Uhsome has pulled together a list of our favorite peer-to-peer commerce websites of 2011. The following start-ups are targeting hard-to-disrupt industries (travel, hotel and auto-rental) by allowing people to buy and rent directly from each other.
1. Airbnb based in San Francisco, California
“Rent from real people in 19,732 cities in 192 countries.” Travelers can book an extra room in a house for their trip directly from property owners instead of looking for a vacant room in a hotel. Airbnb makes a three percent fee on each reserved room and a six to twelve percent booking fee. Airbnb has been characterized as a “disruptive” innovation for the Hotel Industry. They have been favorably compared with Craigslist and Groupon, other sites that provide immediate rentals. Airbnb was rewarded the “breakout app” at the South by Southwest conference this year.
2. Getaround based in San Francisco, California
“Rent a car from someone nearby.” Owners of cars can make money by renting out their unoccupied vehicle through a peer-to-peer rental service. People that need a car just for a day can get a car for only a few dollars an hour. Getaround will charge forty percent commission for the car owners. Getaround launched to the public in May 2011 at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Currently they have acquired $3.4 million in seed funding.
3. TaskRabbit based in San Francisco, California
“Get pretty much anything done by awesome people.” People list several errands they need done anywhere from grocery shopping to special events. Certified TaskRabbits will bid to work on the person’s tasks. They are photographers, chefs and writers as well. TaskRabbit will then charge an average fifteen percent fee of the offer price for each task. There are currently over 2000 TaskRabbits in a total of six cities. Taskposters have saved over $3.2 million dollars and five and half years of time.
Have you seen a cool P2P website? We would like to know what your favorite is. Feel free to share yours!