Online Video of FTC Conference on the Sharing Economy

Videos of Federal Trade Commission Workshop on the Sharing Economy From the Federal Trade Commission, June 9, 2015 The Federal Trade Commission held a workshop to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms—often called the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop examined competition, consumer protection, and economic issues arising in […]

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About airbnb’s $20 Billion Valuation

Airbnb And The Problem Of Data From the Tech Crunch, June 11, 2015 Ultimately, how San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and other economically prosperous and land-constrained cities decide to regulate Airbnb will impact how much the company can grow its inventory in its most lucrative markets. While Los Angeles city council members are currently considering new rules, New York Mayor […]

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New Vacation Rental Insurance Offering from HomeAway

This Is How Much Insurance You’ll Need Before Renting Out a Vacation Home From Main St., March 6, 2015 Vacation rental site HomeAway — which also owns rental services VRBO, VacationRentals.com and BedandBreakfast.com — recently partnered with CBIZ Property & Casualty Program to create a primary vacation-rental insurance plan called HomeAwayAssure to cover gaps in a homeowner’s […]

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The NIMBY Response to airbnb

People Are Fine With Airbnb, Until It Comes To Their Neighborhood From Consumerist, February 5, 2015 There are currently two distinct groups who have problems with Airbnb and similar home-sharing services. There are hotel owners who believe that Airbnb operators get away with running de facto hotels without facing the requisite taxes and regulation. Then there […]

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