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Sharing bikes, swapping homes and lending funds to small businesses: These three companies make a living through temporary transactions.

In our special section on Community Entrepreneurs, we focus on makers, store owners, food enthusiasts, do-gooders, connectors, online communities, renters, lenders and educators who build and strengthen communities while making excellent goods and services.

Spinlister This Santa Monica–based enterprise has made bicycle sharing more accessible for many happy cyclists. When peer-to-peer bike rental start-up Spinlister shut down six months after launching in 2011, no one expected it to be revived months later revitalized and rebranded. “I had no idea how to run a company, but I knew that having a unique name like Spinlister was a valuable asset, ” says Marcelo Loureiro, the driving force behind the revamp. The founders’ initial idea

  • Words:
    Anna Loh and Sammi Massey
  • Illustration:
    Sarah Maycock

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  • Words:
    Anna Loh and Sammi Massey
  • Illustration:
    Sarah Maycock
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