The Ten Types of Corporate Innovation Programs

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Large, established companies are trying on various programs to foster new innovations in an attempt to find the best way to change course for their big ships.

These established companies are struggling to keep up with fast-paced, venture-backed startups that are changing customer expectations — and often causing business model disruption for traditional businesses. To combat this ever-growing threat, corporations are stepping up their investments in innovation and deploying a variety of strategies, as outlined in the following table.

As founder of Crowd Companies, an Innovation Council, we work directly with these innovation teams and have been able to observe and document these types of programs. Often, companies are combining strategies and deploying multiple efforts at any given time. In our upcoming research report on the topic of corporate innovation, we will document how the top companies are leading the charge.

To provide some context for this new corporate innovation, note that we discovered companies are not just investing in incremental product features or enhancements; they are investing in new business models or altering the customer experience beyond the core product.

The Ten Types of Corporate Innovation Programs:

Strategy Description Example
1: Dedicated Innovation Team Corporations often start with staffing an innovation team within the company of full time employees dedicated to developing the strategy, managing, and activating innovation programs. These leaders are experts at internal communications, and are change agents. MasterCard, Hallmark, and BMW have innovation teams dedicated to new business ideas.
2: Innovation Center of Excellence Innovation can’t happen in a single group; without broader institutional digestion, new ideas will falter and fall. Some corporations are setting up cross-functional, multi-disciplinary groups to share knowledge throughout the company. Various retailers and consumer packaged goods companies enable this.
3: Intrapreneur Program Rather than rely solely on external programs, internal employees — dubbed “intrapreneurs” — are given a platform and resources to innovate. These programs invest in employees’ ideas and passions to unlock everything from customer experience improvements to product enhancements and full-blown internal startups that are then launched from within the company. Adobe’s Kickbox program is widely recognized as the leading program; we’ve documented it here.
4: Open Innovation: Hosted Accelerator or Corporate Incubator Hosted inside a corporate office, large corporations invite startups to embed at their physical locations and provide them funding, corporate support, and other perks. This brings innovative startups inside a large company for everything from overnight hackathons to long-term programs. Other variations include online open-innovation programs that request — and often reward — ideas from the crowd. Allianz Digital Labs in Munich hosts startups, and GE Garages enables startups to partner.
5: Innovation Tours Frequently inspiration comes from outside, not within. Corporate leaders tour innovative organizations, companies, and regions to discover trends in various industries, learn from speakers, meet partners, and be inspired as they immerse themselves in innovation culture. European-based WDHB and Nexxworks tour executives in Silicon Valley and beyond –I’m a frequent speaker at their events.
6: Innovation Outpost A dedicated physical office, such as in Silicon Valley or wherever innovation happens in their market, staffed with corporate innovation professionals whose job is to sense what’s occurring in a market, connect with local startups, and integrate programs back into the corporate HQ. Some of them host partners, events, and startups, thereby spreading the function to Internal Accelerator programs. An Innovation Outpost is typically managed by employees — unlike an External Accelerator, which is run by a third party. Swisscom, Vodafone, and Nestle have opened Silicon Valley outposts. Read Evangelos Simoudis’ blog for insights.
7: External Accelerator Corporations partner with third-party accelerators to provide sponsorship and/or funding in exchange for relationships with startups and integration opportunities. Corporate innovation professionals often embed themselves in Accelerator offices, fostering relationships with local startups. These External Accelerators are run by third parties — unlike Innovation Outposts, which are managed by employees. Plug and Play, Singularity University, Rocketspace, Runway, 500 Startups, Betaworks, and more.
8: Technology Education, University Partnership Corporations can tap into new graduates, early-stage projects and companies, and the network of an established educational institution. In addition to traditional universities, there are new private versions opening up that are dedicated solely to technology training, like Galvanize and General Assembly. General Assembly, Galvanize, and most tech- or business-focused universities.
9: Investment Many corporations place bets among the startup ecosystem, with both small amounts for early-stage startups and larger amounts of corporate funding that yields market data, creates opportunities for follow-on investments, and blocks competitors. Intel Capital is a leader in direct corporate investments.
10: Acquisition Rather than build innovation from the inside, many corporations acquire successful startups and then integrate. While often expensive, the startup is often already successful, and the acquisition can help the startup scale further. As one example, Dollar Shave Club was purchased by Unilever for a reported $1B.

 

In summary, corporations don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to helping their company activate new ways of doing business. They will deploy multiple forms, at different times, with varying degrees of success.

What’s very interesting is that a majority of these examples are “outside-in” innovation, where companies are drawing knowledge, resources, or expertise from groups outside their own company.

Because most of these programs rely on external innovations, organizational alignment is key to helping companies digest market changes.

Stay tuned for further insights as we prepare to publish our report on corporate innovation this fall, and please leave a comment if we’ve left out a strategy — or need to modify an existing one.

Update: Additional tips from Savannah Peterson

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“BMW Welcomes” Explores the Future of Mobility (Video)

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What moves us tomorrow?

That’s the question BMW posed to its expert speakers at BMW Welcomes, held at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, on June 23. where I served as emcee of event. BMW Welcomes gathers transportation futurists from around the globe to examine topics from Hyperloop to space travel.

In this video you’ll learn:

  • What is the future of mobility?
  • How is the space industry going to enable change?
  • How will Hyperloop going to change transportation?
  • And more.

What ensued was riveting conversation about the future of mobility and how major automotive players and international technology innovators are rethinking car ownership in favor of new transportation innovation and sharing behaviors. The Collaborative Economy will play a role, though it’s only a starting point for change. The future goes beyond self-driving cars, holding promise for a complete transformation of all aspects of society and transportation.

Event speakers included:

  • Frank Salzgeber, Head of Technology Transfer Program Office, European Space Agency
  • Daniel Wiegand, Startup presentation: Lilium aviation
  • Dirk Ahlborn, CEO Hyperloop
  • Mariana Avezum, Startup presentation: WARR Hyperloop
  • Oliver Heilmer, Head of Interior Design BMW, BMW Group

BMW defines “Future Mobility” as the way we will transport ourselves in the future by significantly increasing range, speed, and acceleration of our journeys, while simultaneously reducing cost and environmental damage. Watch the entire event below for more insight into the projects that will shape our lives forever.

Market Snapshot: Crowd-based Insurance Startups on the Rise

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Above Image: Crowd Companies has identified more than a dozen crowd-based insurance startups emerging from financial industry hotbeds like London, more will emerge from each region.

Crowd- and peer-based business models have impacted the hospitality industry, transportation space, financial sector, and other industries as indicated within the latest Collaborative Economy Honeycomb 3.0.

We’re now seeing the rise of a growing set of startups in the insurance industry that are enabling P2P, pro-rata coverage or crowd-based models that leverage the crowd. These emerging insurance tech startups include mostly peer-to-peer offerings, with a handful that are also improving the delivery of insurance through new technologies.

P2P insurance allows for more people to be insured by aiding underserved markets. It provides coverage for gig workers in the collaborative economy, while collective purchasing yields preferential pricing (or even funds returned) to those subscribed to peer-based insurance programs. With most of the emerging startups acting as brokers, the insurance carrier startups are still forthcoming in the insurance world. Lemonade is a clear example of this (though they’ve yet to launch).

There are several companies popping up for specialized insurance, too. From insuring cyclists to pet owners, and one––Bought By Many––that specializes in ‘long tail’ insurance. This means insure those items that aren’t often insured. Then, there’s Trōvthat provides ‘on-demand’ insurance, for those who want to insure in the moment by simply snapping a pic in the app, granting fast coverage. It’s coverage for when people seek access over ownership.

The map above of crowd-based insurance startups isn’t complete; there are more emerging, and we expect for each geographic region to develop their own capabilities. See the table below for additional details.

Sample of Crowd-Based Insurance Startups: 

Startup Category Description
OnSource On-Demand Inspection On-demand visual inspection by a group of independent crowd workers
trov On-Demand Insurance On-demand protection for belongings – home, auto, personal property. Easy to turn on/off.
Tong Ju Bao P2P Broker TongJuBao is a P2P insurance platform that helps its users manage risks. TongJuBao was developed by QiBao Investment Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, a WOFE (wholly owned foreign entity) and is ultimately controlled by its French founder, Tang Loaec. (CB Insights)
Broodfonds P2P Insurance – Crowdfunding Group of freelancers crowdfunding each other’s sick leave
PeerCover P2P Insurance – Crowdfunding Join group, pay fee upfront, users decide if claims are fair and can get up to 5x your balance to cover claims. ‘Crowdfunded cover’
MetroMile Pay-Per-Mile Auto Insurance Metromile is a car insurance startup that offers pay-per-mile insurance and a driving app. It is currently the only company offering pay-per-mile insurance in the United States.
CommonEasy P2P Insurance Broker CommonEasy is a peer-to-peer insurance platform that utilizes the power of the crowd to collectively insure and protect material possessions, homes, and livelihoods.
Besure P2P Insurance Broker Peer-to-peer risk sharing for property insurance, not currently launched.
Friendsurance P2P Insurance Broker Pools users into small groups. Brokers with 60 insurance partners.
Inspeer P2P Insurance Broker Users form small groups for auto, motorcycle, and home insurance. Users pledge to cover up to a certain amount.
Guevara P2P Insurance Broker – Auto Pools friends and acquaintances, or other small groups, for car insurance.
Gather P2P Insurance Broker – Business Business insurance shared across a group/community.
Bought By Many P2P Insurance Broker – Long-Tail Works with insurers to develop policies and negotiate discounts for long-tail insurance needs like pet insurance, cyclist insurance, etc.
SafeShare P2P Ins Broker – Share Econ Develop insurance products and partner with sharing economy businesses to offer users and providers insurance solutions. Work to fill in the gaps of insurance for Sharing Economy providers and users.
Cycle Syndicate P2P Insurance Carrier – Cyclists Bike insurance shared over a small group. Insurance held by cycle syndicate.
Lemonade P2P Insurance Carrier Lemonade is peer-to-peer insurance and one of the only carriers, but they’ve yet to launch. Groups of policyholders pay premiums into a claims pool, and if money is left at the end of the policy period, they get refunds.
Uvamo P2P Insurance Carrier Uvamo, which plans to launch by the end of the year, aims to cut administrative costs by offering property and casualty insurance direct to consumers online. Those policies can then be diversified and grouped into a pool, which collects all the premiums paid by the policyholders. -CNBC

 

Additional Resources:

Want to inspire Intrapreneurship in your company? Open this box

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Can you let your employees take charge of innovation – with little managerial oversight? When employees are empowered to make a difference on their own – to lead rather than follow a managerial directive – the innovation process takes on a life of its own.

Adobe Kickbox, a physical box of practical tools and resources for employees to innovate rapidly and independently, fosters innovation in every pocket of the company. It helps capture grassroots innovation happening at the edges of the internal network.

At more than 11,000 employees, Adobe is a large software company in the heart of Silicon Valley. Such companies can struggle to keep talent when the best and brightest are often lured away by promises of lucrative start-ups and entrepreneurship. By focusing on fostering intrapreneurship in its employee base, Adobe offers the empowerment needed to keep staff engaged and challenged while directly contributing to product R&D and company growth.

Although today Adobe Kickbox can be used by any company, it originally began as the sole innovation process used at Adobe since 2012.
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Since its inception, more than a thousand new ideas have been prototyped using the Kickbox process. Once Adobe realised the potential for Kickbox to support innovation in all companies, it began offering its resources free for download at Kickbox.Adobe.com. Thousands of companies and organizations have already downloaded the kit in multiple languages.

What, exactly, makes Kickbox so different and so successful? Adobe Kickbox pulls employee innovation out of people’s brains and into action, using the following tools in a training session:

  • Prepaid credit card with $1,000 for project research and proof-of-concept (empowerment)
  • Starbucks gift card (caffeine)
  • Chocolate bar (sugar)
  • Complete directions for Adobe’s innovation process (some structure)

Once an Adobe employees completes the final phase of the innovation process directions, they’re then awarded a “Blue Box” (with its secret contents undisclosed) and assigned an executive sponsor to bring their ideas to fruition. Your guess is good as mine, as what’s in there – but that desire to get to the next level will drive motivation.

How to ensure quality ideas while still “failing fast”

The goal of the Adobe Kickbox innovation process is to increase the rate of failure by making small bets on ideas in a really fast, decentralized way. It intentionally “breaks” all of a company’s processes and requires leaders to completely rethink their innovation funnel. But, in the end, it will result in diverse ideas and products that customers actually want. To fail fast, employees follow the Kickbox’s six steps to innovation.

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  1. Inception. Motivating Innovation of new ideas.
  2. Ideate. Brainstorming to come up with new ways to help customers and employees.
  3. Improve. Polishing Ideas to refine before taking to market.
  4. Investigate. Talk to customers and test directly. (This is often where the $1,000 prepaid card comes in, as employees create a proof of concept to show that customers would want and adopt their idea. This may include advertising, A/B testing, or hiring the crowd to build a prototype.)
  5. Iterate. Evolve hypothesis based on findings from the investigation.
  6. Infiltrate. Pitch to management. (The final pitch in step six must end with a request for money – budget/resources – in order to secure c-suite commitment. Those with hard numbers from the tests stand to gain more traction)

Using this process, Kickbox teaches people to innovate when there is no innovation programme within the company. It requires no infrastructure, no leadership review and deliberation, and comes with complete directions. To ensure quality of ideas, Adobe also requires employees utilizing Kickbox to first attend an instructional class, a foundational course many other companies have since replicated.

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Kickbox innovation requires complete commitment, even to points of contention

In order for Kickbox to be successful within an organisation, companies must adopt the six-step process fully, without exception. In a Crowd Companies innovation council call, Mark Randall, VP of Creativity at Adobe, shared three big points of contention that companies most struggle with in Kickbox adoption:

  1. It must be open to all employees. Kickbox won’t be successful if it doesn’t embrace the fact that a good idea can come from anywhere, in any department, not just marketing or product development.
  2. Employees are empowered to pursue any idea. The empowerment for all employees to explore democratises innovation and puts trust into action.
  3. Intrapreneurs must receive “no-look funding” in the amount of $1,000. This is a critical part of the “special sauce” that makes Kickbox successful. It’s a significant risk to invest in ideas blindly, but Adobe found that people spent their money much more carefully than they did using normal budgetary allocation.

Kickbox inspires profound changes in employee behavior and their relationship to the company. You can download Adobe Kickbox here to begin the full innovation process today.

I’ve worked with Adobe for many years, and they’re currently a customer of my company, Crowd Companies, an innovation council.

This was originally posted on the Virgin business blog.

Collaborative Economy Market Contraction Signals Maturity

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Above Image: a butterfly emerges after contracting in a cocoon.

You’ve probably read the article from Salon, with its sarcastic title and detailing of several failed on-demand, Collaborative Economy startups. A few people asked for my thoughts

First, our data shows that the Collaborative Economy movement is here to stay,. We see people increasingly adopting sharing behaviors , startups like Uber are profitable in the United States, and the UK government is  offering a tax credit for people who participate in it. It’s not going away––but we do need to cull the herd.

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Second, signs point to the fermented froth fizzing out as we enter Phase 4 of tech market maturation: Contraction…

The Collaborative Economy Market is Changing:

Too many damn startups are doing the same damn thing. Lisa Gansky’s massive directory of startups in this space tallies at a whopping 9,703 startups. In our latest Honeycomb 3.0, we reviewed 450 startups, but only about 250 made the cut. We found many startups doing the exact same thing as others, often in the same regional area! Take San Francisco’s recent valet app market, for example: there’s Zirx, Luxe, and Carbon all fighting for me to download their app so they can park my car in the city’s insane downtown area.

VC welfare strings are starting to tighten. The Salon article refers to investment funding as “VC welfare,” which gave me a chuckle.it’s true; this market has been funded plenty, as shown in our massive spreadsheet on funding. It indicates that, in previous years, there’s been a total of $28 billion in VC funding poured into this market. Why is this? VCs wanted to see market traction (even if the startups weren’t in the black), and they were hoping to fund the next “unicorn,” which there are dozens in this market. On my analysis post on VentureBeat, we found that much of the funding centralized last year on the billion dollar unicorns––although I’m expecting the rest of 2016 to soften on VC funding.

Startups are disappearing or consolidating. There have been quite a few companies that have fallen off the Collaborative Economy honeycomb, including Homejoy, Sidecar, TheStorefront, Zirtual, Spoonrocket, and others listed in the Salon article. With that said, there were acquisitions as the market merged, including: Blablacar acquired Carpooling.org, Expedia acquired HomeAway, Outerwall acquired Gazelle, and defunct Sidecar sold its assets to GM.

What it Means to Enter the Contraction Phase

This is normal, alike every tech cycle. I’ve been in Silicon Valley for nearly 20 years and have experienced three tech cycles: dotcom, social media/web 2.0, and now the Collaborative Economy. In each phase, we see the same patterns of market initiation, massive funding of clones, a shakeout, the consolidation, integration, and then maturation. The Gartner Hype cycle’s universal framework indicates we’re now near the “Trough of Disillusionment,” and preparing for the “Slope of Enlightenment” which suggests market maturity with fewer players.

Market consolidation means the leaders will get even more acceleration. The Honeycomb graphic, is our attempt at representing global startups in each sector, sorted by industry hexes. We had to prune out existing startups as some hexes like Transportation, Space, and Money were so crowded with clones, they wouldn’t all fit. Furthermore, as startups hit the deadpool, the remaining startups would gain even more acceleration as they can clinch more of the market––making it even more difficult for new entrants. If a startup is in the lead –they’re likely to stay in the lead.

The market is scrutinizing profitability of startups, as we enter this next phase. While investments are still occurring, the rate of heavy investments in 2015 seems to be slowing. In earlier market phases, startups were rewarded with large valuations for market adoption––but not measured on profitability or to get “in the black”. Now, the Collaborative Economy startups will need to make their balance sheets work in order to get closer to their gigantic valuations.

So what does the future hold?

Expect a Honeycomb with just about the same amount of hexes, but we’ll see less logos in each hex as the market weens off performance strugglers. Perhaps we’ll make the logos larger of the dominant players as these startups continue to integrate. They’re already integrating within city landscapes, brokering with governments and partnering with large corporations for business deals. Soon, we’ll be entering the next phase: Normalization.

(Image used with creative commons license from Morgan Schmorgan)

Honeycomb 3.0: The Collaborative Economy Market Expansion

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The Collaborative Economy enables people to get what they need from each other. Similarly, in nature, honeycombs are resilient structures that enable access, sharing, and growth of resources among a common group. Our latest version of the Honeycomb framework, Honeycomb 3.0, shows how the Collaborative Economy market has grown to include new applications in Reputation and Data, Worker Support, Mobility Services, and the Beauty Sector.

Get the Honeycomb: Register to Receive a High-Res Version
This is a market map to help you understand how every industry can benefit from the Collaborative Economy by partnering with new startups. Advance to the registration page, or click on the image below to see the larger version.

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Our Research and Design Process
Honeycomb 3.0 was a large undertaking. At least 460 startups were reviewed, and 280 were chosen to be included in Honeycomb 3.0.

We researched and analyzed the impacts of new startups within the sharing economy since the publishing of Honeycomb 2.0 in December 2014 (and, before that, the original Honeycomb in May 2014). This time around, we specifically focused more on international startups, startups that are on the upswing, and those receiving a lot of funding. The goal was to take a current snapshot of the “A-list” companies in the space.

Determining which startups to include required reviewing vendors included in previous Honeycomb versions, startups included in our funding spreadsheet, the overall market, and suggestions from our network. Each startup that was considered was evaluated separately for meeting sharing economy criteria, its relevance to the market, its function, and location.

This process led to uncovering new trends in the sharing economy and establishing new categories, subcategories, and some re-organization of previously established categories. There was also some startups from previous Honeycomb versions that no longer exist or had been cannibalized, so they were removed.

Honeycomb 3.0 is not intended to be a complete market picture, as there are thousands of other startups out there. We chose those that we found best met our criteria. You can use the blank template below to fashion your own version, too.

Make Your Own Honeycomb, with this Blank Template

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You can create your own honeycomb, for your specific region or industry sub-category, or simply one that’s focused on your view of the world. We’d love to share it, collaborate, and make this a resource for everyone.

Additional Resources

 Startups and Services featured in the infographic:

Analytics and Reputation
Driver Services
Ridescout http://www.ridescout.com
What’s the Fare http://www.whatsthefare.com/
Identity and Reputation
eRated http://www.erated.co
HireRight http://www.hireright.com/
Karma https://havekarma.com
Onfido https://onfido.com/us
Traity https://traity.com/
TrustCloud https://trustcloud.com
Veridu https://veridu.com
Vijilent http://www.vijilent.com
Renter Services
Beyond Pricing https://beyondpricing.com/
Everbooked https://www.everbooked.com/
Kigo (RateCoaster) http://kigo.net/
Smart Host http://vr.smarthost.me/
Corporations & Organizations
Employee Services
Slice Rides http://www.slicerides.com
Twogo https://www.twogo.com
Platforms
Button http://www.usebutton.com
Cloud Commerce Factory http://www.cloudcommercefactory.com/
Crowdtap http://home.crowdtap.com/
eYeka https://en.eyeka.com/
Innoverne http://www.innoverne.com/
Juggernaut http://nextjuggernaut.com
Marketplacer http://marketplacer.com/
Mila https://www.mila.com/
Nearme http://near-me.com
Sharetribe https://www.sharetribe.com/
Tilt https://www.tilt.com
Supply Chain
Cargomatic https://www.cargomatic.com
LocalMotion https://www.getlocalmotion.com
WoNoLo http://wonolo.com
Food
Food Delivery
Farmigo http://www.farmigo.com/
GrubMarket https://www.grubmarket.com/
Saucey https://sauceyapp.com/
SpoonRocket https://www.spoonrocket.com/
Sprig https://www.sprig.com/
UberEats https://ubereats.com/eats/sf/
Shared Food
Bon Appetour https://www.bonappetour.com/
Eatwith http://www.eatwith.com
Feastly https://eatfeastly.com
Leftoverswap http://leftoverswap.com
Mealsharing https://www.mealsharing.com
Vizeat https://www.vizeat.com
Shared Food Prep
Barnraiser https://www.barnraiser.us/
Kitchen Surfing https://www.kitchensurfing.com
Kitchit http://www.kitchit.com
Munchery https://munchery.com
Rub & Stub http://spisrubogstub.dk/en/
The Food Assembly https://laruchequiditoui.fr/en
Goods
Loaner Products
Bagborrowsteal http://www.bagborroworsteal.com
Hey, Neighbor! http://web.heyneighbor.chat/
Open Shed http://www.openshed.com.au/
Peerby https://www.peerby.com/
Pley https://www.pley.com
RentTheRunway https://www.renttherunway.com
Rocksbox https://www.rocksbox.com
Maker Movement
Brit + Co https://www.brit.co/
CustomMade http://www.custommade.com
Etsy https://www.etsy.com
Make http://makezine.com/
Maker’s Row http://makersrow.com/
Shapeways http://www.shapeways.com
Techshop http://techshop.ws
The Grommet https://www.thegrommet.com
Pre-Owned Goods
Craigslist http://sfbay.craigslist.org
Ebay http://www.ebay.com
Kijiji http://www.kijiji.ca
Moveloot https://www.moveloot.com
OfferUp https://offerupnow.com/
Poshmark https://poshmark.com/
TradeMe http://www.trademe.co.nz
Wallapop http://us.wallapop.com/
WarpIt https://www.warp-it.co.uk
Yerdle https://yerdle.com
Health
P2P
Bemyeyes http://www.bemyeyes.org/
CoHealo http://cohealo.com
Crowdmed https://www.crowdmed.com/
Helparound http://helparound.co
Services
Curbside Care https://www.curbsidecare.co/
Dispatch Health https://www.dispatchhealth.com/
Doctor on Demand http://www.doctorondemand.com/
Eaze http://www.eazeup.com
Heal http://getheal.com
Medicast https://www.medicast.co
Medneo http://medneo.de
MedZed http://www.mymedzed.com/
Pager https://pager.com/
RetraceHealth https://retracehealth.com/
Stat http://signup.stat.com
Learning
Book sharing
Chegg http://www.chegg.com
Sidewalk http://www.gosidewalk.com/
Zookal https://www.zookal.com/
Instructor-Led
Coursera https://www.coursera.org
Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org
SimpliLearn http://www.simplilearn.com
Thinkful http://www.thinkful.com/
Udacity https://www.udacity.com
Udemy udemy.com/about/
Peer-to-Peer
Gibbon https://gibbon.co
Instructables http://www.instructables.com
Maven http://www.maven.co
P2P University https://p2pu.org/en/
Sharing Academy http://sharingacademy.com
Skillshare http://www.skillshare.com
uTest https://www.utest.com/
Logistics
Local Delivery
Deliv https://www.deliv.co
Favor https://favordelivery.com/
Ghosttruck http://www.ghostruck.com
Instacart https://www.instacart.com
Kanga http://getkanga.com
Lugg http://lugg.com/
Postmates https://postmates.com
Shadowfax http://shadowfax.in/
UberRUSH http://blog.uber.com/RUSH
Shipping
BellHops https://getbellhops.com
Nimber https://www.nimber.com
PiggyBee http://piggybee.com
Roadie https://www.roadie.com/
Sheaply http://sheaply.com/eng/pages/display/home
Shipster http://shipster.co
Shyp http://www.shyp.com
Transfix http://transfix.io
Storage
MakeSpace https://www.makespace.com
Roost https://roost.com
Stashbee http://www.stashbee.com
Mobility Services
Rides as a service
BlaBlaCar http://www.blablacar.com
Bridj http://www.bridj.com/#home
Chariot https://www.ridechariot.com
Didi Kuaidi http://www.xiaojukeji.com/
Easy Taxi http://www.easytaxi.com/
Flywheel http://www.flywheel.com/
Gett http://gett.com/nyc/
Grab (GrabTaxi) https://www.grab.co/sg/
Hailo https://hailocab.com
Juno https://www.gojuno.com/
Lazooz http://lazooz.org
Loup http://loupapp.com/
Lyft https://www.lyft.com
OlaCar http://www.olacabs.com
RallyBus http://rallybus.net/
Shuddle https://shuddle.us/
Surfair https://www.surfair.com
TianTian http://ttyongche.com/
Uber https://www.uber.com
Wingz https://wingz.me/
Support
CARMAnation https://www.carmanation.com/
Filld http://filld.co/
JustPark https://www.justpark.com/
Purple http://purpledelivery.com/
YourMechanic https://www.yourmechanic.com/
Valet Services
Caarbon http://caarbon.com/
Luxe http://www.luxe.com/
Valetanywhere http://www.valetanywhere.com/
ZIRX http://zirx.com/
Money
Crowdfunding
Circle Up https://circleup.com
Crowdfunder https://www.crowdfunder.com
Experiment https://experiment.com
FundingCircle https://www.fundingcircle.com
Gofundme http://www.gofundme.com
Indiegogo https://www.indiegogo.com
Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com
OurCrowd https://www.ourcrowd.com
Pave https://www.pave.com
Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin https://bitcoin.org/en/
Coinbase https://www.coinbase.com
Dash https://www.dash.org/
Litecoin https://litecoin.org
Ripple https://ripple.com/
Moneylending
Able https://www.ablelending.com/
Faircent https://www.faircent.com/
Kiva http://www.kiva.org
LendingClub https://www.lendingclub.com
Prosper https://www.prosper.com
RateSetter http://www.ratesetter.com
Zopa http://www.zopa.com
Municipal
City Sponsored Bikes
Bicing Barcelona https://www.bicing.cat/
Hangzhou Public Bicycle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangzhou_Public_Bicycle
Santander Cycles London https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles
Velib http://en.velib.paris.fr
Platforms
Getable http://www.getable.com/
MachineryLink https://www.machinerylink.com/
Munirent https://www.munirent.co
SeeClickFix http://www.seeclickfix.com/
YardClub http://www.yardclub.com
Services
Business
99Designs http://99designs.com
Cloudpeeps http://www.cloudpeeps.com
Crowdspring http://www.crowdspring.com
FieldAgent https://fieldagent.net/
Gigwalk http://www.gigwalk.com/
HourlyNerd https://hourlynerd.com/
Kaggle https://www.kaggle.com/
Nabbesh http://www.nabbesh.com/en/
Payable http://payable.com/
StaffJoy https://www.staffjoy.com/
Universal Avenue www.universalavenue.com
UpCounsel https://www.upcounsel.com/
Upwork https://www.upwork.com/
Personal
Airtasker https://www.airtasker.com/
Ask for Task https://www.askfortask.com/
Bannerman https://getbannerman.com
DogVacay https://dogvacay.com/
Fancy Hands https://www.fancyhands.com/
Fiverr https://www.fiverr.com
Musketeer http://www.getmusketeer.com
Taskrabbit https://www.taskrabbit.com
WeGoLook https://wegolook.com/
Zaarly https://www.zaarly.com/
Space
Personal Space
9flats http://www.9flats.com/
Airbnb http://airbnb.com
CanadaStays https://www.canadastays.com/
Couchsurfing https://www.couchsurfing.org
Flipkey https://www.flipkey.com/
hipcamp https://www.hipcamp.com/
Homeaway http://www.homeaway.com
Homeexchange https://www.homeexchange.com/en/
HouseTrip https://www.housetrip.com/
Love Home Swap http://www.lovehomeswap.com
Nightswapping http://app.nightswapping.com/en/
Onefinestay http://www.onefinestay.com
Tujia http://tujia.com/
Xiaozhu http://www.xiaozhu.com/
Work Space
Breather http://breather.com
CoPass https://copass.org/
HiRise http://gohirise.com
Liquidspace https://liquidspace.com
PeerSpace http://www.peerspace.com
Pivotdesk https://www.pivotdesk.com
Sharedesk http://www.sharedesk.net
Storefront https://www.thestorefront.com
WeWork http://www.wework.com/
Utilities
Energy
GridMates http://www.gridmates.com/
Solar Mosaic https://joinmosaic.com
Vandebron https://vandebron.nl/
Yeloha http://www.yeloha.com/#howitworks
Telecommunications
Fon https://corp.fon.com/en
Open Garden http://opengarden.com/
Serval Project http://www.servalproject.org
Vehicle Sharing
Loaner Boats
Boatbound https://boatbound.co
Boatsetter https://www.boatsetter.com
Sailo https://www.sailo.com/
Loaner Vehicles
Atzuche http://www.atzuche.com/
CambioCar http://www.cambio-carsharing.de/
Car2Go https://www.car2go.com
DriveNow https://us.drive-now.com
easyCar Club https://carclub.easycar.com/
Flightcar https://flightcar.com
Getaround https://www.getaround.com
Scoot http://www.scootnetworks.com
Sharoo https://sharoo.com
Turo (RelayRides) https://turo.com/
YongChe http://www.yongche.com/
Zipcar http://www.zipcar.com/
Wellness & Beauty
Beauty
BeGlammed https://beglammed.com/
Belita http://www.belitaindia.com/
GlamSquad https://www.glamsquad.com/
MyGlamm http://www.myglamm.com/
Priv http://www.gopriv.com/
Swipecast http://www.swipecast.com/
Wellness
ClassPass https://classpass.com/start
Coachup https://www.coachup.com
Entrenaya http://www.entrenaya.com/
Kindly http://kindlychat.com
PopExpert https://www.popexpert.com
Vint https://www.joinvint.com
Zeel https://www.zeel.com/
Worker Support
Insurance
Friendsurance http://www.friendsurance.com/
Guevara https://heyguevara.com/
MetroMile https://www.metromile.com/
Renter Services
GuestHop http://guesthop.com/
Guesty https://www.guesty.com/
HostTonight https://www.hosttonight.com/
Pillow https://www.pillowhomes.com
TurnKey Vacation Rentals http://turnkeyvr.com/
Resources
Breeze https://www.joinbreeze.com
Freelancers Union https://www.freelancersunion.org/
Peers.org http://www.peers.org/
SherpaShare https://www.sherpashare.com/
StrideHealth https://www.stridehealth.com/
Vugo http://www.govugo.com/