sharing economy

  • Airbnb Victory In NYC: Environmental Control Board Reverses $2,400 Fine On Renting Out A Room In An Apartment

    Airbnb Victory In NYC: Environmental Control Board Reverses $2,400 Fine On Renting Out A Room In An Apartment

    A big regulatory victory for Airbnb today: the company has managed to win an appeal in New York City over a fine against a host called Nigel Warren, whose landlord was fined $2,400 in June after Warren rented out a room in his apartment. If the fine had stuck, it would have set a business-threatening precedent for Airbnb in the city. Read More

  • Ron Conway Talks Napster And The Sharing Economy Problem That “Never Got Solved”

    Ron Conway Talks Napster And The Sharing Economy Problem That “Never Got Solved”

    On stage at Disrupt NY 2013 today, serial investor Ron Conway and filmmaker/actor Alex Winter took the stage with CrunchFund’s MG Siegler to talk about the documentary Downloaded about the rise and fall of Napster. Ron Conway described being an early investor (his Angel Investors fund put around $500,000 into Napster, he said) and how the process of taking them through the ordeal went. Read More

  • Economies Of Scale As A Service

    Economies Of Scale As A Service

    Credit where it’s definitely due: this post was inspired by a Twitter conversation with Box CEO Aaron Levie. Don’t look now, but something remarkable is happening. Instagram had twelve employees when it was purchased for $700 million; all of its actual computing power was outsourced to Amazon Web Services. Mighty ARM has only 2300 employees, but there are more than 35 billion… Read More

  • Regulating the Sharing Economy

    Balancing Innovation And Regulation In The Sharing Economy

    The sharing economy is booming, as companies like Airbnb, Getaround, and Lyft are disrupting incumbent industries. But by using technology to create new services, these companies don’t fit neatly into the regulatory framework in those industries. New York University Stern School of Business professor Arun Sundararajan believes regulators should evolve to deal with these new businesses. Read More

  • Will Regulations Kill The Sharing Economy?

    Will Regulations Kill The Sharing Economy?

    It’s not just Uber that faces regulatory issues. There are a number of other startups seeking to make more efficient use of assets users already own. Those services provide marketplaces for connecting haves and have-nots. And each of those services seeks to provide alternatives to highly regulated incumbent service providers in the hotel, transportation, and car rental industries. Read More