Sharing is Sparing

The sharing economy has never really been about sharing. It’s all about paying people as little as possible to do something you just don’t feel like doing: Drive me somewhere, pick up and clean my clothes, bring me dinner, find me news I’ll be interested in reading (OK, that was a low blow). For the startups that have focused on real sharing, it’s been rough going; which brings us to the question posed by Sarah Kessler’s FastCo piece: The sharing economy is dead, and we killed it: “Is it really worth your time to trek potentially 25 minutes to go get something that you spent $15 to use for the day, and then have to trek back?” Maybe there’s another question worth asking: Do we really want the legacy of our tech revolution to be that we invented a way to monetize borrowing a cup of sugar from your neighbor?

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