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The Rise of the Sharing Economy

The Rise of the Sharing Economy
The “sharing economy” describes a type of business built on the sharing of resources – allowing customers to access goods when needed. Think AirBnb or Zipcar. While sharing goods has always been a common practice among friends, family and neighbors, in recent years, the concept of sharing has moved from a community practice into a profitable business model. This increasing legitimacy is reflected in the more polished terms used to describe the phenomenon like peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, collaborative consumption or the access economy.


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This looks very interesting.

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Great post.

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For about two years now I haven't been able to shake the vision of buying million dollar homes and configuring them into shared living environments.
As middle-aged singles and even some couples find themselves limited in their ability to prosper and live comfortably on shrinking pensions -- I believe they will be more open to what I call "resort" living.
There are enough multi-million dollar homes out there where people who own them are downsizing.
As those well off owners look to unload these mega houses there are others who are not happy with the prospects of moving into lower quality areas that are often more crime ridden. They want affordability but they don't want to live in crap.

Many are talented and skilled in various areas. Those skills and talents can be channeled in a way that earns a master suite in a mega home.

I have to pull together people who are good at formulating "game plans" so that it is predictable and equitable for me, the investor and them, the stewards.

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Airbnb And The Unstoppable

Airbnb And The Unstoppable Rise Of The Share Economy
This story appears in the February 11, 2013 issue of Forbes.

It isn’t glamorous–on nights that he rents out his house, he removes himself to one room that he’s cordoned off, and he showers at the gym–but in leveraging his hard assets into seamless income streams, he’s generating $3,000 a month. “I’ve got a product, which is what I share: my Prius and my house,” says Larson. “Those are my two sources of income.” He’s now looking at websites that can let him rent out some of his camera equipment.


Four business opportunities

Four business opportunities that remove barriers to the sharing economy

As the sharing economy hits the mainstream it will force businesses to rethink customer acquisition and retention – in a world where the customers, increasingly often, are the business. The sharing economy, where businesses such as Zipcar or Airbnb provide resources or a platform for people to share goods when they need them, is growing thanks to always-on connectivity and real time data.
How big is the sharing opportunity?

Looking around the typical home or business, it’s easy to see any number of under-used assets. Studies of several dozen cities worldwide agree with remarkable consistency that the typical car is parked roughly 95 percent of the time. At home, more than 60 percent of homes house two or fewer people, but about the same percentage of homes have three or more bedrooms. At work, in the server rooms of companies, CPUs are running their clocks on idle at least 90 percent of the time.


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