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Follow Airbnb’s journey from scrappy startup to $10B company (video)

Above: A room listed on Airbnb.

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After Airbnb raised its latest funding megaround, the company attained a massive $10 billion valuation. But the home-sharing startup faced plenty of obstacles on its path to success, as a new video and infographic from Funders and Founders remind us.

Airbnb still has plenty of challenges ahead of it, too, which the video fails to mention. It faces regulatory hurdles in a number of places, including New York City, where it remains illegal to rent out a property for less than 29 days — a law the hotel lobby is keen to keep on the books. New data also highlights Airbnb’s high host turnover, which is surely a worrying stat for the company and its investors.

Of course, Airbnb has plenty of money and moxie to tackle those hurdles as it races toward an initial public offering.

Airbnb infographic


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21 comments
Ivone Sima
Ivone Sima

Jorge Silva :) se a da graça desse..

Nelson A. Meehan
Nelson A. Meehan

As the old man used to say "Good business is not glamorous" - James Meehan

Richard Li
Richard Li

Infographic is hilariously romanticized. AirBnBs main user acquisition tactic was scraping and spamming craigslist. Looks like they left that part out.

Klancy Kennedy
Klancy Kennedy

10B? Evaluations are so generous. I'm glad that the company had done so well. We need more startups like this one which encourage sharing of mutually available resources that would otherwise go to waste.

Tyler Dylan Brown
Tyler Dylan Brown

How many renters were evicted dude to AirBnB? What is the cost/impact of the lost hotel tax revenue to the local community?