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The Sharing Economy: From Idle Assets to Billion-Dollar Businesses

Dec 28, 2015

It goes by many names: the sharing economy, the collaborative economy, the peer economy, just to name a few. Whatever you want to call it, one thing's for sure: this new way of doing business -- where idle assets equal big profits, and the hard-earned currency of trust comes through user reviews -- is changing the economic landscape of our country.

But as businesses like Uber, Air BnB, Etsy, and Taskrabbit grow into billion-dollar entities, how are regulators keeping up? And are these companies staying true to their once humble roots? This hour, we speak to industry experts about the scope, impact, and origins of the sharing economy.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.