The Sharing Economy

The evolution of the social web, explains Botsman, first enabled programmers to share code (Linux), then allowed people to share their lives (Facebook), and most recently encouraged creators to share their content (YouTube). “Now we’re going into the fourth phase,” says Botsman, “where people are saying, ‘I can apply the same technology to share all kinds of assets offline, from the real world.’

Twitter is a tool for sharing knowledge. If you look around you will see many more:

– Quora
– Slideshare
– Scribd
– Wikipedia
– Several specialized wikis

Besides sharing bits there are lots of movements towards sharing places and objects as well. These include:
– BnB (bed and breakfast places)
– Couchsurfing ( where you simply share a couch)
– car pooling
– carshare and zipcar

3 thoughts on “The Sharing Economy

  1. Hi uncle. It’s been a while since we’ve last chatted. In the time since we’ve chatted, I’ve grown a huge interest in collaborative consumption, C2C marketplaces, and sharing. I read Rachel Botsman’s book and was inspired by it.

    Our newest experiment, BigStove connects chefs to food lovers.

    It all started out when Vinita and I were looking for an “auntie” to make rotis for us for the entire week and we were unable to find anyone on Craigslist.

    We’ll see how this works. Hope all’s well with you. I still click on most of your twitter links. Thanks for being a great curator!


    1. Hi Ash,
      Thanks. We will be in Seattle in June (most of June). Would love to meet up and catch up with you. Would love to discuss Rachel’s book as well. Right now we are with Sriram in Chicago.

      Thanks for following me on Twitter. It is a great space for discovering interesting things.


  2. Cool, looking forward to seeing you and showing you the latest B@ and BigStove. I haven’t talked to Sriram in forever. Tell him to leave Chicago and move to Seattle for Pete’s sake, what the heck is he still doing there in that awful cold weather? 🙂

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