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About Ning

Ning is the social platform for interests and passions online. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Ning offers an easy-to-use technology platform enabling you to create and join Ning Networks for your interests and passions. With over 1.3 million Ning social networks created and more than 30 million registered members, millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to explore and express their interests, discover new passions, and meet new people around shared pursuits. Ning also enables artists, brands and organizations to simplify and control their online presence with their own unique Ning Network that beautifully integrates with other social media services while providing the most direct, unique and lucrative relationship with fans, consumers and members. Founded in October 2004 by Gina Bianchini and Marc Andreessen, Ning launched the Ning Platform in October 2005 and Ning social networks in February 2007. The company is privately held. In September 2011, Ning was acquired by Glam Media. Ning's valuation previously reported at $750 million (in an early investment round) was not disclosed at the time of acquisition nor were other terms of the transaction. Ning was expected to be operated as a separate business unit within Glam Media.

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735 Emerson Street

Palo Alto, California, 94301,

United States

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Ning Patents

Ning has filed 9 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Cycle parts manufacturers
  • Graphical projections
  • Light machine guns
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Latest Ning News

The shadow rental market: How long-term Airbnb stays may leave Toronto tenants at risk

Jan 27, 2023

There are 12,000 mid-to-long-term Airbnb listings in Toronto, and any of them could be ended with ‘the click of a mouse’, warn housing advocates Fri., Jan. 27, 2023timer4 min. read updateArticle was updated 4 mins ago When Tianning Ning and her family found a home in a quiet neighbourhood near Yonge and St. Clair they could book on Airbnb for the 10 months her husband would be a visiting professor at York University, it seemed perfect. The comfortable four-bedroom house, near good schools for their kids, proved ideal, until Ning says their landlord abruptly pulled the plug on their booking earlier in January, cancelling it at the end of the month. “I was extremely angry, and I think it’s just not right,” said Ning in a recent interview. “We’ve been here for half a year and our children have gotten used to it, and we’ve organized our lives around it.” This kind of “mid-to-long-term” Airbnb stay is becoming more common in Toronto, with an estimated over 12,000 listed on the site, leaving tenants vulnerable to the whims of hosts, and operating outside of formal leases in a shadow rental market. They are not part of the city’s short-term rental regulations , as listings for more than 28 days are excluded, a loophole which advocates say is open to abuse. In response to questions, the owner of 69 Walmsley Boulevard, Suzanne Porter, said in a text message she is “unable to respond at this time.” She added, “the matter is currently being handled by Airbnb to bring it to a resolution.” Coming from Switzerland, Ning and her family needed flexibility to stay for just two academic semesters and lacked the Canadian credit scores to break into the traditional rental market. Ning said she booked a roughly 10 month stay, from late summer 2022 until the end of June 2023, through Airbnb for the price of $5,150 a month, before taxes and service fees. But in early January, according to Ning and screenshots of messages she provided, Porter sent them notice saying she needed to move back into the property with her own family, and they’d need to leave by the end of the month. The listing was then changed to end on Jan 31. After a back and forth with Airbnb, which she also provided screenshots from, Ning said she was told the booking was terminated due to an emergency. Airbnb offered a voucher and suggested another listing 10 km away, she said. In response to a list of questions, an Airbnb spokesperson said in an email: “cancellations like this are rare, but when they do happen we’re committed to supporting our guests. Our customer service team is in contact with this guest and providing ongoing support, including with rebooking.” Under Toronto’s new short term rental rules that came into play in early 2021 (in an effort to regulate Airbnb and other similar sites), listings need to be registered and must be principal residences. But homes rented for longer than 28 days are exempt. Staff are aware of an estimated 12,000 of them listed on Airbnb across the city, said spokesperson Ashika Theyyil. Those new rules mean that listings that aren’t principal residences were dumped into the 28-day plus category, said Thorben Wieditz, director of advocacy group Fairbnb Canada. This has created a medium term rental market that is a growing concern for advocates like him. “In a tight housing market like Toronto’s, where it’s very difficult to even find an available unit, Airbnb may become a mediator between landlords and tenants,” Wieditz said. This caters to landlords who don’t want any strings attached and “hope they can just end the tenancy by the click of a mouse,” he added.“ We need to figure out how to deal with this and how to close this legal grey area and make people aware of their rights.” City staff were supposed to report back to council on what to do about these listings of more than 28 days in April 2022, but this didn’t materialize. Instead, city spokesperson Theyyil says an update is expected by the end of 2023. RELATED STORIES

Ning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Ning founded?

    Ning was founded in 2004.

  • Where is Ning's headquarters?

    Ning's headquarters is located at 735 Emerson Street, Palo Alto.

  • What is Ning's latest funding round?

    Ning's latest funding round is Acq - Fin.

  • How much did Ning raise?

    Ning raised a total of $126.79M.

  • Who are the investors of Ning?

    Investors of Ning include Cyndx, Mode Media, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Legg Mason, Allen & Company and 6 more.

  • Who are Ning's competitors?

    Competitors of Ning include Automattic and 5 more.

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