Airbnb begins process to go public

The company is using provisions of a 2012 law to keep its inner workings secret for now.
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Airbnb gets a boost from close-to-home getaways

Jul 15, 2020
But low-cost summer vacations don't generate much profit for the company.
The company said most of its bookings have been in remote locations with guests only coming from a couple hundred miles away.
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Airbnb is cutting around 25% of its global workforce

The company is trying to readjust to whatever the post-pandemic travel industry will look like.
Nearly 1,900 people are going to lose their jobs.
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Airbnb faces protests in Athens

Dec 10, 2019
Protesters against the platform in the Greek capital have taken things up a notch.
In 10 years, the Greek capital has experienced a doubling in the number of visitors.
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Picnic with a pig or visit with a llama? Airbnb now offers "animal experiences"

Nov 26, 2019
Airbnb is inviting animal owners to host guests for “animal experiences."
Llama farmer Sarah McGovern prepares one her llamas, Jasmin, for a walk. Airbnb "experiences" guests can take a llama on a hike to a nearby creek.
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Marriott plans to take on Airbnb in home-sharing market

Apr 29, 2019
The hotel group is preparing to launch a new division.
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Why people of color charge less for Airbnb rentals in San Francisco

May 11, 2018
A new study examines the role of race in the home rental economy

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Short-term rentals spur businesses around new services for visitors

Apr 2, 2018
As more and more vacationers book private residences for trips, using sites like Airbnb or HomeAway, there’s no front desk to call when they need something. So online concierge services and other support businesses are springing up in response. The New Jersey-based concierge service Stock the House, for example, provides somebody who will do grocery […]

When companies choose not to go public, does that hurt the public?

Feb 5, 2018
Fewer companies are going public than did 20 years ago. How does that change the fortunes of all Americans?
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Startups see untapped potential in apartment buildings

Aug 25, 2017
High-rise apartment buildings are a target for the growing home-sharing economy.
Construction workers work beside new apartment buildings in downtown Los Angeles, California on April 5, 2017.
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