These start-ups are at the forefront of the so-called collaborative consumption trend. They let people network with others to share or rent what they own.
This mobile app will be launched in November in San Francisco. It will let neighbors and locals find and borrow what they need, whether it’s soccer equipment for your kids or that seldom-used pasta maker. If you can’t find what you’re seeking, the mobile app will tell you what stores have it.
This New York startup started in 2009 with the goal of letting anyone share their knowledge and skills, whether it’s cooking, jewelry making or public speaking. Classes are held both offline and online. “We have dozens of local classes happening each night in local cities across the United States,” says Danya Cheskis-Gold, the site’s community manager.
Rent anything from bikes to tuxedos to power tools from an estimated 65,000 rental shops across the nation using Getable.com. The San Francisco company is quickly expanding and nabbed $1.4 million from investors, including Chuck Templeton, the founder of OpenTable and Marc Randolph, co-founder of Netflix.
This site lets car owners lease their cars to approved drivers with hourly, daily or weekly rentals. You can reserve your rental and in some cases unlock the vehicle using a smart phone app. One year after its launch, Getaround has 10,000 car owners in four cities across the country and $13.9 million from investors, including Shervin Pishevar from Menlo Ventures, Marissa Mayer, Ashton Kutcher and Innovation Endeavors.
This UK startup lets people lease out their driveway, garage or parking spot to whoever needs it. BMW invested in the company last year with plans to expand the service globally. “We have one London church that has earned $200,000 renting out eight unused spots using ParkatmyHouse,” says Anthony Eskinazi, cofounder and CEO of the company.
Think of Lyft as on-demand ridesharing and an affordable alternative to a cab. “It’s your friend with a car on demand,” says John Zimmer, co-founder of the San Francisco startup. A spinoff from Zimride, the largest ridesharing service in the nation, Lyft is a mobile app that uses real-time location data on your phone to let you find a background-checked driver in your area in minutes. The 3-month-old service now has 200 drivers in San Francisco.
Started 2009, TaskRabbit lets you find people available on demand to run errands and perform tasks—everything from picking up a milkshake to cleaning out your closets. With $40 million from investors, the startup expanded to nine cities, acquired competitor SkillSlate.com and has watched the number of TaskRabbit bookings double in the past year.
Sales are doubling every month for Vayable, which connects travelers with locals who are willing to offer themselves up as tour guides. Some sample tours: taking people sailing on their boat, on an ethnic food tour of Queens or guided hike along Lake Victoria. Vayable does interviews, professional background checks and reference reviews on people before their tours are posted.
This site connects pet-owners with people who have the time, space and love to offer dogs while their owners are away. The site vets all of its 5,000 pet sitters, using phone interviews, references and an application process.
This 5-year-old startup lets people buy or rent college textbooks and serves as a hub for college students with homework help, course organization and scheduling and college and university matching tools. The 300-employee company has 30% of college students using the service and more than $150 million in revenue.
Rent the Runway lets you rent designer dresses and accessories for four or eight days. You receive two sizes to ensure the dress fits, and Rent the Runway will handle dry-cleaning. The startup has 3 million members and $32 million in venture capital funding from Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital, and Kleiner Perkins.