As AirBnB and other vacation rental sites become more popular, government regulation could undermine this emerging sector of the tourism industry.
Airbnb will capitalize on its success by expanding into more aspects of travel, founder Joe Gebbia said today in London at LeWeb, but it will work with car-sharing companies to build the collaborative economy rather than competing with them.
If Web 2.0 was the flourishing of social media, Web 3.0 will be the use of social platforms to support individuals sharing goods and services with one another: That’s the main argument of a report from the industry research firm Altimeter Group in the lead-up to the LeWeb conference this week that focuses on the so-called collaborative economy.
I spent the summer of 2008 living in a youth hostel in the middle of Times Square, where an old classmate I had reconnected with on MySpace had filled his two-bedroom apartment with bunk beds. I shared a basement with a rotating cast of 14 tourists and two kittens while he slept in a loft space above the living room and his roommate took the other bedroom. The idea was ahead of its time — Airbnb, a site for listing short-term rentals of rooms or entire homes, emerged just a couple months later.
Rents in San Francisco getting you down? Try living in a 1990 Chevy Conversion van for $520 a month.
Airbnb is rolling out a new identity verification program that will eventually require all users around the world to connect their online identities with conventional forms of identification.
Regulatory clampdowns have paradoxically driven more users to Airbnb, but the company continues working with municipal governments to negotiate regulations that protect consumers without impeding sharing, said CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky.
Fast Company today released its annual list of the 50 most innovative companies. While smaller social networks like Pinterest made the cut, Facebook and Twitter were noticeably absent this year. Why?
Price tags for social media companies have skyrocketed since Facebook debuted in 2004. These startups were valued at a billion dollars or more.
Airbnb belatedly released its 2012 overview today, showing significant growth — and impressive design chops. The short-term apartment rental service hosts 300,000 listings, more than double the 120,000 it had at the start of 2012.