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Sweden Statistics: World Bank: Global Remittance Flows ... Amazing stuff. Enjoy it.

Sweden Statistics: World Bank: Global Remittance Flows ... Amazing stuff. Enjoy it. | Global44 | Scoop.it
From: http://worldbank.tumblr.com/ and http://www.torre.nl/remittances/. This visualization shows the global movements of money due to remittances (money sent by migrants to their home country). Data from the World Bank ...

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Why Avis just made a big bet on the future of cars as a service | GigaOM Cleantech News

Why Avis just made a big bet on the future of cars as a service | GigaOM Cleantech News | Global44 | Scoop.it

On the morning of Zipcar’s IPO in the spring of 2011 I wrote “the year of car as a service has arrived.” Close to two years later, car rental giant Avis Budget Group announced on Wednesday that it will acquire Zipcar for $500 million in cash. It’s proof of the continued maturation of car sharing as a business — despite the difficult economics of that market — and shows how the old school car rental companies are using technology to increase decentralized distribution and on-demand services for their cars.

 

But beyond the implications for car sharing as a business, the news is an important indicator of the global and infectious trend of sharing stuff and resources. Airbnb — home sharing — is now looking at a $2.5 billion valuation. With 9 billion people set to live on the planet by 2050, and much of that growth happening in cities, sharing — enabled by IT — will be one of the most important tools to emerge. The companies that are creating massive brands now will be well positioned to capitalize on this future.

 

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