How Airbnb and Uber are reacting in the face of regulatory changes

Uber drivers' cars are parked outside the Ministry of Transportation building during a protest in Taipei, Taiwan
A few short years ago, it may seem unfathomable to share your personal assets via the Internet. But with the advanced technology today, it has made sharing cheaper and easier than ever. 

Over the years, the sharing economy has disrupted many industries – transportation, travel, hospitality, beauty, just to name a few. But the poster child of this phenomenon has got to be home-sharing company, Airbnb and ride-sharing giant, Uber.

Airbnb’s global success

Few companies have had the kind of global success similar to Airbnb. Since its birth in 2008, Airbnb has been able to grow without much real competition. Currently, with about two million listings across more than 190 countries, the San Francisco-based firm may be the most globalized among its P2P peers. Asia, in fact, is one of its fastest-growing regions. In 2015, Airbnb put together a list of the areas that have seen the greatest growth in bookings

Uber’s active growth in Asia 

While Uber operates in less than half the number of countries as Airbnb, the ride-sharing giant is still the most valuable startup in the United States and across the globe. In recent years, Uber’s been steadily increasing its presence in Asia – raising $2.1 billion in 2015 to power its growth in Asian countries where it faces fierce competition.

Despite their successes, stringent rules challenge the survival of businesses in the sharing economy
As consumers in Asia open up to the sharing concept, the region certainly possesses a tremendous growth potential for the rising number of startups that are using this concept to launch new and promising businesses.
This is an excerpt from the aritcle published on Tech In Asia. You can read the full article here

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