Airbnb Archive

Regulatory Questions Remain for the Sharing Economy; Would You “Access” a Washing Machine?

The question of regulation continues to dog the sharing economy: who should be responsible for what when things go wrong, and should people earning income from sharing sites pay tax? This week, following Airbnb’s court appearance where the home rental site argued against New York state’s demand for information on its hosts to determine if the site was violating housing and occupancy tax laws, headlines …

More Regulatory Scrutiny for the Sharing Economy; Fitmob’s Curated “Un-Scalable” Experience

This week, we’re reading again about regulation and the sharing economy. For months now, Airbnb and similar house / room sharing start ups are feeling the pressure from city governments in San Francisco, New York and Berlin, where regulators are carefully looking at how these start ups impact the cities’ rental markets. Of course, these cities, where housing is scarce, and where the population lives …

Sharing Economy Companies Take A Bite Out of Established Businesses – Or Do They?

How will sharing economy companies impact established businesses? This week, we turn to the question of who wins and who loses as collaborative consumption companies gain ground. Impact of Airbnb rentals on the hotel industry In a newly released report, Boston University’s School of Management examined the impact of Airbnb rentals on the hotel industry in the US state of Texas. The 36-page report estimates …

Sharing Economy News: About Insurance Industry Opportunity and Crowdsourcing Customer Support

Question of Necessity of Insurance for Growing Sharing Economy As the sharing economy continues to evolve, it’s clear that certain protections are needed for all players, both to build trust in fledgling marketplaces and to compensate should something go wrong. In fact, as the sharing economy moves from a small “feel good” movement and into the corporate world, where businesses are looking to embrace sharing …

Sharing Economy News: Regulating the Collaborative Economy

Since the start of 2014, we’ve noticed that news of the sharing economy has skyrocketed a sure sign that collaborative consumption is hitting the mainstream. But for all the newspapers giving readers an “introduction” of the various services, you know when a trend has really reached a “tipping point” when the EU writes a report calling for new opportunities in the area – and for its …

Our Top Ten Mobile and Web Apps for a Productive 2014

 “Is there an app for that?” Launching your own product as an Entrepreneur or Startup, productivity and organization is crucial. In terms of news and technology trends you always have to be up to date. And besides all work and focus, there are fun and entertainment which should’t fall by the wayside . Mila started early 2013 in Zurich and in April 2013, the web …