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How Airbnb handles discrimination claims

How Airbnb handles discrimination claims When disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, who is blind and deaf, booked an apartment in London via Airbnb last month, she says the host cancelled her reservation after she disclosed that her guide dog would be joining her. Prior to the cancellation, Girma and the host, Kirk […]

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Airbnb to verify all of its listings

Airbnb to verify all of its listings Following the death of five people at a Halloween party hosted at a California Airbnb rental, and a scathing Vice report outlining Airbnb’s failure to prevent nation-wide scams, the company says it will begin verifying all seven million of its listings. Airbnb properties will soon […]

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Tastemakers raises $1.4M to sell Africa experiences to the world

Tastemakers raises .4M to sell Africa experiences to the world New York based startup Tastemakers has raised a $1.4 million seed-round—led Precursor Ventures—for its business that connects Africa adventures to global consumers. Tastemakers’ platform curates, prices, and lists African travel and cultural experiences—from paragliding tours to wine-tasting to concerts. The startup generates […]

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Peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace Boatsetter raises $10M as it looks to grow globally

Peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace Boatsetter raises M as it looks to grow globally Obviously, not everyone owns their boat, and boat ownership is far more unique than car ownership – which makes it maybe an ideal category for peer-to-peer marketplace rentals. P2P boat rental startup Boatsetter recognized this opportunity, and is now […]

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Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric

Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric Just two years ago, investors were heavily pouring money into China’s dockless bike-sharing startups. Now that boom has busted with derelict bikes littering the streets of cities. Meanwhile, a new race has started for two-wheelers with motors — and one of the main players […]

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GuestReady raises $6M to help hosts on Airbnb and other services manage their property

GuestReady raises M to help hosts on Airbnb and other services manage their property GuestReady, a three-year-old service that lets shared-economy hosts manage their business on Airbnb and other rental sites, has announced a $6 million Series A round. The investment was led by existing backer Impulse VC — the Russian fund […]

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Airbnb launches ‘Adventures’ for tourists seeking more thrills

Airbnb launches ‘Adventures’ for tourists seeking more thrills Airbnb has debuted a new extension of its growing business in providing travel experiences in addition to temporary housing – it’s called Airbnb Adventures, and it’s effectively a collection of tours and trips lasting between three days and a week that go beyond the […]

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Korean hotel platform Yanolja raises $180M at a valuation of over $1B

Korean hotel platform Yanolja raises 0M at a valuation of over B The travel tech industry has got another unicorn. Following the likes of Airbnb, OYO, Traveloka and Klook, Korea’s Yanolja said today it has closed a $180 million Series D round that takes it valuation beyond $1 billion. The investment is […]

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This entrepreneur is donating unwanted bike-sharing cycles to underprivileged students in Myanmar

This entrepreneur is donating unwanted bike-sharing cycles to underprivileged students in Myanmar What is the world to do with the graveyards of dockless bicycles left over after China’s bike sharing startups retreated from global markets? One man has come up with the best idea to date: donate them to students who need […]

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Airbnb confirms $150M-$200M investment in India’s OYO

Airbnb confirms 0M-0M investment in India’s OYO Airbnb is continuing to widen its focus beyond ‘unconventional’ hotels as it gets ready for a much-anticipated IPO. Following its acquisition of HotelTonight last month, the company has picked today (April Fool’s Day) to confirm that it invested in India’s OYO — a startup that […]

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