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 June and July.
Expeerent – a new peer to peer travel and adventure gear rental marketplace. Expeerent gives 15% of profits to charity. They’ve only recently launched so there’s just a handful of listings, all kayaks at the moment. But they are focused more generally on water sports and camping gear.
While reading some news about Jumpin Rides (see below) I came across several ridesharing businesses in South Africa. None of them are new, but they’re all new to me:
Jumpin Rides – a South African ridesharing network (real carpooling, not peer-to-peer taxi services), raised R1.8 million in a recent funding round. The company will use this money to expand to other countries in Africa, with Kenya as their first target.
Car Trip – South African carpooling network founded in 2016
Find A Lift – South African carpooling network that looks like it’s been around since 2009. Lower tech website but boasting over 17,000 members.
TripBuddy – And speaking of new ridesharing services, TripBuddy recently launched their carpooling app in Boston. They’re focused on the work and university commutes initially. But they hope to expand to other cities soon, and attract riders and drivers for longer trips.