These days new sharing economy travel companies launch every week, and I sometimes discover established businesses that I had missed. All of these get added to my spreadsheet of sharing economy travel services. Here’s the summary for April.
DiSwap is launching a new peer to peer currency exchange service. Their service facilitates in-person swaps of foreign currency with people nearby. Currently you can only subscribe to their email list but I look forward to a new entrant in this space soon.
Waze Carpool has expanded into Washington, after launching in California last summer. This ridesharing service has also launched filters to allow riders and drivers to select who they are willing to ride with. Filters include gender, driver rating, connection to friends, and limiting to only coworkers.
GetMyBoat, a peer to peer boat rental network, secured $10 million in funding led by their new strategic partner in Japan, Yanmar.
Tentrr, a peer to peer camping network based in the U.S., raised $8 million in series A funding this month.
BeeRides offers peer to peer car rentals at Dusseldorf and Budapest airports. If you’re flying somewhere for a trip you can park your car at these airports and earn some money while you travel.
Turo raised $104 million in funding and announced the addition of small commercial car rental businesses to their peer-to-peer rental platform. This expands Turo into 56 countries, but it also means most of those places won’t have peer to peer rentals available. This moves Turo away from a sharing economy service and into the business of commercial car rental aggregator.