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Marriott plans to take on Airbnb in home-sharing market

by Meghan McCarty Carino Apr 29, 2019
The hotel group is preparing to launch a new division.
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Why people of color charge less for Airbnb rentals in San Francisco

by Lizzie O'Leary May 11, 2018
A new study examines the role of race in the home rental economy

Short-term rentals spur businesses around new services for visitors

by Nina Keck Apr 2, 2018
As more and more vacationers book private residences for trips, using sites like Airbnb or HomeAway, there’s no front desk to call when they need something. So online concierge services and other support businesses are springing up in response. The…
Marketplace Tech Blogs

When companies choose not to go public, does that hurt the public?

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Feb 5, 2018
Fewer companies are going public than did 20 years ago. How does that change the fortunes of all Americans?
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Startups see untapped potential in apartment buildings

by Adam Allington Aug 25, 2017
High-rise apartment buildings are a target for the growing home-sharing economy.
Construction workers work beside new apartment buildings in downtown Los Angeles, California on April 5, 2017.
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If you kick a white supremacist group off one service, another will be waiting for them

by , and Aug 16, 2017
Parallel services are welcoming white supremacist groups that have been shunned by the mainstream media.
White nationalist Richard Spencer (center) and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Emancipation Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Airbnb closes accounts linked to white supremacy rally

by Ben Johnson and Kristin Schwab Aug 11, 2017
The company said it goes against its terms of service.
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A Houston woman makes a split decision for home sharing

by Marketplace Contributor Feb 20, 2017
Her townhome is designed with two units to host short- or long-term paying guests.
Lydia Afeman’s townhouse in Houston is flexible on the inside, to allow for short or long-term paying guests. 
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Uber and Airbnb in the age of Trump

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 31, 2017
In his new book, Brad Stone writes about Silicon Valley startups that are changing the world.
A man poses holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London on October 28, 2016. 

 
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Disrupting the hotel industry and urban economies

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 26, 2017
Leigh Gallagher dives into the story of Airbnb in her new book, looking at how a business idea turned into a multibillion-dollar company.
Co-founders of Airbnb Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk speak at a Q&A at the Los Angeles Theatre during Airbnb Open LA on Nov. 19, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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