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Turo for Motorcycles: an interview with the Riders Share founder

Riders Share is a peer-to-peer motorcycle rental network. Launched in 2016, they offer a service that is unique in the realm of sharing economy rentals: there are plenty of car sharing businesses, but very little in the motorcycle space. Riders Share caught my eye because I know some people who love to ride and who often talk about renting […]

Airmule offering bonus for deliveries to China

Airmule is a crowdsourced delivery company that allows travelers to earn some money by carrying stuff in their luggage. In a recent email sent to early adopters they noted big demand for deliveries to Beijing from the United States. In response to this demand Airmule is offering a $50 referral bonus for every delivery to Beijing by new […]

Shypp.it Shut Down: Legal Perils of Crowdsourced Delivery

The Shypp.it crowdsourced delivery service has only been around for 15 months, but they just announced the business is shutting down. The explanation is interesting: the company is based in Germany and they ran into problems with German banking law around how they were holding shyppers’ money in escrow. I really like the system of social shipping […]

Flight Sharing Shut Down by U.S. Supreme Court

On January 9 the Supreme Court declined to hear a Flytenow case against the FAA, effectively shutting down the legal appeal for their flight sharing business. This is just the latest development in a long legal battle by Flytenow since they were shut down by the FAA in 2015. The concept of flight sharing is similar to […]

Ridesharing Services 2016 Obits

Ridesharing, a slightly more formalized system of carpooling, is something that never really caught on in the United States. I blame the FBI. For whatever reason, Americans prefer to drive their own cars or pay for taxis, fly, or even occasionally take busses. In other countries, especially in Europe, booking a seat in a stranger’s car […]

Crowdsourced Delivery Companies – 2016 Obituaries

There has been a crazy growth in peer-to-peer shipping businesses in the past two years. These companies facilitate travelers earning some money by carrying stuff in their luggage (or car) to delivery to someone at their destination. It’s a good idea as it can drastically cut the cost of transporting goods, especially globally. There are a […]

Uber in Africa: Great for Tourists, Controversial for Drivers

During my recent trip to Kenya I discovered, from some very large billboards, that Uber offers service in Nairobi, one of ten sub-Saharan markets they’ve entered in the past few years. Nairobi’s public transit consists of some very aggressive Matatu (bus) drivers in super congested traffic. While I’m always game to try local public transit, where […]

Best Credit Card for Car Rentals in the U.S.

This is the last in the series of posts I’ve done on renting cars. I recently wrote about why I ended up using commercial car rental companies over peer-to-peer rentals on a few recent trips. And I also discussed the best credit cards to use for international rentals if you want to use your credit card for insurance. Now […]

Delivering British Shortbread to San Francisco

During the last days of my recent trip to the UK, while I was in London, I got an email from someone on the PiggyBee platform telling me she was having a craving for British shortbread treats and asking if I could possibly bring some back for her. She knew my trip dates and locations […]

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