the airbnb story how three ordinary guys disrupted an industry made millions and created plenty of controversy
The Airbnb Story
How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy
Leigh Gallagher
Why read?
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.

What's inside

Building a company
Airbnb Nation
The bad and the ugly
Hospitality, disrupted
Learning to lead
What's next?

Details

At first just the wacky idea of co-founders 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 travellers 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.

Leigh Gallagher is the senior editor-at-large at Fortune and a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. She appears regularly on MSNBC’s MorningJoe, CBS This Morning, CNBC, Marketplace and other programs; she is also the author of The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving. She lives in New York City.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2017

What do other's think?

"An engrossing story of audacious entrepreneurism and big-industry disruption, The Airbnb Story is a tale for our times.”
Charles Duhigg
Author, The power of habit
"Gallagher captures the remarkable journey of Airbnb exceedingly well; she takes readers from its earliest and scrappiest days through becoming an enduring company with a brand beloved by millions around the world.”
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Reid Hoffman
Partner, Greylock Partners
“A must-read for anyone who has wondered where Airbnb came from and where this highly popular and very disruptive company might be headed. Leigh Gallagher takes you on a journey from the idea all the way to the company's current multi-billion dollar valuation.”
Bethany McLean
Co-author, The smartest guys in the room