Morning and happy Thursday. There’s plenty of big news from the tech world, so let’s go. 1. Ousted WeWork founder sues investor WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann is suing the company biggest backer, SoftBank, for failing to buy US$3 billion worth of WeWork stock from the former CEO and other shareholders, claiming the Japanese investor… Read more »
1. Airbnb’s IPO may call in sick 007 is not the only one (see below) laid low by coronavirus. Airbnb’s much-anticipated IPO, previously announced for 2020, may be delayed until 2021, Bloomberg reports. Like many in the travel and tourism sector, Airbnb’s been hit hard by the sudden contraction brought on by travel bans and… Read more »
It’s Friday. Here’s out the week ends. 1. In for the long haul It’s been a tough week for investors as global markets were smashed by coronavirus fears. The ASX All Ordinaries Index, after recently soaring through the 7000 barrier, is down nearly 10% for the week going into Friday’s trade, sitting at around… Read more »
4% of Australian housing has been on Airbnb – and it looks like short-term rentals have been professionalised
Short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb are increasingly displacing hotels and holiday letting agencies as the go-to form of accommodation. The ease of booking it all in seconds on your smartphone adds to the appeal of renting a well-appointed flat in Noosaville, or having basil or turmeric on hand in the kitchen of your Katoomba… Read more »
Hello Thursday! Let’s see how the rest of the day pans out. 1. Vodafone and TPG win merger decision The $15 billion merger between Vodafone and TPG will go ahead following a Federal Court case that today ruled in favour of the country’s third and fourth biggest telcos and against competition regulator, the… Read more »
It’s Friday and major stuff’s happening. Like. 1. Airbnb will audit houses after Vice exposed a massive scam After 11 years in business, a US$35 valuation and hopes for an IPO, the normally aloof house sharing platform Airbnb is actually going to take more than a casual glance at what’s going on with the… Read more »
If you’ve just lodged your FY2019 tax return and left off income from renting out a room for a few nights on Airbnb, you’d better let the Australian Tax Office (ATO) you need to make some amendments quickly. The global online accommodation site has given the ATO the rental income data – and much more… Read more »
Airbnb management startup Hometime launches in two new markets as gross booking value hits $2 million per month
Hometime is going from strength to strength, announcing its launch into top tourism markets Byron Bay and the Sunshine Coast.
Airbnb is making a play for the luxury travel market, today unveiling a series of new offerings as part of a roadmap for its “core Homes business”.
Airbnb, the undeniable poster child of the sharing economy, may be about to face one of its toughest PR battles yet.
The Room Xchange connects those in need of accommodation with with providers who, in turn, require someone to help them a little around the house each day
Sydney startup Hometime, a property management service for the likes of Airbnb and other players in the short-term rental space, has raised $1.5 million in a seed round led by Asia Principal Capital (APC).
Jumping strides ahead of Australia’s eventual electric car boom is Sydney startup Everty, a peer-to-peer charging network for electric cars.
Hometime looks to help hosts “put their Airbnb properties on autopilot” by handling each aspect of the hosting experience.
Youcamp offerings range from simply allowing travellers in campers or caravans access to the land to park on, through to cottages or ‘glamping’ facilities.