Airbnb makes service more accessible to people with disabilities

Airbnb has made some changes to its platform in order to make it easier for people with disabilities to find accommodations that suit their needs. The 21 new accessibility filters Airbnb has added ena

Airbnb poaches Amazon’s Prime boss

Airbnb is bringing on Greg Greeley, Amazon's current VP of Prime & Delivery Experience, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky wrote in a blog post today. His first day at Airbnb will be March 18.

Acorns, the financial management service for everyone else, adds 3 million users

Acorns, the financial management service focused on getting low- and middle-income households to invest and save responsibly, has reached 3 million users in the United States. The company has roughly

Roku’s reckoning, Snap’s huge CEO payout, Airbnb goes upscale and a big NYC acquisition

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week the full gang was in town, with Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley

WeTravel builds a payment platform for small travel businesses

WeTravel wants to be the payment platform for small travel companies and group trips. Founded by three immigrant entrepreneurs who met at University of California, Berkeley, the company has just close

Badi bags $10M to build out its room rentals platform in Europe

Barcelona-based Badi launched a marketplace for urban room rentals in September 2015 with the goal of making it easier to find flatmates. The startup has now closed a $10M Series A investment, led by

What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing

When I began fundraising for CircleUp six years ago, I encountered many investors whose eyes would glaze over when I mentioned “consumer.” These investors would fidget uncomfortably or drop their

Equity podcast: Dog-walking startup gets $300M, Airbnb isn’t going public and Amazon is fine

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Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi is out

Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi is leaving the company, Airbnb announced today. This comes shortly after The Information reported there were some tensions brewing between Brian Chesky and Tosi over the futur

A new study of Airbnb paints an ugly picture of the company’s impact on New York City housing

For anyone who knows their city well, it's easy to see that the short-term rental boom spurred by Airbnb's massive popularity is changing things. Figuring out what exactly is changing and how quickly

Airbnb brings on American Express CEO to board of directors

Airbnb has appointed Kenneth I. Chenault, the outgoing CEO of American Express, to its board of directors. The announcement comes one week after Facebook appointed Chenault to its board of directors.

The battle for consumers gets physical (instead of virtual)

The world’s largest taxi firm, Uber, is buying cars. The world’s most popular media company, Facebook, now commissions content. The world’s most valuable retailer is now Amazon, and has more tha

Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

Airbnb has today announced a new feature that will help users manage their payments on the platform. The feature, aptly albeit unimaginatively named Pay Less Up Front, lets users pay for a part of the

Amsterdam to halve Airbnb-style tourist rentals to 30 nights a year per host

City councillors in Amsterdam have decided to reduce by half the number of nights Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments in the city -- imposing a cap of 30 nights per year, down from the current

Airbnb beats big property landlord’s lawsuit in California

A California judge has dismissed Apartment Investment & Management Company's lawsuit against Airbnb. Last February, Aimco, which owns or manages about 50,000 properties, sued Airbnb, saying tha

Paris asks Airbnb to delist 1,000 apartments

The city of Paris’ officials told the AFP that they have asked Airbnb and competing platforms to comply with new regulation. The Mayor’s Office has flagged around 1,000 apartments that are not reg

Crunch Report | Cyber Monday Results

WeWork buys Meetup, Airbnb now lets you split the bill and the financial results from Cyber Monday. All this on Crunch Report.

Airbnb launches payment splitting for group trips

In February of this year, Airbnb acquired social payments startup Tilt. Today, the fruits of that acquisition are being passed along to Airbnb users. Starting now, Airbnb users have the ability to spl

Makers or breakers?

The weight of problems being demonstrably attached to heavily used tech services has acquired such a gravitational and political pull that it's becoming harder and harder for these businesses to sides

Airbnb acquires ad tech startup AdBasis

It looks like accessibility isn’t the only thing that Airbnb wants to upgrade on its platform. On the same day that Airbnb announced that it acquired Accomable, an “Airbnb for disabled tra
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