The latest news on the CNBC Disruptor 50 companies upending the status quo in the markets:
Back during the halcyon days of the real estate boom, books on how to make your millions in residential housing were taking up plenty of real estate on nonfiction/self-help best-seller lists and in airports. Everyone could be a real estate agent if not also a real estate investor—it was just so damn easy! We all know how that went, but ... it won't be too long before The Airbnb Millionaire Real Estate Investor or How to Win Big and Make Millions in the Sharing Economy is published.
These titles are already being published in bits and pieces as it is. Whether these accounts will make Airbnb executives or their frenemy regulators more angry is yet to be determined, but accounts have started showing up in the press detailing the investment strategy known as "I made this much on Airbnb ... and you can, too!" Take Jon Wheatley's post on how to manage an Airbnb investment property remotely—he even included revenue figures for his "business."
Meanwhile, a man going by the name of Tom Slee—who claims to be a chemistry Ph.D. and who wrote the book No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart but we believe to be an automated blog program likely being funded by the New York lodging industry (just kidding, we hope!)—ran an analysis to show that arguments from Airbnb about how its users rent their apartments suggest that "today's Airbnb has nothing to do with the 'origin myth' that the company promotes."
Even the venerable New York Times has gotten in on the Airbnb action, though the old guard of the fifth estate just had to use the word "illegal" in its headline about Airbnb profits, didn't it? Leslie made $90,000 in a year and Joe $2,000 a month, and according to the New York Attorney General's office, the top 40 Airbnb hosts in New York have each grossed at least $400,000 over the past three years, a collective total of more than $35 million. The top 100 hosts in that time period have grossed $54 million.
And you can, too!
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