The Airbnb Story : How Three Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions of Dollars ... and Plenty of Enemies
"An engrossing story of audacious entrepreneurism and big-industry disruption, this] is a tale for our times." -- Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better
An investigative look into a beloved, disruptive, notorious start-up
This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that is now 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 become indispensable to millions of hosts and travelers around the world. Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher presents the first nuanced, in-depth look at the Airbnb phenomenon -- the successes and controversies alike -- and takes us behind the scenes as the company's young CEO steers into increasingly uncharted waters.
"A fast-paced, fun dive into one of the seminal firms of our time; through the tale of Airbnb, Leigh Gallagher shows us how the sharing economy can be a force for emotional connection -- as well as for social and business disruption." -- Rana Foroohar, Financial Times columnist and CNN global economic analyst
"An engrossing story of audacious entrepreneurism and big-industry disruption, The Airbnb Story is a tale for our times." * Charles Duhigg, author of bestsellers Smarter Faster Better and 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." * Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn * "A fast paced, fun dive into one of the seminal firms of our time; through the tale of Airbnb, Leigh Gallagher shows us how the sharing economy can be a force for emotional connection -- as well as for social and business disruption." * Rana Foroohar, Financial Times columnist and CNN global economic analyst * "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 of bestsellers The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here * "Leigh Gallagher has written a compelling history of Airbnb's journey from a crazy, it-will-never-work idea to becoming a totally disruptive force" * Tony Hsieh, bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc. *
Leigh Gallagher is Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she writes and edits feature stories, hosts Fortune Live, and is a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. She is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on US news programmes and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.