Bizshake Gives Users the Possibility to Create Sub-Communities, Refining the Sharing Economy Based on Their Own Specifications
If you’ve ever been an active member of a forum or subreddit, you’re probably familiar with “group buys” or discounts given by brands to members of a particular forum. Say for example you’re a BMW e30 enthusiast and are a member of the e30owners.com forums — you’ve likely to come across parts manufacturers offering special discounts to e30owners.com Not only are forums like this a hyper-focused target market for many brands, they’re also home to some of the most dedicated devotees to their respective pursuits. What’s more, forums act as a central community for discussion regardless of the physical location of its members.
Similar to forums and subreddit communities, BizShake will create sub-communities within the ecosystem, allowing for peer-to-peer communication and collaboration. These sub-communities will be self-regulated by their respective leader or leaders and requirements to join will vary depending on the particular sub-community.
Anyone can create a sub-community, with the focus of these community being totally up to the users. Whether the community is centered around a common topic, a common location (i.e. BizShake users in Bushwick, Brooklyn), or a combination of the two, the options are truly limitless. Furthermore, users are given the option to solely rent or pawn their items within a specific sub-group (or groups), or to the entire BizShake community.
What Other Purposes Will the Sub-Communities Serve?
Aside from a central place for enthusiasts to communicate, joining a sub-community will most likely benefit their members in a plethora of other ways. Let’s say you’re really into luxury handbags. You own a couple small top Gucci bags and a Givenchy duffel and have been eyeing a particular Hermès bag for quite some time, however, it’s far too expensive to purchase. No problem, “I’ll just rent one or pawn one of my Gucci bags” you say, that is until you realize the deposit is a little steeper than you expected.
Lucky for you, you’ve come across a sub-community for luxury handbag enthusiasts where members not only pay a lower deposit, they’re also all required to partake in a 10-minute video interview with the group leaders before being admitted.
Each member of the luxury handbag sub-community will be screened by one of the group’s administrators. Screening for this particular sub-community will include participating in a Google hangout session with one of the administrators and a randomly selected member of the sub-community. Applicants will also be required to submit photos of their bag collection, proof-of-purchase for each bag, sign an authenticity agreement, as well as upload a copy of their government ID.
While this might seem like a high barrier of entry to such a group, the requirements for sub-communities are completely decided upon by each sub-community’s founder(s). Here are some example requirements users might set in order to join a sub-community:
•A shared interest or ownership of an object. For example, a downhill mountain biking sub-community or a sub-community dedicated to collectors of 1970’s soul albums.
• A referral from a current member of the particular sub-community of which a user is trying to join.
• The user might be required to have already engaged in a number of transactions with a member of the sub-community.
• A user might have to prove that they’re an active member of a similar community, whether it’s a forum, subreddit, or real-world organization, the options and requirements can be as broad or exclusive as decided by the leader(s).
Sub-communities can be completely open and free to join, or they might require users to pass extensive screening as per the luxury bag sub-community example. The scope of any sub-community is only limited by imagination.