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Building Trust & Limiting Risk in the Sharing Economy


Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Building Trust & Limiting Risk in the Sharing Economy

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Building Trust & Limiting Risk in the Sharing Economy


Maintaining trust and safety is critical for businesses built on peer-to-peer exchanges. As the sharing economy grows, so does the importance of systems to verify user identity, build community, and otherwise support trust and safety. What tools are businesses developing today, and what trade-offs do they face when balancing security, privacy, growth, and community?

Join us at Couchsurfing International for the first Shareable Salon panel discussion with leading experts on trust and security in the sharing economy. Our panelists include:

  • Jennifer Billock, Director of Community, Couchsurfing International
  • Sonny Singh, VP of Sales & Business Development, Jumio
  • Phillip Cardenas, Trust and Safey Manager, Airbnb
  • Bogdan State, Ph.D candidate in Sociology at Stanford

Evening Agenda:

7:00 - 7:30: Reception - light food and drink will be provided

7:30 - 8:30: Panel discussion

8:30 - 9:00: Audience Q & A and closing reception, after party location TBD

About the Panelists:

Jennifer Billock manages the community teams at Couchsurfing, including the Trust and Safety team. She's been working with start-ups for over two decades, and loves building new ways for people to connect, both online and off. 

Sonny Singh is a seasoned sales and business development executive with 15 years experience helping grow technology companies. He currently manages the North American sales team at Jumio, the revolutionary new credit card and ID verification solution behind Airbnb's new "Verified ID" program. Sonny is also an angel investor in the peer-to-peer car sharing service Getaround.

Phillip Cardenas is the Trust and Safety Manager at Airbnb, where he focuses on proactively increasing safety throughout the community. Before Airbnb, Phillip was an intelligence officer for the US Army and Fraud Investigator for Zurich Insurance. Phillip holds a bachelor degree in criminology from Fresno State University.

Bogdan State is a computational social scientist with an interest in all things sharing. He is currently pursuing a PhD in a Sociology and a Master's in Computer Science at Stanford University. In addition to working on international migrations and social networks, he has written several papers on trust, status and engagement on the Couchsurfing.org platform, and has conducted experimental research on trust and social exchange.

About the Organizers:

Angelo Del Priore: LinkedIn | Thought Action

Thibault Worth: Shareable | LinkedIn | Twitter

Emily Marsh: LinkedIn| Twitter

Neal Gorenflo: Shareable| LinkedIn | Twitter

About our Sponsor:


Extole's referral marketing software helps brands acquire new, high-value customers through digital word of mouth, creating a highly efficient and reliable marketing channel. Follow on Twitter @ExtoleInc or Facebook.



Sidecar will be providing free rides to and from the Shareable Salon event this evening.  As long as you're getting dropped off or picked up at Couchsurging HQ, your ride is free! So don't delay - download the app if you haven't already!

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Couchsurfing International Headquarters
340 Kansas St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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