Airbnb

  • Remember That Time That Company Changed That Thing?

    People don’t like change. We just don’t. Especially when it comes to our favorite sites or apps. When you move our cheese we get confused and angry. In fact, Facebook can’t do anything without a group of people raging about it. Sure, change isn’t always bad, but in the case of these 10 situations, it was pretty bad. Read More

  • YC Answers The Questions You Ask (“A Lot”)

    YC Answers The Questions You Ask (“A Lot”)

    Earlier today, Y Combinator President Sam Altman posted the type of numbers about which he gets asked “a lot” — calling them (humbly and probably rightly) “very imperfect indicators of success.” Here’s the lowdown, if you missed them: Excluding companies like Quora that didn’t get their start with the incubator, Altman says that YC has now backed… Read More

  • Airbnb Removes Top Host In Asia From Its Service With No Explanation

    Airbnb Removes Top Host In Asia From Its Service With No Explanation

    ‘Sharing economy’ companies like Airbnb, Uber, TaskRabbit and others have grown popular for offering new types of work, and by association, additional incomes to people worldwide. While making a little side money comes in handy, a cautionary tale from a top Airbnb host in Asia shows the potential perils of becoming too reliant on these services. Read More

  • Airbnb Gets Tourist Tax D’Accord In Paris, Its Largest Market

    Airbnb Gets Tourist Tax D’Accord In Paris, Its Largest Market

    Airbnb has announced it will begin collecting tourist tax in Paris, the most popular city for home sharing on its platform, starting from October 1 — after which the remittance collection will be gradually expanded to cover the other cities where the platform operates in France. Read More

  • The ‘Do It When I Want Economy’ Is Here To Stay Crunch Network

    The ‘Do It When I Want Economy’ Is Here To Stay

    The public discourse about the “on-demand” economy gets a D+. Wherever I turn, whether it’s the Economist, New York Times, TechCrunch, ReCode, Forbes, Washington Post or Business Insider, journalists, politicians and tech influencers all too often flock around a frustrating mix of myths, memes and conflation. OK, that’s a bold claim. So you be the judge. Read More

  • Airbnb On Growth
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    Airbnb On Building A Global Company

    The RISD grads were so passionate about their idea that they bootstrapped their company with a binder full of credit cards and sold politically themed cereal boxes during the 2008 presidential campaign – called Obama O’s and Captain McCains – for $40 a box. Read More

  • The Sharing Economy And The Remaking Of Loyalty Crunch Network

    The Sharing Economy And The Remaking Of Loyalty

    A 25-year-old named Ben Schlappig was in the news recently because he traveled around the world for an entire year — for free. People like Schlappig outsmart loyalty programs all the time, racking up frequent flyer and hotel reward points in mindboggling volumes. And while this might sound neat, your business is probably subsidizing his travel. Read More

  • Politicized “Gig Economy” May Make Changing Status Quo More Difficult Crunch Network

    Politicized “Gig Economy” May Make Changing Status Quo More Difficult

    The so-called “sharing economy,” which some affectionately (or pejoratively) describe as the “gig economy,” is becoming a highly politicized issue in the 2016 presidential election. As the “sharing economy” capitalizes on crowdsourcing everyday tasks or “gigs,” lawmakers and politicians alike are chiming in. The issue of whether to classify… Read More

  • Lessons from Seoul’s Two Sharing Economies Crunch Network

    Lessons from Seoul’s Two Sharing Economies

    As a Fulbright grantee, I spent part of the last year researching the sharing economy in Seoul. One of my main findings? Korea actually has two. The first is small-scale, hyper local and socialist in flavor. The second is the polar opposite of the first, and encompasses Airbnb and Uber, the enormous, multinational corporations that remain those best associated with the term “sharing… Read More

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