Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service that enables people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms.
Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.
Airbnb was founded in August, 2008 by Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk & Joe Gebbia. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California with satellite offices in Dublin, London, Barcelona, Paris, Milan, Copenhagen, Berlin, Moscow, São Paolo, Sydney, and Singapore. Airbnb has offices in 21 cities worldwide.
Airbnb uses drip pricing; when customers search for lodging, Airbnb displays per-night prices that exclude its service fees and the total charges are not revealed until the customer selects an individual property. After a crackdown by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in October 2015, users of Airbnb's Australian web site now see the total price of a stay including all unavoidable charges at every stage of the booking process.
Airbnb has over 5 million lodging listings in 81,000 cities and 191 countries and has facilitated over 300 million check-ins.
Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Airbnb is backed by 50 investors including Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, CapitalG, TCV, and FirstMark among others. Airbnb has acquired over 15 organizations, including a $200M acquisition of "Luxury Retreats" on Feb 16, 2017, to date it's their largest acquisition. The company has also made over 10 investments, totalling a Billion mark.
Airbnb was valued a gigantic $31B during their "Series F" funding of $447.8M on Mar 9, 2017.