An panel of experts discuss the new share economy, which is all about collaboration, not ownership.
Walk a block and borrow your neighbor’s lawn mower. Co-work in a friendly office space with other companies. The one time a month you actually need a giant SUV, just jump in the one parked down the street. Born from the woes of a struggling economy, folks everywhere are reverting to the age-old mantra – sharing is caring. The last five years have seen an upsurge in companies and groups that are pooling resources to increase savings, efficiency and green-friendly practices. Peer-to-peer marketplaces like RelayRides and TaskRabbit have the potential to revolutionize how we view both business and personal pursuits, with an emphasis on accessing rather than owning. Hear leaders from the shared economy dish on their visions for the future of collaborative consumption, and how we can all contribute and benefit.
Nathan is the technical architect behind Airbnb. A pragmatist who translates vision and design into tangible product through fast iterations, Nathan uses data to identify and pursue high-growth opportunities. Under his leadership, the engineering team has developed a robust, secure marketplace which now facilitates a massive amount of commerce each day.
Leah Busque is the founder and chief executive officer of TaskRabbit.com, an online marketplace where you can outsource small jobs and Tasks to others in your own community. TaskRabbit is the pioneer in "service networking" - a concept Leah conceived and has since evangelized. Now an industry-wide concept, service networking describes the productive power of a web-based, social-networked community.
Shelby Clark is found and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides. Shelby first tried carsharing when his car died after a cross-country move to California. He loved living a car-free life, but thought carsharing would work better and grow faster if it was "for the people, by the people", a neighbor-to-neighbor experience. So he founded RelayRides. Shelby obtained his MBA from Harvard, where he cultivated his passion for entrepreneurship and social impact. Before Harvard, Shelby helped launch three socially focused startups. He was an early employee at Kiva.org, one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in history, where Shelby provided strategic direction while building internal systems to scale the organization. Previously, Shelby worked at Oliver Wyman as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies on strategy and operations. Prior to Harvard, Shelby graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern.
Liz Gannes is senior editor of All Things Digital.
As CEO, co-founder and chairman of Ofoto, Lisa Gansky drew on her entrepreneurial spirit and experience developing global web services. Gansky and the team worked to develop Ofoto into a world-class consumer services offering which she left once Kodak Gallery reached over 45M customers in 2005.
In addition to her roles at Ofoto and Eastman Kodak, she was a Co-founder and CEO of GNN, the first commercial website, acquired by AOL in 1995. Gansky has been an investor and board member of more than twenty internet and mobile services companies.
As CEO of SOCAP, Cory works with the core team to ensure that the organization thrives and continues to provide value, connection and insight to attendees, participants and sponsors at the intersection of money and meaning. Cory is also the CEO of the Hub Bay Area, a co-working space for social innovators that includes the Hub in San Francisco and Berkeley, an ongoing events series and Hub Ventures.