Monthly Archives: March 2017

Bike Sharing Apps In China Pop Up As Latest Startup And Unicorn Craze

Forbes – March 28, 2017

Convenient, cheap, practical and greentech, sharable bikes have become all the rage among students and young professionals in China’s leading cities. Why own a bike when you can use your mobile phone to scan a QR code and unlock a nearby, brand-new bike, ride it for however long you want at incredibly low prices (1 yuan or 14 cents for 30 minutes), park and lock it, and then move on, only to pick up another bike elsewhere later in the day.

Seven Delicious Ways To Reduce Food Waste

The Huffington Post UK – March 24, 2017

Over the last year the issue of food waste has become more and more visible. Food waste costs the average person in the UK £200 every year. We throw away a whopping 19% of food we buy, which adds up to 7 million tonnes per annum according to campaigners Love Food Hate Waste. Globally, one third of all food produced is wasted, 1.3 billion tonnes – that’s enough to feed three billion people, say environmental organisation Feedback. But don’t get overwhelmed, aside from planning your food shopping better, there are some delicious ways to help tackle the issue that anyone can get involved in.

The Economy Is Changing And So Is The American Dream

Forbes – March 22, 2017

The model of being able to work wherever and whenever someone wants extends far beyond popular new economy services such as Uber and Lyft . Because of the newfound ability to reach customers through internet platforms, everyone from graphic designers to plumbers can connect with customers and market their businesses more cheaply and easily than ever before. This is one reason why millennials of all political leanings overwhelmingly support the sharing economy.

Car Owners Tap Into Sharing Economy to Help Offset Costs

The Baltimore Sun – March 18, 2017

Businesses that act as online middlemen are increasingly letting people arrange fees to share or borrow goods or services, including companies such as ride share apps Uber and Lyft, accommodation booking service Airbnb, online peer-to-peer credit marketplace Lending Club and Task Rabbit, which matches “taskers” with people who need help assembling, mounting or moving furniture or with handyman jobs.

Co-Working and the Sharing Economy Converge in Short-Term Home Office Rentals

Skift – March 4, 2017

The rise of self-employment and soaring office costs are fueling demand for shared office space in metropolitan areas, with a handful of firms renting workspace by the hour, similar to the way Airbnb offers overnight stays. Vrumi, founded in 2015, says it has 5,000 registered users and 120,000 square feet of rentable workspace across the U.K. London-based Spacehop joined the market last year, as did Breather, a four-year-old company that also operates in the U.S. and Canada.

Why Women Can — And Should — Cash In On The Gig Economy

Forbes – March 15, 2017

While freelance consulting has always been an option for experienced professionals, the new climate of the gig economy is making this kind of choice all the more valid and appealing—both to employees and employers. Mindsets are shifting as the shared economy offers up revolutionary alternatives for workers as well as consumers. Rather than buy a car, use Uber or See Jane Go. Instead of shelling out for a vacation home, try Airbnb. You can even ditch the expensive office real estate and use WeWork.