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Resooma launches Resooma Bills to help ‘generation rent’ manage household expenditure

Resooma, the U.K. accommodation booking platform, is entering the fintech and utilities space with the launch of Resooma Bills, a new product to help “gen rent” manage household expenditure. The Cardiff, Wales-based company’s core offering is an accommodation marketplace primarily targeting students and other renters aged 18-30. Previously trading under the brand name of University Cribs, Resooma was founded in 2014 by Jack Jenkins, Dan Jefferys and Christian Samuel as a solution aimed specifica...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Airbnb, Tom, Cardiff Wales, Jenkins, Sky TV, Acasa, Spotahome, Resooma, University Cribs Resooma, Jack Jenkins Dan Jefferys, Christian Samuel


Airbnb subpoenaed by New York City for data on listings

New York City has subpoenaed Airbnb for data on roughly 20,000 listings in the area to make sure hosts aren't breaking local laws about short-term rentals.
Tags: New York City, Cnn, Airbnb


Update: There Are No Towels? The Renter’s Lament

One of the most frustrating aspects of renting a vacation home online — perhaps second only to a rental not resembling its photos or description — is what is missing.
Tags: News, Airbnb, HomeAway Inc, Hotels and Travel Lodgings, Travel and Vacations


Pre-IPO companies like Uber and Airbnb could 'test the waters' with investors sooner under new SEC proposal

The Securities and Exchange Commission is taking new steps to help pre-IPO companies like Uber and Airbnb get feedback from institutional investors. A new rule proposed Tuesday would let larger private companies consult with institutional investors before filing IPO paperwork with the SEC. Currently, the rules let emerging growth companies talk with such investors about pricing and demand. But this excludes most companies with revenue over $1 billion, including many of the most valuable compan...
Tags: Lyft, Ipo, Trends, SEC, Fidelity, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Connor, Securities And Exchange Commission, Goodwin, T Rowe Price, Anna Pinedo, Pinedo, Edwin O Connor


The Parting of the Furniture

So it’s come to this: BILLY is joining the gig economy, and he’ll hold your books and whatever else you see fit until you upgrade to KALLAX or HEMNES, or you finally bring yourself to KonMari all your worldly possessions away.IKEA recently announced that it is looking to launch a subscription model, in which customers effectively “lease” furniture and trade it back via credit system; depending on the condition, the Swedish behemoth will either refurbish or recycle the used items. Initially limit...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Design, China, India, CSR, Bloomberg, Bbc, Netflix, Furniture, Canada, Brooklyn, New York Times, Ikea, Switzerland, Manhattan


Airtable CEO Howie Liu on the continued importance of getting a “unicorn” valuation

When in 2015, Slack raised money at a $1 billion valuation, founder Stewart Butterfield spoke candidly about why it was important to him, and why if Slack wasn’t assigned a valuation north of that number at that point in time, Slack wouldn’t raise anything. Said Butterfield, speaking to Fortune, it “means that we’re a part of that conversation about companies worth $1 billion.” Fast forward nearly four years, and things apparently haven’t changed much. Indeed, Howie Liu, the cofounder and CEO of...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Salesforce, Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Benchmark, Forbes, Liu, Duke University, Schleifer, Coatue Management, Airtable, Howie Liu


Data is the Crown Jewels: What That Means for Marketers Today (Thinks Out Loud Episode 239)

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. Data is the Crown Jewels: What That Means Today (Thinks Out Loud Episode 239) – Headlines and Show Notes We’ve long talked about how data is the crown jewels for business. But what does that mean for marketers today? The latest episode of Thinks Out Loud takes a look for you. And here are the show notes: Why Google is the Beast That Scares Your Industry’s 800-lb. Gorilla (Thinks Out Loud Episode 238) Meet the king, the qu...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Podcast, Digital, Seo, E-commerce, Data, Google Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Airbnb, Vizio, Expedia, Thinks Out Loud


Don’t Miss The Spectacular and Thrilling Sedona Pink Jeep Tours

Savannah sat a little slouched on the seat, one elbow resting on the side of the pink jeep. “Well, if we’ve done it once, we can do it again,” she said with the grace of someone who’s experienced a few things in life. On our Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona, it wasn’t a few mild things. She’d just came down a 45 degree graded rock face called The Devil’s Staircase. “Oh, we’re really not doing this!” she’d squealed as we teetered at the top. Her and Kalyra squealed and giggled as their seats in the back...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Ford, Arizona, Airbnb, Bob, North America, Grand Canyon, Devil, Destinations, Savannah, Don, Sedona, Uptown, Verde Valley, Kalyra


When do you go native?

So you’re a startup founder. Or you’re in charge of a new project at a big company. (Or maybe you just imagine being either of these things.) And you suddenly realize: you have to make a whole slew of massive decisions right now, based on imperfect information, which will reverberate for months or years, and may spell the difference between success or failure. Among the most dreaded and dangerous decisions are the technical ones. Your web stack. Your cloud provider. Your datastore. But it’s fair...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Developer, Tech, Airbnb, Udacity, Cto, Happyfuncorp, Xamarin, React Native, Ionic


Uber Freight snags Airbnb, Box veterans as it eyes global expansion

Uber Freight, which helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, has made two high-profile hires this month as it continues to scale up its app and plans for a global expansion. The company has hired Andrew Smith, one of Box’s early employees, to head up global sales at  Uber Freight , and Bar Ifrach, formerly of Airbnb, to lead its marketplace team, TechCrunch has learned. Smith had a 10-year run at Box, where he was most recently vice president of field and commercial sales for Nort...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Texas, San Francisco, Tech, Chicago, Automotive, Transport, Airbnb, Smith, Data Scientist, Ron, U S Department of Transportation, Andrew Smith, Waymo, Lior Ron


LGBTQ traveler biggest challenges

Planning a trip is always hard, but as an LGBTQ person, travel brings up extra questions: Will I be safe? Where can I go to meet people like me? Can I come out? Are there gender-neutral bathrooms at this restaurant or hostel? The numerous considerations regarding safety, community, and communication can be daunting — and these are only compounded by the difficulties we might face based on other intersecting aspects of our identities, including race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and so on. ...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Lgbt, India, US, Airbnb, Lgbtq, Vietnam, Seoul, South Carolina, All, Agra, US State Department, Delhi Metro, LGBT travel, Equaldex


Irish drug trial technology firm Teckro wins $25 million injection: Reuters

Ireland’s Teckro, which makes software that allows physicians to take part in drug development trials from mobile devices, has won $25 million in financial backing from investors, as it hatches longer-term plans for a stock market listing. A fund managed by Bill Maris, the former head of Google’s venture capital arm, as well as Founders Fund, an early backer of SpaceX and Airbnb, took part in the latest funding round, it said on Thursday. It will allow Teckro to expand internationally and develo...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Ipo, Trends, Ireland, Healthcare, Airbnb, Pfizer, Bill Maris, Reuters, Hughes, Firecrest, VC Deals, Gary Hughes, Teckro, Novartis GlaxoSmithKline


Chair-tosser turns herself in to police

The Toronto woman who tossed a chair from a 45th-floor balcony into traffic last week turned herself into police today. Marcella Zoia, 19, is charged with mischief endangering life, mischief involving damage to property, and common nuisance. Her Instagram account, which had 4,000 followers and 108 posts, has been deleted. After it was discovered that Zoia was staying at an Airbnb when she huirled the chair, the service announced that it would deplatform her. #Breaking @CP24 Exclusive photo of...
Tags: Post, News, Toronto, Airbnb, Zoia, Common Nuisance, Marcella Zoia, Stephanie Smyth


ICYMI: Airbnb Is Getting A Free Ride, And It's Hurting Renters

Many of the companies that make up the "sharing economy" have something useful to offer American families by introducing competition or more efficient business practices into a range of industries.But too much of what these companies have offered so far is an end-run around regulations and taxes. This end-run definitely benefits some but also inflicts costs on many.Take the case of Airbnb, an internet-based platform that allows property owners to rent out their residences for short-term t...
Tags: Travel, Airbnb


539 Boeing 747 First Flight

We mark the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747 with a member of that flight test team, now a docent at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Also, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, the last commercial flight of the Boeing 727, Airbnb may be doing something with air travel, SFO’s new outdoor observation deck, two Virgin Galactic pilots earn astronaut wings, and the Collier Trophy nominees list is released. Boeing 747 ceremony, courtesy The Museum of ...
Tags: Washington, Customer Service, Nasa, Museum, Virgin Galactic, Smithsonian, John F Kennedy, Aviation, Airbnb, Red Bull, Sfo, Seattle, Faa, Boeing, United, Department Of Transportation


The shower head disrupters backed by Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt just launched a new water-saving nozzle on Kickstarter

Nebia — which was initially backed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt — announced its new Nebia Spa Shower 2.0 on Tuesday.  The latest version can create 29% warmer temperatures and comes at a more affordable price than the original. Cook and Schmidt re-invested in the shower head disrupters, along with North America's largest shower head company Moen, Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, Starwood Hotel founder Barry Sternlicht.  Nebia CEO Phillip Winter tells us that...
Tags: Apple, Google, Cook, Trends, Tim Cook, Kickstarter, Airbnb, North America, Eric Schmidt, Business Insider, SCHMIDT, Moen, Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Hotel, Joe Gebbia, Nebia


BDS and Masterpiece Cakeshop

How is a same-sex wedding like an Israeli West Bank settlement?  Discrimination based on either is not protected by the First Amendment. Laws in 26 states provide that the state will not contract with companies that refuse to do business with those who invest in Israel.   In three states, the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to enjoin these laws, claiming that boycotts are protected by the First Amendment.   The argument has gotten some traction: two courts were persuaded,...
Tags: Colorado, Israel, US, Aclu, West Bank, Airbnb, Wall Street Journal, Arab, Branding, Bds, American Civil Liberties Union, Eugene Kontorovich, Andrew Koppelman, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Kontorovich


Money Diaries, Couples Edition: A Week In Colorado

Welcome to Money Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Oh, hey, did you hear we launched a podcast? Check out Money Diaries: The Podcast, and subscribe today so you don't miss any episode!Leading up to Valentine's Day, we're kicking off this week talking about relationships and money. Today, we're excited to sh...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Europe, Fashion, Music, Hbo, Colorado, Youtube, Scotland, Wikipedia, Netflix, Ireland, New York Times, Airbnb, Latvia, Bill


Paris sues Airbnb for illegal listings and seeks $14.2 million

The City of Paris first warned Airbnb and it is now taking action. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo told the JDD that the city is suing the company for 1,010 illegal listings. The fine could be worth as much as $14.2 million (€12.625 million). Based on current legislation, you can’t rent an apartment more than 120 days a year. If you want to rent an apartment on Airbnb in Paris, you first have to register your apartment with the city. The city then gives you an ID number so that they can track how...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Paris, Airbnb, Hidalgo, JDD, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, Hidalgo Airbnb


Paris to sue Airbnb over 'illegal ads'

The fine could amount to €12.5m ($14m, £11m) for the 1,000 ads the city says break French law.
Tags: Business, Paris, Airbnb


Paris seeks $14 million from Airbnb for illegal adverts

The City of Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 illegal rentals adverts, which could cost the American rental website more than 12.5 million euros ($14 million), the mayor of Paris told a newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Paris, Airbnb


Corrected: Paris seeks $14 million from Airbnb for illegal adverts

(Corrects to show France, not Paris passed the 2018 legislation in paragraph 3)
Tags: Money, France, businessNews, Paris, Airbnb


What to Read in This Week’s Pretty in Pink Issue

This week we’re tuning into our more romantic side with our Pretty in Pink issue. Here’s what’s coming up: Above: Photograph by Natalie Weiss for Remodelista, from one of our favorite apartment visits of all time: Done/Undone with Clarisse Demory in Paris. A tour of one of the most beautiful guesthouses we’ve seen, in France Our favorite glassware, in shades of rose And, what our editors’ are gifting (and coveting) for Valentines Day In case you missed it this week: What to know about t...
Tags: Books, Instagram, Bali, France, Paris, Airbnb, Table Of Contents, Natalie Weiss, Clarisse Demory


The woman in charge of laying the groundwork for Waymo's self-driving taxis in cities across the US reveals why humility is key to the company's future (GOOGL)

Ellie Casson is Waymo's head of local policy. Her job is to work with local communities and governments to use Waymo's self-driving technology to solve problems. Casson's say her background in community organizing and her small-town upbringing help her make sure that Waymo bucks a Silicon Valley stereotype and stays humble. Editor's note: Business Insider has been talking with Waymo employees from different parts of the company to learn more about their work. What we discovered were some of t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, California, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Airbnb, Oakland, Morgan Stanley, Phoenix, Chrysler Pacifica, Hampshire College, Dutchess County, GOOGL


#Bigdaily: Spotify will launch in March; OYO to enter US market

Oyo to enter US market Oyo, after launching in China, is now entering the US market (taking Airbnb head on?). After recently closing $1 billion fund-raise by SoftBank, Oyo has stepped on the gas in terms of expansion on foreign soil. Besides, the new market of US, it is also present in the UK, Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka among others.[via] Flipkart in talks to list offline players as sellers on platform Flipkart is in talks with a host of offline retailers as well as distributors of Samsu...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Business, UK, Microsoft, China, India, US, Samsung, Airbnb, Skype, Sri Lanka, Flipkart, Venus, Brexit


Airbnb names Fred Reid head of transportation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Home-sharing company Airbnb has hired veteran aviation executive Fred Reid to explore future partnerships with airlines and other providers. Reid has served as the founding CEO of Virgin America, president of Delta Airlines and president and chief operating officer of Lufthansa. Most recently he was president of Kitty Hawk’s Cora program, […]
Tags: Business, News, San Francisco, Ap, Delta Airlines, Airbnb, Virgin America, Reid, Cora, Fred Reid, Lufthansa Most


A Self-Employed 25-Year-Old's 16-Day Trip To Eastern Europe With Her Dad & Sisters

Welcome to Away Game, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real millennial women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises.This week's travel diary: A 25-year-old goes on a family trip with and meets her dad's extended family along the way.Open to tracking ...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, New York, Pinterest, Instagram, Minneapolis, New York City, US, Frankfurt, Budapest, Hungary, United States, Italy, Slovenia, Airbnb


Airbnb hires former Virgin America boss Fred Reid to break into the transport market

Airbnb is breaking into the travel market, hiring the founding head of Virgin America with a wide brief to expand the $45 billion online powerhouse.The home sharing site has moved into booking local experiences and today announced... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Airbnb, Virgin America, Fred Reid


Airbnb hires a global head of transportation

Airbnb made it easier for travelers to find a place to crash. Now it wants to make it easier for them to get around. The $31 billion home-sharing giant has hired Fred Reid as its first-ever global head of transportation. Reid served as the founding chief executive officer of Virgin America from 2004 to 2007 after a three-year stint as the president of Delta Airlines. Most recently, Reid was president of the Cora Aircraft Program, a division of Kitty Hawk focused on the development of an auton...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Sequoia, Virgin America, Reid, Fred Reid, Delta Airlines Most, Cora Aircraft Program, Andreessen Horowitz Travel


Will the Sharing Economy Kill Personal Ownership?

The social networking era brought about a sharing economy. We share not only our lives, but also everything from cars to clothes to chickens, yes chickens. Services like Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era, and industries rapidly have been embracing the change to determine how to benefit from the shift in terms of future revenue. So, will we buy things in the future and just share them with others, or will industries take over with a subscription, or pay-as-you-go, business model? It i...
Tags: Ecommerce, Airbnb