The sharing economy: usage-based vs. ownership-based consumption


The sharing economy or the collaborative consumption is an economic model based on a simple principle: optimize the use of a poorly or unused property! Such a property can be shared, traded, bartered, sold or rented. The usage prevails over the ownership, and is changing the way we consume. This is against the traditional company model where the latter grows thanks to the over-consumption and excessive ownership.

The term “sharing economy” spread its popularity since 2010, in particular thanks to the book "What’s mine is yours" of Rachel Botsman, who became the Queen of the sharing economy.

The rise of this system began with the sharing of houses, and companies like Airbnb or Guestoguest who faced unbelievable success. Later on came trip sharing platforms, such as Blablacar, Djump or Uber. Based on the same principle, carsharing - or car rental - between individuals initiatives have emerged in past years, particularly in France and the Netherlands, which are experiencing considerable success.

Sharing a house, a trip or a car with complete strangers has many advantages for citizens. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the approach allows everyone to reduce the expenses for its vehicle by doing almost nothing.

Based on the above observation, in December 2013 Sharonomy Ltd, parent company of CarAmigo was born.


The team


Alex Gaschard

CarAmigo Founder, in charge of Marketing & Business development.
From Paris to Amsterdam to Vienna to Brussels, Alex is seriously a serial entrepreneur!

Get in touch with Alex on LinkedIn.



François-Xavier De Nys

CarAmigo Co-founder, in charge of back-end developments & databases.
François-Xavier, with his mind in his computer, analyses, develops, bugs and debugs faster than his shadow!

Get in touch with FX on LinkedIn.



Laurent Baeke

CarAmigo Co-founder, in charge in charge of general management & finances.
Laurent’s passion is a mix of cars and numbers. A great combination for CarAmigo.

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Miroslav Mihaylov

CarAmigo Co-founder, in charge of business development, regulatory affairs & call centers.
Miro is self-made man with passion for cars and new technologies. Dreaming about bringing CarAmigo to the East.

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Pascal Fautré

CarAmigo Co-founder, in charge of search engines & networks.
Pascal develops new technologies from its early age. Its goal? Integrate everything into one coherent solution.

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Tim Gubel

CarAmigo Co-founder, in charge of call-centers.
Tim's all over the place, but mostly he's in tomorrow. Tim is venturous continental drift personified.

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