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

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The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted An Industry, Made Billions . . . And Created Plenty Of Controversy

This 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 cofounders 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.

Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores the success of Airbnb along with the more controversial side of its story. Regulators want to curb its rapid expansion; hotel industry leaders wrestle with the disruption it has caused them; and residents and customers alike struggle with the unintended consequences of opening up private homes for public consumption. This is also the first in" depth study of Airbnb's leader, Brian Chesky, the quirky and curious young CEO, as he steers the company into new markets and increasingly uncharted waters.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher

No of Pages
256
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-13
9780544952669
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Book Format
Hardcover
Published Date
Feb 14, 2017

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About Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher is an editor at Fortune and the author of The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions…and Created Plenty of Controversy. The first book solely focused on the origins and growth, color and controversy of the $30 billion disruptive “home-sharing” startup, The Airbnb Story has been called “an engrossing story,” a “must-read,” and has been named a highly-anticipated book of 2017. Leigh is also the author of The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, published in 2013 and described by the New York Times and others as “prophetic,” “a first-rate social history” and “a steel fist in a velvet glove.”

In her role as Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune, Leigh writes and edits feature stories, helps steer the publication’s editorial direction and oversees its annual “40 Under 40” list. She is a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and the executive director of the MPW Next Gen Summit. From 2014 through 2016 Leigh was the host of Fortune Live, Fortune.com’s weekly 30-minute video show featuring one-on-one interviews and roundtable panels with CEOs, entrepreneurs and other leaders from the business world.

Leigh is also a seasoned on-air commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CNN and a variety of other outlets; she can be heard every other Friday on the “Weekly Wrap” with host Kai Ryssdal on public radio’s Marketplace. She is a frequent moderator and keynote speaker at Fortune and other business and economic conferences. 

Leigh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past visiting scholar at the Business and Economic Reporting program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Originally from Media, PA, she is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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