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Lyft, Uber and Sidecar (04:29)


Traditional cab drivers need licenses for both themselves and their cars. Alternative car services connect drivers with passengers via mobile apps and allows reviews of the drivers. The taxi industry is fighting for government regulation of these services.

EatWith (03:35)

Chefs providing and charging for meals in their homes are being targeted by local bureaucracy. Underground dinner parties are gaining popularity and scrutiny.

Teachers Pay Teachers (02:41)

A successful website allows teachers to sell lesson plans and activities to other teachers. The top grossing teacher has made over two million dollars on the site.

Equity Crowd Funding (03:14)

New legislation allows investors to trade money for equity on sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. It remains to be seen if the regulations imposed on the practice interfere with success.

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The Sharing Economy vs. the Government



This compilation of four documentary shorts looks at some of the innovative business models that have emerged from the technology-enabled “sharing economy,” as well as how government entities and moneyed interests are often working to regulate or hamper them. Part 1 looks at how car-sharing services like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar are facing legal battles battles for themselves and their drivers. Part 2 covers how the dining and “supper club” service EatWith is trying to pre-empt regulation trouble. Part 3 documents the online educational marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers. And Part 4 looks at how the U.S. JOBS Act seeks to allow online crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter to enable equity crowdfunding, where investors can actually own a stake in the company they back, and earn revenue if it becomes successful. A Reason TV production.

Length: 15 minutes

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Copyright date: ©2014

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