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