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The Business of Sharing: Making it in the New Sharing Economy

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The 'sharing economy' is changing the rules of business.

Why buy a hedge trimmer that you use twice a year? Why not borrow someone else's? Why leave your driveway empty all day while you're at work? Why not charge someone to park there while you're not using it? And if your business is selling hedge trimmers or parking – or anything else people can share – what do you do a
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Michael Layden
Oct 31, 2016 Michael Layden rated it really liked it
Excellent review of the current herd of business involved in the sharing economy. I was surprised how many of the companies mentioned I hadn't heard about.
Alex Stephany doesn't just review the sector from a business perspective but discusses the deeper implications to society and the environment. Unusually for someone who has direct involvement in the sector he is equally as comfortable discussing both the pros and cons of many of the new businesses. It is an excellent well written reference boo
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Arash Narchi
Jul 18, 2015 Arash Narchi rated it it was amazing
There is no better time for Alex's book to be written. The sharing economy is growing locally in many cities and globally for a few companies like Uber and Airbnb. This means many people still have no idea what it is. From consumers and individuals (or micro-entrepreneurs) to founders and investors of these startups, and even the governments included - he covers the whole spectrum of the sharing economy. He also does a good job of covering both sides of the table (including a foreward by Mark ...more
Mike Anderson
Apr 10, 2015 Mike Anderson rated it it was amazing
This book really fizzes: well-researched, colorful and readable, so much so that I finished it in a handful of sittings. It tells the story of "the sharing economy" - a term that I've seen splashed across The New York Times on many an occasion but this book gets very impressively under its skin.

What helps is that the writer, Alex Stephany, is an entrepreneur who runs a sharing economy company based in England. So he's able to give you as reader something of an inside scoop. Stephany has also ma
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Paco Nieto
Aug 12, 2016 Paco Nieto rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed very much reading this book because Alex has a very clear way to take into a journey of understanding everything about the Sharing Economy using real-life examples, using anecdotes. Nonetheless, the coolest things is that in a humble way he tells you his experiences from meeting with key entrepreneurs from top Sharing Economy businesses.

2 things I think this book could go in depth around the business of Sharing: 1) Online Reputation for individulas, corporations, etc., 2) Regulation. E
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Juho Makkonen
Nov 21, 2015 Juho Makkonen rated it really liked it
A comprehensive book on the current state and all the various aspects of the phenomenon commonly referred to as the sharing economy.
Tommy Nakamura
Nov 21, 2015 Tommy Nakamura rated it it was amazing
The book is really informative. Alex CEO of Just Park does a good job summarising the sharing economy.
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