The sharing economy has exploded with activity since the advent of Airbnb and Uber, and the Neighbor service is looking to jump in on the expanding craze. At its core, Neighbor is a peer-to-peer self-storage platform. The service is similar to Airbnb, as users can offer up unused space to other users so they can store their items. This style of self-storage is not just incredibly affordable but also makes it easier for users to access their things when they need them. The Neighbor service has already raised $2.5 million in seed funding and hopes to expand its ventures in this unique platform.
The possibility of property damage may be a concern for some users, but Neighbor utilizes an interesting system to ensure safety and security. The Neighbor service uses two APIs on Facebook, Graph API and Mutual Friends, to create social connections between users on the platform. These connections ensure that those looking for spaces and those offering them are connected in some way and assures a level of accountability. Other security implementations include copies of a government ID and the possibility of running a background check.
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