Collaborative Consumption Archive

How Crowd Service Helps Companies Cope with Growing Need for Tech Support

Home is where the smart is. For a growing number of people, home is starting to feel even safer with the advancement of smart-home technology. Nearly every part of the house can now be controlled, put on a schedule, and monitored remotely. Cameras, TV’s, heating and air conditioning, locks, entertainment devices, windows, doors, garages, and even lighting can be managed by our fingertips from many, …

Collaborative Economy in Europe

The discussion surrounding the collaborative economy is still very US-centered. Examples like Airbnb and Uber are often given to represent the movement. We have created an infographic to show the variety sharing economy companies that are built in Europe. Our selection process was driven by the popularity of the providers, their presence in the media and the amount of funding raised. This infographic makes no claim to …

Sharing Economy: Can More Efficient Sharing Still Be Caring?

Photo courtesy and copyright of John Koch© When marketplaces for services first emerged on the Internet, the idea that you could earn some extra cash for helping others do the small tasks, jobs, or services they didn’t have the time, inclination, or skills to do themselves seemed like a great idea. The idea was part of the larger sharing economy, or collaborative consumption model, where …

Sharing Economy Companies Take A Bite Out of Established Businesses – Or Do They?

How will sharing economy companies impact established businesses? This week, we turn to the question of who wins and who loses as collaborative consumption companies gain ground. Impact of Airbnb rentals on the hotel industry In a newly released report, Boston University’s School of Management examined the impact of Airbnb rentals on the hotel industry in the US state of Texas. The 36-page report estimates …

Sharing Economy Business News Roundup

Airbnb’s $2Million Marketing Campaign, Business Travellers Tired of Hotels;  DHL Crowdsources Deliveries; Fiat and Eni Launch Car-Sharing in Milan; and Uber’s Surge Pricing “Scandal” This week, the sharing economy news showed once again how the sector is growing increasingly more sophisticated each day. As collaborative consumption start ups including Airbnb and Uber refine their marketing and pricing models, we see in Sweden how DHL is …

Interview with Mila CEO Manuel Grenacher Mila on “Swisscom Neighborhood” launch

Today, Swisscom, Switzerland’s largest telecommunications company, launched “Swisscom Neighborhood”, its peer-to-peer tech support marketplace where its residential customers can find local, approved support to help solve their tech challenges. Mila, the Swiss-founded mobile and online task marketplace, is powering the marketplace with their platform. We talked to Manuel Grenacher, CEO of Mila, to ask him about crowdsourcing technical support on Mila, and how corporations are …

Making money in the shareconomy

Making money from the things you own and the talents you have has never been easier. With widespread Internet access available, and with smartphones in more people’s pockets, people are  tapping into peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplaces to earn money from their assets. It works with all kinds of stuff, and during these economically-challenging times, it empowers people to think like entrepreneurs and investors. Through the increasing …

Mila Funding News

We’re very happy to share the news today that Mila has raised 3 Million Swiss francs in funding — or, £2.13 million GBP / $3.22 million USD / €2.46 million Euros. To see our press release, please click here: https://www.mila.com/press/ The funding will help us expand Mila to new cities. Look out too, for the new features we’ll be adding to Mila, to make the marketplace …