The Sharing Economy Forum's main goal is to elevate consumer awareness to the merits of the sharing economy. The Sharing Economy Forum aims to ensure best practices, champion the sector and act as a single voice for the industry.
Ranan Lachman is also the CEO of Pley.com, a toy rental subscription that teaches children one of the most valuable life lessons to be learned from a young age - to share. Pley saves families up to 70% on toys, reduces clutter and benefits the environment by recycling toys and preventing them from ending up in landfills. Pley's innovative sharing economy model has won several industry awards. Prior to founding Pley, Ranan founded GreenCrest Capital, a financial advisory firm that was acquired by Oppenheimer (NYSE: OPY). Ranan was a technology investment banker who conducted cross-border mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings, an associate at a venture capital firm, and served as a F-4 fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force.
Ranan obtained his MBA from Warwick University and the Fuqua Business School at Duke University and a BA in Computer Science. He is also a triathlete and has completed several marathons and ironman races.
Neal is the co-founder of Shareable, an award-winning news, action, connection hub for the sharing transformation. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through Internet startups, publishing, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.
Neal has become an expert on sharing through 10 years of entrepreneurship, thought leadership, and as an avid practitioner. He has consulted with Institute for the Future, Stanford University, Lowe's Home Improvement, and numerous startups. Neal is an adviser to the US Solidarity Economy Network, OuiShare, Peers, Mayor Park of Seoul, South Korea and is a former Innovation Fellow for Mayor Lee of San Francisco. Neal earned a masters with distinction from Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology program and B.As in American Studies and English Literature with distinction for George Mason University.