Teapot Partners with ManyShip to Build Greater Trust in Peer to Peer Shipping

by Pranav Dandekar, Creator of Teapot

ManyShip enables its members to send things with people like them going that way

ManyShip enables its members to send things with people like them going that way

Teapot is a Stanford University research project where our mission is to enable trusted transactions on the web. We at Teapot are excited to partner with ManyShip to help make it the most trusted service for peer to peer shipping in the world.

How Teapot works

Teapot fosters trust between shippers and carriers on ManyShip using their social networks. When you view a trip or a need posted by a ManyShip user, like Michael Bennett, ManyShip allows you to “See how you’re connected” to Michael.

Traveler Profile with Teapot Integration on ManyShip

Teapot enables ManyShip users to “See how you’re connected”

Teapot will show you a trust score between you and Michael when both you and him have signed on to Teapot in your ManyShip account using the Facebook log on. The trust score is based on your shared connections, social interactions and common background.

Photo: Trust score between Manyship user Dan Denizen and Michael Bennett, powered by Teapot.

Trust Score between Sender and Traveler on ManyShip

Teapot enables ManyShip users to see a Trust Score, Degrees of Separation, and Which of your Friends are Connected to other users

This score leverages cutting-edge algorithms developed by researchers at Stanford University. These algorithms take into account a number of things about your social network and interactions: which friends of yours are connected to Michael, how well do you know them, and how well do they know Michael. The trust score captures the idea of transitivity of trust:  if you trust someone and they trust Michael, then you should probably trust Michael too. Additionally, the algorithms also take into account if you and Michael have a common background (e.g., you both went to the same high school, or worked at the same company, or are part of the volunteer organization).

In addition to simply showing you an opaque score, Teapot and Manyship also provide you more information about how you are connected (how many degrees you are separated by, which friends of yours are connected to the other user), so you can better understand this score. Like ManyShip, Teapot believes that knowing these shared connections and common background brings us closer, and creates greater trust in a transaction.

Your Privacy: We understand that if we are going to be in the trust-building business, we must first earn your trust. We promise that we will not share your data with a third party that you have not explicitly approved. Moreover, we give you total control over your data: if you sign in to Teapot, and click “Forget Me”, we will delete every single piece of information Teapot has about you. That’s one-click privacy brought to you by Teapot!

We look forward to helping ManyShip users build greater trust and enable a world class experience for senders and travelers alike. Get started building trust with Teapot by visiting ManyShip today.


Pranav DandekarPranav Dandekar is the creator of Teapot and a research scientist at Stanford University.  He has been thinking about trust, reputation and incentives in online marketplaces and social networks for more than 7 years. Previously he worked at industry leading technology companies including Google and Amazon.

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Before It’s News features article on ManyShip

Before It's News Features ManyShip in Article

Before It’s News Features ManyShip in Article

In the past few weeks ManyShip has been seeing a lot of coverage in the press.  Recently, BeforeItsNews.com did a piece on focusing on how we are connecting travelers around the world with people who need to send goods. The article features some awesome points on how high prices, obligations, and a lack of efficiency in the shipping market have created problems for senders, and “many of the uncertainties and high costs are eliminated with ManyShip, which even supports international delivery”.

Here are some other highlights of the article:

” ManyShip, is attempting to offer similar revolution in connecting travelers with cargo”

“ManyShip could surely be one of its kind, Social Shipping Platform”

“Travelers can go to the site and make a post detailing their trip, how much extra space they have and how much they want to be paid to carry a package for someone”

“Travelers stand to earn money as well as rewards, apart from making new connections and friends.”

They also commented on the trust and safety factor which is our number one priority at ManyShip saying “ManyShip is offering similar services in the cargo shipment segment. Platforms like AirBNB have already proven that such innovations do work against the obvious factor of distrust. Do give the platform a chance and let us know your views.”

Read the full article here: ManyShip Attempting to Connect Travelers with Cargo.

Trust, Security and Safety on ManyShip

Prasad talked about ManyShip at SIPACON 2013 conference on November 9 in San Jose, CA. SIPACON is an all day event for technology professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs to connect with over 300 people and learn from industry leaders.

Prasad pitching ManyShip at conference

Prasad Pitching ManyShip at SIPACON 2013

Audience loved the concept of ManyShipa social shipping and delivery platform connecting people who need things sent with those traveling who have extra space. The result: senders get expedited shipping for less, and travelers are rewarded for their help. However, audience wondered how ManyShip makes the platform safe for the members.

We have taken several measures to build trust and security. ManyShip uses the proven and reliable industry practice of utilizing Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks, and further works to educate users to build a safe and trustworthy community:

Registration and log in

  • ManyShip requires that our users register using our secure log in process before using our services. In addition we allow members to log in using Facebook which helps to build and maintain trust.

Secure Payments

  • When an order is accepted, senders are charged but payment is held until confirmation of delivery. Travelers are paid upon confirmation of delivery by the sender.

Private name, email and phone

  • We do not share names with other users and only collect them for payment purposes. Phone numbers and email addresses are also kept private until an order has been accepted.

Reviews and Feedback

  • We encourage members to leave a feedback and write a review after each transaction. This helps to create a safe and trustworthy community.

Private messaging

  • Our private messaging system allows members to perform all communications, information and file exchanges within the messaging system without ever sharing the email addresses and phone numbers.

In addition, we educate members through out the order process:

  • Members are encouraged to perform transactions within their network of friends and family. We provide various tools to members to get acquainted with each other and form the trust before accepting to carry or send goods.
  • Traveling members are obligated to open the sender’s package and re-pack them into their bags.
  • Traveling members are not obligated in any manner to carry the goods of the sender.
  • Traveling members are encouraged to answer the questions at the airport truthfully and completely.

We built our platform with safety as a core value, and have a number of great tools specifically aimed at ensuring thisManyShip strives to create a safe and trusted community for shipping and delivery.

Mine and Yours

At ManyShip, we believe in sharing. It can be in any form – qualitative or quantitative. Whether it be sharing ideas, sharing time, sharing happiness, or sharing personal things, sharing is a wonderful thing and results in immense happiness.

When we share, what is mine is not just mine.
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Similarly, what is yours is not just yours.
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ManyShip enables travelers to share their travel space and ship goods for other people. Travelers share the space in their car trunk, luggage, or a backpack and transport goods. Senders (or shippers) on the other hand, get expedited shipping for less. It’s a win win for both travelers and shippers. Sign up is free and takes only 30 seconds at ManyShip.com. Check it out and experience the new form of sharing (and shipping).