What we’re all about: Sharetribe’s vision, mission and values

Some post-its from our brainstorming session on our values

Some post-its from our brainstorming session on our values

In 2013, we took our first attempt at defining what we do and how we’re going to do it. At that point our full-time team consisted of only two people: my co-founder Antti and myself. A lot has changed since then: our product and business model have gone through many modifications, and our team has grown to nine people. We realized that it was time to revisit the subject.

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Lunch burger at Fanny

What is the best lunch place in Helsinki? 78 restaurants reviewed

Lunch burger at Fanny In August 2014, Sharetribe offices were relocated to downtown Helsinki. One of the benefits of our new whereabouts was the huge variety of lunch joints around us. Our previous location was Startup Sauna in Otaniemi, where our options were limited to a couple of student restaurants, so it was no surprise we were excited about the change of venue. We decided to take the full advantage of our new surroundings and try out as many lunch restaurants as we could.

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Create your marketplace website in a minute. With payments.

New home pageSharetribe strives to be the easiest way for anyone to create their own marketplace website. Now we are ready to make that promise. Two weeks ago we launched a completely revamped sharetribe.com, where you can create your site in 60 seconds. Over 1000 people from 100 different countries have already done that. The diversity of countries underlines the importance of our other big news: the new payment system works pretty much anywhere around the world.

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Marketplace story: The Quiver helps people rent quality boards from other surfers

Rob Bonvetti of The QuiverRob Bonvetti used to have a finance job on Wall Street. But a few years back he decided it was time for something different. He wanted to do something he truly loved for a living.

Rob experienced a revelation after trying out Airbnb a couple of times. “The peer-to-peer rental model was a great experience. In my previous job I was fascinated with marketplaces and matching supply & demand, so I immediately started to think of ways the Airbnb model could be applied to other things.”

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Why peer-to-peer marketplaces fail, part 2: The focus is too broad

This is the second post of our 3 post series on why peer-to-peer marketplaces fail. Read part 1 here and part 3 here.

Focus by Mark Hunter | CC-BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en) (cropped)It is surprisingly often that I talk to people who have this idea of a marketplace for “sharing everything”. And it does make sense intuitively: people who share their tools are probably also likely to share their cars. And when you have built a network of trust for sharing one asset, why shouldn’t you use that for other assets too?

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Option pattern in Ruby

Have you seen this?

NoMethodError: undefined method `[]' for nil:NilClass

I bet you have, many times, way too many. However, it doesn’t have to be so. There’s a pattern that helps you to get rid of the errors you get when handling nil-values.

Meet Option pattern! The idea is simple: Wrap the value in a wrapper and treat nil values the same way you would treat non-nil values.

There are many existing gems that use this pattern. Also, I rolled up my own version called Possibly. In this post all the examples use the Possibly gem.

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