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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 […]

Crowdsourced Delivery Concerns: Don’t Carry Drugs

Social shipping, or crowdsourced delivery, is a neat system that takes advantage of empty luggage space to get stuff from one place to another for cheap. I’ve done a number of deliveries over the past few years. They all involved me, or the person I was delivering to, ordering something online and having it shipped […]

Potential Risks of Crowdsourced Delivery

I’m a big fan of social shipping, a way for travelers to earn some money by delivering stuff to people at their travel destination. Most companies working on crowdsource delivery have a platform connecting individuals traveling with those needing stuff delivered. Often the traveler buys the item(s) desired after the recipient has paid the cost […]

onPony Interview: Crowdsourced delivery born in Turkey

Crowdsourced delivery is a concept rapidly growing in popularity. Social shipping companies connect travelers with people who need stuff delivered. Travelers can make some money, and recipients can save some money.  There have been a lot of new entrants into this business space in the past few years. Most recently, onPony launched earlier this year. […]

PiggyBee adds secure pay system for crowdsourced delivery

PiggyBee, one of the oldest crowdsourced delivery companies, launched a secure pay system on their website in June. This is a huge enhancement. Previously the requestor and deliverer using PiggyBee needed to work out payment between themselves. Sometimes this requires more than a little trust on one side or the other, like with my recent Werewolf […]

Peer to Peer Airport Parking/Rentals to return to the U.S.

As peer-to-peer car sharing gains popularity, it’s still a very small market. Many people are afraid to rent out their car to strangers. The logistics are sometimes complicated. And in my calculations it’s often not cheaper than a commercial rental. But I remain a big fan of this concept for airport parking. If you need […]

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