What is Airbnb?
Peer-to-peer online marketplace and hospitality service
Each listing on the website is posted by a host
The cost of lodging is set by the host.
Allows people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties.
The website allows you to browse through location and price and you can see reviews of past visitors.
Rent beds, rooms in homes or full apartments all around the world
Over 3,000,000 lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries
Why Your Airbnb May Be ILLEGAL
Their business model endangers guests, enable crooks and could leave host on the hook for anything guests do there.
Airbnb has refused to pay for damages.
A guest refused to leave the property, and became a squatter.
No one checks Airbnb for working sprinklers, fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors or fire exits.
The problem of discrimination
Vacation rentals in apartment buildings
How it works & Charge
Airbnb can be accessed via either the Airbnb websites or mobile applications for iOS, Apple Watch, and Android.
Registration and account creation is free.
On each booking, the company charges guests a 6%-12% guest services fee and charges hosts a 3%-5% host service fee.
Hosts can also offer "experiences", such as excursions, to guests for an additional charge, of which Airbnb takes 20% as a commission.
Tourism Bureau proposed to open short-term rental space for self-use residential conditions, is currently studying and formulating supporting measures.
Airbnb's international visibility and impressive room reservation make it easier for both governments and industry to target.
AsiaYo, a Taiwanese company, has now entered Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand a total of 60 cities
AsiaYo special emphasis on its listings has surpassed Airbnb, and it is learned that Airbnb currently has about 30,000 listings in Taiwan.
The story changing Joe Gebbia's perspective
Gebbia asked him where he was gonna stay that night, and he replied that he didn't have the place
Gerbbia offered the airbed for the stranger and host him in the living room
Gebbia invited him out for a beer before he went to Peace Corps
This is the first hosting experience of Gebbia, and completely broke the old concept of him that stranger equals danger
One guy bought a piece of are that Gebbia made
The day after graduating from design school, he had a yard sale
How the concept grows up
Gebbia and his roommate, Brian Chesky, came up with the idea of putting an air mattress in their living room and turning it into a bed and breakfast
The goal at first was just "to make a few bucks"
Gebbia believed that turning fear into fun is the gift of creativity
They built up a basic website, and Air Bed and Breakfast was bron
In 2007, there was a design conference coming to town that he lived, and all the hotels were sold out
Three guys got to stay
They found that it was possible to make friends and also make rents
Chesky's former roommate, Nathan Blecharczyk, joined as the Chief Technology Officer and the third co-founder of the new venture, called AirBed & Breakfast
How airbnb.com was completely founded
the site's content had expanded from air beds and shared spaces to a variety of properties
including entire homes and apartments, private rooms, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, tipis, igloos, private islands and other properties
In 2009, The website name is shortened from Airbedandbreakfast.com to Airbnb.com
They started to accept the investment from others and made international expantion
They made fund-raising from both domestic and foreign
Pros and Cons
Have a local experience
Cost less than a hotel and offer more privacy than a hostel
Free access to facilities
Meet new people
Cheap for group or family stay
Convenient for medium and longer stay
Host will provide you lots of information
Hosts will responds quickly if something goes wrong
Quite safe because self-profile is complete
Additional fees are not shown in the listing
The local experience is not always guaranteed.
Hosts are not obligated to interact with you.
The condition of the property is not always the same as described.
The host can cancel on you.
No cleaning service unless you pay extra
Usually won't get breakfast included in your stay
Host's property may get damaged
"The sharing economy is commerce with the promise of human connection."
sharing economy is no more just about profit, more about sharing love in airbnb
the values is based on humans' connections
it kind of breaks the rules we were taught when we were young that strangers are danger
a host saved the guest from heart attack from taking him to hospital ASAP
"I see a future of shared cities that bring us community and connection, instead of isolation and separation."
Joe was once the front line of customer service
he was even more inspired to improve their team by solving problems at first hand