Sharing Economy

San Francisco

Why Sleep in a Hotel When You Can Sleep in a Boat?

By | Sep 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Everybody’s heard of the bed and breakfast, but did you know there’s such a thing as a boating bed and breakfast? Essentially they’re houseboats on landlocked lakes, and you can find them in cities like Newport, Miami, and San Francisco. The whole idea is…

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9 Gig Economy Startups Offer an Alternative to a Side Job

By | Aug 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

When the bills are piling up, many people feel like they need to take second and even third jobs to make ends meet. This is no way to live your life. If all you are doing is working to survive, it’s not really much…

Sharing Economy

12 Things Your Airbnb Host Forgot to Tell You

By | Aug 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

First, let me say that I am a huge Airbnb fan and I’ve rarely encountered an Airbnb host I didn’t like in the 16 trips I’ve taken since 2013. The site, which lets you book short- and long-term accommodations in cities around the world,…

Sharing Economy

San Francisco

FanStitch and LemonStand Partner in Sharing Economy for Sports Fans

By | Jul 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

I’d like to introduce you to two companies that recently partnered to bring even more value to their ventures and to the sharing economy. FanStitch is a sports jersey rental company where people can rent jerseys for way cheaper than it costs to buy…

Sharing Economy

Clinton’s Big Speech Leaves Uber and Airbnb’s Future in Limbo

By | Jul 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Hillary Clinton just laid out her economic agenda and her ambiguous statements about companies like Uber and Airbnb leaves the entire sharing economy industry in limbo. Clinton said she “vows to crack down on employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors.” She also noted…

Sharing Economy

San Francisco

Stop Sitting There and Start Boating: Daylight is Burning

By | Jul 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm

I’m sure a lot of you Bay Area folk remember when the BART workers threatened a strike in August 2013. The walkout was avoided, but for an entire day the state of public rail transit across San Francisco was shaky at best. In that…

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Shyp Explains Why It’s Ditching Freelancers

By | Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

As Uber and other Silicon Valley startups come under legal pressure for employing an army of fulltime freelancers, a well-funded new startup has decided to completely switch its workforce to staffed employees with full benefits (“W2” workers). Shyp, a hot new startup that recently…

Sharing Economy

San Francisco

This is What Happens When you Crowdsource LEGO Designs

By | May 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

Ranan Lachman had one goal in mind when he first set out to build Pley: give people the opportunity to rent LEGO sets like they would with Netflix DVDs. I spoke with him not long ago, and when we talked he mentioned that he…

Sharing Economy

5 International Startups Shaking up Crowdsourced Shipping

By | Mar 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm

From crowdfunding platforms to ridesharing apps, the Sharing Economy is thriving. Almost every major sector has been affected by the P2P phenomenon, with collaborative consumption posing a serious alternative to more traditional business models. Crowdsourced shipping – where travelers bring items to people along…

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San Francisco

The Netflix for LEGO, Pley is Shipping Fun Direct to Kids

By | Mar 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

If you go back far enough in the history of LEGO you’ll see that the models of old are in stark contrast to what they are today. There weren’t instructions, detailed LEGO bricks, and you were supposed to build purely off of imagination. What…

Sharing Economy

Stop Renting. Just Give Up. There’s an Airbnb for Airbnb.

By | Jan 9, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Like, what even? Why do we even bother to live anywhere permanently anymore, guys? We can totally just live off each other for the rest of eternity. Can I Stay with You While I Rent My Place on Airbnb? is a new site that allows…

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The Sharing Economy is Built on Trust and Provides Empowerment to Consumers

By | Jan 3, 2015 at 8:00 am

Interaction within your community and neighborhood can earn you $5,000 per month! Is this a scam? Or a phenomenon called collaborative consumption? The sharing economy, another name by which this phenomenon is known, is creating micro-entrepreneurs, according to Muneeb Mushtaq in a recent appearance…

Jobs

2014 in Tech Review: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

By | Dec 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

Editor’s Note: The opinions in this story belong to the writer.  It’s time to look back at 2014 and review some of our industry’s achievements and failures this year. There are many lessons to be learned in tech as we prepare for 2015. In…

Android

18 Best Winter Weather Survival Apps

By | Dec 22, 2014 at 7:00 am

Do we really need winter weather survival apps? I mean, if winter continues to go on the way it’s been going (e.g. temperatures in the mid-40s in New York City), is there really a demand? Well, depending on where you are in the U.S., your…