Airbnb, Coursera, and Uber: The Rise of the Disruption Economy – Businessweek
Airbnb is in a similar position with the hotel industry: The application of social features—which allow owners of apartments, houses, trailers, and even treehouses to easily find and connect with potential short-term renters—has changed the balance of power to the point where someone with a spare room has the ability to create a peer-powered business with virtually no overhead. That’s clearly a threat to the hotel business, which is using whatever political and regulatory connections it can to put limits on the company, even as its grows larger: Airbnb is rumored to be talking with Facebook investor Peter Thiel about a funding round that would value it at $2 billion.Disruption everywhere ;)
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