Monthly Archives: May 2016

RideAustin Non-Profit Taking Over Where Uber And Lyft Failed

Tech Times – May 25, 2016

A startup non-profit car-hailing company called RideAustin sees and creates an opportunity where big names saw only bureaucracy and obstacles. RideAustin is one of the services that will replace Uber and Lyft, which ceased their activity in Austin, Texas since May 9.


How Uber Helps The Entrepreneurial Economy

Forbes – May 25, 2016

Is the gig economy good for entrepreneurship? Competing theories were the starting point for a trio of business and management school professors. Gordon Burch of the University of Minnesota, Seth Carnahan at Michigan, and Temple’s Brad Greenwood decided to test the question, using as markers the über-platform of the gig economy, Uber, the on-demand delivery service Postmates, and the boot-strapping behemoth Kickstarter. They analyzed how the arrival of Uber and Postmates in a new city affects the local proclivity to launch crowdfunded projects on Kickstarter.

Sharing Economy Revenues Exploding from US$6.4 Billion to US$20 Billion

iTWire – May 24, 2016

Sharing economy revenues are set to explode over the next few years, tripling to US$20 billion by 2020 from just US$6.4 billion in 2015, according to Juniper Research analysts.


Blue Indy Expands Car Sharing to Airport

The Indy Channel – May 21, 2016

You can now catch a BlueIndy car at the airport. The electric car sharing service has expanded its service to Indianapolis International Airport, with 20 parking spaces available at any time of day. The station “will provide a convenient transportation option throughout a person’s stay and an affordable choice to travel around Indianapolis,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.


European Startup NightSwapping Introduces the Real Sharing Economy

Travel Pulse – May 19, 2016

European travel startup NightSwapping is aiming to transform the current state of the sharing economy. The company’s radical new concept is really pretty simple. Members can host travelers in their guestroom or home and earn credits that they can then use to stay at another member’s place for free in the future.


Survey Examines the Gig Economy

The San Diego Union-Tribune – May 19, 2016

The Pew Research Center sought to pin down how Americans use and feel about the rising tide of sharing economy companies in a new survey released today .


Uber and a Landlord Are Paying People to Ditch Their Cars

The Fiscal Times – May 18, 2016

Ride-sharing app Uber is partnering with the owners of a San Francisco real estate development to give residents a $100 monthly stipend to give up their cars.


GM Car-Sharing Unit Maven Grows in Ann Arbor, Chicago

The Detroit News – May 18, 2016

General Motors Co.’s new car-sharing service Maven is expanding, adding vehicles and users in Ann Arbor and Chicago, as the Detroit automaker continues to develop a business catered to people who may not own a car.


Misguided Steps in Efforts to Harness the “Gig Economy”

The Huffington Post – May 17, 2016

One of the particularly divisive issues that come up is the legal status of workers in these industries and the way they should be classified: are they employees or independent contractors?


Changing Current of Opinion on BlueIndy Service

Automotive News – May 16, 2016

When the BlueIndy electric-car-sharing service launched in Indianapolis last year, a firestorm of controversy quickly ensued. Some businesses and residents vehemently objected to what they perceived as a lack of transparency by the city in appropriating prime parking places for the battery-powered cars. Eight months later, those passions have cooled. Some formerly vocal opponents of BlueIndy seem to be changing their opinions, according to an Indianapolis Star story this month.