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The U.S. Loses Billions of Tax Dollars a Year Thanks to On-Demand Economy

The U.S. Loses Billions of Tax Dollars a Year Thanks to On-Demand Economy

David Kocieniewski, Bloomberg

When you combine the lack of transparency by sharing economy companies with the backwards nature of the IRS, then you have a mess like this.

7 months ago

TripAdvisor Buys European Vacation Rental Site HouseTrip

TripAdvisor Buys European Vacation Rental Site HouseTrip

Jason Clampet, Skift

TripAdvisor, Expedia, and other big booking brands will never have the buzz that Airbnb commands, but they do have the consumers. Whether or not they can get them interested in their urban products is another matter.

8 months ago

Vacation Rental Metasearch Site Tripping Promises to Expand in Europe

Vacation Rental Metasearch Site Tripping Promises to Expand in Europe

Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

We'll go out on a limb and say that as consumers we'd really value a vacation rental booking site that cut out all the superfluous and duplicate listings. Despite expansion, we still see challenges on the metasearch side.

8 months ago

Uber’s $100 Million Settlement With Drivers Opens Door to Tipping, More Job Protection

Uber’s $100 Million Settlement With Drivers Opens Door to Tipping, More Job Protection

Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg

The issue of the gig economy is far from settled here, and we should expect to see more friction in relationships between providers and companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb.

8 months ago

Bangalore Cracks Down on Surge Pricing, Seizes Uber and Ola Cars

Bangalore Cracks Down on Surge Pricing, Seizes Uber and Ola Cars

Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

Competition in India has led to massive price swings, from free rides to surge pricing that makes New Year's Eve in New York look like bargain fares. Apparently authorities aren't having it anymore.

8 months ago

BMW Challenges Uber with its Own Luxury Ride-Booking Service

BMW Challenges Uber with its Own Luxury Ride-Booking Service

Elisabeth Behrmann, Bloomberg

When of the interesting aspects of the new BMW service in Seattle is that it will combine on-demand ride-services with rental and sharing options. We'll assuredly hear about more of this blending in coming years from other auto companies and major car rental firms.

8 months ago

Uber To Pay $10 Million To Settle Driver-Background Suits

Uber To Pay $10 Million To Settle Driver-Background Suits

Justin Pritchard , Associated Presss

Whether it is the amount of discounts travelers can get online or the quality of driver background checks, companies can't make wild, unsubstantiated claims to the public. Uber's claims about the research it did regarding drivers background checks were excessive and now Uber has to pay a hefty fine to settle the matter.

8 months ago

Study Reveals Habits of Highly Successful Airbnb Hosts

Study Reveals Habits of Highly Successful Airbnb Hosts

Jason Clampet, Skift

Whether official or unofficial, the recent studies of Airbnb activity are revealing more and more about the business happening on Airbnb.

9 months ago

Airbnb and Uber Don’t Want Local Laws in Europe to Restrict Their Business

Airbnb and Uber Don’t Want Local Laws in Europe to Restrict Their Business

Rebecca Christie, Bloomberg

We understand the sentiment, but if a town doesn't want your business, they should be able to make their own decisions about what's right for them.

10 months ago

Super Bowl Will Test Travel’s Sharing Economy Super Stars on Their Home Turf

Super Bowl Will Test Travel’s Sharing Economy Super Stars on Their Home Turf

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Both consumers and these brands have reached a level of maturity where they are ready for a challenge like this.

10 months ago

Sidecar Calls It Quit Amidst Multi-Billion Dollar Competitors Uber and Lyft

Sidecar Calls It Quit Amidst Multi-Billion Dollar Competitors Uber and Lyft

Selina Wang, Bloomberg

When you're up against unicorns the challenge is steep if you're competing on price or coverage, two things that you can't win on.

12 months ago

Uber Model for Flight-Sharing Struck Down by Federal Court

Uber Model for Flight-Sharing Struck Down by Federal Court

Sam Hananel, Associated Press

We love disruptive businesses, but unless they have deep, deep pockets the sin first, ask forgiveness later approach isn't a winning strategy.

12 months ago