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Flight Sharing in U.S. killed by courts but now revived in Congress

Flight sharing may be legalized in the U.S. this year with a new bill introduced to Congress. Flight sharing is a way for private pilots to offer empty seats in airplanes to strangers who want to fly the same route. It helps the pilots cover the rather high costs of equipment and fuel. And it […]

Uber expands to car rentals and all things transportation

This week Uber announced expanded services that move them into more modes of transportation. From the Uber press release: “Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a car. That’s why we want to provide alternatives to personal car ownership by bringing together multiple modes of transportation right […]

Get paid to carpool with the Hytch app

Hytch Rewards is a new app launched by Nissan to encourage ridesharing. It’s currently available only in Tennessee, where Nissan has it’s North American headquarters. The concept is pretty neat. You use the app to track shared rides with other users, but no money changes hands. This really is carpooling, but with rewards. For every […]

Bike Sharing for Efficient City Transport

There’s a new service rolling out in a few cities in the U.S. and Canada called dockless bike sharing. This isn’t a peer-to-peer service. But it is an efficient use of resources. First started in China, and very popular there, dockless bike sharing involves using an app to find a nearby bike, unlock it, and […]

Roadie’s Road to Profitability in Crowdsourced Shipping

Americans who like to take road trips could be making extra money off the empty space in their cars. Roadie is counting on building interest in this form of crowdsourced delivery.  Roadie launched their peer to peer shipping platform in 2015. And unlike most other social shipping startups, Roadie secured a lot of funding. When I […]

My Meetup with the PiggyBee founder

I met the founder of PiggyBee in Brussels! I don’t get much credit for this meetup. I actually forgot he lives in Belgium. But, as I do with all my trips, for a recent trip to Europe I listed my origin and destinations on a few crowdsourced delivery networks. I have some favorites that get […]

TravelCar CEO Interview: the future of airport car rentals

I had the chance to interview Ahmed Mhiri, the founder and CEO of TravelCar, over email recently. TravelCar is a peer to peer auto rental business focused on airport rentals. Locals can earn some money parking their car at the airport while they travel. And visitors can rent from TravelCar at prices that are often […]

The good and bad of Uber in Bangkok

Uber, the global peer-to-peer taxi service, has become pretty popular in Bangkok. It started operating in Thailand in 2014. While Bangkok taxis are super cheap, they have some problems. Often drivers will refuse to run the meter, instead negotiating higher prices. And many will refuse to take passengers if they don’t like your destination. Both […]

My (failed) attempt to use TravelCar for free airport parking

TravelCar is a peer to peer auto rental business that recently opened at a few U.S. airports. They’ve been operating in Europe for years. For car renters, this is a convenient alternative to the commercial rental companies. And for car owners, you can get free parking, a car wash, and potentially make some money when […]

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