A decade into the 21st Century, oftentimes it feels easier to get from JFK to LAX than it is to get from the upper west side to JFK itself. The transportation choices for citizens, especially on an intra-city basis, are far from optimal. Combine that with a sagging economy, a struggling domestic auto industry, rising gas prices, and dangerously attractive auto financing terms, and consumers are going to start experimenting with alternative means of getting from point A to point B. And it is here where entrepreneurs have been creating new behavioral models around transportation, leveraging social data, mobile devices, and marketplace inefficiencies to reinvent how we get around.
Shah provides an excellent summary of where we’re at now with the all the Ubers, Ridejoys, and other alternate taxis and car shares currently flooding the market.
TripAdvisor Buys European Vacation Rental Site HouseTrip
The Ripple Effect: Redefining Community Tourism and its Power to Transform Lives
Study Reveals Habits of Highly Successful Airbnb Hosts
What Hotels Say About Airbnb on Their Earnings Calls
New Trends Report: The Vacation Rental Technology Ecosystem