Monthly Archives: April 2016

HyreCar Wants to Help You Rent a Stranger’s Car So You Can Drive for Uber

The Washington Post – April 21, 2016

HyreCar is hoping to carve out a piece of Uber’s business by offering even shorter-term lease options. In theory, HyreCar allows car owners to rent out their vehicles at a daily rate to drivers who want to earn money chauffeuring passengers around for Uber, Lyft or other ride-hailing services.

The Dark Side of Uber: Why the Sharing Economy Needs Tougher Rules

The Guardian Australia – April 17, 2016

A report released last week by the Grattan Institute on services like Uber and Airbnb finds that such peer-to-peer services can provide large benefits to the economy, but that governments need to ensure that both consumers and providers are protected. Hoping the services will just go away is not an option governments can afford to take.

New York: The Startup Making Space in the Sharing Economy

The Business Journals – April 18, 2016

Two architects have created Splacer, which connects people who have large, underused space with those looking to host birthday parties, staff meetings or art gatherings. The New York-based startup recently expanded service to San Francisco. Splacer puts a focus on the visual elements of each space and how the room dimensions, layout or lighting can affect an event.

The Sharing Economy Comes to Scientific Research

The Conversation – April 11, 2016

In a market where the latest version of “Next Generation Sequencing” equipment approaches US$1 million and is replaced as often as the iPhone, scientists struggle to afford the equipment and to maintain the scientific expertise for emerging technologies. Yet to perform top-quality and cost-effective research, scientists need these technologies and the technical knowledge of experts to run them. When money is tight, where can scientists turn for the tools they need to complete their projects? An early solution to this problem was to create what the academic world calls “resource labs” that specialize in one or more specific type of science experiments. Researchers can then order and pay for that type of experiment from the resource lab instead of doing it on their own.