Articles tagged 'airbnb'

An Airbnb Bait & Switch: a real turkey during Thanksgiving

Since my vacation home was vandalized by an Airbnb guest (see my blog of 4/25/15), trust online has been a huge interest of mine. So much so that I’m currently conducting an academic study on who trusts and when to trust with Airbnb users. (Let me know if you would like to participate!). Because of this research, I quickly notice when my trust is...
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How a sex worker renting out a home on Airbnb caused $10,000 in damages

A homeowner in Menlo Park unknowingly rented out her home on Airbnb to a sex worker. The guest caused more than $10,000 of damage. Sharon Marzouk, a Menlo Park homeowner, is accusing Airbnb of not protecting its host members. Why? Because her Airbnb guest used an upstairs bathroom as "a place of business" shooting pornographic photos and videos...
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73% of Americans are Unfamiliar with the Sharing Economy

Do Americans even know what the sharing economy is? How many Americans participate in the sharing economy? How fast is the sharing economy growing? The Pew Research Center recently conducted a study answering these questions. Even though the sharing economy is becoming more widespread and accessible, many don’t know what it is. It’s sometimes called...
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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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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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