Social Travel Network CouchSurfing Appoints New Chief

CouchSurfing, which connects travelers online with a place to stay in someone’s home, has appointed Tony Espinoza as its new CEO. Co-founder Dan Hoffer, who was previously CEO, will become president. Prior to joining CouchSurfing, Espinoza was VP at AOL and at MTV Networks. Last summer, CouchSurfing changed its status from a nonprofit and raised nearly $8 million in venture capital.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work