Over the past few weeks we’ve spoken a lot about Airbnb host tips, but in this Weekly Digest,  I think it is necessary to switch gears and mention the political and societal climate surrounding the Sharing Economy. This is especially true for those of us who are United States citizens where it has been a hot topic in the 2016 Presidential Primaries.

If you are an Airbnb host, Uber or Lyft driver, Taskrabbit, Postmate, Door Dasher, etc. it is important you are aware of what the U.S. Presidential Election front runners are saying about the Sharing Economy because it may affect you!

Hillary Clinton (Democrat): Clinton said Sharing Economy companies provide opportunities for workers to pick up supplemental income. “Many Americans are making extra money renting out spare rooms, designing websites, selling products that they designed themselves at home, or even driving their own car,” she said, in what could be interpreted as a reference to Airbnb, Etsy, Uber, and Lyft. But as the on-demand economy “creates exciting opportunities and unleashes innovation,” Clinton said, “it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.”

Read more and watch her Clinton’s Economic speech here

Jeb Bush (Republican): A few days after Hillary Clinton’s major economic speech, Jeb Bush hails an Uber to visit Thumbtack, a website that helps people find service professionals such as dog walkers or interior designers. Politico reports that Bush’s “arrival by Uber” at Thumbtack “wasn’t simply staging a photo-op. Everything about his appearance at the event “sought to present Bush as a candidate who not only understands the 21st-century on-demand economy but, if elected President, would re-craft Washington and the nation’s economy in the mold of Silicon Valley.” During his visit, Bush said Thumbtack is helping Americans “customize their own dreams.” And he said that Uber provides “a pretty vital service” that is helping people earn extra income.

Read more and watch footage of Jeb’s visit to Thumbtack here.

Things will be heating up as the election goes on, but I am confident “the power of the peers” is stronger than the system. The Sharing Economy is here to stay. Keep an eye out for more candidate stances on the Sharing phenomenon as the elections progress. It could very well be a big topic in the 2016 election.


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The Coral Team