We are at the start of a sharing revolution ...
The collaborative consumption movement (renting, swapping, sharing through technology) is gaining momentum at a rapid pace and scale than ever before. From Zipcar to Airbnb, more and more start-ups are emerging in this space and NYC is becoming a hub for such organizations.
This event will showcase a variety of local collaborative consumption start-ups with discussions specifically on the sharing economy in New York. Is New York a ripe place for the movement? Can access trump ownership in this city? What are the barriers and what is needed to move this movement further? The event will also explore the different business models of the panelists (crowdsourcing, swapping, co-ownership, and barter) to shed insights on different forms of sharing.
6:30pm: Networking and drinks
7pm - 8pm: Panel Discussion, Q&A
Caroline Woolard is the Co-Founder of OurGoods.org and Trade School, two resource-sharing platforms that fuse cutting-edge technology with community-based social protocols. OurGoods.org is a peer-to-peer online network that facilitates the barter of goods and services between creative people. Caroline's expertise makes her a regular speaker on the sharing economy at TEDx, MoMa, Parsons, and more.
Andrew Hapke is the Co-Founder of Zokos, the Kickstarter for parties. Zokos makes it easier for people to connect in real life - over food - by reducing "barriers to entertaining". In a world where many people are hungry for real life interaction, Andrew and the Zokos team use food as the basis for their platform to bring people together.
Jennifer Lee is the Founder of ClosetDash Shop, a social way to sell, swap and donate your stuff. An escapee from the world of Wall Street, she set out to find a fun, affordable, and green way for women to be fashionable. This year, more than 4500 items have been swapped amongst 500 participants at ClosetDash's swap parties.
Paul Citarella is the Founder of Jointli, a platform for collaborative ownership of luxury items like boats, aircraft, and vacation homes. Jointli connects people with co-owners to share just about anything, and makes managing the logistics of owning a shared item easy. Since its launch in 2011, Jointli has helped people co-own items ranging from jetskis to vacation homes.
Melissa O'Young is the Founder of Let's Collaborate!, an event series developed to inspire and spark conversations on collaborative consumption with the wider community. Melissa previously worked for the UK Government, advising them on collaborative consumption platforms and completed a thesis on the topic. As a former Marketer for consumer packaged goods and now a Marketer for an innovations firm, she aims to use the same skills to attract people towards collaborative consumption.
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Let's Collaborate! aims to bring entrepreneurs, academics, VCs, and different industries together to spark conversations and debates on the collaborative consumption movement. Come to be inspired and connect with others in the community!
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