Meet Airbnb's travel agent
Airbnb is testing a new service that will give people something to do in new cities and, in the process, forever dispel…
Airpal is for everyone
Apartment-sharing startup Airbnb has open sourced a tool called Airpal that the company built to give more of its employees access to the…
"Updated for the internet age"
Airbnb users have many options when they visit London, but they and their hosts are probably unaware that these short-term lets are…
Old-school SMS will never die
Nexmo, a telecom carrier that offers communications services from the cloud, had quite the 2014 as it saw the calls to various APIs double.…
I got 1099 problems
Apps from Uber and Airbnb to TaskRabbit and Instacart have jumpstarted the so-called “sharing economy” in the U.S., but they’re also created…
Not quite mainstream yet
PayPal’s developer arm Braintree has finished its initial integration work with Coinbase, and is opening up a beta program to its online…
Mass-market adoption is key
Nest paved the way for the smart home, showing investors that consumers would pay $249 for a next-generation thermostat. Now many are wondering…
Development's got to be faster
For most organizations, building a modern-day cloud application that rivals something as clean and fast as Uber or Facebook is, obviously, not…
True disruption doesn’t mean merely competing. It means changing the structure of markets, the participants within them, and the balance of power.
Catering to the newbies
Airbnb has redesigned its mobile web experience, bringing it into responsive union with its desktop website. The two applications will now work…
apps and senors trump keys
Organizations ranging from Zipcar to bike-sharing programs rely on remote unlocking and return of assets. Sharing economy companies that rely on individual assets need to do the same to compete on experience and drive member loyalty.
The Wild Wild West
Successful new companies generate new business opportunities, as other companies emerge in their wake to support them and find their own profits, and…
Behold a mega operating system
Mesosphere has been making a name for itself in the the world of data centers and cloud computing since 2013 with its…
Putting it into perspective
Uber’s latest funding brings the company into the stratosphere of private company valuations. At $40 billion, Uber is believed to be four…
The government review, led by a sharing-economy CEO, also called for sharing-economy platforms to be able to avoid the regulatory burdens that employers must put up with, and for a new online ID scheme for government services to be extended to the private sector.
Communities have existed on the web since its earliest days, with tech employees tasked with cultivating them. Until recently, however, community building wasn’t a profession in its own right. That’s starting to change.
Jeremy Levine thinks there’s big money to be made in the gift card market. Here’s why.
San Francisco’s legalization for Airbnb could serve as inspiration for other cities. But whether that’s inspiration to crush Airbnb before it takes over, or to legalize it the way SF did, remains to be seen.
The review, which should result in recommendations by the end of the year, is being led by the CEO of a sharing economy firm and does not have workers’ rights as an explicit part of its terms of reference.
I got more than I bargained for when I tried the new “Tinder-for-cuddling” app. On-demand intimacy comes with a price — your safety.
Airbnb is growing up, and its new fee for visitors is the collateral damage of maturity.
I visualized a trove of data from MapLight about the issues on which internet companies are lobbying Congress. Here are the results of that, as well as links to the raw data.
Brian Chesky doesn’t mind that the world thinks Airbnb’s new logo looks like genitalia. In this case, all press is good press.
Nest is introducing a whole slew of new Protect features, plus I got a bit of an update on the developer program.
Twice a year before YC Demo Day, graduates return in droves for the exclusive, secretive “Alumni Demo Night.” The event has evolved into a massive networking opportunity, where former founders strike angel investments and business partnerships.
Expedia has rebuilt its technical infrastructure so it can continue to attract travelers. It showed off its new tablet and wearable apps this week.
Airbnb has officially wrapped up its long-rumored $475 million Series D, according to its SEC filing on the matter. No investors from…
Uber and Airbnb chose to forge the same partnership the same week, both striking a deal with business travel expensing company Concur. The move signals that the sharing economy is ready to move beyond its consumer audience and expand into other sectors.
Airbnb was founded and is run by designers. That makes them hyper vigilant of the company’s brand and overall design, and now…
Search seems like second nature to us now, but how do you program search to find what’s exactly right for you? Airbnb is chasing that goal now with its experiments on search.
The amount of data that Airbnb has about users and their accommodation preferences has grown to the point where the company believes it can start recommending trips to them before they have to search through the listings.
On this week’s podcast we talk infrastructure — and what next-gen startups will need to fuel their grand plans. All of which is on the agenda for Structure 2014 next week.
Airbnb has often been thought of as a platform for users to find a room or apartment with local flavor for their…
As part of the deal to transfer the mantle of Y Combinator President, Paul Graham and his successor Sam Altman agreed that…
Airbnb finally agreed to turn its customer records over to the state of New York as part of a compromise that will likely keep many of the records anonymous.
Airbnb is gearing up to not only take on hotel commerce sites like Hotel Tonight, but to become a full-blown destination for users to book vacations. Can it do so without straying from its roots?
A judge quashed a subpoena seeking data about every Airbnb host in New York. The move is a victory for Airbnb, but it doesn’t stop the government from trying again with a narrower subpoena.
With its latest update to iPhone and Android, Airbnb users in SF and LA will be able to book nights and weekend trips quickly.
A ballot initiative calls for San Francisco residents who sue Airbnb hosts to receive up to 30 percent of the fine and back taxes.
Airbnb is exploring a way to match its hosts with users based on more sophisticated metrics, which the company calls “matchmaking.” Here’s how this concept can improve the sharing economy as a whole.
VC Ben Horowitz spoke on GitHub’s troubles and ideal company culture tactics at Airbnb’s first developer conference.
Uber, LinkedIn and Airbnb take different approaches to integrating data into their businesses, but they all agree that data is a crucial signal of whether their products and services are serving customers effectively or not.
Another mega-round of funding may be on its way for Airbnb, which could reportedly raise up to $500 million in funds.
Orthopedics and agriculture — the hot new fields in big data may be less glamorous than two years ago, but that’s where venture capitalists are looking.
Twilio is opening up a public beta for a low-latency VoIP network, which route calls more directly over the internet. The end result will be more natural, higher-quality voice conversations.
Though they aren’t raising the huge nine-figure funding rounds of fellow sharing economy companies Airbnb and Uber, pet sitting startups Rover and DogVacay are getting more VC attention.
It’s cold and rainy during SXSW and people are demanding Uber — or some other form of on-demand transport to help them get around the festival. I wish they wouldn’t.
Braintree may be part of the eBay/PayPal(s ebay) empire now, but it’s not abandoning its focus on becoming the payments provider for…
Airbnb’s new safety laws make sure guests have access to first aid and working fire detection technology.
Now that Airbnb has grown up, has a huge valuation, and is causing fear in the hotel lobby in cities across the world, can the traveler experience get a little better, please?
As the world’s cities get ever more crowded, the web sharing economy emerged into the mainstream this year. Next stop, booming cities in developing nations.
Mobile devices and mass connectivity allow consumers to access whole new stocks of supply, whether it’s a ride or a ladder. As such, many share economy business models are on a collision course with regulators.
Payments processor Braintree is seeing a huge year-over-year jump in mobile payments this holiday season. According to CEO Bill Ready we’re witnessing the pent-up demand from consumers to use their phones as shopping tools.
VC firms are embracing design as the value of web and mobile apps becomes all about the design of the experience.
Though eBay is buying Braintree to make PayPal more relevant in mobile, PayPal is showing it has plenty of game in the new smartphone-driven economy. The deal makes PayPal an Uber payment option on two continents.
Airbnb unveiled a variety of important upgrades to its service that makes the experience of hosting a guest on Airbnb better.
Back in the day no one wanted to fund a company founded by a designer. Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia helped disprove that conventional wisdom. Here are some lessons learned.
The experience design conference for the tech industry is just a week away. Come join us for Gigaom’s Roadmap conference in San Francisco.
On this week’s Gigaom Show we talk about Facebook facing a problem with its content, Netflix transforming TV and the importance of good design.
During the heyday of industrial and manufacturing economy, what mattered was the brand. Today, what matters is the complete experience, one that hides technology, infrastructure and complexity and in the process creates a bond between us and the product.
In the future, collaborative consumption companies could work together and draw on data from connected devices to provide more seamless and native experiences.
With a total of $22 million DogVacay has plenty of funds to continue its expansion into the lucrative pet boarding industry. Lately the company has focusing on mobile, launching an iPhone app.
New York state wants apartment site Airbnb to provide information about who is using renting apartments. The company pushed back on Wednesday, asking to block a subpoena.
Come join us on November 5th and 6th in San Francisco and hear from the creative minds behind the future of experience design.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants Airbnb to give over user data for an audit — but the apartment-sharing company will “fight it.”
Services like Airbnb, Lyft and others that are part of the rapidly-expanding “sharing economy” rely on trust for their peer-to-peer approach to work — but can they maintain that as they become more like traditional businesses?
PayPal tried to revamp its developer platform this spring for the new mobile commerce reality, but it realized it wasn’t moving fast enough. It decided to buy Braintree, which already had sophisticated tools in place.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130926005611/en/eBay-Acquire-Global-Payments-Innovator-Braintree eBay(s EBAY) is buying Braintree, a Chicago-based payment platform for approximately $800 million in cash, the company announced this morning. “Braintree…
DogVacay launches on iOS, creating an instant communications tool that dog owners can use to contact their pet sitters at any time and receive photo updates of their pooch’s activities.
PayPal is close to finalizing a deal to acquire e-commerce engine Braintree, according to the Wall Street Journal. Braintree occupies the increasingly lucrative middle ground between small business payments and large enterprise operations.
At its annual conference, Twilio didn’t just add MMS to its arsenal. It announced some impressive numbers: Twilio-powered apps now reach 350 million people, and it’s handling 4 million calls each day.
Chip Conley started Joie de Vivre Hospitality less than three years after leaving Stanford. He survived two downturns and now tells people to find happiness and meaning in their work. And starting today, he will help Airbnb hosts become even more hospitable.
The future of work and jobs is going to be complex and messy. It is fraught with uncertainty and will mean redefining what we think is work. At least that’s what LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says. And in my opinion, he isn’t that off the mark.
Braintree joins Stripe in tailoring its payments platform specifically for the new community commerce apps populating the web and mobile phones. TaskRabbit will be the first to use it.
At our two-day RoadMap event in November in San Francisco, we’ll highlight the ideas and lessons from the leading experience designers, creative founders and innovative product developers.
Since founding Amazon in 1994, Bezos has spread his cash around in areas as diverse as collaborative consumption (Uber and Airbnb) and healthcare (Qliance and ZocDoc). He even dropped money into Second Life.
Like all most web companies, Airbnb is trying to provide a better user experience by analyzing lots and lots of data. Here’s how the company built its big data infrastructure atop Amazon’s cloud and how all that data manifests itself in products.
Airbnb recently analyzed its reviews to to find out what cities are the most hospitable and what guest-and-host characteristics tend to influence positive reviews. Should Airbnb users care?
With those kind of numbers, Nexmo is starting to look like a mobile operator, and that’s sort of exactly what Nexmo is: a global SMS carrier for the app developers and internet businesses.
Want to leave a comment on Facebook and turn that into a purchase? Soldsie lets you buy through comments and announced Tuesday that it’s now processed $10 million in transactions so far.
The web sharing economy is thriving in the heart of Paris due to the crowded streets, and perhaps something a little more intangible in the Parisian culture.
The sharing economy is here, and as more physical goods companies join the as a service economy better data will help enabled new products and keep margins from collapsing.
The Designer Fund is looking for the next wave of talented designers to work with design-forward web companies, and we sat down with the directors and learned why they’re not looking for the next skinny jeans.
A study by Priceonomics compared hotel prices to Airbnb in major metro areas across the country — and found that the startup is significantly cheaper than traditional hotels.
After getting involved in Hurricane Sandy Relief, Airbnb has finally introduced an emergency shelter tool for areas affected by disasters.
Will design contribute to this growing trend of Silicon Valley turning into a hits-driven ecosystem, not unlike Hollywood?
To serve up data quickly inside its Neighborhoods feature, Airbnb engineers cycled through a few database choices before choosing Memcached.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Charles and Ray Eames, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — the under cover influences of breakout web star Airbnb.
Braintree is ramping up its mobile presence thanks to its recent purchase of Venmo. Using the peer-to-peer payment technology, Braintree is creating an in-app customer identity network that can be used to buy goods across iOS apps.
Using machine language smarts to screen for a much wider array of fraudulent online behavior, startup Sift Science now has $5.5 million to broaden its beta test beyond a few select companies.
Mega data centers’ innovations in serviceability, automatically detecting and recovering from failures, procurement practices, and so forth will become standard practice in all modern data centers.
Uber, a San Francisco-based personal transportation oriented startup, is facing a backlash from a few of its drivers. But the confrontation is less about Uber and more about the challenges facing a society being rebuilt because of connectedness.
Six months after launching in Europe and Canada, one quarter of all of Braintree’s e-commerce transactions are initiated on a foreign shore. CEO Bill Ready explains why its international expansion is a key driver of its business.
I am still homeless (most of the time), and living on @Airbnb. Permanent residences are for families. AirBnB CEO & co-founder Brian…
Former Square COO Keith Rabois plans to announce Tuesday morning that he’s joining Silicon Valley venture firm Khosla Ventures beginning in March as an investor. Rabois left Square after allegations of sexual harassment that surfaced in January.
Nexmo can already connect apps to 5 billion devices through SMS. Now the U.K.-U.S. startup plans to open up carriers’ networks even further.
For many, startups embody the ideals of passion, innovation and agility that can get lost in mature businesses. But John Maeda, president of RISD, says there is also plenty to admire in “end-ups.”
Max Levchin, who in his past life started PayPal and Slide is back at it again. He has started a new hybrid R& D Lab/Incubator (HVF) and his focusing on opportunities created by the digitization of our physical world and explosion of data.
With 9 billion people set to live on the planet by 2050, sharing — enabled by IT — will be one of the most important tools to emerge and companies that build brands now will be well positioned to capitalize on this future.
Startups have been insulated from the wider economic climate for years — but now they’re feeling the chill, and the focus is switching to revenue generating ideas rather than get-big-quick consumer services. That’s a good thing, says one serial entrepreneur.
Airbnb announced in a blog post Thursday that it’s acquired Localmind, the Q&A startup that allows users to answer and receive information particular to their locations. Airbnb noted in the post that Localmind will allow them to add more social components to their popular travel product.
Looking for the latest trend in location-based startups? Companies are increasingly looking to the intersection of location and community with the neighborhood, an ideal place to target people for providing information and news, but also a possible target for specific advertising.
Looking to find advice for your startup, but struggling with how to make contacts if you’re not located in Silicon Valley? Clarity, the app that connects individuals to give and receive advice, has raised a $1.6 million seed round to advance the conversation.
Despite the difficult year in cleantech, there’s quite a few things that excited me this year. Here’s 10 things to be thankful for in cleantech.
Looking to book a hotel, and want to know what the local neighborhood is like, or what amenities it offers? Hipmunk is rolling out a new hotel booking format on Tuesday, attempting to give users more flexibility around their bookings and tailoring the experience more closely.
Airbnb, the darling success story of Paul Graham’s Y Combinator, began with a few design guys in San Francisco renting out an air mattress to customers, but the service has grown immensely since then, and Joe Gebbia, the company’s co-founder, said it was all about design.
We’re excited to welcome Joe Gebbia, Airbnb co-founder and Chief Product Officer, to the RoadMap conference, a day long event focused on design in the age of connectedness.
We’re used to how the social web has disrupted media, but that same wave is moving through other industries, driven by startups like Airbnb, Coursera and Uber — and while regulators and entrenched industries are trying to fight it, the trend behind that wave is unstoppable.
UPDATED: Room rental service Airbnb confirmed its Series B fundraising round from last year in a filing with the SEC. The company is been rumored to be raising a big $100+ million round at a possible valuation of $2.5 billion.
European vacation rentals site HouseTrip has everything going for it right now: not least fast growth and a fresh new round of funding. Co-founder Arnaud Bertrand lays out why he thinks his site can carry on winning — and reveals the scale of his ambition.
Airbnb is reportedly in talks to raise even more money, with a financing round said to be led by Peter Thiel. The cash infusion of $150 million would be more than double what the online room rental service company has raised so far.
What happened this week in cleantech on GigaOM Pro, our premium research service? — The opportunities and risks in the share economy, the third quarter dreary cleantech figures, Google Ventures explains why it backed Nest, and Calxeda forecasts its next low power chip.
The third quarter in cleantech brought into focus the successes and challenges of moremature companies like Tesla, Airbnb, and Zipcar. It also highlighted energy challenges in India and China
The British company’s Series C includes Accel Partners as well as existing investors Balderton Capital and Index Ventures. HouseTrip has also released numbers that suggest it’s in second place behind Airbnb.
Bridal Brokerage, a startup out of the University of Virginia’s business school, is looking to disrupt the wedding industry by buying and re-selling canceled weddings, a huge financial opportunity in the United States where most couples write wedding checks far in advance of the big day.
Zaarly, a peer-to-peer marketplace, has opened its new Storefronts feature in New York, giving creative local residents a chance to boost growing their businesses and professionalize their hobbies. The new feature launched in San Francisco earlier this month and is expanding to other U.S. cities.
I was an AirBnB sceptic for a long time, but trying the service made me realize just how disruptive it could be — and how it also shares a lot of the same characteristics of other disruptive businesses that are powered by the social web.
At the Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator Demo Day in New York, 10 startups debuted, pitching services ranging from marketplaces for custom goods, catering and yoga gear to companies looking to optimize online video. Here are a few that stood out.
The global population will reach 9 billion by 2050. Owning physical items — cars, apartments, office space — has both lost some of its luster and will be increasingly inefficient for a global market.
Designer Yves Behar, who will be speaking at our RoadMap event in November, says designing devices that are meant to be worn on the body can be incredibly hard because there is little room for mistakes.
After trying its hand as a pure-play social recommendations service, travel website Tripbirds has relaunched with a strong focus on hotel booking. But will its smart look and Facebook integration be enough to help it overcome the vast amount of competition and expertise out there?
Looking to follow the most interesting startups coming out of the famed Y Combinator incubator program? Here are our picks for the startups to watch from the demo day afternoon in Mountain View.
Want to know our top picks from Y Combinator’s summer demo day? Here are our five favorites from the morning, with more to come.
Etsy, Airbnb and the Climate Corporation are all using a combination of Cascading and Amazon Elastic MapReduce to make creating Hadoop jobs as simple as possible. But they’re not the only options for doing so — simplifying Hadoop usage is big business in the IT world.
San Francisco red-hot startup activity is not only inflating the commercial real estate market, but it is also having an impact on the residential rental market, data shows. Since January 2011 annual rents are up by $5000, but down in Peninsula, rents are up even higher.
Western technology companies have traditionally looked to developing economies as a place to find cheap, abundant talent. But thanks to the Eurozone’s problems and the sovereign debt crisis, things are changing rapidly: Just ask the Portuguese, who are finding themselves subordinate to fast-growing Brazil.
Miss Nev (as in “never miss a package”), the winning hack of Dwolla and Etsy’s eCommerce Hack Day in New York, plans to launch a platform that lets local businesses receive packages for customers in exchange for purchases or payment.
Found a photo of a beautiful birthday cake or home decorating project you want to replicate, but don’t have the DIY skills to make it yourself? Zaarly’s new API lets users post inspirational photos to the site where chefs and handymen can turn photos into reality.
AirBnB, a fast growing person-to-person real-estate rental company, will soon be moving into new digs. It has snagged 170,000 square feet in office space. Its new neighbors include Zynga and Pinterest. The cost of keeping this elite company: about $97 million over 10 years.
Rails Girls, Girls Who Code, and Ladies Learning Code are just a few of the organizations that are attempting to get women excited about and interested in technology. Here’s how they’re doing it:
While web sharing sites — like Airbnb and Zipcar — have an environmental angle, potential users of these services aren’t all that motivated by the environmental benefits, according to a new survey. Instead web sharing users are motivated by saving money and by having easy access.
DogVacay, a startup that pairs dog-sitters with dog owners for an AirBnB-like service, has added another investor to its seed funding as the service expands across the United States.
CasaHop, the first start-up out of former Huffington Post CTO Paul Berry’s incubator SoHo Tech Labs, has raised $1.2 million, led by First Round Capital, with participation from Betaworks, Lerer Ventures and a number of individual investors. The site helps users exchange homes.
San Francisco is truly the test bed for alternative tech-focused transportation. And on Tuesday, folks in the Bay Area will have access to yet another option: SideCar, a mobile app that will offer real time ride sharing.
Both Path and Airbnb suffered data breaches and were quick to respond to the fallout. LinkedIn, like most publicly traded companies has been slow to respond. It eventually posted its response and outlined the next steps to take.
By now, we know that our online reputations hold implications for our employment, love lives and even insurance claims. But some emerging companies believe that our online identities – and our social data in particular – are valuable sources for evaluating and even managing credit risk.
The tragic story in which a man rented a car in Boston via peer-to-peer car sharing company RelayRides and wound up seriously injuring four people while losing his life, raised a familiar question for the share economy: Who’s responsible?
You can’t build an iPhone battery without many rare earth elements and China controls about 90 percent of the rare earth supply.
Index Ventures co-founder Neil Rimer has helped steer his company to success with investments in Skype, Betfair and many more. He explains why he’s obsessed with education and marketplaces — and why he wishes he’d invested in Kickstarter.
The British government is trying to boost London startups with its so-called “Tech City” initiative — but some worry that it could destroy the very thing it hopes to promote. We sat down with the man in charge to find out what he thinks.
New York City-based Spinlister is looking to create a peer-to-peer marketplace for bikes, connecting those who have an excess supply with users who want to ride but aren’t quite ready to own or buy their own two-wheeled vehicles yet. It’s like RelayRides or Airbnb for bikes.
Russian investment group Digital Sky Technologies — a significant backer of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other Silicon Valley darlings — is raising a new $1 billion fund. So where will this tranche of money go?
Airbnb expects a ton of bookings during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but it wasn’t the only game in town. So the U.S.-based startup is taking out some of the competition, with the acquisition of Crashpadder, which is its biggest competitor in the U.K. market.
The investment firm created by AOL-founder Steve Case, Revolution, has invested in office sharing site Loosecubes.
Finding a place for your dog to stay while traveling can be a huge pain. Dog Vacay seeks to help dog owners find hosts to take care of their canines while they’re out of town, providing a network of affordable, local dog boarders.
Austin at SXSW is a prime example of the kind of flexibility that Airbnb can provide to both residents and visitors during a major event. With three weeks left before the conference starts, the San Francisco-based startup has already surpassed last year’s bookings.
At just 2.5 years old, Andreessen Horowitz, the VC firm founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, has become a tech industry institution with holdings in Facebook, Twitter, and more. GigaOM talked with Andreessen to get his thoughts on Silicon Valley and the larger tech landscape.
Startups often rail against copycat companies, arguing that they steal their business and their ideas. But maybe the secret to beating clones isn’t to waste time trying to shut them down — it’s to accept them and focus on being bigger, better and faster.
Airbnb has topped 4 million total bookings over the past year, showing huge growth for a startup that’s just about five years old. it also shows the idea of apartment sharing and collaborative consumption in general is catching on, as the company expands internationally.
The team behind design sales site Fab.com was outraged to discover a U.K.-based rival that seems to mimic not only their business but also their look. But outrage may not be enough to stop Germany’s Samwer brothers from going big with their latest clone.
Mark Gilbreath of LiquidSpace predicts that the driving force of the sharing economy will become time, and the companies that can do business in real-time will occupy a more strategic, and profitable, place in the ecosystem.
The founders aren’t happy when people call HouseTrip a clone of Airbnb, but the European holiday rental site is hoping to go head-to-head with its American rival after scooping a substantial new round of investment.
Connectedness was the theme of our first GigaOM RoadMap conference and we talked to smart speakers and attendees all day long. Here are the GigaOM and GigaOM Pro editorial teams’ highlights and key takeaways from yesterday’s events, plus some photos from the event.
The old idea of reuse is at the heart of the web-based sharing economy which uses the maturation of the Internet and mobile to enable the sharing of under-utilized resources. Is it a trend that can have a real impact on reducing waste?
For decades now, folks in America have generally prized the idea of ownership — especially regarding homes. But according to Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, as the world’s population gets larger and technology makes us more connected, the adulation of ownership is slowly starting to wane.
One of the hottest electric vehicles, Tesla’s second car the Model S, won’t be available until 2012, but you’ll have a chance to check out the Beta version of the Model S at GigaOM’s RoadMap event this Thursday, November 10th, in San Francisco.
Brian Chesky, co-founder and chief executive officer of San Francisco-based AirBnB will be a headline speaker at GigaOM RoadMap conference scheduled for November 10 in San Francisco and will talk about the potential of the new people-to-people economy. More details inside.
Neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing startup Getaround has raised a seed round of funding of $3.4 million. Investors in the round include TechCrunch creator Michael Arrington‘s Crunchfund, Redpoint Ventures, General Catalyst, and a group of angel investors.
With the stock market in flux, do tech startups stand a chance when it comes to luring investors? To find out, we polled GigaOM readers on what’s hot, what’s not, which sectors might favor buyouts versus IPOs and how it all will change in the near and longer term. This research note examines and analyzes the survey’s responses to take the pulse of the current tech startup investment environment. Overall, optimism prevailed — but not without a healthy dose of caution. Companies mentioned in this report include Tumblr, Airbnb, Groupon and Zynga. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.
Collaborative consumption refers to a class of new businesses that use the web to enable the sharing and bartering of goods and services — from cars to apartments to office space. The market evolved out of the first generation of general-purpose P2P marketplaces such as Craigslist and eBay and is now tied to the way we use the Internet and cell phones. GigaOM Pro conducted a survey of GigaOM readers to gauge the popularity of the collaborative consumption movement, which services readers are using and the impact certain security concerns will have on the growth of industry. This research note examines the survey’s results and provides analysis on the current state and future of the web-sharing market. Companies mentioned in this report include Zipcar, RelayRides, thredUP and Airbnb. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free GigaOM Pro trial subscription.
Greylock Partners, the VC firm backing companies such as Cloudera, Airbnb and ZipCar hired DJ Patil, formerly the chief product officer at Color, as a data scientist in residence. Greylock’s trying to help its companies monetize the rich vein of user data on the web.
If you thought renting out a room in a house via Airbnb was cool, try renting our someone’s car. That’s what Getaround does, and for this week’s Green Overdrive, we sit down with Getaround to check out the company’s brand new, yet-to-be unveiled, iPhone app.
With all the attention (not all of it good) that collaborative consumption companies like Airbnb have been getting lately, we’ve been mulling over some tips for entrepreneurs looking to either start one of these companies now, or hoping to make one of these companies succeed.
The emerging web-sharing movement, which includes startups like Airbnb, RelayRides, and ThredUP, has its roots in the maturing way that people use the Internet and cell phones, and its future economy will rise around location, niche groups and capital-intensive, under-utilized and time-sensitive objects. For entrepreneurs looking to break into the space, here are a few tips and tricks to remember when building a business.
It’s been a tough week for peer-to-peer home rental service Airbnb, which has come under fire for its sluggish and inconsistent response to an Airbnb user whose home was burglarized and vandalized. In a contrite blog post, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky laid out new safety initiatives.
The Airbnb horror stories that have emerged in recent days expose the biggest pain point for the economy that has built up around using the web to share “stuff,” from apartments to cars to tools: security.
AirBnB, a San Francisco–based person-to-person room-, apartment- and house-rental startup, has raised $112 million in Series B funding from a group of investors including Russian Internet investor DST Global, General Catalyst and Andreessen Horowitz. AirBnB has raised about $120 million. More details after the fold.
San Francisco–based VidCaster is taking the beta tag off its online video distribution platform, opening for anyone to sign up. For example, companies that want to use video for marketing but don’t have the resources to build and maintain a whole site themselves.
Ownership is old-school. The folks at Collaborative Lab have put together this infographic and startup list to highlight all the innovation that is happening around using the web to share “stuff.”
The problem of feeding and providing energy to 9 billion people by 2050 will require many technology solutions. But in a unique way, the web and mobile can act as a sort of operating system for physical stuff, leading to more efficient use of resources.
Airbnb, the peer-to-peer apartment and house rental website, is rumored to be raising $100 million in new funding at a whopping $1 billion valuation. But based on the company’s revenue and growth prospects, that number may not be as shocking as it seems.
While using the web to share “stuff” is still a relatively new concept, the business model is being adopted by a growing number of companies, and I think it has started to reach a tipping point and become more mainstream.
Airbnb has added Ashton Kutcher — comedic heartthrob, coveted angel investor and Twitter-master extraordinaire — to its team of investors, the San Francisco based startup announced in its blog this evening.
Whoever thought that renting your bed to strangers would work? But Airbnb has made it work and now Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing service, is looking to find similar success by letting people rent out their cars to other users.
While I’ve noticed a bit of a slump in cleantech these days, one of the bright spots has been using the web to share resources, from rooms, to cars to “stuff.” Airbnb’s co-founder Joe Gebbia and RelayRides CEO Shelby Clark, chat with Collaborative Consumption Lab’s Lauren Anderson.
The online travel is hot stuff again, as a new generation of startups look for innovative ways to disrupt the travel industry. Now high-end British site OneFineStay has raised its first round of capital as it looks to add a little class to the field.
Airbnb has finally reached critical mass by providing a platform for renting out rooms to people on the Internet. Now it’s using web video to showcase some of its most interesting properties and to put users at ease with renting rooms to and from strangers.
Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of AirBnB, shared the company’s story and the lessons he learned in three years of chasing a dream. One of the most valuable lessons? It’s better to be broke than well-funded. His other tip: Conventional wisdom is overrated + Video Interview
Using the web to help people share “stuff,” like cars, has become a hot commodity. But there’s an overlooked aspect at the heart of this cultural shift: how to use the Internet to manage constrained resources sustainably in the face of massive population growth centered around cities.