Create a peer-to-peer marketplace for a local community


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About the project Edit

Sharetribe is a platform that anyone can use to create a peer-to-peer marketplace for a local community. You can create a “tribe” in a minute and customise it as you wish to match the needs of your niche. It’s a bit like WordPress for the sharing economy: everything is open source, so anyone can contribute to the project and customise it for the needs of their own community.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Openness and transparency are the key values guiding our actions. All our code is open source, we talk openly about our ups and downs, and even have an open folder for our core documents that is visible for everyone. We believe the future of business are collaborative, transparent organizations working together to achieve higher goals.

We try to collaborate with other projects as much as we can, promoting initiatives like the Sharing API. Together we can achieve greater things.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

While Sharetribe is an online tool, it’s all about connecting people in local communities and empowering them to collaborate by giving them tools for sharing and communication. The true value of Sharetribe lies in all the real-life encounters it helps to make happen, and the sense of empowerment and belonging that is born out of them.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

We make it super easy for anyone to start a local sharing community anywhere around the world from Sharetribe. We have lots of volunteer translators who have already translated Sharetribe to 6 languages, with more translations in progress. The platform is very easy to customize for different local and cultural needs.

We are open source, so it’s not just us contributing to it. Anyone can contribute or host a tribe on their own server. Open source is a great way to make a project scalable.

On the technical side, we have a cloud-based architecture that makes sure that our platform can easily scaled to even millions of people

When we learn best practices on starting new community marketplaces, we share them with others and spread the knowledge, to make every new community starter’s job a little bit easier. Here’s an exemple.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

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What is the business model of this project? Edit

We always work together with local marketplace starters & ambassadors. Each new tribe has someone who is in charge of it. We also provide these people methods to get paid for their work, to make the project sustainable.

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