Sharing Economy


Inspectors’ Gadgets Find Illegal Airbnbs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For a little over a year, New York City has been using sophisticated data-crunching software to zero in what it sees as illegal hotels, and it seems to be having an effect.

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The Takeaway

Slow Your Roll, Bro: Uber Scandal Spotlights Tech's Dude Problem

Thursday, November 20, 2014

From sexist comments to the targeting of a female journalist, Uber's macho stance extends far beyond the $18 billion ride-sharing company.

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Freakonomics Radio

Regulate This!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, EatWith, and other companies in the “sharing economy” are practically daring government regulators to shut them down. The regulators are happy to comply.



Need a Crock Pot? Just Borrow It

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Neighbor Goods aims to be a Brooklyn lending library for infrequently-used household items.

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New Tech City

Two True Stories from the Airbnb Wars

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A musician supports his Brooklyn lifestyle by renting out rooms in Manhattan. And a landlord spends years trying to remove an illegal hotel operation from his building.  It's a tale of two Airbnb citizens.

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New Tech City

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, But Does Airbnb?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chris makes $100 a night by renting out a room in his apartment through Airbnb. Ken is a landlord whose former tenant broke various laws by renting out an apartment through Airbnb. The two men have never met, but they're on opposite sides of a simmering legal battle with a whole lot of money at stake.


New Tech City

Freelance Nation: “The Greatest Economic Transformation in Human History”?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More and more micro-entrepreneurs are using online services like Etsy, Kickstarter, Uber and Lyft to create their own jobs. Welcome to the new DIY economy.

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