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The Airbnb Story Audiobook

The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions…and Created Plenty of Controversy

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Publisher's Summary

This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of cofounders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb has disrupted the $500 billion hotel industry, and its $30 billion valuation is now larger than that of Hilton and close to that of Marriott. Airbnb is beloved by the millions of members in its "host" community and the travelers they shelter every night. And yet, even as the company has blazed such an unexpected path, this is the first book solely dedicated to the phenomenon of Airbnb.

Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores the success of Airbnb along with the more controversial side of its story. Regulators want to curb its rapid expansion; hotel industry leaders wrestle with the disruption it has caused them; and residents and customers alike struggle with the unintended consequences of opening up private homes for public consumption. This is also the first in-depth study of Airbnb's leader, Brian Chesky, the quirky and curious young CEO, as he steers the company into new markets and increasingly uncharted waters.

©2017 1002 Productions, Inc. Reproduced by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Boyd Tschaggeny 06-17-17 Member Since 2016

    I'm an electrical engineer who looks like Conan and has a flair for business. I'm nostagic for FF7 and Pokemon... and Salsa Verde Doritos.

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    "A Modern Day Example of "The Innovators Dilemma""

    Airbnb is the culmination of what can happen when three people work together and refuse to quit. Everything seemed to be stacked against the founders, yet they kept working through each and every problem as they surfaced. This is an excellent book to read if you are interested in a modern day company that disrupts an established industry. Overall, the narrative was well structured and the narrator did a good job.

    My only problem with the book is that I now what to quit my day job and risk everything on my own startup. The guys who made Airbnb were not geniuses. In fact, they were really normal dudes. If those guys can make a multi-billion dollar company, then why can't I??? Ugh... Well, at least I have a comfy work cubicle to call my own. That's something... Right? Right???

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    Chad 03-30-17
    Chad 03-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book. Bad narrator"

    This was a great book....really good, but I think the lady that narrated it is new. Because the first half of the book was painful listening to her. But she broke out of her trying to sound good and then just started reading it.....I know you're supposed to rate the book. But who reads it and how is just as important for an audio book.

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    Bill 03-22-17
    Bill 03-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty good"

    The story isn't as in depth as the 20-30 hour biographies I normally read, but it is the most comprehensive story about Airbnb available.

    Performance was a little too theatrical for a documentary book but that's just personal preference. Doesn't negatively affect the experience anyways.

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    thomas Cox 06-22-17
    thomas Cox 06-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"

    Story is great. A lot of ups and downs. Wonderful if you are a business owner

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    Roberto Rodriguez 06-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing very inspirational book."

    Amazing very inspirational book. Great. tool for young entrepeneurs. Strongly recommend to anyone who be cultivating a business idea.

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    Ernie 06-12-17
    Ernie 06-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Could have been 5 times shorter"

    While there were parts that were very interesting, as an entrepreneur, I was looking for ideas to be gleaned from the experiences of a company that work, sort of looking for a case study, and details on things that they did and how that works and why they didn't. Unfortunately there was very little of this, hidden away and buried amidst tons and tons of repeated statements that helped nothing, possibly only serving as weak attempts at being fodder against lobbyists trying to shut them down.

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    Cynthia B. Garland Mequon Wisconsin 06-01-17
    Cynthia B. Garland Mequon Wisconsin 06-01-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Irritating voice of narrator"

    Informative behind-the scenes look into a company whose success still seems improbable! The narrator's voice was excruciatingly irritating...one in post production picked up on this?

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    Marcus 05-16-17
    Marcus 05-16-17
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    "Irritating voice"

    The content was okay. My real issue is with the voice performance. It needs to be redone ASAP. The voice pitch, cadence, and modulation are irritating.

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    Mei 04-12-17
    Mei 04-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring"

    Remarkable and inspiring story! The universe must have conspired again! A company to watch and belong!

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    Vitaliy 04-10-17
    Vitaliy 04-10-17
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    "8 hour long IPO advertissing"
    Was The Airbnb Story worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing new. Absolutely insincere. IPO advertising book. Short version of book: AirBNB is friendly and disruptive, hotel lobby is eval, founders are genius, everybody loves Airbnb, nothing bad should happen.<br/>I don't hate the company, no bad feelings about it. But the book has nothing interesting.<br/>If you'd love to read really engaging story about tech in travel company, read "Truck full of money" about Kayak's founder Paul English

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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