Out of the dog house – The sharing economy’s latest trick is home-sharing for pooches. Well, no one ever said it was easy to be top dog
After years of playing the nice guy, Airbnb now finds itself on the defensive in some of its biggest markets, and the pressure doesn’t suit.
Thanks to companies like NetJets, GetMyBoat and ThirdHome.com, the merely rich can upgrade to the lifestyles of the ultra-wealthy as the sharing economy brings tycoon lifestyles within reach of some.
Whilst the sharing economy is currently in its infancy, known notably as a series of services and startups, which enables P2P exchanges throughout technology, this is only the beginning. In its entirety and potential it is a new and alternative socio-economic system which embeds sharing and collaboration at its heart!
While services relating to the sharing economy are proving to be lucrative these days, they are also helping users live their lives in ways that they have only dreamed of. How exactly?
Austin’s peculiar e-hailing situation is a Rorschach test, an experiment other cities should pay close attention to, and a battleground over the sharing economy. Will the absence of the two biggest players provide a gestation period for a true competitor, challenging Silicon Valley’s winner-take-all ethos, or is this just a brief anomaly in the tech world’s eventual takeover of urban transportation?