"Using Airbnb for the first time in December, I booked an
apartment at Gare du Nord - in the heart of Paris - for $1,800 for nine
days. It was no swanky hotel but the apartment was a steal for its
location and had reliable heating and hot water for my team of three.
Our host, a French-Canadian advertising executive named
Eric, was on a business trip the entire time we were there. But even
though we did not meet, he and I have struck up a friendship over
countless e-mail messages discussing the merits of the eating
establishments near his apartment. We now have a standing invite to
visit each other in our countries.
As transactions go, this was a win-win for all parties, and explains why the sharing economy has gained global traction."
More information at: Singapore's sharing economy: Why are we not doing more?