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  1. FT Tech Hub

    July 16, 2014

    Airbnb says its new logo belongs to everyone

    Big companies don’t usually like people messing with their logos. Whether it’s Apple sending cease-and-desist letters to...

  2. July 11, 2014

    Crowdsourcing website shakes up car repair market

    In 2012, Patrick Patel repaired Audi cars on the driveway of his house. Today he runs a nine-bay, five-man workshop in...

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  1. July 2, 2014

    US union boss says car-hailing apps are threat to consumer safety

    The US’s top union official has attacked car-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft, saying that Silicon Valley’s free market...

  2. July 2, 2014

    BlaBlaCar sets course for $100m fundraising

    Investors are betting $100m that BlaBlaCar, a French start-up that facilitates long-distance car sharing, can become the...

  3. May 21, 2014

    Green Economy: Repurposing shows potential for high added value

    While the construction industry generates large amounts of waste, a company called Dirtt is cleaning up. It makes...

  4. May 21, 2014

    Airbnb to hand over details on NY subletting

    Thousands of New Yorkers who unlawfully rent out their homes using Airbnb could soon face legal action, after the travel...

  5. May 18, 2014

    Mobile payments revolution is still to take off

    Tech companies might have invested millions in persuading people to make payments with their mobile phones, but the closure...

  6. May 11, 2014

    Airbnb looks beyond flat-sharing to tickets and travel

    Home-rental start-up Airbnb, recently valued at $10bn, is trying to expand from enabling people to let out their flats or...

  7. April 30, 2014

    Berlin housing law threatens sharing economy by restricting rents

    A housing law that comes into force in Berlin on Thursday could throw a spanner in the works of the sharing economy by...

  8. March 23, 2014

    Cambian IPO will help keep investors’ feet on the ground

    In a world where new entrants to stock markets are routinely attracting stratospheric valuations, asking investors to stump...

  9. March 20, 2014

    Airbnb: early check-in

    Instead of nagging eBay management for a PayPal spin-off, Carl Icahn should be asking it why it didn’t develop its own...

  10. March 20, 2014

    Airbnb valuation soars to $10bn

    Airbnb is set to join Dropbox and WhatsApp in Silicon Valley’s $10bn valuation club with a private fundraising that will...

  11. March 17, 2014

    Wall Street set for tech IPO let-down

    Evernote, a service for organising personal information across multiple devices, is among the companies that had been tipped...

  12. January 31, 2014

    How to make money by renting

    A new car is guaranteed to lose you money. So is a new private jet. Depreciation is the price you pay for the smell of new...

  13. January 30, 2014

    Home rental sites face reality check

    The rental economy in 2014 is set to face a reality check. To date, the power of online marketplaces to connect owners of...

  14. The World

    January 23, 2014

    Davos thought: The sharing economy and tax

    (c) Getty Images There was a very interesting session this morning on the “sharing economy” focused on the consequences of...

  15. January 2, 2014

    Silicon Valley’s lucky few will pay a price for complacency

    The projectile that recently broke the window of a bus in San Francisco carrying Google employees to work felt like an...

  16. November 27, 2013

    Online marketplaces dare not forget the human touch

    It is every tech entrepreneur’s dream. Think of a new idea for a marketplace, throw up a website (or, these days, an app)...

  17. November 25, 2013

    Uber hails new financing scheme for its drivers

    Uber, the taxi-hailing service, is hoping that a new financing scheme for its drivers will bring more cars on to the road...

  18. November 12, 2013

    Airbnb rallies users amid regulation threat

    Airbnb sought to rally the people who host travellers in their homes at a splashy event in its new San Francisco...

  19. October 15, 2013

    Alternatives to staying in hotels

    Many business travellers would prefer not to spend large chunks of their lives in chain hotels, but sorting out anything...

  20. October 14, 2013

    The ‘sharing economy’ undermines workers’ rights

    The “sharing economy” has many fans but Eric Schneiderman, New York State’s attorney-general, is not one of them. He has...

  21. October 9, 2013

    Peer-to-peer website cleans up

    Teddle began last April as a marketplace in which any demand could be listed, from clearing wisteria to teaching piano...

  22. August 23, 2013

    Google investment helps fuel Uber

    Google’s investment arm and TPG, the private equity group, have led a $258m investment in Uber, the taxi-hailing app that...

  23. August 7, 2013

    Start-ups: Shareholder societies

    For Allison and Dave Shuttleworth, Airbnb has been a financial saviour. When Mr Shuttleworth lost his job at a hospital last...

  24. August 6, 2013

    Time  and space: quirky frontier for old media

    Of all the places the Washington Post could have ended up, a berth in an investment portfolio next to a spaceship company is...

  25. June 24, 2013

    HouseTrip appoints former Skype chief as chairman

    Michael van Swaaij, the former chief executive of Skype and European head of eBay, has taken up the chairmanship at...

  26. June 21, 2013

    The Innovator: A website for the well-connected

    The little black book has had its share of technological transformations: from Outlook or Gmail organising our contacts to...

  27. June 5, 2013

    YPlan set to take its app to New York

    A popular mobile phone app that enables spontaneous Londoners to buy last- minute tickets to some of the city’s hottest...

  28. May 28, 2013

    US taxman puts foot in the door of holiday rental apartments

    The taxman is knocking at another Silicon Valley door. Just when thousands of urbanites thought they discovered a gold mine...

  29. May 28, 2013

    Online travel sector sets precedent for US tax collection

    Taxes have long been the ire of internet companies that build their businesses in the borderless ether, only to later garner...

  30. FT Tech Hub

    May 22, 2013

    Airbnb loses legal battle in New York

    A New York man who rented his apartment through Airbnb was found to have violated the city’s residency laws, marking the...

  31. May 1, 2013

    Inside Business: Online anonymity to be confined to virtual history

    It is 20 years since the publication of the famous The New Yorker cartoon that summed up the essential anonymity at the...

  32. April 30, 2013

    Airbnb plans ID verification system

    Airbnb plans to verify the real-world identity of all its 4m members by asking them to upload passports or driving licences,...

  33. April 12, 2013

    Microjobs have a massive potential

    The internet has a wonderful habit of creating new markets. eBay is the most famous and enduring example of bringing...

  34. April 11, 2013

    Web Reservations buys HostelBookers.com

    Web Reservations International, the unlisted Irish travel group behind HostelWorld.com and Hostels.com, has bought UK rival...

  35. April 5, 2013

    Amazon chief bets on news media

    Jeff Bezos of Amazon is making his first significant investment in the news media by leading a $5m financing package for the...

  36. February 21, 2013

    Investors tire of ‘copycat’ start-ups

    Investors are tiring of start-up pitches that allow people to rent out their own bicycles, vacuum cleaners and gardening...

  37. FT Tech Hub

    December 20, 2012

    The "Lovefilm mafia" goes global

    The so-called PayPal mafia is a force to be reckoned with in Silicon Valley: Max Levchin joining the Yahoo board is just the...

  38. November 27, 2012

    A copycat is not second best in business

    True entrepreneurs are supposed to shun imitation and try to be authentic and original. I’m not convinced this strategy...

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