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Peer-to-peer rental: The rise of the sharing economy

Peer-to-peer rental: The rise of the sharing economy
LAST night 40,000 people rented accommodation from a service that offers 250,000 rooms in 30,000 cities in 192 countries. They chose their rooms and paid for everything online. But their beds were provided by private individuals, rather than a hotel chain. Hosts and guests were matched up by Airbnb, a firm based in San Francisco. Since its launch in 2008 more than 4m people have used it—2.5m of them in 2012 alone. You might think this is no different from running a bed-and-breakfast, owning a timeshare or participating in a car pool. What’s mine is yours, for a fee Just as peer-to-peer businesses like eBay allow anyone to become a retailer, sharing sites let individuals act as an ad hoc taxi service, car-hire firm or boutique hotel as and when it suits them. Rachel Botsman, the author of a book on the subject, says the consumer peer-to-peer rental market alone is worth $26 billion. Such “collaborative consumption” is a good thing for several reasons. Peering into the future

How Freelancers Are Redefining Success To Be About Value, Not Wealth In an iconic scene in The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort--the “wolf” played by Leonardo DiCaprio--launches his $40,000 Rolex into a sea of outstretched hands, as eager young stockbrokers lunge for it, nearly clobbering one another in the process. The scene perfectly captures the infamous excesses of Wall Street in the ‘80s. But I couldn’t stop thinking about how it contrasts with the dramatic shift underway in the American economy. The nation’s 42 million freelancers are rewriting the definition of success--and it has nothing to do with gold watches, but everything to do with time. Independent workers are establishing a new way to work--and in the process, they’re cultivating a new way of life. As the availability of the traditional 40-hour-a-week job wanes, so does its appeal. Many freelancers rightly see the standard workweek as a prison of the past. Time is a new currency, and successful freelancers manage, save, and spend it wisely. Freelancers are shaping the new economy.

Risky Business: Cloud Computing in the Sharing Economy The sharing movement is in full swing. Innovative “collaborative consumption” companies are helping pool under-utilized assets such homes, boats, cars and then renting them out as services. With the rise of peer-to-peer sharing, it also makes sense that cloud computing—which is compute and storage “resource pooling” and renting—would also gain traction. But just as there are risks in sharing property and other assets, there are also risks in sharing cloud computing infrastructures. Jessica Scorpio of Fast Company has it right when she says; “A few years ago, no one would have thought peer-to-peer asset sharing would become such a big thing.” Indeed, since the launch of Airbnb, more than 4 million people have rented rooms—in their own houses—to complete strangers. Intrinsically, the rise of the sharing economy makes sense. But to make a sharing economy work, a key issue of “trust” is necessary. In a similar vein, the big target on the back of cloud computing is trust. Connect: Authored by:

AirBnB, la chanson entêtante de la consommation collaborative août132013 Le blog de l'été Durant ces semaines calmes du mois d'août, nous vous proposons le best-of des articles parus dans le premier semestre 2013. La rentrée de la rédaction est fixée au 26 août. Aujourd'hui, un article sur Airbnb paru le 14 mars 2013 La rédaction Pierre en parlait dans son article hier sur l'Internet du moi": AirBnB y défrayait aussi la chronique. Quelle est la raison du succès fulgurant d'AirBnB? Un vrai phénomène, qui s'est amplifié avec la crise de 2008, mais qui doit son essor aux nouvelles technologies et au développement d'Internet. Le web permet de mettre en relation instantanément et avec beaucoup de puissance des individus qui veulent partager une voiture ( un parking ( une machine à laver ( ou échanger un petit boulot ( ou leur garde-robe ( Premier ingrédient : un très beau site Internet. Des questions Articles similaires

Why every leader should care about digitization and disruptive innovation The disruptive impact of technology is the topic of a McKinsey-hosted discussion among business leaders, policy makers, and researchers at this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland. In this video, two session participants preview the critical issues that will be discussed, including the impact of digitization and automation on labor markets and how companies can adapt in a world of rapid technological change. What follows is an edited transcript of their remarks. Interview transcript Disruption everywhere James Manyika: The reason disruptive technologies are very important to all leaders—whether they’re CEOs or policy makers—is because, for the first time, we now have technology affecting every single sector of the economy. Andrew McAfee: By now we’re all familiar with digitized text, digitized audio, and digital video. James Manyika: We also have other forms of digitization. The employment challenge James Manyika: Certainly education will help.

What’s Google Mine is Yours? - Borrowed Planet According to a widely reported post on an unofficial Google news blog the search giant is at an advanced internal test stage with a new service called Google Mine. While Google hasn’t acknowledged the project exists the details reported across several reasonably reputable tech blogs do seem analogous. Google Mine is described as a tool for creating a personal inventory of the ‘stuff’ we own and is to be closely integrated into Google+. This integration will enable various social interactions around the items we list such as sharing, gifting, reviewing and general nosying at our friends possessions. The most obvious thing to be said about Google Mine is that it isn’t about reducing consumption. Google sells information to advertisers and Mine is an apt name for a service that marketers will use to analyse detailed information about our consumption habits – what we have bought, what we want to buy and what we think of the things our peers have bought.

Global Education Sector and Changing Trends Publication date: January 2011 Keywords : Higher education, international student, global education, private education, pre-school, foreign university, secondary education, Vocational Training, Tuition fee, Preschool, education institution, Training, university funding Executive Summary Education industry is one of the fastest developing sector worldwide, generating large scale revenues and employment. There have been major changes occurred in recent past in the structure and education technology driven by foreign education demand, e-learning and test preparation market. Search ReportLinker The Largest Collection of Market Research Reports » 1.2 Million Industry Reports » 450,000 Company Profiles » 850,000 Market Briefings » 40,000 Country Guides From +200,000 authoritative sources Executive Summary Education industry is one of the fastest developing sector worldwide, generating large scale revenues and employment. Key Findings Scope of the Report Table of Contents 1. List of Figures

The sharing economy grows up The sharing economy continues to attract attention as it grows into an ever more significant economic force. Estimates of its scale vary and are, because of the very nature of the sector, difficult to achieve. One estimate put the value of the sector at $110 billion; another puts peer to peer rental at $26 billion. Airbnb, the room share service, is valued at $2.5 billion and has estimated revenues of $623 million in New York alone. Big numbers in anyone’s book. Several things are driving the growth. The scale, potential for disruption and opportunity in almost equal measure and increasing professionalism of the sharing economy – it has just formed its first industry body PEERS - are focusing minds and attention on the wider impacts; not all of it complimentary. Cities are beginning to respond and develop clear policies and strategies to encourage the benefits and minimise problems. And we probably ‘ain’t seen nothing yet’. And the sharing economy will also benefit public services.

The web sharing economy is booming in the crowded streets of Paris Walk down one of the narrow streets of Paris and there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon one of the world’s most sophisticated car-sharing networks. The Autolib electric car system — marked by the tiny, boxy electric Bluecars and the neon-hued electric car chargers — is run by a public-private partnership and currently has some 65,000 users and a goal to have 3,000 cars available this year. But Autolib isn’t even the biggest car-sharing network in Paris. That would be the one created by upstart Drivy, which has around 10,000 cars and 115,000 users, according to Drivy’s CEO and founder Paulin Dementhon. The three-year-old Drivy, like its American peers Getaround and RelayRides, has created a platform that enables car owners to rent out their own cars to local drivers. Autolib, the Paris electric car-sharing network Drivy is one of an estimated nine car-sharing companies operating in Paris. Airbnb has a large user base in the city (I’m writing this from a Parisian flat rented on Airbnb).

Education and Training Industry Global Education & Training Industry The global education and training industry is going through a period of rapid development. Market expansion is being fuelled by demand for test preparation, e-learning and foreign education, reports MindPower Solutions. Due to globalization and a rising level of private participation, customers availing of education and training services are demanding high-value education services. Widespread adoption of internet means that e-education continues to record strong growth and still holds significant exploitable potential. The trend towards studying outside of one’s home country remains a solid driver of market growth, despite difficulties caused by the economic recession. Key Market Segments The world e-learning industry is expected to exceed $107 billion by 2015, according to Global Industry Analysts. Regional Market Share India’s third-level education system is one of the world’s largest. Market Outlook Leading Industry Associations More »

Collaborate Consumption Notes: Examples Formation en blended learning Les rythmes de travail d’aujourd’hui nécessitent de travailler à une réduction des contraintes que la formation en salle fait peser : mobiliser une dizaine de personnes plusieurs journées devient parfois difficilement conciliable avec l’intensité de l’activité. Pour autant la quantité de connaissance à maîtriser ne diminue pas. Bien au contraire, elle augmente, rendant plus complexe l’appréhension de leurs usages combinés. Une formation en blended learning c’est la combinaison des modalités de formation présentielle, en salle avec des modalités de formation à distance. Notre expérience dans l’animation de ces combinaisons nous autorise à conduire des dispositifs dans lesquels les enchainements de modalités sont libres. Pour ce faire : Une société de service industriel souhaite former ses managers aux comportements à développer lors des entretiens.

The sharing economy will become a necessity As the sharing economy takes the world by storm, companies need to start adopting new business models to make their businesses future-proof. Hands up who hasn't heard of the shared economy? Not many. In the UK, the sharing economy already represents 1.3 per cent of the GDP – predicted to rise to 15 per cent by 2016. Globally, it's worth £310bn. Triggered by these figures, companies have started building their business models around the notion of sharing. In a recession, sharing represents a smarter way of living. As Benita Matofska, founder of Compare and Share, explained: “Most studies around the subject often ask 'do you want to share?' There has been a cultural shift over the past 30 years. But what we do know is that we're going to have to share to survive if our constant consumption depletes resources.

Pour une orientation tout au long de la vie "Les identités ne se définiront plus par des positions préalables, mais par des trajectoires", disait Michel FOUCAULT. Nous y sommes. Ce qui fait rêver dans cette phrase, c'est l'idée que l'important n'est ni le point de départ – ni en fait le point d'arrivée- mais le chemin lui – même: chemin que chacun pourrait tracer, libre de prendre des bifurcations, d'emprunter des sentes buissonnières… Evidemment, tout n'est pas si simple, enserrés que nous sommes dans un réseau de contraintes. Bien sûr, nous ne sommes pas tous égaux dans ce processus. Professionnellement parlant, il renvoie chaque individu à la nécessité de faire le point régulièrement sur ses compétences, sur son projet: ce qu'il veut et ne veut plus faire. Ces démarches nécessitent à de nombreuses capacités personnelles: connaissance de soi, recherche et traitement d'information, capacités relationnelles… Elles doivent également s'appuyer sur des informations fiables et facilement accessibles.

You can bet your aaS that data is the key to new business models for physical goods Companies are already building big businesses selling digital assets such as computing (Amazon) and music (Spotify) as a service but the purveyers of physical goods are getting in on this business model too. Maybe it’s a car service such as ZipCar or Lyft or even sharing access to homes via Airbnb or HomeAway; when it comes to physical goods, we’re taking the same on-demand models from the digital world to the real world. Even Google may be getting in on this trend with Google Mine. And as this model matures, data will be both the enabler and a high-value byproduct of the “as-a-service” economy. Given that the real world has much higher levels of friction — from trying to easily get shared goods to the people who want them, to the regulatory hurdles that might protect consumers but can be used to stifle startups — data about where products are being consumed will be invaluable. That’s why a blog post by Jeremiah Owyang at Altimeter Group on the sharing economy got my attention.