brian chesky

  • Airbnb launches payment splitting for group trips

    Airbnb launches payment splitting for group trips

    In February of this year, Airbnb acquired social payments startup Tilt. Today, the fruits of that acquisition are being passed along to Airbnb users. Starting now, Airbnb users have the ability to split payments with their fellow travelers. Before now, one traveler was forced to front the cost of the trip and hope that their friends/colleagues/family were responsible enough to pay them back in… Read More

  • Airbnb is doubling down on China

    Airbnb is doubling down on China

    Uber may have become the latest in a long line of Western tech firms to have failed in China, but fellow gig economy darling Airbnb is determined to succeed in the Middle Kingdom. Today, the company announced a new brand for its China-based business and the local launch of Trips, its travel services feature. Beyond those launches, the firm pledged to increase its local presence via plans to… Read More

  • Airbnb pledges not to replace human community with AI

    Airbnb pledges not to replace human community with AI

    Airbnb wants to mold its hosts into a powerful organizing force, akin to a union, to advocate on its behalf with local governments around the world and to serve as an ideological rebuke to the advances of AI at other tech firms. As part of that effort to increase engagement with hosts, CEO Brian Chesky announced today that he is embarking on a world tour, forming a host advisory board that… Read More

  • Airbnb offers free housing to people stranded by immigration order

    Airbnb offers free housing to people stranded by immigration order

    In the midst of chaos caused by President Donald Trump’s executive order, which stranded refugees, students and green card holders in American airports, Airbnb is offering housing to those affected. The executive order was countered with legal action and protests, which allowed some of the people detained in airports to be released. But it’s still not clear how Customs and… Read More

  • Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation

    Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation

    Tech unicorn and sharing economy darling Airbnb has informed the State of Delaware that it’s raising another heap of cash. TechCrunch independently verified that Airbnb indicated in a 28 page filing on July 28th that it has plans to bring in additional late-stage capital. Almost a year after its last raise of $1.6 billion, the company is said to be adding $850 million to its… Read More

  • Airbnb hires former Attorney General Eric Holder to craft anti-discrimination policy

    Airbnb hires former Attorney General Eric Holder to craft anti-discrimination policy

    Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is joining Airbnb to fight discrimination on the short term rental platform. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced the hire in a blog post today, along with several other details about the company’s anti-discrimination work. Airbnb has been under fire lately for tacitly allowing… Read More

  • Airbnb Hopes To Have Almost A Million Stays A Night By Summer

    Airbnb Hopes To Have Almost A Million Stays A Night By Summer

    Over 500k people are staying in an Airbnb tonight. And the company hopes to have nearly 800k staying in one by this summer. CEO Brian Chesky gave these numbers at Code today, revealing his wide-eyed plan for the housing yield-management startup. In addition to wanting there to be a million stays by summer, Chesky expressed his desire for Airbnb to own all experiences around a vacation. Read More

  • Airbnb’s Brian Chesky Will Be Our Guest At Disrupt SF 2014

    Airbnb’s Brian Chesky Will Be Our Guest At Disrupt SF 2014

    Airbnb is valued at $10 billion. Behind it all is Brian Chesky, who along with co-founders Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk, has transformed the company from focusing on cheap airbed rentals to building what is now a global hospitality brand. He’ll be joining us at Disrupt and you should, too! Read More