The subject of racism has become an issue on the platforms of some of the Bay Area’s best tech companies, and experts say the business models of the “sharing economy” could keep startups from addressing the issue. Based my own personal experiences as both an Uber and Lyft driver, this revelation is quite shocking. Continue reading “Is there racism in the sharing economy?”
Airbnb is a great company that offers many people the opportunity to rent out the homes that they own. Not only do the guests find a place to stay, but the hosts also make a nice buck from the business. Sounds like a great idea that shouldn’t have any problems, but Airbnb is actually known for being a controversial company, especially in the Bay Area. Continue reading “Airbnb: Legal battles in San Francisco”
According to their website, Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations. Airbnb users include hosts and travelers: hosts list and rent out their unused spaces, and travelers search for and book accommodations around the world.
Companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber are disrupting businesses across a variety of industries. The modern day consumer has access to a plethora of new options when it comes to finding transportation or even finding a place to stay. Just as Netflix did with TV, the sharing economy is blowing up the industrial model of companies owning and people consuming, which allows normal citizens to be either a producer or consumer of their choosing.