Sharing economy start-ups are changing many cities

You can park in a privately-owned parking space or use the home wifi network of others

Aaron Hirschhorn of DogVacay which matches pet owners with care takers and is cheaper than traditional boarding/kennels

Aaron Hirschhorn of DogVacay which matches pet owners with care takers and is cheaper than traditional boarding/kennels

 

Imagine driving into the city, but instead of parking in a multistorey car park, you can park in a privately-owned parking space. No need to pay several euro per hour, you can have a parking space for the entire day for cheaper.

Or maybe you’re visiting another town, and don’t fancy pay-and-display parking. You could park in someone’s driveway instead. This is what the sharing economy is about – it’s booming, with people sharing everything from their house to their car to their skis with perfect strangers.

The sharing economy started with CouchSurfing where people travelling could stay on someone’s couch, in the city or town they were visiting.

Then Airbnb and Uber came along and everything changed. People realised they could quickly and easily monetise their assets, renting their spare room on a short-term basis or becoming an independent cab driver.

The sharing economy is big business too. Airbnb’s valuation has surpassed Hyatt Hotels, and Uber’s valuation is bigger than rental car giants Hertz and Avis. Irish cities are behind others especially San Francisco when it comes to the sharing economy, and we’re definitely missing out. So here are nine sharing economy start-ups changing other cities:

Turo

Getaround

Getaround

Campinmygarden

It would be cheaper to pitch a tent in someone’s garden than fork out for a hotel room in many cities. The site lists locations as far afield as Tonga, Fiji and Jamaica, and has spots on every continent except Antarctica.

DogVacay

Fon

Spinlister

Instead of having these items collect dust in your garage when you’re not using them, you can rent them out and make some money.

JustPark

Open Shed

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