The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions... and Created Plenty of Controversy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017 - Business & Economics - 236 pages
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This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of cofounders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb has disrupted the $500 billion hotel industry, and its $30 billion valuation is now larger than that of Hilton and close to that of Marriott. Airbnb is beloved by the millions of members in its "host" community and the travelers they shelter every night. And yet, even as the company has blazed such an unexpected path, this is the first book solely dedicated to the phenomenon of Airbnb.

Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores the success of Airbnb along with the more controversial side of its story. Regulators want to curb its rapid expansion; hotel industry leaders wrestle with the disruption it has caused them; and residents and customers alike struggle with the unintended consequences of opening up private homes for public consumption. This is also the first ine'depth study of Airbnb's leader, Brian Chesky, the quirky and curious young CEO, as he steers the company into new markets and increasingly uncharted waters.

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Periodically I read business books, usually about a specific leader or company that blew through barriers and created something new and innovative. Being an AirBNB fan, I wanted to know more about ... Read full review

The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions…and Created Plenty of Controversy

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Airbnb, Inc. grew from a venture of two unemployed art school graduates from San Francisco renting out air mattresses in their apartment in 2007 to a "juggernaut today with a $30 billion private ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Leigh Gallagher is the senior editor-at-large at Fortune and a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. She appears regularly on MSNBC's MorningJoe, CBS This Morning, CNBC, Marketplace and other programs; she is also the author of The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving. She lives in New York City.

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