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10 of the Weirdest Vacation Rental Properties That Are Actually Affordable Enough to Stay At

Our world is chock-full of ineffable creations, both man-made and natural. We get it—it’s a colossal world out there, so massive that it can deem daunting when deciding what international destinations to visit in the course of a lifetime (not to mention your fragile bank account). Don’t let … Continue reading Source link

Furlenco’s $30 million raise shows furniture rental is working for Indian millennials

The idea of ownership in the American economy has changed so much in recent years that it’s easy to forget the once high level of importance placed on it. If we think back, most of us can remember at-least one conversation with our parents about Uber or Airbnb that resulted in a lecture about the dangers of using other people’s things. Ajith Mohan Karimpana, the founder and CEO …

Why is San Francisco trying to strangle its golden goose?

Carl Szabo Crunch Network Contributor Carl Szabo is policy counsel for NetChoice, a trade association working to make the internet more accessible and ubiquitous. How to join the network Detroit doesn’t place burdensome regulations on automobile manufacturers; Idaho doesn’t put undue restrictions and hurdles in front of potato farmers; and California takes steps to protect its farmers — because these industries are part of the …

Airbnb faces fresh crackdown in Barcelona as city council asks residents to report illegal rentals

Airbnb is facing a further squeeze on its activities in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital that’s hugely popular with tourists — ramping up tension with local communities dealing with inflating rents and rowdy behavior by visitors facilitated by the rapid rise of sharing economy platforms. The city has been trying to crack down on illegal tourist rentals for some time, with the incoming mayor Ada Colau putting a temporary cap …

Airbnb acquires travel activities marketplace, trip4real

Airbnb has bought a Barcelona-based travel startup it was advising and partnering with: Trip4real offers a marketplace of experiences for tourists to browse and book ahead of time to lend their trip a little local color/flavor (via tapas tastings, paella cooking classes, barrio tours and so on). There are obvious synergies with the sharing economy giant which pitches its platform as a way to escape the usual tourist traps by staying in …

The four public policy questions every startup should ask

Quietly incubating in dusty, ramen-scented apartments and college dorms all across the country, the brainchild of some sleep-deprived twenty-something will revolutionize our lives in ways that today seem wholly unimaginable: how we hail on-demand services, how we communicate and interact with one another, how we work, how we play, how we sleep. Almost everyone you encounter these days is nursing aspirations they might develop the …

Airbnb releases first transparency report on government requests for user data

Airbnb received 188 requests for users’ data from governments around the world in the first six months of this year, according to the company’s first-ever transparency report. The home-sharing company provided data in response to 82 of those requests. Airbnb is publishing a transparency report as part of its Community Compact, an initiative to make the company more transparent to the public and to the …

Can foreign tech companies win in China?

People have often referred to Google, Facebook and Twitter as cases where foreign tech companies are blocked in China. In reality, while Facebook and Twitter were indeed blocked, Google chose to withdraw because they didn’t want to comply with Chinese censorship regulations. It’s important to note that most foreign tech companies were not blocked, and companies like eBay, Amazon, Viadeo and, of course, Apple and Samsung …

Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation

Tech unicorn and sharing economy darling Airbnb has informed the State of Delaware that it’s raising another heap of cash. TechCrunch independently verified that Airbnb indicated in a 28 page filing on July 28th that it has plans to bring in additional late-stage capital. Almost a year after its last raise of $1.6 billion, the company is said to be adding $850 million to its coffers, according to information obtained by Equidate. …