Monthly Archives: April 2016

How Airbnb Could Change Life for City Residents

The Wall Street Journal – April 22, 2016

Sharing services are bringing tourists into neighborhoods they never visited before, with benefits and potential pitfalls for locals.


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.

California Regulators Permit Uber and Lyft to Offer Carpooling Services

LA Times – April 21, 2016

California State regulators on Thursday granted companies such as Uber and Lyft permission to offer carpooling, sanctioning a service that has allowed fast-growing San Francisco companies to offer lower-cost rides.


Self Regulation in the Sharing Economy is Vital

ZDNet – April 19, 2016

When it comes to the sharing economy, the onus is on a business to determine what regulations should be put in place to make it a trustworthy space, according to Kate Burleigh, Intel Australia managing director.


Under a New Initiative, Uber Aims to Put More Deaf Drivers on the Roads

The Washington Post – April 19, 2016

Uber is teaming up with a leading nonprofit for the deaf in an effort to attract more hearing-impaired drivers, the company announced Tuesday morning.


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.


Sharing Economy Extends To Yachts On San Francisco Bay

CBS – April 11, 2016

The sharing economy is extending onto the waters of San Francisco Bay, with yacht-sharing gaining popularity among nautical enthusiasts.


The Number of Miles Cars Travel is About to Explode

Fortune – November 15, 2015

A KPMG report predicts annual vehicle miles driven will skyrocket.


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.