This Nifty Tool Helps Roommates Find The Fairest Way to Split the Rent

It's impossible enough to find a decent apartment these days, let alone the humans to share it who won't dismember you in the night. Far more difficult, however, is deciding which roommate pays which portion of the rent, which has been known to end more than one friendship before it even started. A new online tool… » 11/05/14 6:30pm 11/05/14 6:30pm

Every City Should Have This Ingenious "Library of Things"

It's happened to us all. You're planning for some big project and suddenly you're in need of a power drill... Or kitchen stand mixer... Or hiking gear. Now, you could just shell out for it, but when are you going to use it again? Enter Leila, a genius little "borrowing shop" in Berlin that saves you money while… » 3/18/14 7:00pm 3/18/14 7:00pm

When Will Airbnb Decide What Kind of Company It Wants to Be?

In 2007, I got an email from San Francisco. A big industrial design conference was coming to town and Bay Area hotels were predictably overbooked and overpriced. Two designers wanted to help their friends find affordable, un-scary places to stay, so they started a website called AirBed & Breakfast. » 10/07/13 3:20pm 10/07/13 3:20pm

8 Gadgets That Were Going to Make It Easy to Find Good Help These Days

At the turn of the 20th century, middle and upper-middle class technologists were obsessed with the "servant problem," which you might know better as the old adage: It's so hard to find good help these days. These were the technological leaps that would to make unreliable human assistants as obsolete as broken butter… » 9/30/13 2:55pm 9/30/13 2:55pm