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Airbnb 'Squatter' Nightmare: Does the Sharing Economy Need a Security Overhaul?

Airbnb 'Squatter' Nightmare: Does the Sharing Economy Need a Security Overhaul?

The case of an Airbnb guest who overstayed his welcome and now is a legal tenant raises critical questions about what the home-rental platform can do to protect its hosts.
After Many Strikeouts, a $44 Million Home Run

After Many Strikeouts, a $44 Million Home Run

Apoorva Mehta’s company, the grocery delivery service Instacart, just raised $44 million and is expanding rapidly.
To Spur Real Estate Deals, Open Up the Data

To Spur Real Estate Deals, Open Up the Data

If everyone had fast, accurate access to the marketed lease rate and square footage information, would efficiency rise?
Airbnb, Why the New Logo?

Airbnb, Why the New Logo?

The accommodation-rental site relaunched its website and rolled out a new logo. The logo, in particular, has been met with some pretty vitriolic feedback.
The Sharing Economy is Misnamed But Deserves Celebration Anyway

The Sharing Economy is Misnamed But Deserves Celebration Anyway

Technology and the profit motive are creating more opportunity for entrepreneurs and better prices for consumers.
Finland's Capital Wants to Do Away With Car Ownership

Finland's Capital Wants to Do Away With Car Ownership

By 2025, Helsinki aims to have residents get around on trains, bikes, and with car-sharing rides. Nobody will own their own car.
San Francisco Says Enough Monkey Business: Tells Parking Spot App to Shut Down

San Francisco Says Enough Monkey Business: Tells Parking Spot App to Shut Down

After being served a cease-and-desist letter by the city, on-demand parking app MonkeyParking is suspending its services in San Francisco.
Controversial Reservation 'Scalping' Site Rethinks Its Mission

Controversial Reservation 'Scalping' Site Rethinks Its Mission

A startup that allows customers to pay for restaurant reservations is doing a 'soft pivot' following outrage from the restaurant industry.
It's Like Hitchhiking in the Age of Uber: Sidecar Tests Shareable Rides

It's Like Hitchhiking in the Age of Uber: Sidecar Tests Shareable Rides

San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Sidecar is running a pilot program where users headed in the same direction can split a fare.
San Francisco Puts the Brakes on a Parking App Startup

San Francisco Puts the Brakes on a Parking App Startup

The City Attorney says that MonkeyParking – an app that allow users to pay for information about available spots – is selling the use of public parking spaces, not information.
A Look at the Economy of the Future (Motiongraphic)

A Look at the Economy of the Future (Motiongraphic)

The digital revolution means that marginal costs of production are approaching zero in many industries. Here’s what it means going forward.
On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name Investors

On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name Investors

A cross between Peapod and Uber, Instacart allows customers to select items online from their favorite grocery stores and have them picked up and delivered by locals.
Crowdsource Your Way to Free Wi-Fi Everywhere

Crowdsource Your Way to Free Wi-Fi Everywhere

By getting people to share a part of their bandwidth, upstart Fon wants to build a no-cost web-access world.
The Future of the Sharing Economy Is a World Built Like Bitcoin

The Future of the Sharing Economy Is a World Built Like Bitcoin

Airbnb and Uber may seem revolutionary now, but they're just the beginning of a much larger movement, says venture capitalist Fred Wilson.
Airbnb Co-Founder: If Rejection Slows You Down, Entrepreneurship Isn't For You

Airbnb Co-Founder: If Rejection Slows You Down, Entrepreneurship Isn't For You

The apartment-rental platform is no stranger to controversy and criticism, but its founders say determination is everything.
The Sharing Economy Holds Promise for More Goods to Be Offered at Near Zero Marginal Cost

The Sharing Economy Holds Promise for More Goods to Be Offered at Near Zero Marginal Cost

The emerging Internet of Things and tech advances will allow for pooling of resources, greater productivity, a smaller income divide and environmental benefits.
Uber Breaks a Record With Its Latest Funding Round

Uber Breaks a Record With Its Latest Funding Round

With $1.2 billion from Fidelity and others, Uber sets the bar for other private companies in VC funding.
Airbnb Piloting Dinner Party Program for Complete Strangers

Airbnb Piloting Dinner Party Program for Complete Strangers

While the initiative marks a brand new foray for Airbnb, it is not the first company to the communal dining party.
New York Takes Another Stab at Getting Airbnb User Info

New York Takes Another Stab at Getting Airbnb User Info

A day after a New York judge stalled a subpoena seeking data on Airbnb users, the state attorney general has filed a revised subpoena.
3 Ways to Join the Knowledge-Based Economy

3 Ways to Join the Knowledge-Based Economy

Do you silently concur with this statement "I don't know what to say on Twitter; I have nothing interesting to share"? Want to up your game?
Tread Lightly on Regulating the Sharing Economy

Tread Lightly on Regulating the Sharing Economy

When calls for consumer protection come from competitors, policymakers should be cautious.
Is Your Company Marketing Like a Taxicab Business in the Age of Uber?

Is Your Company Marketing Like a Taxicab Business in the Age of Uber?

The sharing economy is starting to dramatically upend how creative work fashioned for advertising is sourced.
Lyft Gets a Serious Lift: Uber Competitor Expands to 24 More Cities

Lyft Gets a Serious Lift: Uber Competitor Expands to 24 More Cities

Fresh off of a $250 million round of funding, the ride-sharing company is venturing into new markets.
Zipcar Founder: Having a Social Mission as No.1 Is Not Enough to Make You a Success

Zipcar Founder: Having a Social Mission as No.1 Is Not Enough to Make You a Success

Robin Chase says that to make positive change on a large scale, social entrepreneurs need to make sure they are first and foremost catering to the needs of their customer.
Now, Uber Wants to Deliver Packages for You

Now, Uber Wants to Deliver Packages for You

The car-sharing service is piloting a courier service in New York City.

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