The big idea of the Sharing Economy is to use the unrivalled potential of the internet to enable people to share their things more effectively – with some Silicon Valley techies taking a slice of the pie, of course.

It’s one of the most popular kinds of start-up, because you need nothing other than a good idea of something to share, and then a website that hooks people up. Successful examples are everything from car sharing (Lyft), through to house sharing (Air BnB), and even totally mental things like dog borrowing (

Some people think it’s brilliant – others say it’s kicking down the doors of regulation that keep consumers safe.

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