A Loft in Tribeca.
“Hey, let’s get you a beer!” says Borahm Cho, welcoming me with a bottle of Samuel Adams. Nodding breathlessly after scaling five steep, creaky wooden stairs all the way to the top of an old residential building in New York’s hot Tribeca district, I marvel at the spacious loft. White-washed walls, windows facing a nocturnal New York. The loft itself was a spontaneous Airbnb rental, another well-known example of the budding sharing economy, which thrives on people sharing their goods and skills with others, often for a fee.
Borahm has asked me to come over to experience his Kitchensurfing start-up in action. The evening’s chef, Frederick, usually works as a sous chef for a major bank’s canteen – and now he uses Kitchensurfing to rent out his skills in his spare time. He tells us about all the fun he is having, the many great kitchens he gets to use and sparkling conversations he has with the strangers he treats to his excellent cooking. Within half an hour, he has whipped up a delicious vegetarian feast of poached eggs, pita bread and hummus. Borahm Cho, the founder of Kitchensurfing, had ordered it only a few hours earlier via his own website.