San Francisco, January 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- Unemployment still the main concern of 2015 for the World Economic Forum. The Sharing Economy raises as an alternative for income generator. 72 % of surveyed people mentioned extra income as the main reason for using these platforms.
Juan Cartagena, CEO at Traity, said: "We found that most people use sharing economy services as a new source of income, but many people simply do not even know that a service exists to leverage their skills or assets. Coming from Spain, with 47% in youth unemployment, and with all the current debate at the WEF in Davos about inequality unemployment as a major global risk, we thought we could just help people discover economic opportunities by putting all those marketplaces together."
From carsharing with SocialCar where their users are making 2,000 euros per year, room-swapping with Room4exchange, to marketplaces for exchanging abilities like Swapsee, the apps on Markets are curated to help people discover those economic opportunities, with two main categories: "Save money" and "Earn money".
Cartagena has previously advocated the idea of the micropreneur, a "producer-citizen" who can leverage technology to provide goods and services any time and any where, in order to make a significant dent on unemployment. People are now finding new ways to fill their income gaps by driving for services like Uber or renting their spare rooms. Traity's survey suggests that this is a primary source of income for many people rather than just a gig. 72% of users fill important income gaps, 26% use these services because they believe in a more sustainable lifestyle, and only 2% use them for making new friends.
Markets was developed as part of Traity's "Serendipity Fridays", an adaptation of Google's "20% time for new ideas", as a sidekick for their main reputation app.
Video where we ask Sharing Economy users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx2Q80npusw
Traity wants to create a world where we can trust one another for any type of transaction, from sharing cars to online dating. People on eBay are trustworthy when they have many stars. Unfortunately, you can only use your eBay stars within eBay. So who owns your reputation? eBay or you? Traity helps you aggregate your reputation history so that you can leverage it anywhere you want. With our Reputation Passport, you become a credible member of any online community so that you never have to start from zero stars again. Traity builds a layer of safety on top of the Internet, reducing fraud, identity impersonation, personal risks, creating better experiences, and a peace of mind.
Traity Content Manager