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  1. When sharing economy goes corporate: LiquidSpace's work space rental goes enterprise-level

    There's a tension between the flashy, venture-backed sharing economy companies gracing the cover of glossy magazines, and the pure-of-heart collaborative consumption community -- the original sharers, barterers, car-poolers, and couch surfers that feel the term has, of late, been co-opted and perverted with money-hungry capitalism.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

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  3. The sharing economy: One place online where anonymity is overrated

    Back by popular demand is the PandoDaily CEO Supper Club. Since our emphasis this month is on the sharing economy, our guests were some of the trend's founder/ CEOs including TaskRabbit's Leah Busque, Lyft's John Zimmer, Zaarly's Bo Fishback and -- a bit of a curve ball -- Nextdoor's Nirav Tolia.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

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  4. The sharing economy may be the first time verticals beat horizontals

    All you need to see is one full tech cycle to know the company that describes itself as the, say, "Facebook but just for people who eat peanut butter," isn't going to make it. There are always hundreds of them -- many more inane than that description, some less. Somehow they find cash. But almost none become big companies -- fewer still even result in a decent acquisition.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

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  5. Storefront launches its pop-up marketplace to usher in the future of retail

    Ask any well-informed individual what they see as the future of brick-and-mortar retail and you’re likely to hear words like contraction, showrooming, experiential, and online-to-offline. Whether you think traditional retail will die completely, or just die as we know it, it’s obvious that the industry is in for some massive change.

    By Michael Carney , written on

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  6. Amid the mania to quantify the sharing economy, do sharers want to be counted?

    The mainstream press is falling in love with the idea and promise of the sharing economy. First it graced the cover of Forbes, where it was called "Unstoppable!" then the Economist. But there's one big problem: It's very hard to quantify how big the sharing economy is, how much money it's creating, and how many people make their living in it.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

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  7. Realty Mogul proves real estate crowdfunding works with its first completed deal

    There are few verticals in which a dedicated equity crowdfunding platform is warranted. In most cases there is both insufficient demand and not enough differentiation required to justify the fragmentation. Real estate seems like a category where it is well justified. While betting on internet startups and independent films is typically not a wise move for everyday investors, real estate is approachable and has made countless doctors, lawyers, and executives truly wealthy. At the same time, regulatory elements and ongoing operational requirements dictate that real estate crowdfunding be handled differently.

    By Michael Carney , written on

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  8. Crowd Supply: A soup to nuts Kickstarter challenger offering consulting, fulfillment, and ecommerce

    Crowdfunding has led to a number of high profile consumer product launches in recent years. At the same time, it’s lead to more disappointments stemming from delays and unfulfilled promises. The issue, which is especially acute for the most successful fundraisers, is that it’s incredibly difficult to go from a product concept to an efficient business that must solicit, manufacture, and fulfill orders.

    By Michael Carney , written on

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