All posts tagged: Airbnb

The Shared Economy: Doing Business With the Joneses

On Thursday, Leah sat down with some of the leaders of the collaborative consumption movement for a frank talk at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Moderator Liz Gannes, Senior Editor of All Things Digital, kicked off the evening by asking author Lisa Gansky how she first identified sharing as a movement. The author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing chalked collaboration up to way more than a trend, attributing the rise in sharing-based businesses to the 2008 recession. “Things that we value that go unused, actually in that moment are wasted,” said Gansky. “It’s more convenient and less costly to share or gain access than to own.” Panelist Shelby Clark, Founder and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides, agreed that “rational triggers” like price and convenience are the initial draw for consumers, but that it’s the community that keeps them coming back. The evening’s discussion ended with an eye toward the future, with each panelist imagining where the sharing economy might lead. Although he admits it’s fun to imagine the Marty …

The Shared Economy at The Commonwealth Club

You know what gets us really excited? Sharing. Okay, so you already knew that, but did you know that Leah will be sitting on a panel this week at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco with some of the other leading voices in collaborative consumption? Leah joins Lisa Gansky, Author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing, Shelby Clark, Founder and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides, Cory Smith, CEO of Hub Bay Area and SOCAP, and Nate Blecharczyk, CTO and Co-Founder of Airbnb. Liz Gannes, Senior Editor of AllThingsDigital, will moderate. This incredible meeting of the minds will examine the values of access over ownership, financial efficiency, and environmental sustainability. The panel will also discuss what a future built on collaborative consumption models looks like. Come ready to be inspired. The Shared Economy: Doing Business With The Joneses Thursday, August 16 6:30pm program (7:30pm reception) Blue Room, The Commonwealth Club $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students

Task of the Week: Help Me With My Airbnb Guests

Many people in the TaskRabbit community are also wild about other companies in the sharing space. Companies like Airbnb, our buddies with the spiffy new website, make it easy to rent out a couch, spare room, or entire apartment while you’re away. Only one problem: how do you let your guests into your home while you’re out of town? Clever TaskPosters like Drew B. have already figured out the solution: hire a TaskRabbit for your key exchange. New York TaskRabbit TJ Y. met Drew’s guests and handed off the key. It was almost too easy. TaskPoster Thomas T. travels frequently and often rents out his studio to Airbnb guests. That’s why he works with TaskRabbit Nyna N. to make the space sparkle between guests. Thinking about using Airbnb during your vacation? Take a cue from these seasoned hosts and hire a TaskRabbit to handle the logistics.

San Francisco Takes the Lead on the Sharing Economy

Last night, leaders from around the sharing space gathered with policy makers and innovative citizens at the downtown headquarters of San Francisco’s urban planning and research nonprofit, SPUR, to discuss San Francisco’s move to becoming the world capital of collaborative consumption. Mayor Edwin M. Lee, who’s earned the nickname the “Innovation Mayor,” kicked off the evening with an enthusiastic invitation for every member of the crowd to keep the sharing economy dialogue moving forward. “We’re all part of the initial group of policy makers at City Hall that wants to hear views of the collaborative economy … it’s already piqued our interest because it shows how to use less to do more, how to make an expensive city more affordable to more people,” said Mayor Lee as he introduced his policymaker colleagues. Supervisor Scott Wiener detailed the difficulties involved with shifting policies toward a more collaborative future, pointing out a dichotomy within the city and calling for a city-wide education initiative on the sharing economy. “We are in many ways a cutting edge city in …

TaskRabbit Joins San Francisco’s New Sharing Economy Working Group

UPDATE: Here’s a recap of the event. This evening, Leah will join leaders from other Bay Area collaborative consumption companies to discuss the role city government can have in promoting the shift to a sharing economy. Leah will be joined by Jessica Scorpio, Founder of Getaround; Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for AirBnB; Jamie Wong, Founder and CEO of Vayable; and Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer of the City and County of San Francisco. This incredible group of innovators forms the core of the nation’s first Sharing Economy Working Group. San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, together with Shareable, SPUR, sf.citi, and TechCentralSF, convened this group to develop policy initiatives to promote the sharing economy. “The growing ‘sharing economy’ is leveraging technology and innovation to generate new jobs and income for San Franciscans in every neighborhood and at every income level,” said Mayor Lee. “As the birthplace of this new, more sustainable ‘sharing economy,’ San Francisco must be at the forefront of nurturing its growth, modernizing our laws, and confronting emerging policy issues and …

The Upside to the Down Economy

  More bad news hit the US economy last Friday. First, we learned that employers added hardly any jobs, which is startling evidence that the highly anticipated economy recovery is stumbling.  And second, a survey of US households showed that more people were actively looking for work. As a result, the unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in June.   Not good! But, while the focus is often on the unemployment rate, “underemployment” is a significant concern as well. The economic downturn and the downsizing it triggered have created a virtual epidemic of underemployment. Underemployment can be defined a couple of ways: 1) having to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, and/ or 2) working a job that is considerably below your education or skill level. According to a recent Gallup survey, nearly 1 in 5 working Americans describe themselves as underemployed. The underemployment epidemic has spared no one – tenured professionals, Ivy League grads, budding entrepreneurs, etc.   As to be expected, the underemployed are looking for ways, any way really, to make ends …

Task of the Week: TaskRabbit to Help Prep for Airbnb Guests

This Task is a great example of the power of collaborative consumption in revolutionizing the way people interact, consume, and get things done on a daily basis. The Sender, Jamie W., wanted help tidying up her apartment – not because her parents were visiting or because she was hosting a dinner party for friends.  Nope, it’s because she was having an Airbnb guest crash at her place.  If you haven’t heard of this awesome service, Airbnb connects folks who have space to spare – a room, a bed, a couch, a futon – with those folks who are looking for a place to stay.  Just like TaskRabbit, Airbnb is disrupting the conventional way of getting things done by tapping into the power of the community. Love it! With little time to spare between visiting guests, Jamie was looking for a fast and easy way to get her place in tip-top shape.  Voila! TaskRabbit to the rescue!  Jamie got connected to an awesome TaskRabbit, Jacob Paul Q., within just 30 minutes of posting the Task, and the job …