Sharing Economy

Blocks In The Road To The Sharing Economy

"<p>The possibilities of the sharing economy are wide-ranging. Last week, for example, we saw the US' first shared dinner hosted via the Swedish shared dining app AirDine, which lets users pay to eat at strangers' houses and rate the experience afterwards.<p>And the market for peer-to-peer platforms is …

Airbnb Cofounder Joe Gebbia’s Next Project? Furniture Design

Joe Gebbia built Airbnb into a global company. His insights led to a new line of office furniture.<p>At 35, Joe Gebbia is cofounder and chief product officer of Airbnb, where he shapes the $31 billion company’s design aesthetic and seeks out new opportunities for growth. Last summer, he launched …

Furniture

Airbnb stunt lists entire country of Sweden

In a twist on the way tourism boards promote their places, Sweden has listed the entire country on Airbnb. Created in partnership with MDC …

Sweden

China Is the Future of the Sharing Economy

Conditions are ideal for the sector to thrive.<p>It's been an excellent few months for startups in China's sharing economy. Perhaps too good. The bike-sharing industry landed its first unicorn, and companies that allow phone users to share battery packs have raised at least $150 million in recent …

China

Why These Gig-Economy Startups Hire Salaried Employees Instead Of Contractors

A few companies have found there are big advantages to hiring full-time employees to do on-demand gig work.<p>On-demand startups have weathered criticisms for (among other things) classifying workers as independent contractors and avoiding the higher costs associated with providing benefits and …

The Blind Spot in a Sharing Economy: Tax Collection

A loophole is helping gig-economy workers, online sellers and home-sharing hosts cheat on their taxes.<p>Under a law enacted in 2008 and later clarified by the Internal Revenue Service, many online-platform businesses that connect buyers and sellers and take credit-card payments, such as Airbnb, …

Retirement

3 Creative Side Hustles for Foodies

If you can’t resist satiating your epicurean taste buds, you’re not alone. A study by Mintel, found that 68 percent of millennial Americans are self-proclaimed “foodies”.<p>Maintaining a food habit can be pricey, but the good news is that you can marry your passion for food and reaching your financial …

Creative

Amazon is quietly using the gig economy, and Royal Mail is furious

Do you know who's been delivering your parcels?<p>Royally angry<p>This morning Royal Mail’s CEO Moya Greene launched a furious verbal assault on her rivals …

No One Is More Into the Sharing Economy than Millennials

Millennials are different than older generations in many ways. According to new research, that generation gap is even wider when it comes to the …

Uber

Uber Your Supply Chain

The sharing economy, aka Uberization, may be the biggest disruptor to supply chain strategic thinking since lean. Surprisingly, it still ranks last among our Future of Supply Chain survey respondents as a “disruptive and important technology”. I suspect this will change soon.<p><b>Flexe and Relax</b><p>I had a …

Logistics

Here's how Labour and the Conservatives' manifestos compare on the gig economy

It sounds like change is coming to Britain's gig economy.<p>The Conservatives and Labour have now published their manifestos ahead of June's general election, and both promise to take action on self-employment and the workplace protections.<p>While both say they will act to protect workers' rights, …

Labour Party

Startup Tentrr Brings Sharing Economy to Private Campsites

According to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, Americans log 598 million nights a year under the stars. At an average of $40 in expenses and fees …

Adventure Travel

New York’s Housecleaners Become Collateral Damage in Airbnb Crackdown

It was only supposed to be temporary.<p>That’s how Joanna Rodriguez, 26, viewed the Bronx shelter she and her two young children moved into last year: …

Uber's deregulated business violates equality law | David Perry

The company is being sued in Jackson, Mississippi for not offering wheelchair access for any of its half million residents.

Uber

Can A Global Alliance Of 22 Mayors Tame Airbnb, Uber, And The Gig Economy?

New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen wants cities to band together.<p>For city mayors, dealing with the rise of gig economy startups has often felt like a game of whack-a-mole. Get a handle on how to regulate one company’s operations, and suddenly another appears.<p>That dynamic is finally changing–and …

U.S. Air Force

Up & Go Is A Worker-Owned Alternative To On-Demand Home Cleaning Services

The new web app is giving worker-owned cleaning cooperatives a much-needed tech boost to expand their reach–and hopefully paving the way for a more tech-savvy approach to winning new customers for more equitable businesses.<p>Rosario Jimenez is 28, and for the past three years she has been a …

Cooperatives

Bringing Sharing Economy to Agriculture Using Digitization

With the largest contribution in terms of workforce and employment, agriculture is not a sector to be ignored.

Agriculture

Ikea’s solution to peak stuff? Invest in plastics recycling plant

Furniture giant commits to reducing use of virgin raw materials but experts raise concerns about supply chain domination<p>Are companies ready to rethink the way they do business? – open thread<p>Ikea has bought forest in Romania and the Baltics, wind farms in Poland and now it is investing in a plastic …

Circular Economy

Lower East Side landlord hit with $1.2M lawsuit over illegal Airbnb listings

It’s the largest crackdown yet undertaken by NYC<p>Following through on its promise to crackdown on illegal Airbnb listings, the city has sued a Lower East Side building owner for $1.2 million for allegedly renting out several apartments in three buildings, the <i>New York Post</i> reports.<p>The city alleges …

Manhattan

Tourist scammed of nearly $1,200 by phony Airbnb listing in Amsterdam

A woman has spoken of her horror after she was scammed out of £915 ($1,180) for a holiday getaway through Airbnb.<p>Georgia Brown said she had never used the online rental marketplace before, but was delighted when she found the perfect spot to celebrate her boyfriend’s birthday in Amsterdam in …

Airbnb

Renting a room or house to tourists on P.E.I.? 8 things you need to know

The P.E.I. government has rules for tourism operators<p>The rise of services like HomeAway and AirBnB has made renting out a room — of full home — to …

Tourism

Airbnb Looks to Latin America, Now Its Fastest-Growing Market - Bloomberg

As Airbnb Inc. turns its attention to Latin America, the often-combative company is taking an unusual approach. It's giving local governments what …

Airbnb

New App Introduces By The Minute Hotel Room Rentals in NYC

Recharge lets users look for the closest hotel, book a room in real time and only pay for the minutes they use it<p>Now you can stay in four and …

New York City

Tennessee editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:<p>___<p>May 6<p>The Commercial Appeal of Memphis on Sens. Corker and Alexander's action on changes to the …

Government

“Coworking” doesn’t mean what it used to

Before opening one of New York’s first coworking spaces, New Work City, in 2008, Tony Bacigalupo stumbled across weekly events called “Jellies.” They were often hosted in people’s homes, where remote workers and freelancers met up to work side-by-side. “The reason [we went to Jellies] wasn’t …

The Workplace

Ellen MacArthur broke records sailing around the world. Now she wants to fix the economy

The pioneering sailor is working to make the economy waste-free. She tells WIRED about the techniques she uses to deal with her demanding workload<p>For …

Circular Economy

Renting Out Your Home on Airbnb? City Dwellers, You’d Better Watch Out

mbbirdy/iStockNew York City–bound travelers who dream of booking a night through Airbnb in the gilded Trump Tower should brace themselves for …

Business

Now you can rent your car to strangers while you’re stuck at work

Would you let a stranger with a smartphone rent your car for a few hours? A San Francisco startup that recently came to Boston sure hopes …

Uber

Host or guest: what you need to know about Airbnb’s hotel tax

<b>The summer travel season is nearly upon us and if you’re a fan of staying with Airbnb hosts instead of hotels, you probably already know some locations charge some or all of the same taxes that hotels charge.</b><p>If you don’t already know that, surprise! The number of locations charging taxes for that …

Airbnb

New York City's Airbnb inspectors face daunting odds

In the three months since the state's anti-Airbnb bill went into effect, the city has issued fines on 139 listings. That leaves a mere 24,000 more to …

Airbnb