“It’s like Uber for X.” In recent years, this line has become the go-to marketing pitch, where X can stand for practically any mobile-based service, from shipping to laundry to valet services to primary care. It’s not hard to see why.
Japan’s “sharing economy” all but caught fire in 2016, inspired by a growing global trend. Overseas giants such as Airbnb Inc. and Uber technologies Inc. have rapidly spread, and some major cities such as Seoul and Amsterdam promote themselves as sharing cities. And in Japan, the private and public sectors have firmly joined hands, with a wide variety of new services on the cusp of growth.
Until recently, you didn’t have many choices if you wanted to create a marketplace like Airbnb, Blablacar, or Drivy. You either developed an expensive proprietary solution like the incumbents do, or you used a hardly customizable SaaS solution, and that approach isn’t scalable. What happens if your startup can’t afford one of these proprietary solutions or you need customized features? You go look for an open source alternative that could open the space for new solutions and modules. Here are four peer-to-peer marketplaces that are working to become the WordPress or Prestashop of their kind.
Peer-to-peer marketplaces are a staple of this generation of tech startups. After Uber disrupted the taxi industry and Airbnb shook up hospitality, the food industry seems like the next obvious area set for change. Combine our fascination for the sharing economy with our passion about food, and it would seem a peer-to-peer marketplace for home cooking is the startup every investor would be jumping at the chance to be involved in.
Over the past year, Australian startups hacked into everything from fintech, fashion and farming to education, and security. We saw top levels of government and big companies shake hands with new founders, and the spotlight on Australian startups intensified as investors and founders around the world discovered the buzz emerging Down Under. As January approaches and the excitement continues, here’s a round-up of five of the hottest trends for early-stage companies in 2017.
With the sharing economy becoming a trend across the world, its development in China is both promising and controversial. The sharing economy first made its mark in China in 2011; today it has entered what many consider its golden development period. Regarding the sharing economy as one of the core directions of new economy, this year’s Government Work Report vowed to help its development.
Pep Gomez, Chairman of NUMA Barcelona, a growth acceleration program for tech startups, has made some tech predictions ahead of the New Year. Gomez, 24, who is also the founder of Madrid-based mobile app Fever, and the head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Mobile World Capital, thinks Virtual Reality, the sharing economy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and chatbots will continue to spread their reach in the tech markets globally.