Sharing Economy

Japan's Home-Sharing Law Gives HomeAway Opening in Airbnb Fight - Bloomberg

Japan’s home-sharing market is poised for a shift away from couch-surfing toward professional services after the passage of a law regulating …

Japan

Are You Part of the Gig Economy? You Need to Know These 3 Tax Rules

Whether you're sharing rides or sharing your home, you also need to share with the IRS.<p>It's called the emerging economy, the access economy the sharing economy, the on-demand and gig economy, but whatever the label, the businesses that drive it have changed the way people travel on vacation, …

Gig Economy

Is Airbnb Turning NYC’s Brooklyn White?

Everyone loves Airbnb. The company that connects hosts with customers searching for short-term lodging has become a favorite for travelers who want …

Brooklyn

Airbnb is apparently launching a fancy premium service

With quality-checked accommodation<p>If you love the idea of the flexibility that Airbnb holidays offer but hate the idea of turning up to a house that isn't up to your standards, then the letting company may be about to solve all of your problems.<p>According to Bloomberg, Airbnb is in the process of …

Pregnancy

These are the next industries that will go the way of taxis and hotels

Which industries will be the next ones to be disrupted by the likes of Uber and Airbnb, with platforms that act as intermediaries between customers and the services they want?<p>Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, offered his outlook in a conversation with …

Here's How Much the Average Airbnb Host Earns in a Month

And how you can max out your home's earning potential.<p>Airbnb has changed the way the world travels since its launch in 2008. The company, which is …

Airbnb

Airbnb steps up lobbying pitch to mayors with new economic boast

On the eve of a major address before a gathering of U.S. mayors, Airbnb released a report designed to showcase what it says is the company’s delivery …

San Diego

The gig economy threatens to takes us back to pre-Industrial Revolution times

Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon have made millions by using casual workers. It's not good for workers, and now the Bank of England alludes to it …

Uber

Ride-Sharing, House-Sharing and Now...Storage-Sharing

It's a genius idea.<p>The one thing that people in America have is space. And - let's admit it - the other thing that people in America have is lots of stuff. We like our stuff. We don't want to get rid of it. But unfortunately, there's an imbalance between the people with a lot of stuff and the …

Business

5 things I wish I'd known before renting my house out to strangers

Looking to make some extra cash? If you’ve never considered putting your house up for rent on a site like Airbnb or VRBO, you should read this first. There are millions of properties listed by people just like you, and it’s not as scary as you might think — at least according to some homeowners we …

Money

How chatbots are shaping the sharing economy — and vice versa

Chatbots

Airbnb Is Testing a Feature That Would Let You Split the Cost With Friends

Airbnb wants to help you avoid those awkward money-related conversations with your friends.<p>In a model similar to Uber’s fare split, the home-sharing …

Airbnb

Airbnb to target wealthy customers who prefer luxury hotels

Airbnb keeps expanding its core disruption with new features to help increase its audience. The company has made it easier for business travelers to find a room with the Airbnb app and has tried its hand at tour guiding with a new activity suggestion feature. Now the room-sharing company is …

Airbnb

Airbnb is testing a new, long-awaited feature

Airbnb, the much-loved online marketplace and hospitality service, recently announced it has begun testing out a split payment feature on the site.<p>Currently, when booking any type of experience or listing on the popular website, one person has to foot the entire bill. The announcement is a major …

Airbnb

Polls show homeowners like Airbnb renting — but not if the neighbors do it

In another sign of how highly politicized the battle around short-term rentals has become in South Florida, dueling polls released this week paint …

Miami Beach

Corporate Landlords Signed Up To List Thousands Of Apartments On Airbnb

A group of major real estate companies that together own 100,000 apartments have signed up to use a new software platform that will let them list thousands of units on Airbnb and other short-term rental sites.<p>The platform, run by startup Pillow, "gives apartment complex owners the ability to easily …

Business

Does Travis Kalanick’s resignation from Uber spell trouble for the sharing economy?

Does Travis Kalanick’s resignation from Uber spell trouble for the sharing economy?<p>Frank Pasquale, author of The Black Box Society: The Secret …

Uber

Books: Jared Meyer's 'How Progressive Cities Fight Innovation'

Could the purchase of a car save a neighborhood? In the past the answer to the previous question would have been quick and dismissive <i>no</i>. Blighted …

Uber

Baby boomer roommate service Silvernest collects $1.3 mln seed

Denver-based <b>Silvernest</b>, a roommate-matching service for baby boomers and empty nesters, has secured $1.3 million in seed funding. The investors …

Investing

Airbnb hosts are offering their homes for £0 to Grenfell workers

Hundreds of Airbnb hosts in the London area are offering accommodation for free to British Cross relief workers volunteering from across the UK on …

UK News

Pasadena short-term rental debate showing division among hosts

<i>Supporters of Airbnb and home-sharing applaud after hearing testimony from a colleague at a hearing at Los Angeles City Hall in 2016.; Credit: Josie</i> …

Southern California

How The Blockchain Could Usher In A Future Of Shared Mobility

Cars sit idle most of the time, but the decentralized ledger system might be the key to letting people safely and easily monetize their vehicles while they’re not using them.<p>Turo is a peer-to-peer car rental marketplace that currently lists about 150,000 vehicles. The way it works is simple. As a …

Bitcoin

Here's how much money Americans are making from the gig economy

About a quarter of all Americans participate in the sharing economy, according to Pew. That means they do things like drive for ride-sharing apps …

Real Estate

“Airbnb’s Sheryl Sandberg” is the Valley’s Quiet Superpower

Belinda Johnson is the brain behind the $25 billion startup’s attempts to befriend everyone.<p><b>Belinda Johnson knew a decision needed to be made …

Silicon Valley

'The way they manipulate people is really saddening': The downside of the gig economy

Sarah Kaine, <i>University of Technology Sydney</i>; Alex Veen, <i>RMIT University</i>; Caleb Goods, <i>University of Western Australia</i>, and Emmanuel Josserand,</i> …

Australian Universities

New short-term rental rules get thumbs up from mayor's exec committee, but many say they're too strict

Airbnb hosts say they should be able to use their secondary properties they way they want<p>The city moved a step closer Monday night to cracking down …

Toronto

How Uber and Airbnb Became Poster Children for the Disruption Economy

<b>WILD RIDE</b> <b><br>Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination</b> <br>By Adam Lashinsky<br>Illustrated. 228 pp. Portfolio/Penguin. $28.<p><b>THE AIRBNB STORY</b> <b><br>How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy</b> <br>By Leigh Gallagher<br>236 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $28.<p><b>THE UPSTARTS</b></b> …

Travis Kalanick

Airbnb urges city not to let hosts 'fall through the cracks' ahead of vote on proposed rules

Airbnb public policy manager says city should avoid narrow definition of ‘primary residence’<p>A third of Toronto listings on Airbnb could disappear if …

Housing

Airbnb Co-founder Joe Gebbia Launched an Office Furniture Collection

Airbnb co-founder and CPO Joe Gebbia and Bernhardt Design have launched a new collection of flexible furniture for the office and public spaces, …

Furniture

Proposed short-term rental rules could be bad for spin-off businesses, entrepreneurs warn

Mayor's executive committee will consider new short-term rental regulations Monday<p>The debate about how to regulate short-term rentals will once again …

Toronto