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6 Future Blue Chip Companies in the Sharing Economy

A recent article in Forbes called “Airbnb And The Unstoppable Rise Of The Share Economy” gives a great overview of the nascent sharing economy. It tells stories of people like Frederic Larson, who brings in $3K/month renting his home to Airbnb and his Prius through Lyft, or Dylan Rogers, who makes $1K/month renting his BMW out and plans to buy a couple extra cars to make his own micro-rental car fleet. It explains how more and more average people are making and saving dough through resource sharing.

The article is a worthwhile read as it gives a balanced look at the opportunities–the millennials growing receptivity to renting and sharing versus ownership, a southbound economy–and challenges–getting people to share low-cost goods, restrictive commercial regulations–facing the sharing economy

The article also turned us on to a number of sites we didn’t know about. Stahlwarts like Zipcar, Zimride, Neighborgoods and Taskrabbit appeared in the article, but so too did some newer, more specialized sites. Here are a few of them:

  • Parking Panda is a peer-to-peer parking garage. Rent out your vacant parking spot as you would your unused room for Airbnb. PP also allows booking standard garage parking, using their mobile app.
  • Dog Vacay is like Airbnb for dogs. Give your dog to “one of thousands of vetted and insured dog lovers” when you leave town (or need a reprieve from your pooch) for “cage-free” boarding starting at $15/night.
  • EXEC is an on-demand cleaning and errand running service with a lovely web interface. An added bonus is that they use all organic cleaning products.
  • Liquid is a peer-to-peer bike rental service. Rent a bike for $20/day or let your bike out for some extra cash (note: the site is down for the winter).
  • Fon is an international peer-to-peer wifi network with over seven million Fon Spots (aka hot spots). Private wifi providers can make money off people accessing their signal.
  • Zaarly allows you to sell your homemade cookies and other shippable custom goods.

Most of the services seem to have a Left-Coast bias, though ones like Fon and Zaarly have national appeal. And of course, as the article mentions, Airbnb started in San Francisco and can now be found in Peoria, Il. You gotta start somewhere.

Do you have more sharing sites we should be looking at? Let us know in our comments section.

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  • http://twitter.com/mikelinsf Mike Lin

    Here’s a couple more
    flightcar.com (rent your car while it’s parked at the airport)
    wheelz.com (similar to relayrides)
    http://www.boatbound.co (airbnb for boats)

    • http://www.facebook.com/davidcfriedlander David Friedlander

      thanks mike. we should have included wheelz as we’re friends with one of the founders. the flight car is a particularly good idea.

    • Jonathan Peterson

      There are a lot of boat rental sites popping up. another one is
      http://www.nxtboat.co

  • Gabe

    I sense massive litigation in the future as the share-economy takes hold. Something’s gotta give…

  • http://www.facebook.com/CEO.Fun2rent Shawn Gardner

    Another site is Fun2Rent.com- Airbnb of boats and powersports.

    And top car sharing sites like Getaround and RelayRides

  • http://www.facebook.com/dori.odea Dori O’Dea

    HI! You may want to take a look at http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/directory/. I recently covered a workshop hosted by The Collaborative Lab (read it: http://good-b.com/?p=12761). The speaker at this workshop, April Rinne, was amazing! The workshop was hosted by Etsy at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Brooklyn not that long ago and this directory is an explosion of organizations in the Sharing Economy. You can find resources to share, sell and buy all your skills, space and stuff.

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