Three Pillars of the Collaborative Economy

Alani/ January 17, 2016/ Moving Tips, New Developments, New Economy, peer to peer moving, pHlatbed News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 0 comments

While in Amsterdam over the new year, I spent some time with Pieter Van De Glind – Dutch Global Curator for Collaborative Consumption at ShareNL. We got to discussing the Sharing economy, global acceptance, trends, scalability, permanence, and the fundamentals upon which it’s success is built upon. Collaborative consumption, also known as the Sharing Economy is indeed the new economy. No 24

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Happy 2016 from Amsterdam!

Alani/ January 3, 2016/ Moving Tips, New Developments, New Economy, peer to peer moving, pHlatbed News, Product News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 0 comments

500,000 bookings per night on Airbnb, and I’m spending new years eve 2015 in Amsterdam as one of those bookings. Fascinating direction the world is taking thanks to technology, and a vision that the world can indeed benefit from a democratization of access. This again is the new economy, the sharing economy, based on collaborative consumption that enables people turn

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What Wikipedia won’t tell you about moving IKEA furniture

Alani/ December 26, 2015/ Moving Tips, peer to peer moving, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 1 comments

If you’ve ever been to IKEA then you have experienced the best in showroom furniture assembly display. However, the way it looks on the shelves and how it looks in your living room are two very different things, especially how you get it to it’s final destination after shelling out money! Here are a few points to note about moving

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PwC Says Traditional Rental Sectors are in BIG Trouble!

Alani/ December 20, 2015/ New Developments, New Economy, peer to peer moving, pHlatbed News, Product News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 0 comments

PricewaterhouseCoopers does some pretty fantastic research and they have been doing some intense research on the impact of the New Economy, the Sharing economy. At this point it’s adapt or perish and we have to take notice. Traditional ways of doing business have been turned upside down. There’s a reason FinTech is the new buzzword…FinTech meaning Financial Technology. This post

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5 idle capital assets you have and don’t even know you had!

Alani/ December 9, 2015/ New Developments, peer to peer moving, pHlatbed News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 1 comments

Idle capital, assets you own that you didn’t know were revenue centers until the sharing economy took hold. Here are 5 idle capital assets you currently own and don’t even realize you had until now;   Extra Bedroom: This can be in the form of your guest bedroom, finished basement, cottage, summer home, or any livable space you can put on

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5 ways to Boost your Local Economy

Alani/ December 1, 2015/ New Developments, New Economy, pHlatbed News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 0 comments

Collaborative consumption has a direct correlation to your local economy, the sharing economy. Though technology has increased access and reduced geographic limitations, collaborative consumption at it’s very core is directly tied to supporting your immediate local economy….everything from food, clothing, services, moving, car sharing, couch surfing, among other things. Here are five simple ways to boost your local economy;  

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5 things about idle capital you didn’t know

Alani/ November 20, 2015/ New Economy, peer to peer moving, pHlatbed News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 0 comments

If you own a car, rent an apartment, own a house, washer/dryer unit, bike, stove, deep freezer, office space, conference room, parking spot, or even a garage……you have idle capital and should be converting it into a revenue generating source. Unfortunately, very few people truly understand the meaning of what idle capital is. So let’s briefly define idle capital from

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Scaling our platform – Fundraising

Alani/ November 11, 2015/ New Developments, New Economy, peer to peer moving, pHlatbed News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 0 comments

As we continue to grow, scaling the pHlatbed platform is key to sustained organizational growth. This goes beyond the technology infrastructure (cloud, network, storage, hardware, integration, applications, software etc) but also our head count. The UI / UX area, cross compatibility, mobile, interoperability, among other areas will always require an increased headcount at pHlatbed…..and any other organization. Bringing talented people

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Peer to peer moving is only a part of the larger Sharing Economy

Alani/ November 3, 2015/ New Economy, pHlatbed News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 0 comments

Intensive warfare created incentives powerful enough to lead to the destruction of old institutions and the creation of new ones to take their place. These occurred with regard to military organization, taxation, bureaucracy, civilian technological innovation, and ideas. The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, By Francis Fukuyama. The above points to the reality that history

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Defining Success in an age of materialism

Alani/ October 27, 2015/ New Developments, New Economy, peer to peer moving, pHlatbed News, Sharing Economy, Social Responsibility/ 0 comments

Witnessing mega valuations (Uber, Lyft, Evernote etc) often makes one wonder if the purpose of launching a startup is a hefty exit. While we celebrate the tenacity and persistence of fellow founders who have built immensely successful companies, we should be careful to stay true to the purpose upon which we set out to change the world. I ask the

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