Skip to comments.Collaborative Economy: Rent or own? The new sharing economy values access over ownership
Posted on 10/01/2012 1:27:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Lisa Gansky likes to share, and usually with strangers.....
She leaves her house in Napa, Calif.,at 7:30 a.m. and drives to the ferry, parks her Mini Cooper, and takes the 60-minute ride across the bay to San Francisco.
If it's raining, she'll pull up the RelayRides application on her iPhone and see if someone nearby has a car she can rent to get around that day, usually for less than $10 an hour. If there's nothing available, she'll open the mobile app for Uber and book a ride with a nearby town car sitting idle,waiting for a customer.
Fifteen minutes later she's at her office, a co-workingor sharedspace known as the Hatchery, which is open to those in the social innovation industry. There, Ms. Gansky manages Mesh Labs, an incubator she founded focused on "sharing economy" companies and Meshing.it,a global share-economy business community and directory.
At the Hatchery she pays about $100 a month for access to a desk, quiet spaces, meeting rooms, drinks, and Wi-Fi. There, she meets with her team two full-timers and colleagues that include investors, new start-up founders, and friends but also with others who share the same space. Those working there also share knowledge, feedback, connections, and problem-solving ideas.
If Gansky wants to meet a friend for lunch and the restaurant is too far to walk to, she'll open up the app for SideCar and search for someone driving his or her car with an empty seat in the same direction she's going, and coordinate with that person for pickup.
Welcome to the sharing economy also known as the collaborative economy or the access economy where tangible things are shared, like power tools or kids' toys, as well as intangibles like space, time, car rides, and knowledge....
(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...
What a leach!!!
I wouldn’t even want to know or meet the creep!
What? She’s paying for everything or getting it voluntarily from another individual - this seems like the pure free market at work.
Sounds like a way to meet new (dangerous) people. Hitchhiking isn't safe, especially for women.
Not only does she have to hustle for her work, she has to hustle to get around, on one side of the ferry anyway.
I believe this is a composite story of several individuals and I’m doubtful that it’s 100% authentic.
Yes you can rent office space by the hour, and you can own time share cars, the example business given is probably something like Avon.
On the face of it this looks like a so-called 1%’er fantasy. Anybody making real and significant money is for the most part, going to have their own office and transportation.
If she`s catching the ferry, she`s likely doing so in high-crime, bankrupt Vallejo... not exactly the kind of place sane people would want to meet strangers. Someday we`ll read about her having been found in one of the sloughs off Sears Point Road.
(If you know that area, that last reference will make sense)
Good for her. though, I think she is KuhRayZee to spend 3 hours a day commuting.
But, if it works for her that’s her choice.
I wouldn’t do it. I have better things to do with my time.
Naw, all that crap is available in the city. It actually makes sense if you are into communal living, where everything is shared.
Me? Skip that, I’d rather have the ability to go where I want, when I want without having to put my thumb out for a ride.
I agree. A lone woman in Vallejo is a disaster waiting to happen.
Hopefully, she catches it at Sam’s Cafe.
I’m a little disappointed in this article. There are some interesting stories in it, but when I saw the title I was looking forward to an article that included some detailed financial assessments of all the costs of owning assets vs. renting or “sharing” them.
I believe this article is designed to mentally (and physically) move Americans further down the road toward socialism - away from private property and the suburbs.
I always love these articles about a small subculture of goofs that then extrapolate this as the future for all Americans. Who does this lifestyle?
Leftist, vegetarian, neo-hippies without kids. They’re generally in their early twenties and in the CA tech business. They’re 100% urban and believe that shared ownership is better.
But, who in their right mind would live this way when you can own a car for $10 a day?
Article: ... a car she can rent to get around that day, usually for less than $10 an hour.
Using a phone app to get rides to lunch with strangers seems very unsafe - rather like letting random people sleep in your spare room because they were benighted on the way to the beach.
Maybe so, but I’d suggest that when you peel away the facade of McMansions, quiet streets and “private property,” you’ll actually find that suburban America is a great example of socialism at work.
Why doesn’t she just take MUNI, or a cable car or a cab?
Shared is better====when you don't have anything.
Then there are the hygeiene and “gaseous anomolies” issues when one goes to pick up on of those ‘share cars’ to ride around in, where one of the previous occupants has left a rather aromatic colon discharged reminder of the 3 bean tofu breakfast burrito he or she had that morning.
Those things can happen with one’s own family, too!
Yes but we “love” our own the best!
What a disgusting thought. I guess you never ride on airplanes, either, or go to public areas?
WTH is the “social innovation industry”?
“No Mom and Dad, I’m not unemployed. I’m an entrepreneur in the social innovation industry.”
I noticed she is "parking" HER Mini Cooper. Why not leave the keys in it she others can share? Catching rides with strangers is looking for trouble. I feel the same way about renting rooms to complete strangers. Having roommates in a college dorm is one thing. It's a more or less controlled environment. Opening your home to who knows who is another.
Thank God I live in the country!
Airplanes are cleaned between passengers and seats deodorized...with the constant sharing of the “share cars” as described here, one doesn’t know what has been done. As for public areas, some are better maintained then others, one takes ones chances or crawls into a sterile bubble as a hermit!
By the way, I was being somewhat tongue in cheek in my posting, yet at the same time remembering a real life incident that happened to me. It caused the definition of pungency to be made very real to me.
There are tons of risks with collaborative consumption.
Agreed. It’s a stepping stone to communism. You own your car but rent it out, own your home but rent out rooms, but there is pressure to share “because of the Earth”, not profit motive.