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Collaborative Consumption – A workout trend!

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Check out the following article on Collaborative Consumption, written by Jeremiah Owyang; not only did I do all of the research on all 200 companies, but also I am a member of a couple of the collaborative consumption sites!  Taskrabbit, an online task network, offers skilled and unskilled labor on demand; Wello offers online personal training!  In fact, I will be teaching a Wello session this afternoon!

Keep an eye out for online Pilates/fitness classes from Rachel Rettman – Fitness. Nutrition. Lifestyle.  The fun is just beginning!

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The Master List of the Collaborative Economy: Rent and Trade Everything

Posted on February 24th, 2013 in: Collaborative Economy, Industry Index

A Research Focus: Collaborative Economy
My next Open Research report  (see body of work) will be on the Rise of the Collaboration Economy.  If you’d like to be interviewed for this upcoming report, please fill out this submission form.   In my career as an analyst, I often list out all the players in a category, announce a formal research effort, then publish a series of analysis, this is part of my continuing methodology.  I’ll also be presenting my findings as a speaker at LeWeb, whose theme “Digital Hippies” is directly themed on this trend.  Thanks to friend Loic Lemeur for triggering this idea.

 

[Collaborative Economy Defined:  A digital system that manages the coordination of buyers and sellers who offer and exchange used products and remnant services]

The Three Categories of Collaborative Economy Markets
Within this market, there are multiple use cases, right now, we see the following three categories:

Market Type Description Examples
First Collaborative Market Manufactures and business owners that are now offering products for rent or barter BMW and Toyota have made motions to offer cars from their lot for rent –beyond selling them.
Second Collaborative Market Often denoted as the “Used or Second Hand” market a consumer may offer to rent or lease of used products or remnant services. Lyft allows for any consumer to act like a taxi, and pick up members of the service.  Craigslist and eBay (disclosure: client) empowers the selling of used products, worldwide
Third Collaborative Market Barter, gifting, or non-currancy exchanges of used products or remnant services. Toyswap allows parents to exchange toys with other parents, rather than purchase products that their kids will outgrow. Giftflow encourages users to ask for what they need, then to help others in the future, paying it forward

Market Rises: Media Attention, Over $2billion in Funding
There’s been remarkable media attention on this topic as vendors like AirBnB, Lyft, Uber, and TaskRabbit have gained the attention of the media.  Even battles against this category have emerged in San Francisco, as well as in Amsterdam on unofficial places of rent.  We don’t foresee this space to go down, as cursory analysis indicates that there’s been a whopping $2billion in venture funding into this category, out of a sample of 200 startups.  A spin out from the consumer social networking category,  this movement will have significant runway before true winners are decided.

Disruptions to CPG, Retail, Service Industry Government
Also, there are extensive disruptions to companies who create products or services.   If this trend continues at the speed of current trajectory, it can force retail and product based companies to acquire startups in this space, or offer products in their own stores for lease or barter.  Furthermore, governments are displaced if the barter economy rises, and tax revenues are diminished as people share products –with no money exchanged.  Lastly, we’re seeing new forms of untraditional currency emerging, including peer to peer BitCoin which is not backed by any federal reserve note, nor precious metal –it’s backed by processing power.

How You Can Get Involved with this Research

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List of 200 Companies in the Collaborative Economy
Using the spirit of this space, I contacted a TaskRabbit (thanks Rachel) to conduct significant research, over 22.5 hours to aggregate a list of startups in this space, from a variety of sources.   This database will be the primary source of a sample which I’ll use to parse out trends and data types for this upcoming report.

  • Personal Services
    • Rent a Friend Rent a friend for family events, social, business, workout, companionship
    • Hire A Boston Wingwoman Your WingWoman will put YOU in the spotlight (help you meet women in a social scene).
    • Airtime The platform for great video conversation
  • Miscellaneous Services
    • Nanny in the Clouds Changing the way young families fly by connecting them with an in-flight nanny
    • Wello Bye Bye Gym, Hello Convenience
    • GetMaid Instant booking, effortless payments, and exceptional home cleaning at your door within two hours.
  • Car sharing
    • Uber Everyone’s Private Driver
    • Zipcar Wheels when you want them
    • Sidecar Connects people with space in their car to those who need a ride
    • Lyft Your Friend with a Car
    • GoGet Get going fast. Never look back.
    • WhizzCar Wheels on Demand (Singapore)
    • Autoshare Keys to Wonderful (Toronto)
    • Stattauto CarSharing – Munich Germany
    • CarSharing CarSharing Austria (operated by Zipcar)
    • Zazcar Car Share Brazil
    • City Car Club Book, jump in, drive away…
    • Cambiocar CarSharing
    • Autolibre Car Share – very small cars, maybe electric with battery packs and stations around France to recharge. No English translation
  • Car sharing (from big automobile manufactures)
    • BMW Drive NOW Premium Car Sharing by BMW i, Mini, and Sixt
    • Volkswagen Quicar Car Share by VW (Hanover)
    • Peugeot Mu Mobiliy Services Rentals
    • Daimler Car2Go Sponteneity on Wheels
  • Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing
  • Bike sharing
  • Ride sharing
    • Zimride Grab a Seat. Save money and meet people heading your way.
    • Nuride Get rewards for greener trips
    • Liftshare Travel Together UK
    • Jayride Travel A to B with Jayride – UK/Ireland, AUS, NZ
    • GoCarShare Life’s a journey…share it
    • Carpooling Join the leading Global carpooling network!
    • Caronetas Smart Rides – Brazil
    • DuckSeat Ridesharing for Events
    • Avego Welcome to Avego, your ride sharing network
    • Amovens Find ridesharing partners
    • Tickengo Click to get a ride
  • Solar Power
  • Toy Rental
  • Textbook Rental
  • Art Rental
    • Art.sy Learn about and collect the worlds greatest art
    • Artsicle What’s Your Art Style?
    • TurningArt Art that speaks for you
  • Fashion Renta
    • Bag Borrow or Steal Heart-Stopping Style http://www.bagborroworsteal.com/
    • Fashionhire Why Buy When You Can Hire http://www.fashionhire.co.uk/
    • Shopittome Your favorite brands. Yours sizes. 40-70% off. http://www.shopittome.com/
    • Love Me and Leave Me Rent or buy designer fashion http://www.lovemeandleaveme.com/
    • Rent The Runway Like Netflix, but with fantastic dresses and accessories http://www.renttherunway.com/
    • The Outnet The most fashionable fashion outlet http://www.theoutnet.com/
  • Movies
    • Netflix Watch TV shows and movies anytime, anywhere www.netflix.com
    • Quickflix Smart Movies http://www.quickflix.com.au/
    • LoveFilm Out of thie world films http://www.lovefilm.com/
  • General Online Rental
    • Getable Equipment rental from your mobile phone http://construction.getable.com/
    • AnyHire Your hire and rental marketplace http://anyhire.com/
    • Toolspinner Find tools in your area http://www.toolspinner.com/
    • Snapgoods Want it. Get it. Give it back. http://snapgoods.com/
  • Peer-to-Peer Rental
    • Zilok Zilok – Rent anything, On-line! Rentals from Businesses and Individuals. http://us.zilok.com/
    • Neighborgoods Save money and resources by sharing stuff with your friends http://neighborgoods.net/
    • Rentoid The place to rent anything http://www.rentoid.com/
    • Ecomodo The marketplace of good returns www.ecomodo.com
    • HireThings Hire in what you need, hire out what you have http://www.hirethings.co.nz/
    • Rentalic Rent anything anywhere (site under construction for another month) http://rentalic.com/
    • RentStuff A RentalCompare Company http://www.rentstuff.com/
    • Open Shed Why buy when you can share? http://www.openshed.com.au/
  • Neighborhood Rental/Share/Market
    • Share Some Sugar Why buy when you can borrow? http://www.sharesomesugar.com/
    • Neigh*borrow Things people need to use but don’t need to own http://beta.neighborrow.com/
    • The Sharehood Meet your neighbors, share with them… http://thesharehood.org/
    • Frents Collect and share http://www.frents.com/
    • Friends With Things Connect with your neighbors. Borrow things from them or share things with them. Share skills, expertise, local knowledge and more. It’s free. http://friendswiththings.com.au/
    • Hey Neighbor! Create your neighbor network! http://heyneighbor.com/pages/home
    • Toolzdo Connect with neighbors. Life gets easier. http://www.toolzdo.com/
    • Streetbank Sharing in your neighborhood http://www.streetbank.com/splash
    • Garage Sale Trail Find sales via your phone http://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/
  • Unique Eperiences
    • Gidsy Find Unique things to do https://gidsy.com/
    • Vayable Book an experience when you travel http://www.vayable.com/
    • Sidetour Challenge the Ordinary www.sidetour.com
  • Peer-to-Peer Travel
    • Airbnb Find a Place to Stay https://www.airbnb.com/
    • Globetrooper Globetrooper helps you find travel partners http://globetrooper.com/
    • Zozi Explore the Zozi Lifestyle… zozi.com
    • Roomorama Quality accomodations for the discerning traveler https://roomorama.com/
    • One Fine Stay Live like a local http://www.onefinestay.com/
    • Bed and Fed …Be our guest! http://www.bedandfed.co.uk/
    • 9Flats The alternative to hotels http://www.9flats.com/
  • Errand/Task Networks (general and professional)
    • RedBeacon Trusted Pros for a Better Home http://www.redbeacon.com/
    • Expert Bids Submit your bids. Get proposals and reviews. Save time and money. http://www.ExpertBids.com/
    • Crowdflower “The World’s Largest Workforce – large, data-heavy projects broken into small tasks, distributed to < 1.5 million on-demand global contributors” http://crowdflower.com/
    • Taskrabbit Outsource Errands or Tasks at the Touch of a Button http://taskrabbit.com
    • Zaarly Life is short. Do what you love. https://zaarly.com/
    • Airrun It’s everyone’s personal assistant. http://airrun.com/
    • Mytaskangel An online marketplace where people connect to get everyday tasks done in their local communities http://mytaskangel.co.uk/
    • Gigwalk Gigwalk connects businesses with the best people to get work done anywhere http://gigwalk.com/
    • Airtasker Find people to help you around the home and office. https://www.airtasker.com/
  • Social Food Networks
    • Gobble Personalized Dinners Delivered https://www.gobble.com/
    • Grubwithus Never eat alone on Grubwithus https://www.grubwithus.com/listings
    • Eatwithme Food. Photos. Writing. http://www.eatwithme.com/
    • Wok+Wine Wok+Wine is the world’s most effective serendipity machine http://woknwine.com/
  • Storage Networks
    • Storpod Your storage search begins here http://storpod.com/
    • Spaceout Your one-stop place for space http://www.spaceout.com.au/
    • Sharemystorage Find a place to store http://www.sharemystorage.com/
  • Parking Spots
    • Parkatmyhouse Smarter Parking https://www.parkatmyhouse.com/
    • Parkcirca Take your parking space with you http://www.parkcirca.com/
    • Park on my Drive Find a parking space http://parkonmydrive.com
  • Shared Studios/Workshops/Workspaces
    • 3rd Space Studios 3rd Space Studios benefit from large spaces and studio members with a range of disciplines http://www.nottinghamvisualarts.net/directory/3rd-space
    • Techshop Build your dreams here http://www.techshop.ws
    • Newworkcity Working for yourself doesn’t have to mean working by yourself. http://nwc.co/
    • Studiomates STUDIOMATES is a collaborative workspace of designers, illustrators, bloggers, writers, and developers. http://studiomates.com/
    • Bees Office Work alongside amazing people! http://www.beesoffice.com/
    • Coloft LAs startup hub http://www.coloft.com/
    • Desksnearme Need a space to work? http://desksnear.me/
    • Deskwanted Find your ideal working community https://www.deskwanted.com/
    • Opendesks OpenDesks helps you find, share, and manage places to meet and work http://www.opendesks.com/
    • Desksurfing Coworking spaces around the world http://www.desksurfing.net/
  • Social Lending
    • Zopa Get a loan today http://uk.zopa.com/
    • Prosper We connect people who want to borrow money with people who want to invest money http://www.prosper.com/
    • Lending Club Investors earn better returns, borrowers pay lower rates http://www.lendingclub.com/home.action
    • Enterprise Den The marketplace for success http://www.enterpriseden.com/
    • Qifang P2P Lending for Chinese Student Loans qifang.cn
  • Social Currencies
    • Ven It’s time for a new kind of money http://vencurrency.com/
    • The Liquidity Network Developing a complementary currency for Ireland http://theliquiditynetwork.org/
    • Timebanks Building equality and caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent http://timebanks.org/
    • Letsystems Local exchange trading system http://www.gmlets.u-net.com/
  • Taxi Sharing
    • Taxi2 Share. Get there. http://www.taxi.to/
    • Taxistop More with less… http://www.taxistop.be/4index.html
    • Weeels More riding, less driving, no parking http://weeels.com/
  • Bartering
    • Ourgoods A barter network for the creative community https://ourgoods.org/
    • Itex Connect. Trade. Save. http://www.itex.com/
    • Bartercard The card that works for you http://www.bartercard.com.au/
    • Tourboarding How to stay and play in China for Free http://tourboarding.com/
  • Crowdfunding
    • Kickstarter Fund and follow creativitiy www.kickstarter.com
    • Startsomegood Igniting Ideas, Investment, and Impact http://startsomegood.com/
    • Pozible Crowdfunding creative projects and ideas http://www.pozible.com/
    • Crowdcube Raising business finance through online investments http://www.crowdcube.com/
    • Catarse The first crowdfunding platform from Brazil http://catarse.me/en
    • Doge Dart Registry New rules for buying your car http://www.dodgedartregistry.com/
  • Gardens
    • Urbangardenshare Urban Garden Share pairs together eager gardeners with eager gardens http://www.urbangardenshare.org/
    • Landshare Connecting growers to people with land to share http://www.landshare.net
    • Yardshare Front yard, side yard, & backyard landscaping ideas & garden design pictures shared by homeowners and landscape contractors. http://www.yardshare.com/
    • Servicevines Cherry pick the best landscapers from your back yard servicevines.com
  • Skill Sharing
    • Brooklyn Skill Share Community-based, community-led, & community-building learning events organized and taught by Brooklyn residents http://brooklynskillshare.org/
    • Skillshare Learn differently http://www.skillshare.com/
    • Tradeschool Helps people find a trade school http://www.tradeschool.com
    • Weteachme Be interesting https://weteachme.com/
    • Floqq What do you want to learn? http://www.floqq.com/
    • Optini Social Discovery platforms optini.com
  • Big Marketplaces
    • Craigslist Online bulletin board http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites/
    • Gumtree UK’s #1 Classifieds site http://www.gumtree.com/
  • Free/Gift Exchanges
    • Freecycle Changing the world one gift at a time http://www.freecycle.org/
    • Giftflow Give what you can. Ask for what you need. Pay it forward. http://giftflow.org/
    • Ziilch Where good stuff goes free http://ziilch.com/
    • Exchango Welcome to the freeconomy! http://exchango.com/
    • Freally An online community that help you save money and environment. http://www.freally.com/
  • Used Electronics
    • Gazelle Sell you phone, iPad or Mac http://www.gazelle.com/
    • Ebay Instant Sale Cash in your electronics http://instantsale.ebay.com/
    • Apple Recycling Program Reuse and recycling program http://www.apple.com/recycling/
  • Swap Sites for Books/Media
    • Paperbackswap Your source for swapping and buying books online! http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php
    • Bookmooch Give books away. Get books you want. http://bookmooch.com/
    • Swap/Netcycler Swap, buy and sell kids’ items http://valet.swap.com/
    • Swapsity Canada’s #1 Swapping Community http://www.swapsity.ca/landing
    • Swap Sites Baby Goods/Toys
    • Toyswap Swap, Buy, and Sell New and Gently Used Toys www.toyswap.com
    • Thredup Just Like a Consignment Shop – But All Online! www.thredup.com
    • Kinderado (formerly Tauschteddy) Second hand children’s clother for parents. From parents. http://www.kinderado.de/
  • Clothing Swaps
    • The Clothing Exchange Imagine a giant clothing store where everything is free… http://www.clothingexchange.com.au/
    • 99 Dresses Gain access to an infinite closet http://99dresses.com/
    • Poshmark A fun and simple way to buy and sell fashion http://poshmark.com/
    • Dig N’Swap Swap, fashionably! http://dignswap.com/
  • Pets
    • Rover Find your perfect dog sitter rover.com
    • Dogvacay Board your dog in a real home http://dogvacay.com/
  • Education/Language
    • EduFire A social learning community http://edufire.com/
    • Udemy Udemy helps students make moves www.udemy.com
    • Myngle Language lessons that come to you http://www.myngle.com/
    • Glovico A social network where people from developing countries can offer their services as language teachers http://www.glovico.org/
    • Livemocha Creating a world without barriers http://livemocha.com/

Summary and Next Steps
This trend is just getting started. Expect many traditional business models to be disrupted as these startups and large companies adopt new methods for deploying and consuming goods and services. Don’t expect more than 20% of these startups to survive as categories will expand and collapse in the traditional innovation market. I’ll keep a continued focus on this market trend over the coming future, please leave a comment with your thoughts and submissions.


Small Businesses Check out Google!

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Google is touring the country with a very cool ‘get your business online’ campaign.  They are offering free websites, as well as seminars and tools for promoting and leveraging the web as a business tool.  Having attended this workshop, it really is a good opportunity to learn new things and they are giving away $75 towards Adwords and Adwords Express!  Oh, and free pens, cookies, M&M’s and other great things 🙂

Some helpful links for other small businesses looking to grow their business online:

These are just a few of the places to begin, and apparently there is a giant bank of people out there waiting to help you set up your Google places, Adwords, etc. accounts.  It is always helpful, when trying to navigate the tricky world of online promotion, to get a little friendly assistance (read: be told exactly what to do and how).

Of course Google is doing this for a reason, i.e. driving advertising to its search engine and customers towards its tools; however, regardless of ulterior motives, as a small business owner it is very beneficial to have a whole day of FREE tools and information handed to you without obligation.  Plus, local agencies such as Mercycorps, the Portland Business Alliance, SCORE, and more were all on-hand to offer additional advice and potential avenues for resources.

Check out a local event near you; hopefully you can walk away with some new direction!


The Importance of Good Posture

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As fitness professionals it is often assumed that good posture represents itself in one way, namely correct skeletal alignment with respect to the plumb line, seen here:

While the plumb line is very important, the point that this article makes is that good posture involves the active use of ones postural muscles.  What does this mean?  Well, postural muscles support our daily movements (these are the core muscles utilized in PILATES class).  These muscles help us to sit up straight, or walk in a bio-mechanically sound way because they support our joints and therefore our skeletal system.  For example, when a person sits at a desk all day the lower abdominal muscles do not get to work, and muscles that do not get exercised stop properly functioning altogether.  Then it becomes the responsibility of other body parts to do a job they are not meant to do, which sets into motion a chain reaction of over-taxing certain parts of the body while under-utilizing other areas.

The point is, we need to exercise out muscles, especially postural core muscles, to keep them conditioned and on call to do their job!  Without them we end up with pain and, over time, potentially serious conditions.

If you live in New York you are in luck: Rachel Rettman will help you move your body in all planes of functional motion in order to preserve and build vital core musculature.  Other things, like food choices, daily habits, and more all go into this topic of posture.

Have you ever seen someone slumped over, stooping while either standing or sitting?  Do they look happy?  Usually not!  Our posture is also a reflection of how we feel about ourselves and the world around us, and proper (and improper) posture sends important messages to those with whom we come into contact.  When considering two equally qualified job applicants, you can bet the person with the great posture who stands tall and conveys confidence will have an edge over a counterpart who is slumped over and shrinking away from the world.

Lesson: remember to stand up, be proud, and most of all exercise those core postural muscles so that you can remain upright and pain free!  Head to our Individual tab to get going on some Pilates sessions!


New online Scheduler!!

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Book appointments with us now!!

 
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We are excited to get you going!


Installment 10 of 10 ‘Benefits of Pilates’

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10. There are Many Ways to Learn Pilates

Pilates instruction is easy to come by these days. The ever-growing popularity of Pilates has put it on the map all over the world. This is good because when you start Pilates training, it is important to start with live Pilates instruction at a studio or gym, and from a certified instructor. But there are lots of ways to supplement your learning once you get going. You can practice at home and you don’t need one bit of fancy equipment, just comfy clothes and a mat.

The ‘learning from a certified instructor’ piece is key.  Because Pilates is not a regulated field with uniform certification requirements (like massage or acupuncture) it is important to check into the kind of certification your instructor has.  Someone could take a weekend course and call herself a certified instructor; more appropriately, your instructor will have taken a lengthy comprehensive course full of hundreds of personal practice, observation, and practice teaching hours.  All told, the Body Arts and Science International certification undertaken by yours truly required well over 500 hours of practice/teaching/observation/class time/studying in order to become properly and comprehensively certified in mat and all equipment-based Pilates.

As with anything, do your homework before you get going on a new exercise regimen.  Or just make your life easy and fill out our contact form and come see us!

 


Current Class Schedule

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Also located under the schedule tab, this is the up-to-date February schedule:

Tuesday (1st, 3rd, 5th one of the month)
5:30pm – Mad Props – Mat Pilates with Props
6:30pm – Group Reformer

Tuesday (2nd, 4th one of the month)
5:30pm – Group Reformer
6:30pm – Mat Pilates R.U.B. (ripped upper body)

Wednesday
11:00am – Group reformer
Noon – All Levels Mat Pilates

Saturday
9:00am – Group Reformer
10:00am – FREE Intro to Pilates (10-15 min.)
10:15am – All Levels Pilates Bootcamp
11:30am – Group Reformer

Sunday (2nd, 4th one of the month)
4:00pm – Group Reformer
5:00pm – Mat Pilates Mystery Core – Rotating Format!

Come on down and check out a class!  There are drop in spaces available and enough to go around!


Online Scheduling is Here!!

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We now offer online scheduling!!

There is a bit of an issue with the code for the scheduler, but the book now button is showing up at the bottom left of the website.  You can find it on the home page, or on the schedule page.  It is there though, and we are working to resolve the ‘placement’ issue.

Groupon customers can access online scheduling off of their groupon confirmation page, OR everyone (Groupon or not) can just come here!  There is a book now button on the schedule page as well as on our home page.

Online scheduling is available for everyone regardless of Groupon status.  Whether you had a Groupon, finished using it, and are now onto regular classes, or if you are just discovering our classes and want to test them out, sign up and come!

You can schedule, cancel, read class descriptions, get our address, and more all on the scheduler.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


New Website

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We launched our new website today!

 


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