Blog Archive for 2016

Did Airbnb break the trust barrier?

Thoughts on the TED Talk of Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb. An ongoing challenge for Airbnb and other sharing economy companies is trust. And it seems that Gebbia found a solution: “It turns out, a well-designed reputation system is key for building trust”. Yet, these review systems don’t always tell the full story - as evident in the website...
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Airbnb Says Trust Baby Boomers

Vijilent asks, 'who do you trust?' Airbnb says it's ok to trust baby boomers. In a recent study conducted by Airbnb, Americans aged 60 and older are the fastest-growing and best-reviewed demographic in Airbnb. These baby boomers are traveling more, yet most do so on limited budgets.  They have turned to the sharing economy and Airbnb to make travel...
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Are you traveling to Europe soon? Turns out the European Commission may make your stay at Airbnb more expensive

Airbnb, Uber, TaskRabbit and 44 other sharing economy companies signed an open letter to the leadership of the European Union. The letter is urging the Council of the EU not to limit the development of the collaborative economy. Why the letter now? At this time, the European Commission is working on new guidelines on how to apply existing regulation...
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Start of a New Year: From Zero-to-One

The start of the new year always comes with such optimism. This is our year! This is the year we are going to nail all our goals! I like to start the new year by reading a motivational book and this year it was Zero-to-One by Thiel & Masters.  Thiel is known as the co-founder of PayPal. So to kick off the new year, I'll start with this kernel from...
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