Jessica Lynne Ryland

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The Day I Met the President of Costa Rica

In the States, meeting the president is no easy task. You can’t just walk up to him at a convention, he’s always surrounded by bodyguards, there is …

Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University (pdf).<p>The forecast of Facebook's impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to …

Are Your Neighbors Renting Their Home On Airbnb?

As more Evanston residents rent out their homes for short-term guests on sites like Airbnb, city officials grapple with the question of whether to …

Should I book with Airbnb instead of a hotel?

A recent column on how to let your place via Airbnb triggered several questions from readers curious about booking first-time sleepovers with the service. I contacted some veteran users for the lowdown on getting started – and the pitfalls to avoid.<p>"The most obvious benefit is price – every Airbnb …

Hospitality

I Bought An Apartment Just To Rent It Out On Airbnb

In 2012, I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on airbnb. I've been managing it remotely for the past year. This post includes everything I …

Airbnb calls its hosts 'micro-entrepreneurs' who are in need of new laws

Addressing his company’s legal battle with New York over its users’ data, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said on Tuesday that maybe the current laws …

Come Tour the Room James Franco Designed for Airbnb

Never ones to shy away from high design or a good marketing gimmick, the good folks at online room-rental hotspot <b>Airbnb</b> recruited L.A.-based celebrities to create pop-up suites in some of the city's chicest locales—all in an attempt to stir up some buzz over the website's fledgling presence in the …

Airbnb Starts Teaching Hospitality

Airbnb aims to offer apartments and home rentals on par with a stay at a nice hotel. To do that, it’s embarking on a mission to instruct the 350,000 hosts who use its site on the finer points of hospitality.<p>“We need our hosts to be successful,” Brian Chesky, the company’s co-founder and CEO, said …

Airbnb host left violated after busting fanny pack-clad male prostitutes in her apartment

A Washington DC woman who caught what very much appears to be two male hookers using her apartment as a base for their “erotic massage” service is …

The Airbnb Blog – Belong Anywhere

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5 Tips for Renting Out Your Spare Rooms

Where most of us may see an empty bedroom, homeowners around the country are seeing new ways to make big bucks by renting out those rooms, for an …

The Airbnb Effect: Bringing Life To Quiet Neighborhoods

There’s a lot to be said about the so-called “sharing economy.” As <i>Forbes</i>‘ Tomio Geron explains in the current cover story, it isn’t hard to make a connection between the current economy’s scarcity of secure full-time work, and the appeal of services that can make anybody a couple of extra bucks by …

Words With Agency Entrepreneurs: Dojo Launches Abductionary Game

Abductionary is a beat-the-clock word game developed by Dojo’s in-house IP unit, The Prototype Factory. Best described as a mash-up of Tetris and …

Airbnb-Affiliated Lobbying Group Defeats Venice's Attempt To Regulate Vacation Rentals In Los Angeles

Charming, beachy Venice is a popular spot for vacation rentals, and way more now that vacation rental site <b>Airbnb</b> has made it super-easy for anyone to rent out an extra room (often tax-free!), so a few months back the Venice Neighborhood Council decided to look into the impact short-term rentals are …

Airbnb Wants Your Vine Videos for a Short Travel Film

Airbnb is taking a creative approach to using Vine for marketing by instructing users around the world to take specific videos, which may then be …

As Airbnb scales, the traveler experience needs work

Airbnb is one of the most disruptive breakout startups to come out of Silicon Valley over the past few years. It’s now hosted 10 million guest stays …

Senators introduce bill to crack down on 'lavish' portrait expenses

A bipartisan Senate duo says they want to crack down on what they call the government’s “lavish” spending on oil paintings of congressmen, the costs of which can top $50,000 each.<p>Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in a Thursday press release they are introducing a bill that …