciscans in every neighborhood and at every income level,” said Mayor Lee. “As the birthplace of this new, more sustainable ‘sharing economy,’ San Francisco must be at the forefront of nurturing its growth, modernizing our laws, and confronting emerging policy issues and …

When TaskRabbit and Skillshare Meet…

Last night at The Hub in San Francisco, our marketing maven Jamie V. handed out some lessons to a sold-out Skillshare class. The topic? How to be a lean, mean marketing machine. Entrepreneurs, marketing and PR pros, and representatives from other collaborative consumption companies all showed up to see how we do it at TaskRabbit. Jamie’s core message was simple: “Give your customers amazing experiences, that’s what’s going to drive your business.” She spoke about the power our community members have in the development of TaskRabbit — pointing out that customer feedback is the most important element to making us better and better each day. At TaskRabbit, we test everything to see what works best for the TaskPosters and the TaskRabbits at the individual level. We also closely monitor community feedback on Twitter and Facebook to continuously improve the user experience. Jamie also talked about the importance of knowing and believing in your mission. Our mission at TaskRabbit is to bring back the neighborhood by providing a marketplace for micro-entrepreneurs to help their busy neighbors get …

Task of the Week: TaskRabbit to Help Prep for Airbnb Guests

This Task is a great example of the power of collaborative consumption in revolutionizing the way people interact, consume, and get things done on a daily basis. The Sender, Jamie W., wanted help tidying up her apartment – not because her parents were visiting or because she was hosting a dinner party for friends.  Nope, it’s because she was having an Airbnb guest crash at her place.  If you haven’t heard of this awesome service, Airbnb connects folks who have space to spare – a room, a bed, a couch, a futon – with those folks who are looking for a place to stay.  Just like TaskRabbit, Airbnb is disrupting the conventional way of getting things done by tapping into the power of the community. Love it! With little time to spare between visiting guests, Jamie was looking for a fast and easy way to get her place in tip-top shape.  Voila! TaskRabbit to the rescue!  Jamie got connected to an awesome TaskRabbit, Jacob Paul Q., within just 30 minutes of posting the Task, and the job …