Story – This is how Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky came up with an idea to rent their place which turned out to be a big success

In August of 2008, two roommates sat in their San Francisco apartment brainstorming ways to make rent. Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, former Rhode island school of design classmates hoping to come up with the next big thing, had a sudden, and brilliant, idea: they would rent out a bed (actually, an air mattress) in their house, and host guests from anywhere in the world who needed accommodation in the busy, Northern California City. An annual flock of design conference attendees left hotels in the area at maximum capacity, opening up the possibility for Gebbia and Chesky to invite vacationers into their home for a fair price. Their scheme quickly expanded, their minds brimming with ideas — they could cook breakfast for their temporary visitors, offer them a ride to or from the airport, and open up their community of personal hotspots and must-sees in the city that only locals might know. Little could the pair have foreseen that their humble, entrepreneurial beginnings would spawn Airbnb — the world’s leading online accommodation platform with a community of millions, a multi-billion dollar brand, and the #1 place to work in 2016.

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