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The sharing economy: A big step toward making Marshall McLuhan's Global Village a reality

The sharing economy: A big step toward making Marshall McLuhan's Global Village a reality

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Alyssa Ravasio on founding a company, mining government data, and the future of the sharing economy.In this week's episode, I sit down with Alyssa Ravasio, founder and CEO of Hipcamp. We chat about navigating the challenges of founding a company, mining government data, and the role the sharing economy will play in the future.Here are some highlights:

Mining government data
Some states don't have any database we can query, and in that case, we actually have a team of researchers who are reading the websites and creating our own data sets. That's actually how we do almost all of our work. There are some cases where—Oregon has a really cool API for their state parks with photos, and they were really helpful. The static data is readily available and publicly accessible. One of the biggest challenges, though, has been accessing the real-time data, specifically about availability—is the campground booked next weekend or are there two spots left? This is public d

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