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Sharing startups struck it big and struck out in 2013

Caitlin McGarry | Jan. 2, 2014
2013 proved the sharing economy has come a long way, but has a long way to go.

A serious concern: Sometimes it seems sharing apps face such intense scrutiny because they're up-ending traditional industries, but we forget that consumer protections exist for a reason: to keep people from getting ripped off or hurt. Stories about Lyft drivers who harass their passengers, Uber drivers who get in car accidents, or Airbnb hosts who use the site to run illegal hotel operations might be few and far between, but those outliers could poison the well for everyone.

 

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