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The Ten Commandments of Being A Good Airbnb Guest

SmarterTravel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Travel

Though Airbnb's user reviews empower travelers to make educated decisions, what's not often considered is that your hosts can also review you. But the feedback you get on your Airbnb page is important. Here's what you need to know.

A Week In The City Of Light And Love

Brian Chesky | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Brian Chesky

Reflecting on this week, two things come to mind -- light and love. Crisis has an unfortunate way of bonding people together, and our bond was forged not just through shared experience but a deep care and love for one another. In the face of this tragedy, I saw the very best.

Airbnb Executive: 'No Army' Can Stop Us

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 11.12.2015 | Technology

A senior Airbnb executive boasted on Thursday that the company is unstoppable, even though the company is currently facing allegations that it has lax...

Airbnb Throws A Bone To City Governments

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business

After withstanding backlash for its ads targeting spending on local schools and libraries and helping block what it called "extreme" regu...

A Man Died At An Airbnb Rental. Here's How The Company Responded

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.10.2015 | Technology

The story of a man's tragic death at an Airbnb rental in Texas is drawing more attention to the responsibilities tech companies have in keeping their ...

San Francisco Votes Down Tough Airbnb Regulations

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a major victory for one of the world's most valuable startups, San Franciscans voted Tuesday against further regulating Airbnb an...

An Open Letter To Airbnb "Regular People" Hosts: Airbnb Is Selling You Out

Steven Hill | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Steven Hill

It is cynically using you, the "regular people," as human shields to hide behind, and to deflect criticism, so that the public and the media won't recognize what it has become.

Airbnb Spends $8 Million Lobbying Against San Francisco Ballot Initiative

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Airbnb has spent more than $8 million and hired a top political operative to defeat a San Francisco initiative on the ballot...

Kitchen Table Commerce: The Way Business Works for Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Kari Warberg Block

It's hard to believe how different things were, here in the United States, just 27 years ago -- or how different things would be, had our government not invested in women. A healthy economy, void of corruption and injustice, is one that leads to an environment where nobody is left behind.

The Changing Face of San Francisco

Juanita MORE! | Posted 10.28.2015 | San Francisco
Juanita MORE!

These are complex problems without easy solutions. But if my years of fundraising, DJ'ing, performing and party planning have taught me one thing, it's that you have to get up, get out, and do something. Otherwise you are a spectator in your own life.

Airbnb: Bragging About Meeting Their Legal Requirement

Mike Lux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Mike Lux

So I wanted everyone to know that today when I was out shopping I paid the legally required sales tax on some gum I bought at the drug store. I am very proud of myself for doing so.

The Inexorable Logic of the Sharing Economy

Michael Spence | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Michael Spence

MILAN -- The truth is that the Internet-led process of exploiting under-utilized resources - be they physical and financial capital or human capital and talent - is both unstoppable and accelerating. The long-term benefits consist not just in efficiency and productivity gains (large enough to show up in macro data), but also in much-needed new jobs requiring a broad range of skills. Indeed, those who fear the job-destroying and job-shifting power of automation should look upon the sharing economy and breathe a bit of a sigh of relief.

6 New Rules Of Business For The Next Industrial Revolution

Alan Murray | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Alan Murray

The world is in the midst of a new industrial revolution. Fortune's Geoff Colvin has a fascinating piece that lays out what this means for modern companies. But for the time-pressed, here are my six big takeaways.

Airbnb: Sorry!

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 10.22.2015 | Business

EmbedContent(56285100e4b08589ef4ac136,Day Around The Bay: Is This An Actual Airbnb Ad?— SFist...

The On-Demand Economy Should Be Challenged By Workers

Nikki Fortunato Bas | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Nikki Fortunato Bas

The moment has finally arrived for the people who actually do the work of moving, sharing and renting their goods through businesses like Uber and AirBnB to get some much-needed attention.

Why Jersey City Will Allow Airbnb

Steven Fulop | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Steven Fulop

If there are concerns about a new technology or platform or industry, the way to address those concerns is not by trying to eliminate what's new. Instead, as Bill Clinton said, "We have to make change our friend," which is what we're doing in Jersey City with regard to Airbnb.

Is Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Telling Us the Truth About His Company?

Steven Hill | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Steven Hill

The clear and simple truth is that Airbnb has drifted very far from its origins, and is no longer simply a platform of "regular people" hosts. It has morphed into a giant loophole for professional real estate operatives.

Want To Sleep In 'The World's Largest Grave'? AirBNB To The Rescue

The Huffington Post | Whitney Meers | Posted 10.16.2015 | Weird News

If all those Donald Trump costumes this year aren't scary enough, consider AirBNB's once-in-a-lifetime contest to spend Halloween night in the P...

Redefining Property: The Sharing Economy

FOMIN | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business

Any individual or company now has full access to information and global markets in real time. This has unleashed the power of people to share ideas, financing, and goods and service in a way that has changed forever how we communicate, interact, and exchange ideas and resources.

Hotel San Francisco: New TV Ad Takes on Air BnB Evictions

Dale Carlson | Posted 10.16.2015 | San Francisco
Dale Carlson

People move to San Francisco for a better life and to live differently; to break sharply with the conventional. That's been true for more than 200 years and it's the reason we're such a hotbed for innovation and creativity. Prop F helps ensure that rich tradition continues.

We Need to Make Demands From the On-Demand Economy

Mike Lux | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I want to stay at a place on my trips that has some health safety regulations they have to abide by; I want there to be an even playing field so that Uber and AirBnB have to live by the same rules that taxi companies and hotels do. If Uber drivers are full time, if AirBnB hosts are renting out apartments most of the time, they ought to be treated like employees and have their payroll taxes paid.

How We Survived 5 Weeks in Spain with Kids

Findery | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel

Now, we are not exactly new to the whole extended family travel situation, but, nonetheless, even for us, traveling with kids for five straight weeks has the potential to become both irritating and exhausting. Don't get me wrong, this trip was pretty incredible and filled with unforgettable family memories, but we definitely experienced our fair share of frustration and chaos all while enjoying lots of family bonding time.

How Big Is the Gig Economy?

Steven Hill | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Steven Hill

The gig economy is just one sub domain of what is happening more broadly to the workforce, including just-in-time scheduling and other disruptions to the labor markets, whether as a result of the gig economy, automation and robots, artificial intelligence and other factors.

AirBnB: What's It Really Like?

Leon Logothetis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Leon Logothetis

If you think it's about time for the masses to have a viable alternative to expensive and underwhelming hotels, you will love AirBnB. This is an uber-efficient online lodging service that allows anyone to list an apartment, home, or even a single room for travelers to rent.

Dear Uber: America Needs a Caring, Not a Sharing Economy

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Americans are looking to corporate citizens to embrace their responsibilities to workers and the public. The enormous popularity of minimum wage increases and anti-wage theft measures are a powerful barometer of this desire, and one that Uber and other sharing economy players would do well to heed.