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The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy Paperback – February 13, 2018

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"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, partner at Greylock Partners   “A fast paced, fun dive into one of the seminal firms of our time; though 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.   “‘The Airbnb Story’ does yeoman’s work explaining the Airbnb phenomenon to the uninitiated.” -- San Francisco Chronicle   "Highly recommended for researchers and students of business as well as potential entrepreneurs, and anybody interested in Airbnb’s success story." -- Library Journal, *starred* review    —

About the Author

LEIGH GALLAGHER is the senior editor-at-large at Fortune and serves as the host of Fortune Live, Fortune.com's weekly show featuring interviews and analysis from business newsmakers. Leigh is also a cochair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, and she oversees Fortune's 40 Under 40 multiplatform editorial franchise. Leigh is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, CNBC’s Squawk Box, public radio's Marketplace, and a variety of other programs.

She is also a frequent speaker at Fortune conferences as well as a seasoned moderator and keynote speaker. Leigh's first book,
The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving, published in 2013, has been described as a “first-rate social history,” a “steel fist in a velvet glove,” and “fascinating reading on changing trends in how and where we live.” Leigh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; from 2012–2014, she was a visiting scholar at the Business and Economic Reporting Program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Before joining Fortune in 2007, Leigh was a senior editor at SmartMoney and a writer for Forbes. Originally from Media, Pennsylvania, Leigh is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in New York.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Business; Reprint edition (February 13, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1328745546
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1328745545
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.66 x 8 inches
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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. Her first book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving (Portfolio, 2013) has been described as “prophetic,” “a first-rate social history” and “a steel fist in a velvet glove.” Leigh is a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the host of Fortune Live, and a frequent speaker and on-air commentator, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, CNBC, CNN, and public radio’s Marketplace. Originally from Media, PA, she lives in New York City.

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