Airbnb: Selling your space

This is a BIG idea from three entrepreneurs, which in three years has grown into a business worth $1.4bn.

Airbnb is more than just an accommodation comparison site. This isn’t a matter of accommodation, it’s more a case of space.

Whatever space you have to hire out, in any location across the globe, it can be listed here; from the delicately decorated Treehouse in Burlingame or Mushroom Dome Cabin in Aptos, California, to the functioning Bathroom near Dolores Park, San Francisco, which has house rules listed as “Bring your own reading material. Don’t forget to flush”, a Futon in a Bankok commune, or luxurious Maisonette in Bloomsbury, there is truly something here for everyone.

Users can review the spaces that they have hired and even sync their account with Facebook to see where their friends have travelled. Being able to search by price is as helpful a feature as altering the page view to peruse spaces by their locations on a world map or by their photos.

It’s not surprising the site has done so well and co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk has dreams of one day seeing Bill Gates’ home listed on Airbnb as a space to rent. Dreams can come true….


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