Matt Curtis on Creating Impact in a Sharing Economy Job

In Chapter 5 of 20 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, Matt Curtis answers "What Do You Enjoy Most About Working a Job in the Sharing Economy?" Curtis shares how working in government affairs at HomeAway in short-term vacation rentals has opened his world to the sharing economy, also known as the collaborative economy. Working in a new industry that includes companies like HomeAway, Uber, Lyft, Car2Go, and Airbnb, among others, Curtis is able to contribute by working to design win-win sharing economy government solutions to benefit local communities.

Matt Curtis is the director of government relations at HomeAway Inc. Previously he was deputy to Austin mayors Lee Leffingwell and Will Wynn. He has represented the City of Austin at the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities. In 2011, Curtis joined the Harvard Kennedy School Urban Policy Advisory Board to work on national best practices facing American cities. He earned his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas.