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Get Paid to Ignore Your Car for Months at a Time

Getaround will promise you at least $1,000 if you let them rent out your car for three months. So, go on, take a vacation.

Normally you pay the bills on your car whether you drive it or not, at least if you have a car loan or insurance. But if car sharing delivers on its promise, you might be able to reverse the direction of your car cashflow and put money in your pocket for leaving your car alone for a long period of time.

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Getaround: The Future of Car-Sharing

Instead of sitting in a driveway, your car could be a shared resource.



Getaround CEO Sam Zaid

Zipcar, the first car-sharing company in the United States, has been around for 11 years. But the company had a net loss of $14.7 million in 2010. Getaround, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer startup, may have a more sustainable vision of the future of car-sharing. Instead of owning, maintaining, and operating its own fleet of cars (which is how Zipcar works), Getaround owns no vehicles, which may help it avoid problems like those that plague Zipcar.

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How to Make a Barter Business Work: ThredUP's Millionth Swap ThredUP's Millionth Swap: a Milestone for the Barter Economy

Bartering reduces waste, cuts costs, and builds community. But to make a barter economy work, does it have to be niche?

Barter sites are booming businesses now. ZipCar and AirBnB are both now valued at over $1 billion, but the fastest growth, and the real potential for remaking our economy, comes from the consumer goods side of swapping.

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