“I thought we were dead,” says Manny Bamfo, the CEO of room-rental startup Globe. During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Globe—a sharing economy platform for people to rent rooms from one another for a few hours at a time—faced a daunting existential crisis. Its original concept hinged on the idea that travelers or on-the-go professionals looking for a pit stop would find renting a room from a stranger appealing, and vice versa. But once the coronavirus hit, no one was traveling, the white-collar workforce was sheltering in place, and the ick factor of sharing space with strangers loomed large. “Our hosts were like, I don’t want anybody in my house,” Bamfo says.