• The Sharing Economy

  • The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism
  • By: Arun Sundararajan
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-13-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (238 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sharing isn't new. Giving someone a ride, having a guest in your spare room, running errands for someone, participating in a supper club - these are not revolutionary concepts. What is new in the "sharing economy" is that you are not helping a friend for free; you are providing these services to a stranger for money.
In this book, Arun Sundararajan, an expert on the sharing economy, explains the transition to what he describes as "crowd-based capitalism" - a new way of organizing economic activity that may supplant the traditional corporate-centered model. As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, how will the economy, government regulation, what it means to have a job, and our social fabric be affected?
Drawing on extensive research and numerous real-world examples, Sundararajan explains the basics of crowd-based capitalism. He describes the intriguing mix of "gift" and "market" in its transactions, demystifies emerging blockchain technologies, and clarifies the dizzying array of emerging on-demand platforms. He then considers how this new paradigm changes economic growth and the future of work.
©2016 Arun Sundararajan (P)2016 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By MPet on 05-20-16

Relevant & engaging

This book is accessible to both top-notch-economists and laypeople alike. It was a fascinating listen.

The subject is of such vast economic importance, and yet it's so personal to each of us in the developed world. The emergence and growth of peer-to-peer services in the past few years has been staggering. Economic activity is shifting away from central institutions to services provided by other individuals who have access to goods. The range of services is stunning — you can get a ride, order food, crash on someone's couch, ship an unwieldy object, have your clothes laundered, book a massage therapist, or become a startup investor, all with a few taps on your phone.

As the scope of peer-to-peer markets expands, we're taking economic activity out of institutions. In the established model, most economic activity was controlled by large companies. Now we have a digitally controlled model — a platform that sits btw people who have time, have stuff, or have $, and people who need those things. Loved the discussion on what makes people trust each other enough for these high-stakes interactions, the "digital online reputation circles."

Which brings me to the most interesting aspect of the sharing economy, and of the book — the implications both for regulation & for the workforce. On the one hand, value is captured by people below median income, which is a promise of inclusive growth. On the other hand — well, you should get the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By June on 02-09-17

some of the best audio reading experiences I had

some of the best audio reading experiences I had listed to for sure really good stuff

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