a16z Podcast: Regulation and the Sharing Economy


It has long been the case that technological change outpaces changes to policy and law. Beyond important safety measures, some regulations take the form of complex processes or workflows that simply don’t apply to startups doing different things — or, that involve prohibitive fees, time, and other resources that startups can’t afford.

For companies like Airbnb, Instacart, LocalMotion, Lyft, Teespring, Tilt, and others on the frontlines of the so-called ‘sharing economy’ — What’s working? What needs to be changed? This segment of the a16z Podcast shares founders’ perspectives and experiences [from a previously recorded live roundtable conversation] on what startups need to be able to innovate in this (and other areas!) in the current regulatory environment… Especially as software continues to eat the physical world.