We've been seeing a rise in applications and services that facilitate communities forming around sharing both resources and experiences.

The notion of collaboration has been on many minds and formed part of many conversations lately. Incredibly related is the notion of collaborative consumption, more formally defined by author Rachel Botsman as “the rapid explosion in traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping reinvented through network technologies.” eBay and ZipCar are among the earliest and most ubiquitous examples.

We’ve been seeing a rise in applications and services that facilitate communities forming around sharing both resources and experiences; AirBnB (nightly rentals offered by locals) and Swap are some additional examples gaining attention. But of course, disruptive innovation continues around niche interests, with new services and applications launching daily.

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