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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


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


An Airbnb cofounder explained the strategy behind its success in China, a market where most US companies have failed

American tech companies have historically struggled in China, but Airbnb has had success there. Airbnb hoped Chinese travelers' experiences as guests would lead them to become hosts, Blecharczyk said in a talk hosted by NYU on Tuesday. The strategy seems to be working: Blecharczyk said two-thirds of stays by Chinese travelers are now within the country, while Airbnb's listings there . Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  American tech companies have historically strug...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Beijing, Airbnb, Nyu, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk Airbnb, New York University Stern School of Business


Airbnb's chief strategy officer reveals how the company sets goals that keep it resilient and help it escape the tech backlash

Airbnb's chief strategy officer Nathan Blecharczyk said the company had a new strategy around setting goals. The company identified two to three principles for each of its five stakeholder groups, and created one to three metrics for measuring progress against those principles, he said. The new goal-setting strategy is meant to encourage employees to make decisions with stakeholders in mind. "You have to do well by all the folks in the ecosystem," Blecharczyk said. Visit Business Insider's hom...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, New York Times, Airbnb, Vmware, Arun Sundararajan, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, New York University Stern School of Business, Airbnb Join


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


Tourlane snags $47 mln

Berlin-based Tourlane, a planning and booking service for trips, has secured $47 million in funding. Sequoia and Spark Capital led the round with participation from DN Capital and HV Holtzbrinck Ventures. PRESS RELEASE Berlin, Germany, May 7th, 2019 – Tourlane, the planning and booking service for customized, exclusive multi-day trips, has raised $47 Million within six months of its previous investment. The round was led by existing investors Sequoia and Spark Capital who also led the recent Ser...
Tags: Berlin, Trends, New Zealand, Tanzania, Galapagos Islands, Sequoia, Berlin Germany, Fritz Demopoulos, Nathan Blecharczyk, VC Deals, Rolf Schrömgens, Alex Finkelstein, Johannes Reck, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Tourlane, Sequoia and Spark Capital


Airbnb confirms stake in India’s OYO, sources say it invested $150M-$200M

Airbnb is continuing to widen its focus beyond ‘unconventional’ hotels as it gets ready for a much-anticipated IPO. Following its acquisition of HotelTonight last month, the company has picked today (April Fool’s Day) to confirm that it invested in India’s OYO — a startup that manages budget hotels and other stays. The deal has been rumored for a couple of months and it is additional to OYO’s (then) $1 billion Series E round which was led by SoftBank’s Vision and included participation from ride...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Ceo, Philippines, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Sharing Economy, Airbnb


Airbnb confirms $150M-$200M investment in India’s OYO

Airbnb is continuing to widen its focus beyond ‘unconventional’ hotels as it gets ready for a much-anticipated IPO. Following its acquisition of HotelTonight last month, the company has picked today (April Fool’s Day) to confirm that it invested in India’s OYO — a startup that manages budget hotels and other stays. The deal has been rumored for a couple of months and it is additional to OYO’s (then) $1 billion Series E round which was led by SoftBank’s Vision and included participation from ride...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Ceo, Philippines, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Sharing Economy, Airbnb


Amazon exec Dave Stephenson tapped to lead Airbnb to the public markets

Airbnb has completed a much-needed hire ahead of its rumored 2019 initial public offering. The hospitality giant has brought on Dave Stephenson, a long-time Amazon vice president and former president of Big Fish Games, as its chief financial officer. Stephenson replaces the company’s head of global financial planning and analysis, Ellie Mertz, who served as interim head of finance as Airbnb searched for its former CFO Laurence Tosi’s replacement. Tosi, who had previously led finance at The Bl...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Uber, San Francisco, Tech, Amazon Prime, Airbnb, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Brian Chesky, Blackstone Group, Stephenson, EBITDA, Greeley, Chesky, Tosi


Airbnb is bringing on new CTO from Google

Ahead of Airbnb’s expected initial public offering sometime within the next two years, the accommodation rental business has brought on a new chief technology officer. Aristotle Balogh, formerly Google’s VP of engineering, application storage, indexing and serving, is starting at Airbnb in mid-November. Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk previously served as the company’s CTO up until January 2017 when he became chief strategy officer. Since then, Airbnb VP of Engineering Michael Curtis was...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Cto, Mike, Curtis, Chesky, Ari, Tosi, Balogh, Nathan Blecharczyk, Belinda Johnson, Michael Curtis, Laurence Tosi


These are the most successful companies to emerge from Y Combinator

Earlier this month, Brex, a credit card provider to startups, announced it had raised $125 million at a $1.1 billion valuation. The round was impressive for a couple of reasons. 1. The founders are a pair of 22-year-olds that had set out to build a virtual reality company before pivoting to payments. And 2. They had only completed Y Combinator, a well-known Silicon Valley startup accelerator, the year prior. Y Combinator is responsible for many successes in the startup world, certainly more...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Drew Houston, Finance, Tech, Economy, Software, Gm, Dropbox, Zenefits, Reddit, Virtual Reality, Silicon Valley, Alexis Ohanian


Conference Recap: Jonathan Mildenhall on Discovering Your Purpose

Every Friday, Jonathan Mildenhall has a conversation with himself about whether he’s treated his coworkers and employees with kindness and decency over the past week. “It’s really hard to be a decent human-being in the workplace all the time,” said Mildenhall, during the opening General Session at the PRSA 2018 International Conference in Austin, Texas before more than 2,000 professional communicators and students. “I don’t succeed all the time.” Mildenhall, a marketing and business strategy exp...
Tags: Apple, Nike, Pr, Airbnb, Coca Cola, Northern England, Van Gogh, Thought Leadership, Austin Texas, Vincent Van Gogh, Caitlin Jenner, Art Institute of Chicago, PRSA, Jonathan Mildenhall, Arles France, Mildenhall


SFOX attracts $22.7 mln Series A

SFOX, a cryptocurrency prime dealer for high-volume traders and institutional investors, has raised $22.7 million in Series A funding. Tribe Capital and Social Capital led the round with participation from Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures, DHVC, Blockchain Capital, Upside Partnership, SV Angel, DCG, Mark Britto and Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, Airbnb, Nathan Blecharczyk, VC Deals, Tribe Capital and Social Capital, Mark Britto


SFOX attracts $22.7 mln Serise A

SFOX, a cryptocurrency prime dealer for high-volume traders and institutional investors, has raised $22.7 million in Series A funding. Tribe Capital and Social Capital led the round with participation from Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures, DHVC, Blockchain Capital, Upside Partnership, SV Angel, DCG, Mark Britto and Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, Airbnb, Nathan Blecharczyk, VC Deals, SFOX, Tribe Capital and Social Capital, Mark Britto


Tech leaders condemn policy leading to family separations at the border

By now you’ve seen the photos and videos and probably heard the audio tape. The media coming out of the U.S./Mexico border over the past week has been truly heart-wrenching and horrifying, including, most shockingly, images of young children being housed in what amounts to human cages. Many prominent politicians across the world (and in the G.O.P.) have called out the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border. A number of prominent executives from top tech companies h...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, Mexico, US, Tech, Tesla, Policy, Tim Cook, Dublin


An increasing number of tech CEOs are speaking out against Trump's border policy

CEOs from tech companies including YouTube, Airbnb, Apple, Box, and Twilio have chosen to speak out against the Trump administration's separation of immigrant families at the border. Microsoft, facing backlash for its continued cloud software contract with ICE, issued a statement as well. An increasing number of tech CEOs are speaking out against the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border.  YouTube CEO Susan called the family separations "heartbreaking," and hig...
Tags: Cook, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Ice, Susan Wojcicki, Twilio, Aaron Levie, Trump, Susan, Lawson, Customs Enforcement ICE, Jeff Lawson, Nathan Blecharczyk


Robot delivery firm Starship Technologies has hired an Airbnb veteran as its new CEO and raised $25 million

Robot delivery company Starship Technologies has hired Airbnb veteran Lex Bayer as its new CEO. The London-based startup has also raised $25 million from existing investors, as well as Airbnb cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk and Skype founding engineer Jaan Tallinn. CTO Ahti Heinla said the money will be used to significantly grow its fleet of robots, which are currently making in deliveries in cities including London. Robot delivery company Starship Technologies has hired an Airbnb veteran as i...
Tags: Europe, London, US, San Francisco, Trends, Airbnb, Skype, Daimler, Cto, Bayer, Starship Technologies, Ahti Heinla, Starship, Jaan Tallinn, Nathan Blecharczyk, Lex Bayer


Airbnb's new head of China reportedly left after just 4 months in the job

Hong Ge, the head of Airbnb's business in China, has announced to staff that he's leaving the company, according to a report by Bloomberg. The former Facebook and Google staff member only took the role in China in June after Airbnb conducted an internal search to find someone to head up its growing business in China. "It's a very tough decision for me to leave behind all of what we have built together," Hong Ge reportedly wrote in an email to Airbnb staff seen by Bloomberg. "But hey, it's a smal...
Tags: Google, Facebook, China, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk, China Airbnb, Hong Ge


Airbnb plans to reinvent every aspect of travel

Airbnb cofounder and chief strategy officer Nathan Blecharczyk has told Bloomberg TV Asia that that its future lies in “becoming in a platform for the entire trip.”
Tags: Hotels, Airbnb, Nathan Blecharczyk, Bloomberg TV Asia


Patch Homes Rolls Out New Home Equity Financing Product

With home equity sharing products beginning to make a comeback following the housing crisis and recovery, one California startup is now exiting its private beta phase and offering a home equity financing platform that allows existing homeowners to share their future home price appreciation in exchange for upfront cash.  Patch Homes, led by co-founders Sahil Gupta and Sundeep Ambati, provides its equity-share product at 0% interest with no monthly payments, in exchange for the future appreciation...
Tags: News, California, Finance, Airbnb, Gupta, HECM, Nathan Blecharczyk, Reverse Mortgage, Patch Homes, Techstars Ventures KIMA Ventures, Sahil Gupta, Sundeep Ambati, Ambati, Eric DiBenedetto


Home equity financing platform Patch Homes picks up $1 mln seed

San Francisco-based Patch Homes, a home equity financing platform, has raised $1 million in seed funding. The investors included Techstars Ventures, KIMA Ventures, Eric Di Benedetto and Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk. PRESS RELEASE April 25, 2017 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Patch Homes, a home equity financing platform that creates a way for existing homeowners to cash out equity at 0% interest with no monthly payments, today announced it is coming out of private beta in California. The company ...
Tags: London, California, US, San Francisco, Trends, Airbnb, Kima Ventures, Vincent Jacobs, San Francisco CA, Lending Club, Nathan Blecharczyk, VC Deals, Patch Homes, Techstars Ventures KIMA Ventures, Eric Di Benedetto, Techstars Ventures KIMA Ventures Eric Di Benedetto


Startup megacampus Station F will offer 120 perks, starting with Airbnb

 Airbnb co-founder and CTO Nathan Blecharczyk was in Paris today to announce a neat little perk for future residents of Station F. Based in Paris, the huge Station F building is going to have 3,000 desks for tech companies of all kinds. It wants to become the biggest startup campus in the world. And Airbnb is going to offer some free credit. Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Paris, Airbnb, Cto, Nathan Blecharczyk, Station F


10 things in tech you need to know today (SNAP, GOOG, CRM, NTO)

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Snap Inc. had its first down day in the stock market since going public on Thursday. Shares of the parent company of Snapchat fell 12% in trading on Monday to as low as $23.79 (£19.44). They were about 16% lower than their high after the initial public offering. 2. Wall Street analysts are warning people not to buy stock in Snap. It has zero buy recommendations. 3. The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's fastest-selling console ever...
Tags: Google, Obama, Jay Z, Trends, United States, Nintendo, Airbnb, Cnbc, Shazam, Marc Benioff, Valley, Roc Nation, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, Snap Inc


Airbnb's cofounder had his door bell ripped off by a guest

Imagine you're staying in a plush Airbnb and you accidentally tear the door bell off the place you're staying. It's an awkward situation. Now imagine the host who turns up to inspect the damage is in fact the cofounder of Airbnb itself. That's exactly what happened to one unfortunate Airbnb guest, according to Léa Steinacker — the journalist at German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche who interviewed Airbnb cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk last Friday. "A friend of mine actually stayed at your pla...
Tags: Steve Jobs, Berlin, Trends, Airbnb, Wirtschafts Woche, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, Léa Steinacker, Steinacker, Airbnb Steinacker


10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, SNAP, AMZN, IBM)

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday. 1. A prosecutor accused Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee of conspiring to hide millions of dollars in bribes made to South Korea's impeached president. Lee denies any wrongdoing. 2. Stock in Snapchat parent company Snap is up more than 50% since its Thursday IPO. It now has a market cap of more than $30 billion (£24 billion). 3. App-only startup bank Monzo went down on Sunday. The problems, Monzo said, were affecting card payments, top up...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Uber, South Korea, Berlin, Samsung, Trends, Snapchat, Beijing, Ibm, Airbnb, Baidu, Skype, Financial Times, Amazon Web Services, Niklas Zennstrom


Airbnb wants to help travellers go clubbing with a Berliner

BERLIN — Ever wanted to go to Berghain with a Berliner? Airbnb could soon help to make that happen. The San Francisco tech giant is going to start allowing Airbnb users in Berlin to offer "experiences" to travellers visiting their city. Nathan Blecharczyk, cofounder and chief technology officer of Airbnb, said on Friday that Berliners will be able to take tourists and curious locals on a paid experience from May, adding that an experience could include going out for drinks. "We're really reposit...
Tags: Berlin, San Francisco, Trends, Airbnb, Havana, Nairobi, Havana Cuba, Berghain, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk


AirBnB Accept campaign challenges intolerance

AirBnB’s 2017 Super Bowl commercial, “We Accept”, is a continuation of a larger advertising campaign promoting the accommodation brand’s commitment to non-discrimination. The campaign, launched in November 2016, began with a commercial featuring the faces (and eyes) of AirBnB employees. The footage was recut for a 30 second Super Bowl commercial in the week leading up to the big game, coinciding with President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration to the USA. Viewers are invited to exp...
Tags: Usa, Commercials, Advertising, Airbnb, International Rescue Committee, Trump, Andrea Nguyen, David Elliott, Nathan Blecharczyk, Sonos Sanctus, Where the Buffalo Roam, Airbnb Community Commitment, Paul Stechschulte, Roger Hoard, Caitlin Choate, Ryan Kim


AirBnB Accept campaign challenges intoleranc

AirBnB’s 2017 Super Bowl commercial, “We Accept”, is a continuation of a larger advertising campaign promoting the accommodation brand’s commitment to non-discrimination. The campaign, launched in November 2016, began with a commercial featuring the faces (and eyes) of AirBnB employees. The footage was recut for a 30 second Super Bowl commercial in the week leading up to the big game, coinciding with President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration to the USA. Viewers are invited to exp...
Tags: Usa, Commercials, Advertising, Airbnb, International Rescue Committee, Trump, Andrea Nguyen, David Elliott, Nathan Blecharczyk, Sonos Sanctus, Where the Buffalo Roam, Airbnb Community Commitment, Paul Stechschulte, Roger Hoard, Caitlin Choate, Ryan Kim


Airbnb Tackles Immigration Ban In Powerful Super Bowl Commercial

Airbnb took subtle, but critical aim at President Donald Trump’s executive order barring the entry of refugees and immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries during the Super Bowl on Sunday. In a 30-second advertising campaign called #weaccept, the rental giant had a simple message for viewers, played over the changing faces of people from different minority groups: “We believe no matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love or who you worship, we all belong. The world is more...
Tags: News, Eric Holder, Airbnb, John Kerry, International Rescue Committee, Seattle, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Brian Chesky, Trump, State, Nick Visser, Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk


Here are the colleges that have produced the most founders of billion-dollar startups

If you want to want to create a billion dollar start-up, consider attending Stanford University. The Stanford, California-based university has educated a whopping 51 individuals who then went on to found startups that became worth at least a billion dollars, according to Sage, an accounting software company. These companies are often referred to as "unicorns" to denote how rare it is to accomplish such a feat. There are a few more than 200 worldwide, and the list continues to grow.  The biggest,...
Tags: Facebook, Lyft, France, Stanford, US, Trends, Linkedin, Harvard, Harvard University, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Hulu, University Of California, Wall Street Journal, Jason Kilar