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Sex workers renting holiday lets for pop-up brothels, say police | Society | The Guardian
Sex workers typically hire lets for a week and advertise online for customers. They may use a flat, house or bungalow just for a few days as a brothel before packing up and moving on.

Owners have no idea that their second homes or investment properties have been used in the sex trade. They often come to the attention of the police when neighbours report unusual activity.
sex  worker  work  UK  airbnb 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
From a Culture of Connectivity to a Platform Society
transform, change public life and social life. [...] participatory culture (reality is sometimes less than 1% create of the 100% that consume. [,,,] give away your user data, get service for free. it became a economic transaction. user data is currency. [...] harmful for people, but no discussion about harms to society and public life (self-censorship) & rise in vanity, Selbstdarstellung! Also filter bubble. Revenge Porn. Stalking. Cyber bullying and cyber mobbing. Phishing for your data, enabling cyber crime. [...] hidden norms and values [...] not a level playing field [pay to play] [...]
Platfom  Silo  Open  Platform  EULA  TOS  Social  Media  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  winner  take  all  Strava  Google  News  Google  Inc.  Uber  Silicon  Valley  mobile  homescreen  Brand  Gesellschaft  society  WhatsApp  Public  Life  AirBnB  book  Web  2.0  Tinder  user  data  Privacy  Internet  Privacy  sharing  economy  Gig  YouTube  self-censorship  Big  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  Selbstdarstellung  Selfie  filter  bubble  Newsfeed  revenge  porn  stalking  cyber  mobbing  cyber  bullying  phishing  cyber  crime  self-regulation  NextDoor  Amazon  4chan  Reddit 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Angestellte bei Airbnb und Uber: "Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat"
AirbnB und andere Firmen tun so, als hätten sie eine soziale Mission. Doch laut dem Buchautor Tom Slee beuten sie ihre Angestellten schlimmer aus als herkömmliche Firmen - und begünstigen totale Überwachung. // SPIEGEL: Es gibt Ökonomen, die sehen in diesen neuen Jobs auch eine Chance.

Slee: Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat. Die dahinterstehenden Plattformen tarnen sich als Innovation, bauen aber auf unbegrenzte Verfügbarkeit und darauf, Arbeitsgesetze auszuhebeln und alles Risiko den Kleinunternehmern aufzuhalsen. [...] SPIEGEL: Uber und Co gerieren sich oft als Plattformen für freie Miniunternehmer. Sind sie das wirklich?

Slee: Die Leute sind scheinselbstständig, oft werden sie wie Angestellte behandelt. Tatsächlich haben sie etwa die Pflicht, 90 Prozent der angeforderten Fahrten anzunehmen, sonst werden sie gefeuert.
Share  Economy  sharing  Uber  for  X  Uber  Lyft  AirBnB  Book  on-demand  mobile  homescreen  ondemand  convenience  convenience  Service  Sector  Jobs  Precariat  precarious  employment  precarious  work  Contractor  part-time  part-time  employment  Zero  Hour  Contract  1099  Economy  Gig  Economy  neoliberal  neoliberalism  tax  credit  low  pay  low  income  self-employment  labour  market  job  insecurity  job  security  job  market  secular  stagnation  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  marketplace  efficiencies  TaskRabbit  minimum  wage  TOS  employment  EULA 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Priceline's Lessons for Uber, Airbnb and Other Unicorns - Bloomberg View
But it was its market valuation that drove the fascination, and after the stock price collapsed from a high of $974.25 a share in April 1999 to $6.75 in December 2000, people mostly stopped talking about Priceline.com. [...] First, that the huge valuations being attached to today’s leading digital startups probably aren’t all crazy. Second, that those valuations may make it hard for late-round private investors, or the rest of us after the eventual IPOs, to make much money off the insight that Uber or Airbnb or Snapchat is in fact built to last. And finally, the big lesson for these companies may be to set aside a bunch of that investor cash for when times get tough -- and maybe hire a CEO, or at least a general counsel, who is really good at making acquisitions.
Uber  Private  Market  AirBnB  Unicorn  Decacorn  hunt  for  yield  growth  round  Private  Equity  Mutual  Fund  Silicon  Valley  dot.com  Snapchat  IPO  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Twitter 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Alternatives Management: Vertrauen als Ressource für Unternehmen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Oft werben diejenigen am meisten darum, die unter Vertrauensverlust leiden. Denn tatsachlich sinkt das Vertrauen in die Wirtschaft und das Misstrauen steigt. Das ist das Ergebnis nahezu aller Studien zum Thema Verbrauchervertrauen // &! bit.ly/1Vd5jYF - Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable // Same with the Conservative Party deleting all their speeches and documents after they won majority in election and partnered up with libdems - bit.ly/1c7hHG6 &! bit.ly/1Epl5va // Auch Geld funktioniert nur dank Vertrauen [...] Der Systemtheoretiker Niklas Luhmann beschrieb Vertrauen daher auch als "Mechanismus zur Reduktion sozialer Komplexität". Ständiges Misstrauen dagegen mache unser Zusammenleben deutlich schwieriger, sagt Martin Schweer. [...] Schnell zeigte sich: Hatte der eine das Geschäft fair und zum gegenseitigen Vorteil abgewickelt, erhöhte der andere in der nächsten Runde seinen Einsatz. // &! bit.ly/1ILzkZU - Does honesty matter ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What Uber and Airbnb Are Up Against in China - YouTube
- China specific leader for business, native boots on the ground! - min 9 - youtu.be/WcnYafrqdMc // playbook is different from country to country, and very different from western world to asia or Africa or Latin America! because of very different consumer, culture, regulation, politics, ... --- need local partners! period. experienced boots. and lots of handshakes.
Uber  China  linkedin  AirBnB  SoftBank  Asia  expansion  global  trade  playbook  scale  scaling 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
SoftBank President's investing advice - YouTube
playbooks different in Asia ... than in western world. lots of different barriers and execution problems. local entrepreneurs will give a good run/fight for their money - uber/airbnb ...trying to crack asia. // https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/softbank & https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tiger-global & https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/t-rowe-price
SoftBank  Nikesh  Arora  growth  round  Snapdeal  Silicon  Valley  AirBnB  Uber  China  Asia  GrabTaxi  Rocket  Internet  Coupang  Alibaba  India  Flipkart 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Networks and the Nature of the Firm — The WTF Economy — Medium
“publish, then filter” - Clay Shirky. >> It is fundamentally an open-ended network in which filtering and curation (otherwise known as “management”) happens largely after the fact. [ Twitter lacks a management/curation feature, has to overcome its once cheered differentiator of no curating nor using algorithms to make sense of the noise one subscribed to. ] [...] [ Replacing knowledgeable workers, sales person, support staff, with software. ] One way to think about the new generation of on-demand companies, such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, is that they are networked platforms for physical world services, which are bringing fragmented industries into the 21st century in the same way that ecommerce has transformed retail. [...] This fragmented industry [Taxi] provides work not just for drivers but for managers, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and bookkeepers.
Clay  Shirky  Marketplace  efficiencies  plurality  Platform  user  generated  content  Open  Platform  noise  pollution  Signal  vs.  noise  curation  curator  content  curation  Newsfeed  algorithm  Google  Search  Page  Rank  Twitter  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  on-demand  convenience  Service  Sector  Jobs  commodity  business  commoditization  Amazon  Google  Uber  AirBnB  Lyft  e-commerce  YouTube  fragmented  Silicon  Valley  franchising  model  franchise 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Surveillance Economy and Extreme Income Inequality: You Can't Have One Without the Other - YouTube
Uber and Airbnb is equal to informal economy (uncertainty) = staying power only for owner of marketplace (wealth accumulation & ultimate bargain power as owner of (monopoly/oligopoly form of marketplace). Silicon Valley made the informal economy cool again bc its on your smartpone (homescreen). Uber & Co are becoming, as owners of said marketplace, the new super elite (with no shared economic interest & no stakeholder in local economy). Disenfranchised & Price war. // The perfect, crazy, too good to be true, idea - will crash eventually (accumulating wealth with little to no input [see stakeholder theory/shared economic interest/long-term views and interest!]). // Start-up Lesson/Advice: "cost of choice" & paying computation with advertising = corruption (Google, Facebook &Co) paying (Wall Street, short-termism [Fast Food]) for micro-management of your life, of your choice. = U loosing free will. // youtu.be/kZO8mgarU0k youtu.be/XdEuII9cv-U youtu.be/cCvf2DZzKX0 youtu.be/5puB_7Q2n74
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
After Your Job Is Gone | TechCrunch
Future  of  Work  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Robotics  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  algorithm  automation  first  homescreen  phone  Peak  Peak  Jobs  self-employment  Zero  Hour  Contract  contractor  precarious  Precariat  working  poor  crony  capitalism  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  globalisation  globalization  borderless  flat  competitiveness  competitive  competition  freelance  freelancing  competitive  advantage  education  policy  Share  Economy  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  industry  Services  on-demand  convenience  austerity  Universal  Basic  Income  welfare  welfare  state  social  safety  net  minimum  wage  living  wage  Makers  Career  Politicians  protectionism  Uber  public  transportation  transportation  AirBnB  Postmates  Lyft  disposable  squeezed  middle  class  social  cohesion  democracy  No  Representation  Wall  Street  outsourcing  1099  Economy  3D  printing  industrial  policy  Manufacturing  Mittelstand  SME  SMB  Leadership  Programming  STEM  Bulimie  lernen  online  learning  e-learning  Google  vocational  education  Sozialer  Abstieg  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  marginal  cost  economics  of  economics  economics  abundanc 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
HomeAway: Vacation Rentals, Beach Houses, Cabins & More
airbnb wasn't the first. a study to pit both against each other who did what how when, ops, customer aquisition, marketing, advertising, net promoter score, word of mouth, ... coincidence and luck (2008 GFC is mentioned in airbnb's case, people looked to rent out a spare bedroom or even the whole flat to supplement their income which was reduced during the gfc/recession). luck is often mentioned in start-up talks, and the case to execute/exploit it 1000x ... // name? does the name make a difference?
AirBnB  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Ferienappartements statt Mietwohnungen - Wie neue Internetportale Mieter aus den Innenstädten vertreiben - Monitor - ARD | Das Erste
"Ferienappartements statt Mietwohnungen - Wie neue Internetportale Mieter aus den Innenstädten vertreiben" Die Idee klingt charmant: Private vermieten an Private, die Welt zu Gast daheim. So werben neue Internetportale, die Privatwohnungen für Städtereisende anbieten. Doch aus der schönen Idee ist längst ein knallhartes Geschäft geworden. Experten gehen davon aus, dass bis zu 80 Prozent der angebotenen Wohnungen mittlerweile von kommerziellen Anbietern vermietet werden, weil sich damit weit mehr verdienen lässt, als auf dem normalen Wohnungsmarkt. Die Folge: Gerade in gefragten Lagen wird der Wohnraum immer knapper, Mieter werden aus ihren Wohnungen vertrieben.
AirBnB  regulators  self-regulation  regulation  Uber  Share  Economy 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
As the faces of the peer-to-peer economy, Airbnb and Uber’s cultures couldn’t be more different | PandoDaily
AirBnB playing the win-win game. >> Airbnb appears to have taken the approach of investing significantly in creating community and a feeling of partnership, and of disseminating best practices. Along with the community-building exercises, its recently concluded host convention featured a number of sessions on how to be a better provider. Airbnb facilitates host groups for knowledge sharing, integrated into a host application that also embeds hospitality standards and guidelines, as well as standalone meetups for hosts to exchange information. The emphasis on community and connectedness is very visible in the company’s recently initiated “Belong Anywhere” branding strategy. The three co-founders have consistently visited and stayed at the homes of key hosts around the world, an experience that likely builds significant loyalty. << very different to the Rocket Internet clone that Samwer Brother created. &! "Paul Graham's - Mean People Fail - win by transcending."
Uber  Lyft  AirBnB  Platform  middleman  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  community  branding  Brand  communication  transparency  accountability  governance  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  corporate  values  TOS  partnerships  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  Collaborative  collaboration  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  P2P  Services  Industry  service  economy  service  Share  HomeJoy 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Share Economy (Uber und Airbnb): Deutsche wollen nicht teilen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Auch die persönlichen Einkommens- und Besitzverhältnisse haben laut der Umfrage einen Einfluss darauf, wie die Befragten das Prinzip "Tauschen und Teilen" finden. Während die Propheten der Share Economy gerne darauf verweisen, dass sich damit auch die weniger Wohlhabenden endlich etwas leisten können, zeigt die Umfrage genau das Gegenteil: Besonders angetan sind die Gutverdiener.
Share  Economy  Services  Industry  service  service  Uber  AirBnB  Germany  culture  society  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  babyboomers  Millennials  generationy  disposable  income  consumerist  status  anxiety  status  symbol  social  status  socioeconomic  status 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Peter Thiel on why Airbnb should be valued way higher than Uber… and why it’s not | PandoDaily
Rather than explaining how two companies locked in such a battle could possibly justify nearly $2 billion in collected investment and sky high valuations, he made the point that Airbnb in contrast is wildly undervalued at least relative to Uber. Thiel is also an investor in Airbnb– yet another darling of the sharing economy, valued at a “mere” $10 billion compared to Uber’s $18 billion. Unlike Uber and Lyft, Thiel argued, there is no obvious competitor to Airbnb. That in and of itself makes it a more valuable company because of the distraction and profit erosion that he describes throughout his book. So why doesn’t the market reflect that thinking? Thiel gave an amusing answer to that too: VCs like to invest in things they like to use. VCs love getting in black town cars, but they typically stay in five star hotels. Fewer still open up their homes to strangers for extra cash. Uber gets a “yeah! I like this one!” valuation boost.
Peter  Thiel  Venture  Capital  pattern  recognition  pattern  matching  Lyft  Uber  AirBnB  valuation  competition  Fred  Wilson  Bill  Gurley  burn  rate  runway  Silicon  Valley  unintended  consequences  ZIRP  bond  bubble  equity  bubble  NIRP  QE  hunt  for  yield 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Airbnb Taps Business Travel Market With Concur - Digits - WSJ
https://www.airbnb.co.uk/business-travel - Airbnb partners w/ expense-software maker Concur ($5.13B mkt cap) to let corporate customers book apartments & homes directly through Concur's service; Airbnb is also launching a new site that lets business customers find rentals that are most likely to appeal to professionals.
AirBnB  curation  curator  convenience  sharing  economy  user  experience  product  experience  customer  experience  shared  experience  experience  generationy  Millennials  Design 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Twitter / levie: As we move toward a "convenience ...
'As we move toward a "convenience economy", new technology will create millions of jobs that never existed before. Uber is just the start.' - @levie, CEO @boxHQ - Link
sharing  economy  convenience  economy  Silicon  Valley  disposable  income  Uber  Lyft  Venture  Capital  AirBnB  instant  gratification  upsell  upselling  service  industry  service  economy 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Airbnb's new logo faces social media backlash
Google's old logo (above) had drop shadows, but its new one is flatter - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24170053 // Gap clothing company has ditched its new logo after only one week, due to an online backlash. So what are the perils of changing a company emblem? __ Cheapy, tacky, ordinary. __ [ITS NOT WHAT YOU SAY, ITS WHAT YOU DONT SAY. AND WHAT YOU IMPLY AND WANT THEM TO NOT SEE YOU AS] Some of the adjectives used by Gap customers to describe its now-axed logo. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11517129 // http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/18-things-that-look-like-the-new-airbnb-logo // http://www.subtraction.com/2014/07/16/belo/ << the story of the new airbnb logo // http://blog.airbnb.com/belong-anywhere << they didn't change the product, but wanted the logo to represent the product, identity, sense of the product - communicate via logo & co. pity it got _this_ form, that it now got. [... more bookmarks for topic under airbnb ...]
AirBnB  redesign  logo  web  design  communication  Google  GAP  marketing  language  visual  identity  Product/Market  Fit  customer  corporate  culture  corporate  media  Social  Product 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Can We Reclaim Power By Sharing? Russell Brand The Trews Ep81 - YouTube
minute 2:30 in ... sharing economy; transportation, housing, physical storage, books, ...
sharing  economy  Uber  Lyft  AirBnB  less  is  more  simplicity  baggage  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  status  symbol 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - http://youtu.be/rQ6GoY2_Ujw >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
Uber  Travis  Kalanick  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneurship  entrepreneurial  entrepreneur  status  symbol  system  design  Product  systems  design  brand  Personal  brands  branding  on  demand  Supply  and  and  Supply  ondemand  on  demand  lifestyle  magic  technology  STEM  reputation  Silicon  Valley  multi-product  company  travel  traveling  transportation  public  transportation  Platform  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  instant  gratification  frictionless  friction  accelerated  life  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  business  model  mobile  first  urbanisation  urban  planning  Operations  scaling  algorithm  algorithms  algo  dynamic  pricing  mathematics  complexity  marketing  Viral  Airbnb  Utility  utilities  21stcentury 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Startups: Wagniskapital - Deutschland scheut das Risiko - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Manchmal rappt Horowitz seinen Rat an Jungunternehmer und formuliert seine Management-Tipps mit Hilfe von Songtexten bekannter HipHop-Künstler. Wenn Gründer mehr Mut beweisen sollen, bedient er sich etwa bei Ice Cube und rät: "If you are scared motherfucker, go to church." Die Lobby von Andreessen Horowitz in einem eleganten Flachbau am Rande von Menlo Park ist dekoriert mit Originalaufnahmen von Atombombentests. Das alles wirkt manchmal etwas brachial. Aber trifft man Horowitz in seinem Büro, erlebt man einen sehr freundlichen Mann in Pulli, Jeans und Turnschuhen, der während des ganzen Gesprächs nicht einmal die Stimme hebt. [...] Dann spricht er lange und ausführlich über Regulierung und Arbeitsmarktgesetze in Deutschland. Dass es drei Monate dauere, ein Unternehmen zu gründen. Dass, wenn es nicht gut läuft, kaum eine andere Möglichkeit bleibe, als "gleich ganz zuzumachen", weil nicht schnell und einfach Personal abgebaut werden könne. Dass es an Unternehmergeist mangele. ...
Germany  Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  risk  taking  aiming  big  Start-Up  Start-Ups  FNAC  Google  Facebook  Twitter  Airbnb  risk  aversion  Marc  Andreessen  Ben  Horowitz  Venture  Capital  VC  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  scaling  Andreessen  Horowitz  corporate  culture  disrupting  markets  disruption  skill-biased  technological  change  skill  skills  workforce  Book  regulators  regulation  Innovation  SAAS  SAP  SME  SMB  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  comparative  advantage  globalisation  globalization  Europe  Structural  Impediments  unemployment  imbalance  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  technological  history  technology  Charles  Hugh  Smith  destruction  value  creation  manufacturing  engineering  engineer  Amazon  Salesforce  riskaversion  risk-taking  public  policy  Career  Politicians  accountability  transparency  Politics  Female  Founders  Women  in  Tech  progressive 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Franchise redux: The professionalization of the sharing economy has deep implications | PandoDaily
But for all Airbnb and Uber’s much deserved “disruptive” acclaim, these businesses have older roots than the hype cycle suggests. According to conventional wisdom, Airbnb and Uber enable “regular individuals” to make a few extra bucks renting out an extra bedroom or giving fellow travelers a ride. They unlock a new class of assets, where fellow consumers share in collaborative consumption. In fact, while these businesses nailed rapidly changing consumer preferences  –  buying services at time of usage, rather than owning assets fits the post-recession, Millennial sensibility of the moment –  the supply side of their businesses does not match the narrative. Supply in these marketplaces is increasingly delivered by entrepreneurial, small business owners, not fellow consumers. Uber and Airbnb are best understood as reimagined franchise operations that leverage mobile data, the social graph, and continuous feedback loops to deliver a better consumer experience.
Airbnb  Millennials  GFC  post-recession  2014  Consumerism  consumerist  zombie  consumer  sharing  is  caring  sharing  economy  marketplace  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  inefficiencies  Technology  convenience  disrupting  markets  disruption  franchise  business  Platform  Open  Platform  franchising  redux  service  delivery  mobile  first  digital  natives  adoption  adoption  curve  trends  youthification  unintended  consequences  complexity  unknown  unknowns  self-regulation  regulation  deregulation  vested  interest  interest  groups  operating  performance  Start-Up  Start-Ups  Lean  Start-Up  Silicon  Valley  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  feedback  loop  transparency  Models  Social  Media  recovery  productivity  output-gap  underemployed  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  disposable  income  Debt  Super  Cycle  USA  UK  Europe  consumer 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Euphemism of the day: Airbnb admits they ‘hacked customer happiness in the wrong direction’ | PandoDaily
the pains of growing not hockey stick like but, steeper than one can human possibly hire people to deal with it on the back-end. and what most hurts retrospectively is, that you couldn't and or didn't pay attention to things like culture and management ... and actual happiness inside a growing child (business).
Airbnb  customer  service  customer  support  hospitality  business  Social  Media  communication  PR  public  relations  Start-Up  Start-Ups  entrepreneurship  people  management  management  internet  culture  corporate  culture 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Why your dinky little startup is worth billions of dollars - Quartz
Though companies hire trained futurists, technology is still moving to fast to predict where it will go. “Value has become an abstraction because we don’t really know what kind of product is going to make the most money,” Chayka writes. “We have no idea what kind of technology will dominate the commercial landscape over the next decade, let alone century.” For companies with as much money and as much to gain—and lose—as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, it’s better to be optimistic about hyped startups than to let them slip away. Of course, this means that they know some of their acquisitions will be duds and even those that aren’t will be expensive. But it’s worth more to them to stay ahead of the curve.
Facebook  Yahoo!  AOL  Twitter  Microsoft  Google  acqui-hire  acquisitions  acquisition  Uber  Airbnb  growth  round  Venture  Capital  Technology  strategic  strategy  VC  Silicon  Valley  acquihire  seedround  seedfunding  Instagram  Snapchat  WhatsApp  Google+  Moore's  Law  B2B  C2B  marketplace  industry  Oculus  Rift  virtual  reality  3D  printing 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
Hedge Fund Boss: "We Are Witnessing Our Second Tech Bubble"
+ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/magazine/if-a-bubble-bursts-in-palo-alto-does-it-make-a-sound.html "There are hundreds more examples of big companies spending eye-watering sums for acquisitions, firms going public at fat valuations, tech stocks reaching high highs and venture-capital firms tossing money at start-ups. That’s not to mention the cultural afterbirth of all that cash, from the medieval-themed weddings to the office ball pits. (If HBO sees fit to satirize your corner of the economy, things have probably gone a bit weird.) Meanwhile, the rest of the country slouches along, unemployment high, wages stagnant, credit tight. But Silicon Valley feels like a foam party." [...] “Valuations are at extreme levels because you cannot get a decent return on your money doing anything else,”
asset  bubble  Silicon  Valley  growth  round  late-stage  funding  Venture  Capital  Marc  Andreessen  IPO  hunt  for  yield  ZIRP  QE  liquidity-trap  unintended  consequences  speculative  bubbles  equity  bubble  debt  bubble  bond  bubble  OMT  ECB  BOE  NIRP  deflationary  deflation  unconventional  monetary  policy  monetary  transmission  mechanism  monetary  policy  2014  Facebook  Airbnb  Dropbox  Box.com  California  San  Francisco  Los  Angeles  Palo  Alto  Fred  Wilson 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
Airbnb's $500M Funding, Twitter Buys Gnip, Instagram's Username Scandal - CrunchWeek | TechCrunch TV
valued at 10bn - above many hotel business chains. putting off IPO and pressures from IPO in favour of another funding round.
Airbnb  hospitality  business  brand  brands  branding  hospitality  brand  IPO  growth  round  late-stage  funding  regulators  regulation 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay CEO: Airbnb is the next eBay - YouTube
eBay CEO John Donahoe and Airbnb founder Brian Chesky discuss how the two have become sounding boards for one another at the 2013 Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen Colorado
ebay  Airbnb  design  Product  design 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
Joe Gebbia - The Airbnb Story - YouTube
AirBnB is the ebay for places and experiences. Sharing is caring - you space. This kindness to open up you personal space to strangers ... magical moments can happen. Stories are written. Lives are changed. Still there is the 80/20 - there will always be bad eggs, say bad customers. And because national travel is vry affordable and people want to escape their walls on the weekend if they could afford and its users use it for niche items/services >> providing accommodation for events. Staying in someones place is very different than a hotel. a hotel is generic. every AirBnB is different. It is an experience. not only might you experience a new city, but you also experience someones life, how he or she or they live. Their view. Plus - this is the time of the Airbnb - experience services - because millennials favour experiences of commoditised consumer goods. and babyboomers want that cake too because of the youthification trend. only retrospective u see the pieces of the puzzle.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Airbnb Could Be Valued at More Than $10 Billion in New Round | Re/code
more and more non-traditional entities like Wall Street banks, funds and PE go to the valley to look for established companies who pose much less risk than usual start-ups who have no business model or existing revenue stream(s) and thus no profit ... Airbnb is a solid business model, this is a growth round. a new thing in the valley to have such numbers been thrown around. 10bn valuation is not start-up any more.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a

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