Wednesday, June 6, 2007
GEORGE: Well, yeah.
JERRY: What do you need them for?
GEORGE: I don't know. They're books.
JERRY: What is this obsession people have with books? They put them in their houses - like they're trophies. What do you need it for after you read it?
GEORGE: They're MY books.
JERRY: So you want me to get those books? Is that it?
[Setting: Coffee Shop]
(Jerry and Marlene are sitting, a pile of books are on the table.)
Friday, May 11, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
neighBORROW.com harnesses the power of the Internet, utilizes existing inventory and infrastructure, and adds a few proprietary (and some traditional) accountability metrics, to provide users with unprecedented access to the enormous "collective contents" of their entire building, apartment complex, community or neighborhood. The site also provides for smarter, more efficient collaberation for new purchases.
For most items, if you get it locally- there are no shipping costs and no usage fees. Just join and list what you own and may be willing to lend, donate, or trade (or just show off or organize your collection). Then browse through or search for items available in your neighBORROW-hood and request an item from the database when you find something you need or want.
In public neighBORROW-hoods, if you have a doorperson or concierge, it is not necessary to deal directly with the counter party (unless both parties choose to). Your personal information will not be public, nor will any public link exist between you and the items you list (again, unless you want it to). Members will have the option to refuse requests; however, there will be minimum listing and lending requirements to continue borrowing in PUBLIC neighBORROW-hoods. Members will only be penalized if they do not follow through with a committed transaction. Members will be rewarded for frequent participation and for lending high-demand items.
To summarize, you will have access to more stuff, it will cost you absolutely nothing, it will be perfectly convenient, and your privacy will not be compromised.
Plus, it's FUN to list items and meet other people on the site and in your community. And neighBORROW-ing is GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
neighbBORROW.com is a global yet extremely localized, interactive, online library (glocal onlinebrary) which enables you to see the DVDs, books, CDs, games, tools, and other items that are available in your building or neighborhood, and allows you to check them out and borrow them, FREE. Now you can find (and borrow, trade, or donate) items in your neighborhood without compromising anyone's privacy, especially your own (all profiles can be private, addresses are kept private and exchanges can be anonymous if desired). Securely lend the items you rarely use but still want to own, trade or donate the items you don't want at all, and share the cost of new items. Finally, a fun, free, safe and practical way to get the most out of your stuff. Sharing with your neighbors really saves dollars and makes sense."
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Personally, I would feel comfortable, and would find it very convenient, to drop off a movie, book, or anything else with my doorperson. Or bring it to work. Or give it directly to the person borrowing it. I realized that with so many options, users would be able to dictate their own levels of privacy and convenience. We already trust our neighbors, we don't steal each other's newspapers or laundry, and have some things, if not many things in common. So a website that not only helps to organize this new inventory, but also requires security deposits and facilitates exchanges, is the perfect solution to allow everyone to take advantage of all of this stuff and feel completely comfortable doing so... And it's not a bad way to meet the neighbors and make new friends. The only reason I built this site is because I would use it myself, I HOPE YOU WILL TOO.