Monthly Archives: July 2016

Car-Sharing Industry Carries Heavy Tax Burden

The Wall Street Journal – July 22, 2016

Local taxes put Zipcar and Car2Go at a disadvantage in competing with ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, research by DePaul University shows


Finally! Rent Your Unused Tools with T’Work

Silicon Prairie News – July 21, 2016

Remember that hammer drill you bought, used once, and stored away to collect dust? What if you could make some money by renting it out?


Tesla and Uber Have More in Common than You Might Think

TechCrunch – July 21, 2016

While the idea of Tesla car-sharing seems new, it is not the first time the company’s cars, coupled with autonomous technology, have come up in discussions about the sharing economy.


A New Wrinkle in the Gig Economy: Workers Get Most of the Money

The New York Times – July 20, 2016

Stocksy United is a cooperative, owned and governed by the photographers who contribute their work. Every Stocksy photographer owns a share of the company, with voting rights. And most of the money from sales of their work goes into their pockets rather than toward the billion-dollar valuations pursued by many venture-backed start-ups.


Study: The Serious Environmental Potential of Car-Sharing

Time – July 19, 2016

A new study of company Car2go found that for every shared car the company puts on the road, up to 11 are taken off.


Louisville Lawmakers Pass Sharing-Economy Housing Restrictions

Heartland – July 18, 2016

Lawmakers in Louisville, Kentucky are imposing new regulations restricting consumers’ ability to use popular peer-to-peer economy housing services such as Airbnb and VRBO. The ordinances impose new fees and licensing requirements and prohibit property owners’ participation in peer-to-peer economy services in certain parts of the city.


Uber Just Completed Its Two Billionth Ride

Forbes – July 18, 2016

On Monday morning, Uber cofounder and CEO Travis Kalanick announced the ridesharing startup reached two billion total trips completed on its platform last month. The milestone comes less than six months after Uber hit one billion cumulative rides at the end of 2015, which took Uber more than five years to accomplish. Completing a billion trips in the first half of this year shows remarkable growth following rapid expansion into many countries around the world.


Why Americans Love The Sharing Economy

The Federalist – July 17, 2016

Not only do many workers prefer to take part in the sharing economy, but in the current period of low economic growth it is an essential way to increase Americans’ earnings. More than half of those people who provide services through the sharing economy say they became better off financially over the past year. This is above the 32 percent level of other workers who make the same statement.


Uber Has Quietly Started Using Bicycles to Make Deliveries in DC

The Washingtonian – July 13, 2016

Next time you order lunch from Uber Eats, Uber’s food-delivery service, it may arrive on two wheels instead of four. The transportation provider has quietly started delivering some meal orders via bicycle.