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March 15, 2017

What is AirBnB?

The company that has become a flag for digital disruption explained.

By Joao Lima

AirBnB is a site and mobile application where people can look for, rent and/or list properties for accommodation, be it for a holiday, business trip or another end.

With only eight years under its belt, AirBnB has become the world’s largest hotel chain without owning a single bedroom.

The website has now more than two million listings in over 34,000 cities across 191 countries. The number of ‘guests’ using the service has reached over 60 million in early 2016.

The type of properties listed on the portal go from rooms, to entire flats, villas and even castles. In fact, there are more than 1,400 castles listed on AirBnB.

Based in San Francisco, the company is headed by New Yorker CEO Brian Chesky, also co-founder of the company.

The name AirBnB comes from “Airbed and Breakfast”, and this shows how the idea for the company was born.

Chesky, originally an industrial designer, became a flat mate of AirBnB’s current CPO and also co-founder Joe Gebbia in 2007 in San Francisco.

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