Press for Airbnb

A few weeks ago, I decided to take my girlfriend to Austin for the weekend. It was our first trip out of Houston together, and it presented several immediate problems. The first was that I had waited until the last second to book a decent hotel room, leaving me with dwindling options, such as dropping $500 for a single night at the glossy new W Austin or $400 at the historic Driskill Hotel.

We spoke to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky after his talk onstage at the GigaOM Roadmap conference — during the talk Chesky spoke about many possible avenues for the company’s expansion but didn’t commit himself to any one path.

Airbnb is a pioneer in short-term rentals for travelers.
The San Francisco startup helps people rent their places out to visitors by providing them a template to post pictures and a ready-made market of interested travelers. It then takes a 10% cut of each sale.

Welcome to another edition of Starred, where we take you deep inside the inboxes of our favorite CEOs, entrepreneurs, and VCs. Think that first message Jack Dorsey ever sent to Biz Stone describing his crazy idea for a 140-character blogging platform--the emails you've had starred in your inbox for years, saved almost solely for nostalgia. Joining us today, Joe Gebbia, cofounder and chief product officer of Airbnb: