Honeycomb 3.0: The Collaborative Economy Market Expansion

The Collaborative Economy enables people to get what they need from each other. Similarly, in nature, honeycombs are resilient structures that enable access, sharing, and growth of resources among a common group. Our latest version of the Honeycomb framework, Honeycomb 3.0, shows how the Collaborative … Continue readingHoneycomb 3.0: The Collaborative Economy Market Expansion

2016 Brings Additional Enrichment, Growth to Crowd Companies Innovation Council

It’s almost a new year, and we have a lot planned for 2016 to help our members grow their Collaborative Economy programs here at Crowd Companies, which we founded two years ago. I wanted to share with you five items that we’re focused on: Content … Continue reading2016 Brings Additional Enrichment, Growth to Crowd Companies Innovation Council

Why a Strong Brand Matters in the Collaborative Economy

In a recent webinar, I joined Andrew Reid, founder of Vision Critical, to discuss the new rules of the Collaborative Economy. The webinar explored three paths established companies can take to successfully compete with the likes of Uber, Airbnb and Instacart: through price, convenience and … Continue readingWhy a Strong Brand Matters in the Collaborative Economy

Convenience as a Source of Competitive Advantage in the Collaborative Economy

In the on-demand, peer-to-peer movement called the collaborative economy, many rising startups are offering convenience to attract new users and customers. In this new economy, Uber and Lyft provide rides with just a few quick clicks on a mobile app–no credit cards or cash to … Continue readingConvenience as a Source of Competitive Advantage in the Collaborative Economy

How To Use Price to Compete In The Collaborative Economy

If you want to compete with startups like Instacart, Uber and Etsy, there’s one aspect of your product or service that you might want to re-evaluate: your price. As we revealed in The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, a report I co-authored with technology … Continue readingHow To Use Price to Compete In The Collaborative Economy

Infographics: Growth of Sharing in the Collaborative Economy

Participation in the Collaborative Economy has grown by 25 percent in the past year alone. That’s one of the key findings we shared in The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, a Vision Critical report I co-authored with tech strategist Alexandra Samuel. As the infographics … Continue readingInfographics: Growth of Sharing in the Collaborative Economy

The Real Mythical Creatures of the Collaborative Economy: Centaurs, Unicorns, and Pegasus

Above: Version 1.1, with updated data. Version 1.0 is available here. Collaborative Economy valuation is through the rainbow-beaming clouds. These highly funded, fast-growing, media-hounded startups are the portfolio darlings of any venture capital firm, while this crowd-based, on-demand, collaborative category enables people to access resources … Continue readingThe Real Mythical Creatures of the Collaborative Economy: Centaurs, Unicorns, and Pegasus

Report: The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, 2015 Data on the Rise of Sharing

The biggest shift in the business landscape since the Internet continues to grow–and established, traditional companies need to act soon in order to compete. That’s one of the key findings in The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, a report I co-authored with tech researcher … Continue readingReport: The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, 2015 Data on the Rise of Sharing

Ten Reasons Why Investors Love Shared Transportation

Half the funding in the Collaborative Economy goes to transportation. By our count, the Collaborative Economy has been funded $25 billion, one of the highest funded tech industries, ever. For comparison, global social networks have been funded a mere $6 billion, which is just a … Continue readingTen Reasons Why Investors Love Shared Transportation

Ten Ways Mobility-as-a-Service Changes Your Lifestyle

Just about everything related to transportation is now becoming automated, on demand, or available to borrow. Over a few short years, an abundance of VC-funded apps have emerged that crowdsource just about every aspect for transportation, car management, and more. The Collaborative Economy has a … Continue readingTen Ways Mobility-as-a-Service Changes Your Lifestyle