Guesty books $170M to double down on property management tools for Airbnb and other rental platforms
Platforms like Airbnb have boomed with more consumers (and business users) than ever before keen to stay in private properties when traveling or working away from their usual home base. That’s a
Gepek leverages the power of the sharing economy for same-day deliveries
The idea for Gepek, a Croatian startup that aims to tap the sharing economy for same-day deliveries, came about because a brother and sister wanted to help their mother access her medication quickly.
A touch-up for Glambook’s bank balance, as it aims to be Airbnb for beauty professionals
In the world of beauty, independent professionals often end up renting a chair in a salon. Glambook reckons that market is ripe for some tech-forward disruption, not dissimilar from renting a chair in
ImaliPay gets $3M to offer financial services to underserved gig workers across Africa
The gig economy is experiencing profound growth in Africa. Yet, all that growth hasn’t changed the status of workers who are seen as contractors rather than employees. Because many of them, particul
Gig platform report calls for transparency to fix abuse
A not-for-profit set up by a former Uber driver who successfully challenged the ride-hailing giant’s misclassification of drivers’ employment status in the U.K. has published a timely repo
Europe lays out a plan to flip the odds on gig economy exploitation
EU lawmakers have formally proposed legislation for the gig economy they hope will improve conditions for platform workers across the bloc — including by establishing a framework to tackle the probl
UK High Court deals huge blow to Uber-style ride-hailing contracts
In a landmark court decision against Uber, the U.K. High Court has ruled that its business model is unlawful. The decision — which reboots the application of London’s regulations around pr
A California judge just struck down Prop 22: Now what?
California is not going to resolve this issue. Congress is not going to resolve this issue because it almost never resolves anything. So the game comes down to individual states.
Chasing hype is human nature: The tyranny of startup trends
Don’t let an imagined future state of regret drive a decision to launch or fund a new venture. Trends present real opportunities, but founders and investors should engage with caution.
Holidu books $45M after growing its vacation rentals business ~50% YoY during COVID-19
Vacation rental startup Holidu has tucked $45 million in Series D funding into its suitcase — bringing its total raised since being founded back in 2014 to more than $120 million. The latest fun
Grab a group discount and take your team to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021
Mobility mavens, June 9 will be here before you know it, and that means it’s time to get your strategy ducks in a row for TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. You want to make the most of your time at this o
Airbnb cancels all bookings for DC during Inauguration week
Airbnb won’t be hosting anyone in Washington DC during the week of the Presidential Inauguration, the company said in a statement. Brian Chesky took to Twitter to confirm the company’s mov
5 questions from Airbnb’s IPO filing
Airbnb filed to go public yesterday, offering the world a look into its financial performance over the past several years. The company’s S-1 detailed an expanding travel giant with billions in a
The VC and founder winners in Airbnb’s IPO
After a tumultuous year for the travel industry, Airbnb’s long-awaited IPO filing just dropped. One thing is clear: there is still plenty of juice left in the home-sharing platform, and a smattering
5 key innovations taking e-scooters to a half-billion rides in 2021
Shared e-scooters are on track to surpass half a billion rides globally in 2021. These are several of the most important innovations that got us here.
Equity Monday: C3.AI files to go public and Vision Fund 2 leads $100M round
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big
Merging Airbnb and the traditional hotel model, Mexico City’s Casai raises $23 million to grow in Latin America
With travel and tourism rising across Latin America, Casai, a startup combining Airbnb single unit rentals with hotel room amenities, has raised $23 million to expand its business across Latin America
Bringing micromobility to Africa
When you look at maps of micromobility across the world, it appears there’s not a ton of activity throughout Africa. Well, that’s because there’s not, Gura Ride founder and CEO Tony
What micromobility is missing
AT TC Sessions: Mobility, we heard from Tortoise co-founder and president Dmitry Shevelenko, Elemental Excelerator director of Innovation, Mobility, Danielle Harris and Superpedestrian VP of Strategy