How Airbnb actually makes NYC affordable

The sharing economy is changing the way we work, live and play. But nowhere have we better seen the benefits of this change than in our transportation and travel. In just a few years, we’ve added Lyft, Uber and SideCar to our zeitgeist for rides and turned to Airbnb for housing when visiting a city.

We’ve lovingly termed this change “disruption.” It’s a disruption of industries that have remained relatively unchanged for decades and a disruption craved by us all. We’re turning our cars and homes into valuable assets and facilitating the type of customer experience we all want.

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Utah – Don’t Make a U-Turn Away from Ride-Sharing

Ride-sharing companies like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar are transforming how we travel.  Everyday, ride-sharing provides Utahns with rides on demand via the press of a button and these rides come with the safety and security of knowing the driver’s name, photo, and ratings.  

These services allow Utah citizens to turn their car into a source of income. Their presence reduces traffic congestion and DUIs. And these services illuminated the inadequacies of a taxicab system that has not changed much since the introduction of the Model T.

But rather than looking in the mirror at their own deficiencies and taking the opportunity to improve, the taxicab monopoly has cried foul and decided to blame its troubles on the marketplace.  One of the biggest criticisms from the taxi industry is that ride-sharing companies are “playing by a different set of rules and regulations.”

Earlier this year, Utah passed SB 294 that created a common sense regulatory framework requiring ride-sharing drivers to comply with the same insurance requirements as taxis. 

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The Hill – Uber ignites new privacy fight

The Hill – Uber ignites new privacy fight

“It’s not only because there are privacy policies that Uber will not misuse this information,” said Carl Szabo, policy counsel at the online commerce trade group NetChoice. “It’s because they know that they rely on public trust, and once that’s eroded that’s very hard to get back.

“I find it very unlikely that a business would risk losing so much for so little gain.”

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Jim Blasingame – Radio Interview Steve DelBianco on ICANN, Internet Sales Tax, and Ridesharing

Jim Blasingame – Radio Interview Steve DelBianco on ICANN, Internet Sales Tax, and Ridesharing

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LA Weekly – Is Uber Reducing DUIs in L.A?

LA Weekly – Is Uber Reducing DUIs in L.A?

Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a tech-industry trade group that represents ride-share companies, says that the apps are probably responsible for some reduction in DUIs:

The data seem to support our expectation that Lyft and Uber reduce DUIs.

But more important is the logical conclusion that we can reduce drink driving by giving young partiers transportation alternatives that are safe and require no computing of tips or counting of cash.

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The Hill – Net sales tax move is biggest gripe for Web companies

The Hill – Net sales tax move is biggest gripe for Web companies

“The only thing worse than an unfair bill is an unfair bill shoved through Congress using an unfair process,” said Steve DelBianco, the executive director of the group, which includes Web titans like Google, Facebook, eBay and AOL.

“At a time when lawmakers are making real progress on remote taxation approaches that don’t punish specific technologies and business models, this crass attempt to attach fatally flawed legislation to an important and uncontroversial bill is truly awful,” DelBianco added in his statement.

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LA Weekly – Uber, Lyft Fight for Freedom From Extra Car Insurance

LA Weekly – Uber, Lyft Fight for Freedom From Extra Car Insurance

Steve DelBianco, executive director of tech trade association NetChoice, notes that the latter coverage is more than three times what’s required for taxi drivers, which in L.A. is $300,000 for medical liability that must be in effect 24/7.

“A Lyft or UberX driver picking up dry cleaning, maybe they’ll leave the app on in case someone is looking for a lift in the area,” he told us. “It’s ridiculous to expect that just because the app is turned on you’re in a commercial activity. More and more people will have the apps on all the time in case an opportunity arises to use excess capacity in their car.”

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Technology.IE – Ridesharing Companies Face ‘Resistance to Innovation’ – an Interview with Steve DelBianco of Netchoice [Audio]

Technology.IE – Ridesharing Companies Face ‘Resistance to Innovation’ – an Interview with Steve DelBianco of Netchoice [Audio]

Imagine if the Florida legislature spent the past 18 months cracking down on orange growers, or if Vermont imposed tough restrictions on maple syrup makers. If those scenarios seem strangely self-destructive, then you have a good sense of how ridiculous California’s growing hostility towards the Internet innovation economy seems to us.

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SF Gate – Tech startups expand political lobbying efforts

SF Gate – Tech startups expand political lobbying efforts

“Those ads are aimed at allies,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade association of e-commerce companies, including Lyft. “The only way you will battle 100 years worth of heavy contributions and relationship building (with politicians) from traditional industries is to mobilize voters and allies to your side.”

It can be harder to corral legislators on this issue, “because it rarely breaks cleanly along party lines,” DelBianco said.

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