21 Jan '12, 10am

The Sharing Economy and Me

The Sharing Economy and Me

You hear a lot these days about the sharing economy and collaborative consumption , especially if you spend time in northern California. I spent last week in San Francisco, where people told me about AirBnB , which allows people to share their homes or apartments with visitors, RelayRides, Share My Ride and getaround, which allow people to rent their cars for a few hours or days, and ThredUp , where parents buy, sell and share children's clothes, toys and books. Meantime, Prosper.com and Lending Club connect people who want to lend money with those who want to borrow. With peer-to-peer lending, who needs Citi or Bank of America? Last year, Fast Company published a thoughtful and well-reported overview of the sharing economy by Danielle Sacks under the headline: "Thanks to the social web, you can now share anything with anyone anywhere in the world. Is this the end of hyper...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/01/21/sharing-economy-a...

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