Travis Kalanick’s resignation as CEO of UBER – arising from both professional and personal pressures – and one other event, slightly closer to home, have made me revisit my earlier two One Man’s Opinion comments on this topic (Vol 2, No. 5 and Vol 2, No. 8).
UBER and Lyft have become omni-present; I have used UBER and Lyft across the United States and UBER in Tel Aviv. I have used Airbnb once and VRBO several times; I have complimented ACCOR on its acquisition of onefinestay and Hyatt when it made an investment in onefinestay before ACCOR bought it outright, in both cases for their attempts to tame the tiger rather than fight it. Airbnb has expanded its offerings to include the “experiential” nature of its customers and the cities in which the selected Airbnb resides.