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Airbnb provides an online platform for listing, searching and booking rental accommodations.

Airbnb is a company that offers a home rental platform which enables people to list, find, and rent short-term lodging in 65,000 cities and over 191 countries around the world.

The company was founded by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk in 2008 when two designers who had space to share hosted three travelers looking for a place to stay.

Airbnb's hosts list several kinds of properties, such as single rooms, suite of rooms, apartments, moored yachts, houseboats, entire houses and castle on the Airbnb website.

Airbnb operates in a way that it helps people to make sharing easy, enjoyable, and safe. The company verifies personal profiles and listings, maintains a smart messaging system so that hosts and guests can communicate with ease, and manages a trusted platform to obtain and transfer payments.

Airbnb launched Trips in 2016, a service that takes travelers out of their rentals for local tours and adventures in 20 countries and 30 cities around the world. With the company's effort to solve humanitarian issues, Airbnb launched an Open Homes program in 2017 that enables hosts to provide housing to refugees, displaced travelers, and people who are seeking for shelter after experiencing some forms of disasters.


August 26, 2021
Airbnb announced on Thursday it will allow anyone with available space to sign up to provide housing for Afghan refugees.
August 24, 2021
Airbnb announces that it will provide temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide.
May 24, 2021
Airbnb launches more than 100 updates throughout its website, app and policies. New features make it easier for anyone to become a host and give guests more flexibility with their travel plans.
December 9, 2020
Keep in mind, outsized funding rounds like Airbnb's $1 billion private equity round announced in April and the United Kingdom-based Travelport International's $500 million private equity round announced in June have skewed some of the monthly totals in terms of U.S.-based and global funding.
September 2020
Airbnb launches an initiative to prevent guests from booking homes on extremely short notice in their home cities.
August 19, 2020
Airbnb Announces Confidential Submission of Draft Registration Statement

Filing an S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is among the first steps in bringing company shares to public markets.

August 13, 2020
Airbnb revenue tumbles 67% to $335 million in Q2.
April 6, 2020
Airbnb raises $1 billion in new funding as it grapples with devastation from the coronavirus pandemic. The private equity giant Silver Lake and the investment firm Sixth Street Partners led the investment.
September 19, 2019
Airbnb makes an announcement that is plans to go public in 2020.
September 15, 2019
Airbnb announces that as of 15 September, 2019, hosts have earned more than $80bn sharing their homes and spaces on the company's website.

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How Does Airbnb Work? Airbnb 101 Guide


October 25, 2016


Miles Brignall
October 11, 2021
the Guardian
The site rejected my request to pay for new locks and refused to discuss it further
Jackie Annett
October 3, 2021
ACCIDENTALLY making £26,000 is something many people will dream of, but for one 43-year-old man, it's reality. It meant he could go run his business from a beach in Thailand, and he recently spoke to about how he made the substantial sum.
September 24, 2021
The Economic Times
Existing investors such as Airbnb and Greenoaks Capital are unlikely to divest their stakes besides founder Ritesh Agarwal, they added.
Eric Eldon
September 24, 2021
Startups have spent the last decade trying to offer every variation of Airbnb that they can imagine. But Ukio thinks it has found a way through the ever-growing tangle of housing rental competitors -- and regulators -- right as remote work becomes the norm. It offers rentals of one month or longer, featuring a turnkey [...]
Shira Ovide
September 22, 2021
We all want ice cream fast, but app delivery services make it too easy for us to ignore their true cost.


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