Peerby, the Netherlands’ Largest Online Sharing Community, Launches in Boulder, Colorado

This new platform provides social connectivity through an easy-to-use online marketplace that reduces landfill waste

BOULDER, COLORADO, MAY 8, 2024 - Peerby is the Netherland’s largest online sharing community, and now, the platform is making its debut in Boulder, Colorado. Boulder residents can now join their neighborhood in Peerby to borrow and share items in various categories including power tools, kitchen appliances, sports equipment, party supplies, homewares, and more.

Peerby first got its start in 2011 in Amsterdam and has since built successful communities that support the mission of their model: to build community and reduce landfill waste by lending and borrowing everyday items. One in four Amsterdam households is already a Peerby member. Now, Peerby is bringing its platform to the United States, with Boulder, Colorado, being its first U.S.-based community.

According to Boston Smith, Peerby’s Boulder community ambassador, “I’m thrilled to spearhead the Boulder, Colorado, Peerby community. We’ll soon be hosting events and doing community outreach, so we encourage people to stay tuned for updates.”

Boulder residents can join Peerby’s marketplace on the web for free. From there they can search for and borrow items near them or lend their own underutilized goods to the neighborhood surrounding communities. Peerby makes it easy to borrow or lend with a warranty for each transaction to protect against damage or loss. By sharing items through Peerby, Boulder residents can save money on everyday items while getting to know their neighbors and reducing landfill waste.

“We are very excited to launch Peerby in Boulder. The platform has been wildly successful in Amsterdam, and we believe Boulder offers the right cultural fit for us. We look forward to sharing,” said Daan Weddepohl, Founder & CEO at Peerby.

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About Peerby, founded in 2011, is now the largest online sharing community in the Netherlands, enabling neighbors to share various goods like tools, electronics, and bicycles, thereby fostering community connections and reducing waste. After initial success and expansion of its communities to 30 cities in Europe and the U.S., Peerby faced challenges in building a financially sustainable model in 2017, prompting a pivot to a paid membership model in 2020, which significantly boosted revenue growth.

Peerby is funded by Loyal VC, Shamrock Ventures, ROM InWest, Emilia Capital and hundreds of crowdfunders. Recent investments are directed towards growing Peerby's presence in the Netherlands and Belgium and expanding the concept internationally, with the launch of its first U.S. community in Boulder, Colorado. The platform aims to replicate its success in Amsterdam, where 1 in 4 households are members, across new locations.

Recognition: Peerby has garnered significant recognition and awards, such as the $125,000 Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge and the App My City Award. Founder Daan Weddepohl was Guardian Tech Talent, #13 of the Trouw newspaper sustainable top-100, and he was nominated as Dutch entrepreneur of the year.

Impact: The platform's environmental impact is notable, with research indicating that sharing and borrowing can reduce consumers' climate impact by over 25%.

Book: Founder Daan Weddepohl's journey and the platform's achievements are detailed in his Dutch (audio)book 99 redenen om te stoppen en toch door te gaan ("99 Reasons to Quit and Keep Going").

Accelerators: Techstars, Rockstart, Founder Institute

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