Paradise lost: The rise and ruin of is a site that allows users to create unique experiences with strangers by asking to be hosted by or hosting other users in their own houses for free. Launched in 2004, the site quickly grew to a million users in 2009. While it had survived with limited funding until that point, founder Casey Fenton expressed he had bigger plans. He would be turning it more into a traditional business venture, which sent it on a downward spiral that eventually alienated its workers and users. Read full article here


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