On the intersection of technology, culture, and everyday life: My semi-updated space to collect and link my thoughts about interesting things I spot.
During a moment of eye-wandering on the subway, noticed an ad for Agent Anything offering any errand, anytime, anywhere (in new york). Despite the ad and useful matchmaking between busy people with $ and flexible college students without $, Agent Anything’s current mission list is rather scant. Perhaps Craigslist already made that market simple enough. Or perhaps the site needs more personal profiles and ratings like the many services popping up to facilitate selling bits and pieces of one’s life. From Fiverr marketing things you can do for 5 bucks, to Snapgoods renting your stuff, and Airbnb renting your home, will we soon be able to easily contract out every under-used piece of us? Similar to Kickstarter, Etsy, and Kiva, there is also a refreshingly human feel to some of these 1:1 life marketplaces. Given its easy to overcook for one, a friend of mine is even building a service, “Kitchen Surfing”, where people can find and share home-cooked meals and dinner tables. E.g. I’m cooking fancy pasta in my east village apartment at 7pm and have room/extras for 2 more.