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Yahoo has now officially confirmed that it is buying blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion mostly in cash, after reports on an impending deal first surfaced last week. It says it will keep it as an independent company, with founder David Karp at the helm as CEO. "The product, service and.. - 1 day, 9 hours
2 /hr. May 21, 2013 Funding Announcement
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15 /hr. 20 UK Young Entrepreneurs to watch in 2013
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44 /hr. Not your typical multimillionaire
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9 /hr. Register for LeWeb London
LeWeb'13 LONDON : 2 days - June 5 & 6th, 2013
Venue : Central Hall Westminster
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18 /hr. Web2Day allures Parisians with countryside prices and LeWeb-worthy speakers - Rude Baguette
Rude Baguette • France's Startup Blog: Last Week, all of France headed to the city of Nantes for Web2Day, a two-day conference organized by Atlantic 2.0, the Nantes-arm of LeCamping parent a - 2 days, 20 hours
10 /hr. MyPermissions Will Be Presenting On Stage At LeWeb London 2013
We are ecstatic to announce our participation at this years LeWeb in London. Their focus this year will be on the "New Sharing Economy, with thought leaders and key players shaping the sharing envi... - 5 days, 8 hours
2 /hr. Peter Thiel & Founders Fund lead $2m funding round in BitPay
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11 /hr. Corriere Innovazione - L'app di Cupido a Londra
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11 /hr. googleio2013 | TechCrunch
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12 /hr. Data: Sharing Economy Startups Heavily Funded. Focused on Enabling People
Wondering if the sharing economy is here to last? Research data shows that VCs have double downed in this market.
The sharing economy is an unstoppable movement. Beyond the macro-trends of sustainability, increased population, and access to the internet, new research found that the startups are heavily bolstered with VC funding.
Altimeter analyzed 200 global Sharing Economy startups and found that 37% had been funded by VCs. Of those 74 companies, they’d been funded an average of $28 million US dollars. The category has received funding of over $2 billion in just a few short years. Due to this sizable funding, the sharing movement is not likely to go away anytime soon.
Altimeter also found that out of the 200 startups, 68% were focused on enabling individuals (like Airbnb) in redistributing of their owned goods or services; consumers trading, lending, or renting products to each other. Additionally, 22% of the sample market enabled people to people trading or gifting (like Swap.com) without using conventional money. Lastly, only 14% of the startups were enabling companies (like LiquidSpace) to share products and services.
Industry Analyst, Jeremiah Owyang of Altimeter will be sharing these research findings at the LeWeb London 2013 stage, and will be releasing the entire findings of this industry report on this blog and at web-strategist.com
To learn more about this upcoming report and the Sharing Movement, attend LeWeb, by registering now. -
3 /hr. Sharing Is Our Meaning
When you explore the sharing economy, there is a feeling that what people call a trend is actually the opposite. The sharing economy is based on some of our most instinctive behaviors which are more primal than our cultural structures or habits. Its actual rise though is made possible by technology. The digital revolution created the perfect context to connect us to people and organize offline trust-based communities enabled by online networks.
That said I love to believe the rapid adoption is more related to its natural fit with who we are and want to be than the purely logical and down to earth recession argument. The sharing economy is based on trust, community and cooperation. These values are nothing new. But the interconnected world brings them back into our lives. The unknown becomes a playground of discovery. Others become a new connection I share interests with. The digital shift just gives us the permission and opportunity to rely on others again, to reinvent our community.
The temptation to ignore the world is less and less viable. The desire to go towards others is what brings us to life. Living an exciting experience without being able to share it in any way is not as joyful. Even in solitary travel, it is when you come back that you realize how it changed you. The interactions with others gives it meaning.
“Sharing with” is our nature and what keeps us “moving on”.
Humans are one of the most social species as explains Steven Cole, professor of medicine at UCLA :
“natural selection favored people who needed people. Humans are vastly more social than most other mammals, even most primates, and to develop what neuroscientists call our social brain, we had to be good at cooperating.”
Even if some of us can be defined as introvert or solitary, we cannot survive without the others. You do not need to like a big gathering to grow from human interactions. Loneliness can be a needed moment but never a permanent choice. It actually even kills us, litteraly.
Cooperation is the behavior that allowed us to survive. I believe that any innovation is actually deeply rooted in a very instinctive behavior. The experiences or products I become addicted to are always the ones I do not overthink, but live, that I do not analyze, but love. That’s the magic : it feels obvious, like an evidence and quickly we can’t remember what our lives were like “before”. Only an innovation based on our human nature can do that. Twitter, Facebook were a revolution but it is called social media for a good reason: it just pushed the button of who we are, a social animal. Deborah Schultz affirms “Technology changes, humans don’t”. Spot on.
That is the strength of the sharing economy, its roots in our identity and that is and why we cannot call it a trend anymore. It is a revolution.
The sharing economy is not only about “access” to new things, from a car to a room or a free desk. IT is about access to others. Internet connects us to millions of people instantly but do we really know them as asks Seth Godin:
“Today, like it or not, despite the fact that we continue to segregate the places we choose to live by politics and race, the online social network is anti-gerrymandered. Connect with enough people and you can’t help but bump into something outside your worldview.”
The sharing economy seems to go a step further by not only creating connections but community. You have a real chance to know someone you had no clue even existed just a few hours or days earlier. An avatar or profile becomes someone that created an empowering or unique experience. A stranger can create more value than a friend. If the sharing economy starts with a personal need, its growth and resonance are driven by the inherent sociability it implies while empowering individuals. More you share, more you grow as a person. From access to the others, you build a feeling of who they are. Empathy offers us a true sense of purpose as beautifully described by David Foster Wallace in his 2005 commencement speech “This Is Water”:
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.
That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the “rat race,” the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.”
This market’s existence that relies on this value seems not only relevant to the digital shift we are experiencing but to who we are as human beings, period. This resonance does not only create a new economy, it brings meaning to our life. And freedom.
You can never go back from that.
““We must love one another or die.” W.H. Auden -
41 /hr. Want to go to LeWeb London? We’ve got two passes to give away, and a discount code for TNW readers
LeWeb London is just around the corner, and it's shaping up to be a really interesting couple of days in the UK capital. If you want to be there, we've got some good news – we have ... -
21 /hr. Join Me at LeWeb London!
After the fabulous time I had last year, I cannot wait to go back. The second edition of LeWeb London will take place June 5th and 6th. It is, as always, one of the industry’s great international gatherings, bringing together the leaders and influencers defining a movement. I’m always amazed at what Geraldine and Loic Le Meur can put together. The focus of this year’s lineup is “The Sharing Economy”. -
2 /hr. [French Web Story] Cedric Giorgi, co-fondateur de Cookening
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10 /hr. Les start-up sélectionnées pour la Startup Competition de LeWeb London'13 sont...
LeWeb a dévoilé le nom des demi-finalistes de sa compétition de start-up qui se tiendra le 5 et 6 juin à Londres. Parmi elles, trois sociétés françaises. -
9 /hr. company: LeWeb hangout with our CEO
Our CEO, Ingrid Sanders, is one of the LeWeb speakers who hosted a pre-event Google+ Hangout to talk about her inspiration for popexpert and her experience building the company so far. Check out th... -
3 /hr. Inside the MIT media lab - FT.com
I start to walk across a street in a city of the near future. An autonomous electric car is gliding silently towards me, driving itself to pick up a group of passengers. The vehicle slows down – but how do I know it will let me cross the road safely? -
7 /hr. Bitcoin Explained
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7 /hr. Europe’s Largest Tech Conference, LeWeb, Takes On The Sharing Economy
The organisers of LeWeb have announced that the theme for the conference program in London is the “New Sharing Economy”. -
3 /hr. company: LeWeb hangout with our CEO on May 9th
LeWeb, Europe's largest tech conference, brings together some of the world's leading entrepreneurs and innovators to talk about technology and business. We're excited to share that our CEO/Founder,... -
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8 /hr. Lending Web Site Gains a Shareholder in Google
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6 /hr. LeWeb Speaker Hangout Schedule
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