The Airbnb Story: Summary Review

This is a summary review of The Airbnb Story containing key details about the book.

What is The Airbnb Story About?

The Airbnb Story 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 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 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.

Who is the author of The Airbnb Story?

Leigh Gallagher is an assistant managing editor at Fortune and author of The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions… and Created Plenty of Controversy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2017), the first book solely dedicated to the origins, growth and impact of the Silicon Valley hospitality startup.

What are good quotes from The Airbnb Story?

“And, based on the famous three-click rule from Steve Jobs, a design hero of Chesky and Gebbia’s—when Jobs conceived the iPod, he wanted it to never be more than just three clicks away from a song—the founders wanted their users to never be more than three clicks away from a booking.”

“It seemed silly to let a perfectly good apartment sit empty while I traveled when there were so many visitors to San Francisco in need of a place to stay, who wanted to experience a city as I preferred to: in a local’s home, outside the tourist bubble of a hotel.”

“Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow.”

“If you are successful, it will be the hardest thing you ever do,”

― Leigh Gallagher, The Airbnb Story

Book details

  • Print length: 256 Pages
  • Genre: Business, Nonfiction, Biography

What are the chapters in The Airbnb Story?

Chapter 1: The Hustle
Chapter 2: Building a Company
Chapter 3: Airbnb Nation
Chapter 4: The Bad and the Ugly
Chapter 5: Air Rage
Chapter 6: Hospitality, Disrupted
Chapter 7: Learning to Lead
Chapter 8: What's Next? Offer by Craig Valentine

What do critics say?

Here's what one of the prominent reviewers had to say about the book: “Highly recommended for researchers and students of business as well as potential entrepreneurs, and anybody interested in Airbnb's success story.” — Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Queens, NY

* The summary points above have been concluded from the book and other public sources. The editor of this summary review made every effort to maintain information accuracy, including any published quotes, chapters, or takeaways

Chief Editor

Tal Gur is an author, founder, and impact-driven entrepreneur at heart. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living, has led him to found Elevate Society.

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