Disruptor or dud – that’s the question when a new tech start-up arrives on the scene. Those who claim disruptor make broad predictions about the industries that will become obsolete and how life will change. Those who claim dud say the more things change, the more they stay the same, although they all seem to produce unintended consequences. Airbnb, valued at $31 billion, is no exception. getAbstract recommends Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic because his thoughts about “disruption” are relevant to more companies than just Airbnb.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Airbnb has changed the hospitality and tourism industries,
- Why hotels aren’t suffering despite Airbnb’s success, and
- Why some research argues that Airbnb raises rent for locals.
About the Author
Derek Thompson writes about economics, labor markets and the media for The Atlantic. He also wrote the book Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction.