The Battle is Not Over for Airbnb

The defeat of Proposition F in San Francisco is not the end of political struggles for Airbnb.  (See my earlier piece.)  According to the LA Times, the internet lodging rental service faces more attempts by municipalities across the country who want to impose more regulations on the $25 billion company. Here’s a part of the Times’ report: At a Wednesday press conference, a top Airbnb executive said the company plans to build on its success in the Bay Area, where it relied on a “people-to-people Read more […]

Airbnb Wins a Victory for All of Us

It feels like every time someone comes up with a way for the average Joe to make money from a good idea and to provide a needed service for the general public at a reasonable price, someone–either the existing business that wants a monopoly on the service or the government–does something to throw a wrench in the works. This was the case with Airbnb.  In San Francisco, a ballot initiative called Proposition F was the culprit.  Here is the beginning of a short description of the initiative found Read more […]