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Collaborative consumption, peer-to-peer marketplaces, the sharing economy — it's been called a few names by now, but no one is denying that the idea of accessing rather than owning is controversial — and it's taking the Internet by storm. Peer-to-peer marketplaces, of which Airbnb is the beloved poster child, have been popping up for the past few years, but 2011 was an explosive year for the sector. Whether you wanted to borrow or rent someone's apartment, bike, car, parking spot or random household good, you could find a marketplace to do it. This is only the beginning, though; 2012 looks to be a promising year for those involved with the sharing economy.
Les burgers tombent de partout et surtout du Camion. Ils se veulent originaux, presque «gastro», jouent le produit et montent la barre très haut. Voici les douze nouveaux qui font courir Paris, nous compris. Le Camion qui fume: 8,5/10 Un foodtruck à l'américaine qui sillonne les rues de Paris depuis novembre
After revisiting Andrew Warner’s web interview with Airbnb founders , I signed up on Airbnb.com a few days ago to “admire” its renowned user experiences. I didn’t really plan to rent out my apartment in San Francisco, since I am a die hard “no roommate” kind of guy. I did manage to write a paragraph about apartment, activated the listing along with a few old photos I took for the apartment.
Dans le cadre d’un cours que j’anime à HEC sur – évidemment – la création d’entreprise (avec Clément ), j’ai eu envie de prouver qu’en quelques heures, il était possible, sans frais, de créer une première version (ou version zéro) d’un service web. La solution : le faire en direct, devant les étudiants… et sans préparation sur le sujet même du service. Image sous licence Creative Commons par Earls37a
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it could end up costing Pinterest big money. The Samwer brothers have made a career out of creating copycat versions of successful U.S. websites, gaining a big international following, and selling the copycats back to the original for millions. They’ve successfully cloned eBay (with Alando), Zynga (with Plinga), Groupon (with CityDeal) and AirBnB (with Wimdu). With clone Pinspire, they’ve now set their sights on Pinterest. I wrote about the amazing success of Pinterest back in early December.
Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written 6 books on investing. His latest book is I Was Blind But Now I See . You can follow him @jaltucher .
Location. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is a business-friendly hotel located in Tokyo's Nihonbashi neighborhood, close to Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo International Forum, and Tokyo Imperial Palace. Additional points of interest include National Diet Building and Tokyo Tower. Hotel Features.