2015 will be the year that the sharing economy grows up
As the sharing economy shifts with the rise of professionals in its 2.0 phase, we are not seeing a corruption of the vision, but rather the fulfilment of it.
Even beyond the world of travel, it is hard to argue with the statement that 2014 was the year of the sharing economy.
From Uber’s $40 billion valuation (I apologize in advance if this number is outdated by the time you read this – it seems to go up on a nearly daily basis), to Airbnb being named Inc.’s Company of the Year, it was difficult to avoid coming across a darling of the sharing economy world no matter where you looked this past year.
Given all of the buzz, it may seem counterintuitive to argue that this year will see a dramatic shift in how the sharing economy works, and even in what it actually means, but that is indeed the case.