The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00258

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Kathleen Beall
New York
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The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I've lived in NYC since 1999, having transplanted from Washington DC where I covered Capital Hill Politics before segueing into Location Scouting and Managing for the Film and Television industry. I had a couple good years up here in NYC and found a great loft in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Then 9/11 hit and turned my world upside down. Productions stopped coming to NYC for quite some time and I didn't have the support system I had in DC. I fell behind on rent and had a tough time finding projects. When I finally found security Location Managing a reality series, my health took a decline. I had developed sinus pollyps and asthma and had to take off several days for doctors appointments. The symptoms became so severe that I could barely function. Surgery was scheduled a month later but I was let go from my position due to my illness. Although I had been cleared for surgery through my work's health insurance, the day of surgery I was told that I was no longer insured. The bill for that surgery was approx. $30,000. Had Air BnB been around back then, I would have had no problem paying my rent and keeping my head above water until the production arena in NYC rebounded. Air BnB has been a Godsend and has given me a bit of freedom knowing I can pay my rent and having the ability to travel, stay in other Air BnB homes and pursuing work on the west coast. I've loved hosting people from all over the world and now feel equipped to run my own Bed & Breakfast one day. It's been one of the greatest experiences of my life meeting the wonderful people I've had the opportunity to host. People actually choose my space because they love my taste and the feel of my loft. I've amassed a great collection of mid-century pieces. I actually feel like an Ambassador welcoming foreigners to our county- to my city and ensuring they have a great impression. I always go above and beyond in introducing them to the best my city has to offer.