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Airbnb is pushing its hosts to install smart 'party sensors' to stop big bashes once and for all

Airbnb is encouraging hosts to install sensors that detect high humidity and noise in an attempt to crack down on parties. The short-term rental company is offering discounts on three "party prevention" devices ranging from $100 to $150. Airbnb has committed to strongly enforcing its ban on parties after five partygoers were killed in a shootout at a California Airbnb in October. The platform has also fended off reports of hosts using hidden devices to spy on guests. Visit Business Insider's ...
Tags: Trends, Beverly Hills, Airbnb, Jeff Bezos, Brian Chesky, Orinda, An Airbnb, California Airbnb, Minut NoiseAware, Roomonitor Forbes


Airbnb's cofounder makes a compelling argument on why more startups should join the Y Combinator accelerator

Airbnb's cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk was asked at an event if there was a time when they almost shut down the business. In 2008, the startup couldn't raise a dollar of venture capital. It had two customers, including Airbnb chief executive officer Brian Chesky. The cofounders made a pact that if they came out of startup accelerator Y Combinator and were "not in a materially better place" after 13 weeks, they would walk away. Blecharczyk said the accelerator gave the company the guidance and f...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Bay Area, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, New York University Stern School of Business, Airbnb Join


From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, here's where the world's most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

College is where many figure out what they're actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue. We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college. Here's where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For new college students, choosing a major can feel l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Sweden, Maryland, Microsoft, Yahoo, Mba, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, Trends


Airbnb's cofounder made an incredibly compelling pitch for startups to join Y Combinator: 'We were 13 weeks away from walking away from it all'

Airbnb's cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk was asked at an event if there was a time when they almost shut down the business. In 2008, the startup couldn't raise a dollar of venture capital. It had two customers, including Airbnb chief executive officer Brian Chesky. The cofounders made a pact that if they came out of startup accelerator Y Combinator and were "not in a materially better place" after 13 weeks, they would walk away. Blecharczyk said the accelerator gave the company the guidance and f...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Bay Area, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, New York University Stern School of Business, Airbnb Join


As Airbnb prepares to go public, here are the five things things investors will be focused on

Airbnb announced last September that it plans to go public in 2020 in what will be one of the most highly anticipated IPOs of the year. Founded in 2008, Airbnb has gone from renting out air mattresses to a global travel company last valued by private investors at $31 billion. But after a year of startups failing to impress investors and WeWork's disastrous IPO attempt, Airbnb could face more intense scrutiny. Investors will be paying attention to Airbnb's profits (or losses), marketing ...
Tags: Google, California, Ipo, Trends, New Orleans, Miami, Airbnb, WeWork, Tripadvisor, Brian Chesky, Phocuswright, Rinne, EBITDA, Chesky, Uber Lyft, Mahaney


2020 Airbnb Update

Airbnb is powered by our community. As co-founder, CEO and Head of Community Brian Chesky has said, we are committed to serving all stakeholders in the Airbnb community. Indeed, we believe that our success depends on a series of shared commitments that balance the interests of our stakeholders:
Tags: Travel, Airbnb, Brian Chesky


Here are all the companies Airbnb has acquired to help it grow into a $31 billion business

Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has gone from a startup renting air matresses to a multi-billion dollar global travel company. After a wave of lukewarm receptions for tech IPOs last year, Airbnb announced its own plans to brave the public markets in 2020.  Investors wil be taking a close look at the company's reported losses, but also at its past acquisitions and how they will play into Airbnb's strategy going forward. Here's a list of all the companies Airbnb has bought up over the past twel...
Tags: Facebook, UK, London, Germany, Softbank, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Paris, Reddit, Airbnb, Montreal, Vanity Fair, HotelTonight, Brian Chesky, Hamburg


Airbnb denies a report that it rejected a plan to require government IDs to sign up for the home-sharing service because it might hurt growth

Airbnb employees in charge of safety have been calling for the company to better police the platform for at least two years, The Wall Street Journal's Kirsten Grind and Shane Shifflett reported on Thursday. The report said Airbnb executives pushed back on the safety team's proposal to include government ID checks as a part of the registration process, arguing that the requirement would deter users from signing up, and that it would discriminate against certain groups. Airbnb denies the report:...
Tags: London, Trends, Airbnb, Wall Street Journal, Brian Chesky, Company, Richardson, Watch Google, Allie Conti, Margaret Richardson, Breit, Shane Shifflett, Kirsten Grind, Ben Breit


Airbnb COO Johnson stepping down from post, to join board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Airbnb’s Chief Operating Officer Belinda Johnson is stepping down from her post but will join the company board. CEO Brian Chesky said Friday that Johnson was the first executive he hired for Airbnb. She’s worked for the business since 2011 and he said she can return as an executive whenever she […]
Tags: Business, News, San Francisco, Ap, Airbnb, Johnson, Brian Chesky, Belinda Johnson


Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson is leaving the company next year

Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson notified employees of her impending departure next March, CNBC first reported. Airbnb has since confirmed the news, saying Johnson will remain involved with the company on its board of directors. Her last day as COO will be March 1, 2020. News of Johnson stepping down comes as Airbnb gears up to make its initial public offering next year. In September, the company announced it hit more than $1 billion in revenue in Q2 2019. Airbnb says it has also been EBITDA profitabl...
Tags: Startups, Airbnb, Johnson, Cnbc, Brian Chesky, EBITDA, Chesky, Belinda, Personnel, Belinda Johnson


Airbnb to ban ‘party houses’ in wake of Halloween shooting that left 5 dead

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said Saturday the company will ban “party houses” and take other steps to safeguard hosts and guests after five people died at a Halloween party hosted at California home that was rented on the service. Chesky made the announcement via a series of tweets Saturday. “What happened on Thursday night in Orinda, CA was horrible,” Chesky wrote. “I feel for the families and neighbors impacted by this tragedy — we are working to support them.” Chesky then announced that party ...
Tags: Twitter, Halloween, Real Estate, California, Tech, Ceo, Software, Airbnb, Operating Systems, Brian Chesky, World Wide Web


Airbnb’s WeWork problem

Airbnb may be another overvalued “unicorn,” but it’s no WeWork. The Information this morning reported new Airbnb financials — indicating a massive increase in operating losses — that immediately call Airbnb’s future into question. Precisely, Airbnb lost $306 million on operations on $839 million in revenue, namely as a result of marketing spend, in the first quarter of 2019. In total, Airbnb invested $367 million in sales and marketing, representing a 58% increase year-over-year, in Q1. The c...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Lyft, Uber, Spotify, Business, Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, Softbank, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Citigroup, Sharing Economy, Machine Learning


MacKenzie Bezos just pledged to give away half her fortune during her lifetime, something Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, has avoided doing (AMZN)

MacKenzie Bezos has signed the Giving Pledge, a commitment to donate more than half of her almost $37 billion in assets to charity. Bezos became one of the richest women in the world in April after finalizing the terms of her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Jeff Bezos is the only American among the world's five richest people to not join the Giving Pledge. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. MacKenzie Bezos announced on Tuesday that she has joined the philanthropic effort ...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post, Trends, Linkedin, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Brian Chesky, Taco Bell, Forbes, Jeff, Bezos, MacKenzie, Jeff Bezos Jeff Bezos


MacKenzie Bezos just pledged to give away half her fortune during her lifetime, something Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, has avoided doing (AMZN)

MacKenzie Bezos has signed the Giving Pledge, a commitment to donate more than half of her almost $37 billion in assets to charity. Bezos became one of the richest women in the world in April after finalizing the terms of her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Jeff Bezos is the only American among the world's five richest people to not join the Giving Pledge. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. MacKenzie Bezos announced on Tuesday that she had joined the philanthropic effort ...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post, Trends, Linkedin, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Brian Chesky, Taco Bell, Priscilla Chan, Jeff, Bezos, MacKenzie, Bloomberg Billionaires Index


MacKenzie Bezos Just Pledged To Give Away At Least $17 Billion

MacKenzie Bezos, ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, just pledged to donate half of her wealth to charity via The Giving Pledge, an organization created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett that invites billionaires to publicly dedicate more than half of their wealth to philanthropy.After her divorce, Bezos came away as the fourth-richest woman in the world with roughly $35.6 billion, which means she'll be giving away at least $17.8 billion."We each come by the gifts we have t...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Fashion, Music, Linkedin, Brooklyn, Reid Hoffman, Warren Buffett, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates, Brian Chesky, Jeff, Bezos, MacKenzie, Jeff Bezos Bezos


These are dogs of some of the most powerful executives in Silicon Valley, from Mark Zuckerberg to Travis Kalanick

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the owner of an adorable fluffy dog named Beast, but he isn't the only tech executive with a furry friend. Studies show that dogs can help reduce stress levels and boost productivity, so they make ideal companions for tech moguls running billion dollar companies. These are some of the most powerful dogs in Silicon Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With company cultures that celebrate—and even encourage —employees bringing their dogs ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, San Francisco, Trends, Long, David, Alaska, New York Times, Zynga, Marvin, Reddit


Former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has joined Airbnb's board of directors

Apple's former retail chief Angela Ahrendts is joining Airbnb's board of directors, the company announced on Thursday. Ahrendts departed Apple in April for "new personal and professional pursuits." This is Ahrendts' first big professional move since ending her five-year run at Apple.  Former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has joined Airbnb's board of directors, the travel booking firm announced on Thursday. It marks her first professional move since departing Apple in April. Ahrendts is j...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Trends, Linkedin, Bloomberg, American Express, Airbnb, Pixar, Apple Store, Brian Chesky, Nate, Ken Chenault, Angela Ahrendts, Ahrendts, Jessi Hempel, Ann Mather


Marriott expands home-sharing to U.S. as hotels react to Airbnb

Marriott International Inc. is expanding its home-sharing business to the U.S., becoming the latest hotel operator to challenge Airbnb at its own game and blurring the distinction between home-sharing and the traditional hospitality companies. Marriott, the world’s largest hotel company, plans to expand the home-sharing pilot it launched in Europe last year to the U.S., adding 2,000 home rentals in vacation destinations such as Lake Tahoe and Bar Harbor, Maine. The initiative is small—the com...
Tags: Europe, New York, London, Advertising, Marriott, Airbnb, Lake Tahoe, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Brian Chesky, David Rubenstein, Sorenson, Marriott International Inc, Arne Sorenson, Bloomberg Television, RXR Realty


Austin: Airbnb “Super City” and Hotspot For Emerging Boutique STR Purveyors

The Guild’s home page Austin is known for a number of things — temperate climes, great barbecue, and hosting multiple internationally known music/film/tech festivals each year — but it’s not a place ordinarily discussed among with the likes of Venice and Berlin … unless Airbnb happens to be the topic of conversation. While it may come as a surprise to locals and visitors alike, the short-term-rental (STR) unicorn considers Austin to be one of its 24 global “super cities”: destinations that rou...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Housing, China, Berlin, America, San Francisco, Georgia, Policy, Austin, Ikea, New Orleans, Dallas, Miami, Nashville, Airbnb


Did Sam Altman make YC better or worse?

Y Combinator revealed yesterday that its president, Sam Altman, is stepping down from his role to become the accelerator program’s chairman. This change, said YC, will allow Altman to “spend more time focusing on OpenAI,” the San Francisco-based nonprofit that was cofounded by Altman and Elon Musk three years ago to get ahead of the risks posed by artificial intelligence, The timing may not be so coincidental. Two weeks ago, Musk separated from OpenAI, whose operations Musk and Altman have funde...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Elon Musk, San Francisco, Tech, Beijing, Venture Capital, Peter Thiel, Sam Altman, Brian Chesky, Cto, Jessica Livingston, Musk, Yc, Paul Graham, Openai


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

As Airbnb gears up for its big leap into the public markets, it’s expanding its accommodations platform to include more than just treehouses and quirky homes. Today, the company has confirmed its intent to acquire HotelTonight, the developer of a hotel-booking application that lets travelers arrange last-minute accommodations. The deal was previously reported by The Wall Street Journal, which wrote in January that negotiations for the transaction had “gone cold.” Airbnb is expected to complete a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Lyft, Uber, Europe, Pinterest, Australia, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, M&a, Denmark, Airbnb, Wall Street Journal, HotelTonight


Infinite Time

I love this letter from Brian Chesky on having an “infinite time horizon”: I know that a lot of companies are thinking about being long-term oriented, but an alternative way of thinking about it is  being infinite. Being an infinite company is an idea that my friend, author Simon Sinek, has been discussing with me. Simon explained that a company’s purpose is to advance its vision, and since a vision is a mountaintop you never quite get to, you should have an infinite time horizon. But m...
Tags: Council, Brian Chesky, Start, Simon Sinek, Simon


539 Boeing 747 First Flight

We mark the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747 with a member of that flight test team, now a docent at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Also, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, the last commercial flight of the Boeing 727, Airbnb may be doing something with air travel, SFO’s new outdoor observation deck, two Virgin Galactic pilots earn astronaut wings, and the Collier Trophy nominees list is released. Boeing 747 ceremony, courtesy The Museum of ...
Tags: Washington, Customer Service, Nasa, Museum, Virgin Galactic, Smithsonian, John F Kennedy, Aviation, Airbnb, Red Bull, Sfo, Seattle, Faa, Boeing, United, Department Of Transportation


Airbnb hires a global head of transportation

Airbnb made it easier for travelers to find a place to crash. Now it wants to make it easier for them to get around. The $31 billion home-sharing giant has hired Fred Reid as its first-ever global head of transportation. Reid served as the founding chief executive officer of Virgin America from 2004 to 2007 after a three-year stint as the president of Delta Airlines. Most recently, Reid was president of the Cora Aircraft Program, a division of Kitty Hawk focused on the development of an auton...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Sequoia, Virgin America, Reid, Fred Reid, Delta Airlines Most, Cora Aircraft Program, Andreessen Horowitz Travel


Employees at some of Silicon Valley's most valuable startups tell us that fears of a recession are throwing ice water on their IPO dreams

2019 was supposed to be a blockbuster year for tech companies going public — but the volatility of the public markets is making some employees at IPO-bound tech companies nervous.  We spoke to a current employee at Uber and a current employee at Airbnb. Both companies are expected to hold their long-awaited IPOs this year.  The Uber employee says that there's a lot of anxiety within the company over the company's valuation — conflicting reports have said that Uber could go public with a market...
Tags: Apple, Uber, Ipo, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Brian Chesky, San Francisco Bay Area, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Trust Safety, Uber Lyft Slack Palantir


Amid fears of an impending recession, some employees at Silicon Valley's IPO-bound startups say they're starting to get anxious

2019 was supposed to be a blockbuster year for tech companies going public — but the volatility of the public markets is making some employees at IPO-bound tech companies nervous.  We spoke to a current employee at Uber and a current employee at Airbnb. Both companies are expected to hold their long-awaited IPOs this year.  The Uber employee says that there's a lot of anxiety within the company over the company's valuation — conflicting reports have said that Uber could go public with a market...
Tags: Google, Uber, Ipo, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Brian Chesky, San Francisco Bay Area, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Trust Safety, Uber Lyft Slack Palantir


Ahead of IPO, Airbnb achieves profitability for second year in a row

Airbnb, which is expected to go public this year, announced today a number of milestones. For starters, Airbnb says it was profitable on an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) basis for the second year in a row in 2018. In Q3 2018, Airbnb said it had its strongest quarter ever, where it saw “substantially more” than $1 billion in revenue. The following quarter, Airbnb found a replacement for former CFO Laurence Tosi, who left amid tension between him and Ai...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Ipo, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, EBITDA, Dave Stephenson, IPO Airbnb, Laurence Tosi


Billionaire tech investor Reid Hoffman said the explosive growth of tech giants like Facebook has led to major problems, but warns that regulation may not be an easy fix

Billionaire tech investor and LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman is one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley. He said tech companies have lost the public's trust because they've adapted poorly to rapid growth, and need to stop being naive or stubborn. He does not believe that increased government regulation is a quick fix, because the companies in question grow too quickly. This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism. Americans are living in a New G...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, China, US, Trends, Linkedin, Reid Hoffman, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Dell, Donald Trump, Greylock Partners, Brian Chesky


7 people you never realized were early investors in Uber

Uber is prepping for a 2019 IPO — at a rumored $120 billion valuation. Its last funding round valued the company at $68 billion. But in 2010, 32 different investors bought a chunk of the company for much less. Uber's seed round valued that company at just $3.86 million. These are seven of Uber's most surprising seed investors. If Uber goes public as planned in 2019, nine years and billions of dollars worth of investments will be returned to investors smart enough — or lucky enough — to have m...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, Spotify, China, Ipo, Softbank, Trends, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Jeff Bezos, Brian Chesky, Troy Carter, First Round Capital, Dara Khosrowshahi, Airbnb Airbnb, Founder Collective Lowercase Capital


The Wing gets $75M from Sequoia, Airbnb

The Wing, the owner of several co-working spaces and social clubs designed for women, has garnered the support of Sequoia Capital in its latest funding round. The startup has announced a $75 million Series C led by the storied venture capital firm, with support from Airbnb and Upfront Ventures, as well as existing investors NEA and WeWork. Headquartered in New York, The Wing was founded by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan in 2015. To date, the pair have raised $117.5 million, including a...
Tags: Startups, Hollywood, Kerry Washington, White House, Valerie Jarrett, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Paris, Venture Capital, Airbnb, WeWork, Sequoia Capital, Upfront Ventures, Brian Chesky, Nea