Blog Archive for 2015

What's Your Score?

Earlier this fall, the Atlantic published a piece forecasting a data-driven culture where consumers are assigned a single score. In the future, members of society are judged against this number. Who you date or conduct business with will be determined by this score. Yet, this may not be in the future. As noted in the World Privacy Forum report “
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Safety Tips from Vijilent

At Vijilent we keep saying that we are all about trust and safety.  So for the month of December we will be providing safety tips to take with you anywhere and particularly as you navigate the sharing economy. 12/1: Wear a seat belt.  There is a 50% reduction in injury or fatality if you are wearing a seat belt.  Make Mom proud, where your seat...
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Living and Dying on Airbnb

I started my day today by reading this very raw account of a son's loss of his father due to an unfortunate accident during an Airbnb visit.  The NYT also followed up on the story and the NYT author, Ron Lieber, questions the liability issue - who is responsible? Airbnb?  The homeowner? The guest? The insurance companies? Regards of who holds responsibility...
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Keeping Personal Information Secure, especially when cyber buying

More on personal information security. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with a goal to "protect consumers: prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace" has an article on how to keep your personal information secure.  It is useful reading for everyone that uses the internet - which is almost all people living in the...
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Long Live Ephemeral Data

Data deluge + insecure storage of data should worry the average consumer as well as the company that collects this data.  In an October 2015 Strata+Hadoop keynote, Pinboard.in founder Maciej Ceglowski spoke how the internet user should be concerned about being Haunted by Data. He argues that companies that collect data need to keep it secure, or...
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Do Pivots Matter?

I can't believe that I haven't posted anything since June.  It's definitely not from a lack of activity!  There have been many highlights over the last 5 months - Vijilent's app launching in the iOS and Google Play stores, finishing Groundwork Labs accelerator program, launching our beta with Sweeps.jobs of Raleigh, NC and competing in Women Who...
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Women Who Tech

It has been an interesting week with a trip to California to meet with potential customers (quite a successful trip!) while the Vijilent team was back home coding and running the crowdfunding campaign, which was sponsored by #WomenWho Tech and #craigconnects. Eighty-eight women-led companies collectively raised $365,681 for their enterprises. In...
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Should the Sharing Economy Share Their Data?

At Disrupt NY 2015, #RonConway and #FredWilson discussed the trends in the sharing economy.  Apparently there is discussion that Airbnb and others may be required to hand data over to regulators on how their services are used.  The gentlemen disagreed with each other on whether firms should share their data. TechCrunch reported that Conway responded...
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Why Share with Strangers

Today’s news story is about the Calgary couple, Mark & Star King, whose house was vandalized for $50,000 again involving an Airbnb guest (http://bit.ly/1bH2eON).  A question being asked in social media is why would they rent to complete strangers?  As a fan of Airbnb,  I think it’s because those who participate in the sharing economy believe in a...
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Trust in the sharing economy - an $18,000 mistake

I was an early adopter in 1989 of room sharing with Servas (https://www.usservas.org). I'm a member of the house sharing networks Couchsurfing, HomeAway and HomeLink. We have had good visits and extraordinarily wonderful visits such as the time we were hosted by a Servas family in Australia. One family we met through HomeLink have became lifelong...
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