The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01509

Submission Number:
01509
Commenter:
Greg McGuire
State:
Michigan
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
FTC workshop organizers, Two comments on the benefits of encouraging more efficient business models (AKA the Sharing Economy) - As a founder of a small software startup, our benefits are very limited as we try to build a viable business. I have been an Airbnb host for the past year, which has (along with the ACA) allowed me to purchase and pay for health insurance for my family. Without Airbnb or the ACA I would not be able to pursue this business. The availability of health insurance is one of the biggest obstacles to entrepreneurship, and I am thankful to have this option. I am also one of the pair of engineers who built the car sharing company Zipcar. There are easily millions of stories of members who were able to save thousands of dollars annually by deferring car ownership, or who could otherwise not afford access to a car for trips to the grocery, job interviews, and so on. The impact Zipcar has made on urban life is transformative, and the efficiency gains it has brought are required if we intend to preserve and improve our quality of life in American cities. Best, Greg