Cherie Hu , Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Many people think of Airbnb as the poster child for disruption: leveraging the sharing economy to democratize participation in the travel & hospitality marketplace, turning those industries on their heads.
This is the second in a series of blog posts in which we outline our experience with React Native and what is next for mobile at Airbnb. React Native itself is a relatively new and fast-moving platform in the cross-section of Android, iOS, web, and cross-platform frameworks.
Airbnb is stepping up its ongoing battle with New York City, days before a crucial vote that it says could limit the company’s prospects in one of its largest markets.
The big news in the React Native world this week was that Airbnb published a lengthy, five-part blog post announcing and explaining their decision to stop using React Native and remove it from their codebase, in favor of traditional Swift/Obj-C/Java/Kotlin development.
Okay so at first glance, this seems kind of promising, right? I mean, Airbnb says that “60% [of engineers] would describe their experience as amazing”, so a majority of your team is on board. But 5% were “strongly negative”? Interesting. Very interesting.
Last year, I quit my day job to spend six months traveling across Europe while freelancing. (Read: How Cutting My Food Budget Helped Me Quit My Full-Time Job.) In the weeks before my departure, I hit discount stores to assemble a kitchen survival kit for life on the road.
What Airbnb has popularized — the peer-to-peer rental of apartments, homes and spare bedrooms — the market has embellished with a roster of new and growing services that offer home sharing.
This article is by Alex Schleifer, VP of Design at Airbnb. Prior to his current role, he was the SVP of Design and Creative Director of Say Media. He also co-founded creative digital agency Sideshow and UX Magazine, where he ran editorial until its acquisition.
By this point you probably know all you ever wanted to know, and more, about Mr. Money Mustache’s long-ago path to early retirement. But my story is only one of an infinite number of possibilities, which means it is valuable to look around at how other people are doing it.
In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the past year. This post includes everything I learned as well as some revenue numbers.
After sending out hundreds of copies of my résumé to dozens of companies over the last year, I realized that I was getting nowhere because my approach was wrong. What I had failed to do was ask myself some of the tough and honest questions early on.
UNTIL recently “Uber envy” afflicted many top executives at Airbnb, a platform for booking overnight stays in other people’s homes. So admits a big investor in the firm.
The U.S economy is in the midst of a wrenching technological transformation that is fundamentally changing the way people sleep, work, eat, shop, love, read, and interact. At least, that’s one interpretation.
In 2007, designers Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia couldn’t afford the rent on their San Francisco apartment. To make ends meet, they decided to turn their loft into a lodging space, but, as Gebbia explains, “We didn’t want to post on Craigslist because we felt it was too impersonal.
Technology has all kinds of ways to make life easier — particularly for the tech companies themselves. As Katie Benner writes, Airbnb is currently under scrutiny over the way some of its members choose who they will rent to.
SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb has hired former United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. as an adviser to help create the company’s new anti-discrimination policy, adding a big name to its battle to prevent people on its service from refusing minority and transgender customers.
Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically African-American neighborhood in Brooklyn, has become one of the latest battlegrounds in the war between New York City and Airbnb.
This article is part of a series on our new Design Language System. Karri recently answered questions about this topic in a Designer News “Ask Me Anything” interview. Click here to read the transcript. Working in software development and design, we are often required to ship one-off solutions.
If you don’t know much about Cuba, Airbnb’s recent announcement that it has begun booking rooms there sounds pretty unremarkable. After all, Airbnb operates in more than 190 countries, and its offerings are as diverse as they are plentiful.
Airbnb is making it easier for hosts to rent out their homes and target business travelers with a new suite of tools announced today. With the new features, users can have their homes certified as "business travel ready," and can automatically adjust nightly prices according to demand in their area.
When the 1962 Ford Galaxie convertible cruised up the hill, my car-crazy son Caleb, 15, was behind the wheel, a giddy smile on his face. It was a moment that drove home the idea that Airbnb, which I had associated with solo travelers in their 20s, could bring something unique to family vacations.
It’s been a fascinating week to watch the war between Uber and the De Blasio administration play out. Not surprisingly, Uber ended up carrying the day using a combination of its dedicated user base and its sophisticated political machine.
Airbnb rentals are generally safe, but an occasional scammer slips through the system. If you doubt a listing is legit, try doing a reverse image search on the pictures.
On my first day at Airbnb, in early 2011, I walked in to see cofounder Joe Gebbia building my desk. I had spent three months slowly convincing the fledgling startup that they needed what was called a product manager. Now, Joe encouraged me to settle in and dive deep into the website.
New Yorkers who welcome strangers into their homes by becoming Airbnb hosts have found that the experience can be at turns nerve-racking, humorous and sometimes embarrassing. But for some determined hosts, it has proved profitable enough to replace more traditional revenue streams.
Doreen Lorenzo: What do you think influenced your career path and becoming a designer? Katie Dill: Growing up my sister and I were chopping wood, helping to build the extension on the house, taking down trees, driving cars when we were nine years old, and just playing outside in the Adirondacks, m
In the Dutch capital, Airbnb has been accused of driving up property prices and disrupting communities – while others say the website’s gentrifying tendencies are much exaggerated. So who’s right? Sito Veracruz lives in the centre of Amsterdam.
In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on airbnb. I've been managing it remotely for the past year. This post includes everything I learned as well as some revenue numbers.
Not long ago, I moved apartments, and beneath the weight of work and lethargy a number of small, nagging tasks remained undone. Some art work had to be hung from wall moldings, using wire. In the bedroom, a round mirror needed mounting beside the door.
Typically, top design executives report to business-minded CEOs who know far less about design than they do. But that’s not the case with Airbnb’s VP of design Alex Schleifer, whose bosses are the company founders and Rhode Island School of Design grads, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky.
Soon, you’ll be able to go to the Olive Garden and order your fettuccine alfredo from a tablet mounted to the table. After paying, you’ll rate the server. Then you can use that tablet to hail an Uber driver, whom you’ll also rate, from one to five stars.
LOS ANGELES — Airbnb used to let you just book room rentals. Now you can also use Airbnb to reserve dance parties in Havana, historical tours in Cape Town and stargazing outings in Los Angeles.
Earlier today, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community Brian Chesky sent the following message to the Airbnb Community outlining our vision to build a 21st Century Company. I am absurdly lucky even to be writing this email. Ten years ago we started Airbnb.
WHY pay through the nose for something when you can rent it more cheaply from a stranger online? That is the principle behind a range of online services that enable people to share cars, accommodation, bicycles, household appliances and other items, connecting owners of underused assets with others
IN my spare time, when not writing about consumer technology for The New York Times, I have a sideline renting out a cabin on Airbnb. So when Jose reserved the property last October, it was nothing unusual. He said he wanted to host some relatives for a quiet weekend in the mountains.
I’ve had my fill of empathy. Or to be more specific, all the talk of empathy in recent years. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a human-centric approach to design, one that puts users first and attempts to understand how the world looks to them.
A growing number of people feel like an old carton of milk, with an expiration date stamped on their wrinkled foreheads. One paradox of our time is that Baby Boomers enjoy better health than ever, remain young and stay in the workplace longer, but feel less and less relevant.
This summer, I’ve been working on getting pre-launch buzz for a real estate startup called Suuty. This lead to lots of Googling about what kinds of strategies other disruptive companies have used to get their first users.
SAN FRANCISCO — A week ago, Airbnb fired off a warning shot to cities that it would fight back if municipal officials proposed rules that might curtail its home-sharing service. This week, Airbnb dialed back its rhetoric.
By now, we’ve gotten pretty used to the disruption that the rise of the social web has created in the media industry, where it has upended traditional business models and allowed creators of content to connect directly with their audience.
SAN FRANCISCO — For much of this year, Airbnb has been under fire over the ease with which its hosts can reject potential renters based on race, age, gender or other factors.
LAST night 40,000 people rented accommodation from a service that offers 250,000 rooms in 30,000 cities in 192 countries. They chose their rooms and paid for everything online. But their beds were provided by private individuals, rather than a hotel chain.
React is used by a number of well-known companies with large applications that cater to millions of users, and their code base is being constantly changed by engineers. This is why I’ve been working on a series of interview articles that will show how React is used in large apps.
The war over Airbnb gets personal. One morning a few months ago, New Yorkers opened their eyes to a city that, seemingly overnight, had been blanketed in advertisements for a company called Airbnb.
SAN FRANCISCO — The home-sharing app Airbnb is pushing into local reviews and recommendations, putting it increasingly into competition with services like Lonely Planet, Yelp and local tourism websites.
SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb has charmed and strong-armed lawmakers around the world to allow it to operate in their communities. But two cities, Airbnb’s hometown, San Francisco, and New York, the service’s largest United States market, have not been so compliant.
Dear Lifehacker, With Airbnb becoming illegal in New York, other cities considering the same, and horror stories of bad hosts, should I even consider using the site for vacation rentals? And if so, what should I do if I find myself in an extreme situation and need help?
The brand will offer higher-end accommodations that meet a 100-point quality checklist (kitchens with cookware, plush towels, comfortable mattresses). Part of the appeal of booking accommodations through Airbnb is that no single stay is the same.
On Monday, October 21, 2013, I sent this letter to our entire team at Airbnb. I have decided to publish this in the event it is helpful to entrepreneurs building their cultures. Our next team meeting is dedicated to Core Values, which are essential to building our culture.
It's straight out of a nightmare. You're staying in an Airbnb with your partner on a romantic getaway, and discover as you're packing up to leave that a hidden camera placed in the bedroom captured your every move. What to do? Well, immediately call the police.
In 2007, Airbnb appeared on the scene and completely changed the world of travel and hospitality. But unbeknownst to its three, 30-something founders, they forged a new path for startups. Uber, Spanx, and NetJets also blazed trails from zero to millions nearly from inception.
SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb on Tuesday avoided a potential class-action lawsuit by customers who accused hosts of racial discrimination when a federal judge ruled that the company’s arbitration policy prohibited its users from suing.
SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch. The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target last summer after three senators asked for an investigation into how companies like Airbnb affect soaring housing costs. In October, Gov. Andrew M.
Last November, we reported on how Airbnb appeared to be experimenting with ways to expand beyond its role as a P2P marketplace for renting private accommodation, to “experiences” — including more detailed local guides and a prepaid card to spend money once you’re there.
Connotate Inc., a Web data harvesting firm, compiled the data from Airbnb’s website on May 19. “In a city that has chronic housing shortages, the number of Airbnb homes that appear to not be available on the rental market is significant,” said Laura Teller, Connotate chief strategy officer.
Airbnb is more than an amazing site that lets anybody put their spare couch, room, or house up for rent-it's a game. The goal for hosts: to rise through the search rankings, allowing them to get bookings, meet great people from all over the world, and swim in cash.
Filed under: Opinion. It’s known under a number of names: The Sharing Economy. The Collaborative Economy. The Gig Economy.
Data products have always been an instrumental part of Airbnb’s service. However, we have long recognized that it’s costly to make data products.
Airbnb is an online community marketplace that allows people to rent or sell lodging. Users all over the world can post spaces available for rent; in turn, Airbnb allows customers to rent out those spaces, which could be available anywhere from a couple of days to a month.
The six years I spent building products at Airbnb, scaling the marketplace over 100X, transformed how I understand the work of starting a marketplace platform. No startup is immune to hiccups and setbacks, and sometimes it can feel like you’re in combat.
Airbnb said on Wednesday that it was willing to crack down on individuals in New York City who rent out multiple homes, bowing to pressure from politicians and tenants’ rights groups who say the company has worsened affordable housing issues in the city.
On a recent business trip to London, I surprised the conference organizers by turning down the opportunity to stay at the posh hotel hosting the conference in favor of a rather modest Airbnb flat. The hotel was clearly much more luxurious.
Airbnb is becoming a more popular option for business travelers. Employees from more than 250,000 companies around the world have signed up to use it for work, the company says. So, Airbnb caters to these road warriors with a new search tool that shows only listings suited for business travel.
Let me begin by briefing about why I started thinking about a comprehensive trip planning approach in the first place. My wife and I went to Italy last year. A lot happened before that though. I’m a fanatic planner when it comes to something like preparing for a good trip.
Airbnb keeps expanding its core disruption with new features to help increase its audience. The company has made it easier for business travelers to find a room with the Airbnb app and has tried its hand at tour guiding with a new activity suggestion feature.
Drew Grewal faced fines of nearly half a million dollars because his Miami Beach home was being listed illegally on Airbnb. In Miami Beach — as in New York, San Diego and many other U.S.
Since the sharing economy began to appear in the mid 2000s, people have been getting smart in their ways to win over the system. Airbnb was launched just 4 years ago, yet these three men have been able to create their own Airbnb empires.
A Lone Data Whiz Is Fighting Airbnb — and WinningThe “Inside Airbnb” project has earned the home-sharing company a deluge of bad press and forced it to be more transparent. Murray Cox.Murray Cox had been gathering data on Airbnb for over a year when he had his first breakthrough.