1. Do You Trust Your Neighbor?

    Do You Trust Your Neighbor?
    In the wake of Airbnb's home-vandal scandal, start-ups in the collaborative consumption space are rebuilding peer-to-peer buying's reputation. Here's how. Airbnb found itself in a public relations nightmare this summer that threatened to undermine its whole ethos of amiable and unique person-to-person connections. Gawker published an account of a user of the start-up vacation-property rental site whose home was ransacked by a vistor who destroyed property, rummaged through her personal belongings, and set fire to sheets. The incident had some wondering if the site was doing enough to protect its users as it facilitates transactions between strangers. It's a question that stretches well beyond just Airbnb: a number of fast-growing start-ups are bucking traditional methods of booking a room (like Airbnb), renting a car (Getaround), leasing office space (Loosecubes), hiring a helping hand (TaskRabbit), or planning a vacation (Vayable). The new wave is sometimes referred to ...
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    1. So, just in case a Loosecuber spills a coffee on your iMac or accidentally writes on your whiteboard with a sharpie, Loosecubes will have you covered.
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