29 Jan '13, 12pm

The secret to the sharing economy: ‘You don’t want the drill — you want the hole’

The secret to the sharing economy: ‘You don’t want the drill — you want the hole’

Neal Gorenflo had his come-to-Jesus moment with the sharing economy in a parking lot in Brussels. It was June of 2004, and Gorenflo was well on his way to becoming a bona fide suit. He had worked in the telecommunications business and for an investment bank. Now he was on a strategy team for the global shipping company DHL, up for a promotion, and on a business trip in Belgium — and he just couldn’t live with himself. “On the surface everything looked great,” Gorenflo says. “But I felt disconnected from my community and my potential and my loved ones. I went for a jog outside my hotel. I projected myself into the future and I saw a mountain of regret. I stopped in the parking lot of this industrial warehouse and I started to cry.” That was the breaking point, Gorenflo says. He ran back to his hotel room, resigned from his job on the spot, and vowed to “make a world where p...

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