Airbnb

Airbnb

Airbnb is an online service that matches people seeking vacation rentals and other short-term accommodations with those with rooms to rent, generally private parties that are not professional hoteliers.

About Airbnb

Airbnb is an online service that matches people seeking vacation rentals and other short-term accommodations with those with rooms to rent, generally private parties that are not professional hoteliers. The site was founded in October 2007 by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia. In July 2012, the company had over 200,000 listings in 30,285 cities and 192 countries. Listings include private rooms, entire apartments, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, tipis, igloos, private islands and other properties. In 2007, Chesky and Gebbia moved to San Francisco. The Industrial Design Society of America was holding its yearly design conference at that time, and hotels were sold out. The two, who were unable to pay their rent, offered part of their loft as accommodations. The company was incubated by the Y Combinator in January 2009. The initial name of the website was Airbedandbreakfast.com, but it was shortened to Airbnb.com in March 2009.

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