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Airbnb

Airbnb, Inc.
Airbnb Logo Bélo.svg
Type of site
Privately held company
Available in 26 languages
Founded 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Area served Global
Key people
Industry Travel, hospitality service
Services Homestay, vacation rental
Website airbnb.com
Users 150,000,000
Native client(s) on iOS, watchOS, tvOS, Android

Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service, enabling people to list or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms. The company does not own any lodging; it is merely a broker and receives percentage service fees from both guests and hosts in conjunction with every booking. It has over 3,000,000 lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries, and the cost of lodging is set by the host. Like all hospitality services, Airbnb is a form of collaborative consumption and sharing.

Shortly after moving to San Francisco in October 2007, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia created the initial concept for AirBed & Breakfast during the Industrial Design Conference held by Industrial Designers Society of America. The original site offered short-term living quarters, breakfast, and a unique business networking opportunity for those who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market.

At the time, roommates Chesky and Gebbia could not afford the rent for their loft in San Francisco. They made their living room into a bed and breakfast, accommodating three guests on air and providing homemade breakfast.

Their first three guests were visiting San Francisco to attend a sold-out design trade show.

In February 2008, Nathan Blecharczyk, Chesky's former roommate at Harvard, joined as the Chief Technology Officer and the third co-founder of AirBed & Breakfast. During the company's initial stages, the founders focused on high-profile events where alternative lodging was scarce. The site Airbedandbreakfast.com officially launched on August 11, 2008.



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  • In August 2014, a host in Madrid was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year old male guest from Massachusetts.
  • In December 2014, a 34-year-old Colombian host in Barcelona was jailed for raping 2 female guests in 2011 from the United States.
  • In July 2011, a host had her apartment vandalized by an Airbnb guest. After 14 hours of no response from Airbnb, the company initially indicated it would not compensate the host for damages. Airbnb later reversed this decision due to public backlash.
  • In July 2011, a host in Oakland had his home vandalized by a meth user.
  • In April 2015, a couple in Calgary had their home "trashed by a drug-induced orgy".
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