People — including investors — are learning that access trumps ownership. When you think about it, do you want to own a saw, or do you want a board cut or carved? Do you want the drill, or the hole the drill can create?
Call it Collaborative Consumption, The Mesh, or The Sharing Economy, the main premises are consistent: usership versus ownership; access over excess; and experiences trumping possessions. Two best-selling books (What’s Mine Is Yours, The Mesh) have been written on the topic, the concept has been featured in every mainstream media outlet you can think of, and it’s starting to have an impact on the choices people make in their daily lives.
Read more at Shareable Design Magazine. Let’s hope that the startup communities in other places, like Seattle, start to take notice.