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The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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"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
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.
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544952669
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544952669
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.97 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (February 14, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #631,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I give it 2 stars because it’s not written poorly and I’m sure there is plenty of info here that is of interest as well.
The read does not disappoint. I joke that I would do very well in a game of Airbnb Trivial Pursuit. I was delighted to learn new things about the creation of the company I hold so dear.
The author is a first-rate story teller. This is just the beginning of Airbnb. as the company continues along its meteoric rise, author Leigh Gallagher will have no trouble following it up with updates.
Will be doing a full book review on my channel soon. Check it out.
Though there's an extensive discussion of disruption in the hotel industry, opposition in cities and already much-publicized horror stories, the book barely mentions how this company has transformed the lives of ordinary people since the Great Recession. For example, by being both a host and a guest via Airbnb, I was able to quit the job from hell and divide my time between New York City and France. It turns out, as the author tells us deep into "The Airbnb Story," that she has very little firsthand experience using the platform, and prefers to stay in hotels.
Top reviews from other countries
Personally, I would never ever rent my place to strangers but obviously a lot of people are OK with it as is clearly demonstrated by how successful this company has been despite some enormous challenges along the way.
Kudos to these brilliant entrepreneurs!