Is the Sharing Economy the New Normal?
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 / 10:00 am - 11:00 am
International Ballroom


Josh Barro, Senior Editor, Business Insider

Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit
Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO, Wheels Up
Belinda Johnson, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, Airbnb
Alan Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Former Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers
Artie Minson, President and Chief Operating Officer, WeWork

The sharing economy is an innovation that grew out of necessity during the Great Recession as thousands of out-of-work men and women looked for ways to replace lost income. Abetted by advances in social technology, the selling and trading of services through Web platforms has rapidly gained traction. Whether it's sharing your home, your car or even your power tools, the Internet has paved the way for collaborative consumption to flourish on a scale never before seen, by empowering entrepreneurs to provide better service at a lower cost than many established businesses. Is this a juggernaut that will prove to be the new normal for doing business? Or will growth of the sharing economy slow as regulators intervene to protect threatened traditional industries?