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Friday, July 20, 2012
This is a story about Arnold Strong, a career military officer who became CEO of Bright Neighbor, a “sharing economy marketplace” launching this summer.
I first talked to Strong a few months ago for my June cover story on green innovation and was intrigued by his seemingly unique career trajectory, one that has taken him from the traditional hierarchies of the U.S. military to a company predicated on free-form community and exchange.
Actually, the army is a perfect example of the sharing economy, says Strong, a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserve who serves as the commanding officer of the 201st Public Affairs Operations Center in Los Angeles The 44-year old Strong, who maintains residences in Salem, Portland and L.A., says military families, forced to move around and acclimate to new communities, are used to looking out for each other and sharing—or loaning--everything from silverware to lawnmowers. “I thought: ‘if I’m going to take on an entrepreneurial effort, what better than something that facilitates those types of interactions.”
Bright Neighbor is a mobile peer- to- peer barter and rental platform—an “Air Bnb for stuff.” Users can upload pictures of their household items, then rent, share or barter such goods with other users. The company’s innovation is to monetize the sharing process by allowing people to put down a deposit or insure the transaction. A former chief of public affairs for the Oregon National Guard, Strong signed on as Bright Neighbor’s CEO last year after a mutual friend introduced him to founder Randy White, who grew up in a military family, and whose brother, an airforce veteran, had committed suicide.
White’s lament—“where was the support network for my brother?” struck a chord with Strong, who bore witness to the reintegration of National Guardsmen serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. To help provide returning soldiers with that support, in 2010, White and Strong developed “Oregon HEROES,” a virtual fort allowing soldiers to share “challenges, resources and stuff,” says Strong. On the verge of securing public funding, the project now languishes after falling victim to legislative “slash and burn.”
Oregon Heroes taught Strong an important entrepreneurial lesson: “Without money, it’s just a hobby.” He points one of Bright Neighbor’s competitors, NeighborGoods, which recently shuttered operations “because it was just about barter,” according to Strong. “There was no way to incentivize it.”
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