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Founded in 2008, Airbnb provides an online property rental marketplace that facilitates short-term travel stays. The Airbnb platform allows users to list, search, and book travel accommodations around the world.

Management Team

Brian Chesky Co-Founder, CEO, Head of Community
Joe Gebbia Co-Founder, Head of Samara
Nathan Blecharczyk Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Chairman of China
Belinda Johnson Chief Operating Officer
Dave Stephenson Chief Financial Officer
Rich Baer Chief Legal Officer
Ari Balogh Chief Technology Officer
Alex Schleifer Chief Design Officer
Joseph Zadeh Chief Stakeholder Officer

Notable Investors

Funding Information

News

Airbnb CEO says the company is ready for another downturn thanks to significant cost cuts

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the company has cut $1 billion in marketing.

Airbnb hires Disney veteran to lead Experiences division ahead of expected public listing this year

The home-sharing company announced Wednesday that it has hired 15-year Disney veteran Catherine Powell to lead its Experiences division, which offers tours and other activities for guests such as cooking classes.

Europe's top court just delivered Airbnb a major victory as the company prepares to go public

The court ruled that the company is an "information society service," or merely an online platform, in a decision that could have broad implications for other businesses in the gig economy.

Airbnb Is Launching a Program That Will Make You Want to Cook While You Travel

Airbnb is launching a new series of travel experiences for people who like to cook. Here's what to expect.

Airbnb Signs $500 Million Olympic Sponsorship Ahead Of IPO

Airbnb has become a worldwide Olympic partner for the next nine years, starting from Tokyo 2020.

Airbnb Leans Toward Direct Listing Over Traditional IPO

Airbnb Inc.’s long-awaited Wall Street debut is officially earmarked for 2020, but the home-share startup is charting an unconventional path to the public markets.

Airbnb now lets you book wacky Atlas Obscura trips, from scavenger hunts to food adventures

Airbnb and Atlas Obscura are joining forces to offer a slate of new off-the-beaten-track travel options.

Airbnb records 30% growth rate in first-quarter on booking strength: source

Airbnb Inc recorded $9.4 billion in total booking value in the first quarter, up 31% from the year-ago quarter, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday, a key number that could help pull in investors as the home-sharing company plans its foray into the public market.

Doubling down on business travelers, Airbnb acquires Urbandoor

Airbnb has today announced the acquisition of Urbandoor, a platform that offers extended stays to corporate clients.

Airbnb Launches Luxury Rental Service

Targeting high-end travelers seeking a temporary vacation home in exclusive locales, San Francisco-based Airbnb on Tuesday launched its luxury rental platform, Airbnb Luxe.

Airbnb launches ‘Adventures’ for tourists seeking more thrills

Airbnb has debuted a new extension of its growing business in providing travel experiences in addition to temporary housing. Called Airbnb Adventures, it’s effectively a collection of tours and trips lasting between three days and a week that go beyond the usual city walking tour.

Airbnb Donations lets hosts chip in for temporary housing for displaced people

Airbnb's Donations feature lets hosts set aside a portion of their income to pay nonprofit organizations to help find temporary housing.

Airbnb Leads $160 Million Investment in Business-Travel Startup

Airbnb Inc. is leading a $160 million funding round for a small, luxury-rental apartment startup, the third investment in six weeks as it beefs up offerings ahead of a eventual stock market listing.

Airbnb invests in India's biggest hotel company

Airbnb did not disclose how much it was investing in OYO, which aims to be the world's biggest hotel chain by 2023.

Airbnb Experiences Launches in Bermuda

Airbnb’s immersive “Experiences” program has officially launched on the island of Bermuda, thanks to a Bermuda Tourism Authority partnership.

Airbnb Wants the Key to China’s Millennial Empire

Global companies are fighting for a piece of China’s home-share market, but they have got competition.

As Airbnb Grows, So Do The Problems Cities Have With It

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with WIRED reporter Paris Martineau about her investigation into how Airbnb fights local governments trying to collect taxes on Airbnb stays.

Airbnb just checked in its 500 millionth guest

With six new guests checking in every second, the $31 billion company is rapidly surpassing hospitality industry incumbents.

Airbnb expands medical stays program

Airbnb has announced $1.2 million in donations to the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Support Community to help patients in need find housing for treatment.

Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

The home-rental start-up says it’s cracking down on hosts who record guests. Is it doing enough?

Florida House targets Airbnb as it moves to preempt local rules on home rentals

A push to squash local regulations of short-term rentals passed in got its start Tuesday, but the House is targeting Airbnb, the most popular rental app, for not renting to Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Airbnb is still subject to local fines, including $5,000 in Miami Beach, in the House bill.

US consumers spend more in Airbnb than Hilton

Airbnb has long been a threat to hotel companies as it offers cheaper accommodation. The start-up also enables hosts to earn money by opening their homes to travellers.

American consumers spent more on Airbnb than on Hilton last year

US consumers spent more money on Airbnb last year than they did on Hilton and its subsidiary brands like DoubleTree and Embassy Suites.

What even is Airbnb anymore?

Airbnb was a game-changing idea in the halcyon days of the early sharing economy. As it prepares to IPO as a multibillion-dollar company, what is it now?

Airbnb makes play for Oyo investment

The American home-sharing platform is looking to acquire a stake in India's fast-growing hotel-management startup.

Inside Airbnb's 'Guerrilla War' Against Local Governments

Airbnb, the nation's second-most-valuable startup, is battling cities from Boston to San Diego over collecting taxes and enforcing zoning rules.

Pinterest, Airbnb find brand synergy with co-produced travel guide

The guide includes travel hacks and trends for different types of vacations, and offers insights into what people are searching for on the platforms.

Airbnb sold some common stock at a $35 billion valuation, but what is the company really worth?

The home-rental startup hasn’t raised money in two years, so every piece of information pre-IPO is revealing about the company.

How IPOs From Uber, Airbnb And Others Could Create A $230 Billion Windfall And 6,000 New Millionaires

6,000 is a rough guess of just how many millionaires will be part of this next tech IPO wave.

Airbnb Signals IPO Might Not Come This Year

Airbnb is now signaling that it will not go public this year, despite the initial public offering buzz that has surrounded the company since early last Airbnb is now signaling that it will not go public this year, despite the IPO buzz that has surrounded the company since early last year.

'Airbnb Tax' in N.J. Opens New Front in Battle Over Internet Economy

A little-noticed tax adopted last year on short-term rentals in New Jersey is causing sticker shock as vacationers plan trips to the Jersey Shore.

This Retro School Bus Is an Airbnb With Incredible Stargazing

You can sleep in a vintage school bus on 90 acres of land underneath the Texas stars.

Public affairs executive Gossett set to join Airbnb

A friend of Kelley Gossett's once told her there are two kinds of people: those who enjoy a structured, zoo-like setting, and those who thrive in the jungle.

How to rein in Airbnb

The success of cities that have been able to regulate tech-enabled tourism owes to the powerful coalitions that have mobilized to challenge these data-driven platforms.

Airbnb keeps local communities at core of expansion plans

The American home-sharing platform Airbnb strives to be the next "travel super brand" but local communities and "authentic experiences" remain at the core of its expansion plan.

Airbnb agrees to acquire last-minute hotel-booking app HotelTonight

Airbnb to purchase HotelTonight, a hotel-booking app last valued at $463 million.

Court dismisses Paris lawsuit against Airbnb for illegal listings

A court in Paris has dismissed a case against Airbnb, as Le Monde reported. Last month, the City of Paris sued Airbnb for 1,010 illegal listings. According to the mayor’s office, Airbnb failed to comply with regulation in Paris.

Texas is latest state to blacklist Airbnb for what it considers anti-Israel actions

Texas is adding home sharing firm Airbnb to a short list of companies that cannot receive state investments because it removes Israeli-owned rentals in the disputed West Bank.

Airbnb Highlights Commitment to Israel Following Backlash Over Settlements Ban

In November, Airbnb announced it will be removing “approximately 200 listings” in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its service.

Hotel group says Airbnb agreement with state revenue agency isn't legal

Florida Department of Revenue's agreement with Airbnb oversteps authority, hotel group argues.

Inside the Rise and Fall of a Multimillion-Dollar Airbnb Scheme

Multiple misleading identities, more than 100 host accounts and 18 corporations were created to run an illegal hotel business in Manhattan, according to a lawsuit filed by the city.

Airbnb subpoenaed by New York City for data on listings

New York City has subpoenaed Airbnb for data on roughly 20,000 listings in the area to make sure hosts aren't breaking local laws about short-term rentals.

Pinterest CTO Vanja Josifovski hops to Airbnb, in latest AI talent grab

Vanja Josifovski has left Pinterest to join travel and accommodations company Airbnb, where he will be CTO of Airbnb Homes, VentureBeat has learned.

Paris seeks $14 million from Airbnb for illegal adverts

The City of Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 illegal rentals adverts, which could cost the American rental website more than 12.5 million euros ($14 million), the mayor of Paris told a newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

Airbnb Says It Isn't Building An Airline, But It Hired Ex-Virgin America CEO To Lead Transportation Experiments

Airbnb adds Fred Reid to lead global transportation, but says it won't be building another airline.

Judge denies Hawaii's move to get Airbnb host records

A judge on Thursday denied Hawaii's move to compel Airbnb to hand over a decade of vacation rental receipts as the state examines whether hosts have been paying the equivalent of hotel and sales taxes.

Amnesty: Airbnb must also boycott Jewish east Jerusalem rental listings

Amnesty took issue with Airbnb's failure to include east Jerusalem in that decision, explaining that the company lists 100 Jewish properties in that section of the city.

Airbnb Expands Into Meeting-space Rentals With Latest Acquisition

In its ongoing quest to diversify by targeting the business market, Airbnb has acquired Gaest, an online marketplace focused on helping companies and workers find meeting and event spaces for short-term use.

Airbnb acquires Denmark’s Gaest to expand in bookings for meetings and offsites – TechCrunch

Airbnb, now valued upwards of $30 billion and inching toward an IPO possibly as early as this year, has made an acquisition to continue to diversify its revenues beyond basic booking services for overnight accommodations in private homes.

Airbnb buys HotelTonight to build ‘end-to-end travel platform’

Analysts believe the company needs to expand and diversify before going public.

Airbnb unveils Plus Homes in India

Airbnb announced the introduction of Plus Homes in India on Friday.

Airbnb wants to pay for you to take a three month-long sabbatical in Italy

Following its own research that revealed 24% of people in the UK are looking for a change or break in routine, declaring they’re “bored with their life,” Airbnb announced the once in a lifetime opportunity for Italophiles to live out their dreams on a volunteering escape in the beautiful village of Grottole, located in the hilltop of province Matera.

Airbnb law in D.C. is probably unconstitutional, mayor says, citing recent N.Y. court ruling

Muriel Bowser declined to sign or veto strict rules on short-term rentals but said they might not survive a legal challenge.

Airbnb offers 'a night on us' to help federal employees during shutdown

The travel app Airbnb is rolling out a new program to help federal workers impacted by the ongoing government shutdown by offering a “night on us.”

Airbnb says it's been profitable for two years straight as it heads for IPO

Airbnb claims a second straight year of EBITDA profitability, and expects to hit 500 million guest arrivals by the end of the first quarter this year.

More than 4.5 million visitors used Airbnb to stay in Florida last year, app says

Tampa Bay area users made nearly $113 million total by renting their homes or rooms out on Aribnb.

Airbnb says it's been profitable for two years straight as it heads for IPO

Airbnb claims a second straight year of EBITDA profitability, and expects to hit 500 million guest arrivals by the end of the first quarter this year.

New York Empire of Illegal Airbnb Rentals Booked 75,000 Guests, Suit Says

New York City filed a lawsuit against a ring of real estate brokers for using Airbnb to illegally rent out apartments in five Manhattan buildings.

Top Venture Capital Exits To Watch In 2019

What will 2019 hold? Here is Mergermarket’s exclusive list of startups most likely to see a liquidity event in 2019.

Houston Airbnb Hosts Earned $72 Million in 2018

More than 30,000 Texan residents currently share their homes via Airbnb, and in Houston these hosts typically earn about $5,100 annually.

Going Public: 4 Tech IPOs to Look out for in 2019

Tech companies had a turbulent 2018, but in 2019, keep an 'eye'-P-O on Uber, Slack, Airbnb and a lesser-known outfit called Palantir.

Judge Blocks New York City Law Aimed at Curbing Airbnb Rentals

The law was intended to prevent apartments from being used as illegal hotels. The decision could aid home-sharing services’ fights in other cities.

Airbnb and Slack are considering untraditional IPOs that box out bankers like Spotify did

Airbnb and Slack are considering direct listings. Postmates, with JPMorgan’s help, is plotting the more traditional route.

Exclusive: Airbnb will start designing houses in 2019

Airbnb wants to get into the housing business in a big way.