Press for Airbnb

Airbnb is an online service that lets users arrange short-term rentals of their homes or apartments, serving as an alternative for those who prefer staying in a homelier environment than a hotel room. A survey recently sent to current hosts (those who make their homes available on the service) reveals that the company is exploring car sharing, supplanting the need for a hotel and a rental car.

Brian Chesky, co-founder and chief executive officer of San Francisco-based AirBnB will be a headline speaker at GigaOM RoadMap conference scheduled for November 10 in San Francisco where he’ll talk about the potential of the new people-to-people economy. He is joining a great group of luminaries such as Jack Dorsey of Twitter & Square who will be chatting with me and other members of GigaOM team on stage.

Airbnb is like couch-surfing, except you have to pay for your stay and you often get the entire place to yourself. 
The online service connects global travelers with people who want to lease their homes or other residential spaces for a short period of time.

Today Airbnb is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups, but it has definitely failed its way to glory.
That made yesterday’s Failcon — a San Francisco event where entrepreneurs revel in their most humiliating defeats — an ideal venue for co-founder Joe Gebbia to talk about his company’s five-year journey to legitimacy, and some serious revenue generation.