Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of AirBnB, shared the company's story and the lessons he learned in three years of chasing a dream. One of the most valuable lessons? It's better to be broke than well-funded.
The site booked 4 million nights of accommodation in users' homes in 2011 -- four times the amount in the previous four years.
Most of this growth (75% of it) came from outside the U.S. — from Europe, for the most part. London, Paris and Berlin are three of Airbnb’s five biggest hotbeds of listing activity.
All but two of Airbnb’s nine offices (as of March) will be in Europe. The company may be headquartered in San Francisco, but its heart is increasingly European. (The country with the single greatest growth in listings: Italy.)
Which, considering the economic trough the European continent is currently in, is no bad thing. Airbnb has built a site full of inspiring stories — again, most of them from Europe — featuring people who have quit their jobs, paid for their weddings and funded startups, all by renting a room on Airbnb.
Vayable is an online marketplace where people can discover, buy and sell unique travel experiences, including tours, activities and extended trips.
Like an Airbnb for travel experiences, secondary market place Vayable launches today to offer travelers the opportunity to buy experiences in exotic locales all over the world, from Rome to Rio as the well worn cliche goes.
The key difference between Vayable and that other “Airbnb for experiences” Skyara is that Vayable is targeting travelers specifically, especially those who are tired of the relative banality of activity offerings from travel sites like Orbitz and Expedia.