Why Airbnb’s Community Compact is Important

In a blog post yesterday, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky released the Airbnb Community Compact, outlining three “community commitments.” To summarize, the commitments boil down to Airbnb: 1) paying its fair share in taxes, 2) sharing appropriate data with municipalities, 3) educating its users on regulations and policies. The release demonstrates a critical inflection point for Airbnb’s policy efforts. TechCrunch ran this headline: … Continue reading Why Airbnb’s Community Compact is Important

Tech + Policy Early November Roundup

Here’s a brief roundup and summary on what’s happened at the intersection of technology and public policy through the first ten days of November. Highlights include stories on daily fantasy sports, Airbnb in SF, the cost of Uber employment classification, government-funded innovation efforts, and drones.  If there’s an article I’ve missed, please let me know on Twitter @nkhare:   … Continue reading Tech + Policy Early November Roundup

The Sharing Economy Approach to Regulation

In Farhad Manjoo’s and Mike Isaac’s weekly roundup, Farhad asks: “It would be nice if tech companies asked permission first, worked with regulators to cut through all the red tape, and only then started operating in an area. But does anyone really think that would work?” I strongly believe this could work – but not for … Continue reading The Sharing Economy Approach to Regulation

Why Do We Let Governments Fail Us?

When I joined Cook County’s transition team in November 2010, the County had a $3 billion budget, and faced a $487 million deficit – a 16% gap between revenues and expenditures. It was an astounding figure that jeopardized the future of the region’s public health system serving hundreds of thousands of residents, among other critical services. It caused so … Continue reading Why Do We Let Governments Fail Us?

Daily Fantasy Sports’ Losing Strategy

DraftKings and FanDuel are in trouble, and here’s why: they created a regulatory void that every possible U.S. regulator or legislator is looking to fill. After raising more than $700 million in capital and spending over $200 million in advertising over just ten months, DraftKings and FanDuel are facing a federal investigation after firms failed to put in place self-regulation … Continue reading Daily Fantasy Sports’ Losing Strategy

Uber & Airbnb Find Common Ground with Municipalities

Uber and Airbnb are cultivating better relationships with governments by… offering the government a direct benefit. Airbnb helps Portland and San Francisco with emergency preparedness by connecting them with hosts who might offer free lodging in case of disaster, and Uber helps Detroit get its jurors to the courthouse. In an ideal world, governments would be responsive to … Continue reading Uber & Airbnb Find Common Ground with Municipalities