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Thoughts on the Airbnb/Craiglist issue and how we will grow

There’s been a lot of discussion on the recent discovery that Airbnb, one of the fastest growing online accommodation rentals websites, has spammed Craiglist users to collect renters.
I have a lot of respect for Airbnb, both for their website and their approach to the accommodation problem, and I am sorry to see this has happened.
They were supposed to be the cool new guys in this industry, bringing ideas and much needed oxygen, not spammers.
I really welcomed them, and still do, even if they are competitors.

But why would such a cool website need to resort to spamming for growth?

Well, because it’s hard to convince the owners to add their property on yet another website and add one more round of update-prices-update-calendar-learn-system-get-maybe-requests-follow-the-internal-rules-maybe-get-reservation and…pay for it.
I have met too many owners around the world not to be aware of the fact that they spend way too much energy and time updating calendars. Continue reading Thoughts on the Airbnb/Craiglist issue and how we will grow

It’s a spider web in the web

For days I had been thinking on a good metaphor to describe a complete Manager Site, a website where all is in place and makes money with little effort.

The theory goes that once you ¬†have found the apartments (villas, houses, riads….), prepared the website, got traffic and created credibility, your job is done: you can sit down, relax and simply watch the money come in.

This may sound too good to be true and I am not going to try to convince you otherwise, but I am experiencing this everyday with my own ugly, old, incomplete system.

Only one employee follows over 1400 apartments and assists Owners and Customers whenever they need some help.

Every day I simply see how much money gets in.

There is no more development, SEO or any special super Social Network cutting edge trick, just the basic Twitter and Facebook news about the latest ratings. Continue reading It’s a spider web in the web