Game-changing companies have disrupted industries to meet the needs of consumers in innovative ways. These companies are tackling problems and inefficiencies in ways that are convenient and personalized in industries such as finance, transportation, lodging, and even space exploration by overturning the current markets to change the ways we live, work, and play. How might we use the core values of these services to create a deeper connection? What aspects of these industries might we steal and pair with the latest technology for an even better experience?
Vacation rentals, homes, apartments and rooms.
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.
Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Shared commutes. Everyday and together.
Wunder is a carpooling app born in Hamburg and raised in many emerging markets. Since 2014 Wunder is building the most convenient & affordable way of moving within the city. Thanks to Wunder, millions of people are able to find others going in the same direction and share the ride. Simplify your daily commute. Find people headed in the same direction and save money.
Ready, Set, Pay
Make and share payments directly within your networks.
Send money securely. Pay anyone instantly using money you have in Venmo. Link a bank account or debit card in seconds to your Venmo account. Connect with people. Remember the moments you share with friends. Split dinner, send a birthday gift, or just say hello. Quickly transfer money to your bank. Move money from Venmo to your bank account in as little as one business day.
Where everyone is your ATM.
Imagine a bank account that lives on the cloud, and anyone with a smartphone around you could be an ATM that lets you withdraw and deposit cash.
The app allows you to broadcast cash requests to nearby users, and users around you can respond to your requests. After a cash hand off, money is automatically settled on the cloud through a peer-to-peer payment service.
Find the people you've crossed paths with.
"Why should we go on dating websites when we meet so many new people every day, in real life?". Starting with this very simple observation, Fabien Cohen, Didier Rappaport and Antony Cohen decided to create an app that gives an everyday superpower: the power to find a person you've crossed paths with again, and to get in touch with them. This is how Happn was born in January 2014 in Paris, and seduced thousands of users soon after. Discover the people you've crossed paths with, the people you liked, and the people you'd like to find again.
Nannies. Babysitters. Lifesavers. Big-night-out savers.
We've got all the help you need.
Since parents most commonly look to friends for recommendations, UrbanSitter shows you babysitters rated & reviewed by parents you know. An online booking system makes it a snap to schedule jobs, just search by date & time, select a sitter and book with just a click. It’s quick, easy, and efficient.
Renting Has Never Been Easier
Rent great cars from people nearby.
Peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace that enables car owners to rent their cars to a community of trusted drivers by hour, day or week just using their smartphones.
Gone in 60 seconds—the first time you rent, we'll verify your driver license and credit card instantly.
Choose from 1000's of cool cars shared by great people in your neighborhood. Convenient hourly and daily rentals. All Getaround rentals include insurance coverage and 24/7 roadside assistance. Getaround is free to join. No monthly or annual fees.
Designing, Manufacturing, And Launching Advanced Rockets and Spacecraft
Advancing the future.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.
SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments. Since then Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA.
Drive with Uber
The easiest way to get around at the tap of a button.
Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in hundreds of cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.
You relax while we take care of your to-do list.
We find the best people to help you. You can trust our team of smart, talented Taskers, who have all been thoroughly vetted. You outsource errands you don't want to do. Tell us what you need done and we will connect you to qualified Taskers available to help. TaskRabbit helps you live smarter, giving you more time to focus on what’s most important.