Press for Airbnb

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.

Airbnb, the hot online room (and sublet) reservation startup, this morning announced that it has teamed up with business incubator Springstar to define a strategy for international expansion, confirming rumors that kept the German tech blogosphere busy the past weekend.

You may have heard rumors circulating over the past year about how Airbnb will send a professional photographer to your house to shoot your listing, for free. Well, it’s true. Today, the much talked about San Francisco startup announced it’s officially opening up its free photography program, which has been in the works since last summer and now spans 6 continents.

It was one of those days. I was bored and on the internet. And without paying much attention, I clicked on a sidebar to see what the advert was about. A small act. But it would lead, over the subsequent year, to 68 total strangers arriving at my door, planning to stay the night. In that idle moment, I had signed up to be a host in one of the most successful travel start-ups of all time.