I wanted to update you all on some news from Airbnb's CEO:
Brian Chesky has just begun a two-week trip to meet with members of the Airbnb community in six cities around the world. On the first day, Brian met with a group of hosts in Airbnb’s San Francisco headquarters. In his remarks, Brian:
Here is the video of Brian's talk from the Community Event:
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03-08-2017 06:55 AM - edited 03-08-2017 07:02 AM
I am far from the gold plated halls of Airbnb in San Fransisco, but I would love Brian to come here for a night and let me host him as a total unknown, just as I do every other guest.....I am sure he would take away from here a different perspective to that which he has at the moment.
I am the backbone of his business, and I would like him see just how far that backbone goes to keep him upright!
@Lizzie....I just watched that video and my reaction is......Boing!
03-08-2017 07:42 AM
well... it is good to know that Airbnb has no intention to replace hosts with robots, at least not yet :D
It is a pity that Brian was hosting all together just 6 guests in his life (as he said) and times were different then. Maybe all three founders could run again one Abb listing beside their primary job as Head/ceo for a while. Just for academic reasons... Something like "Boss undercover".
For example I would love to see how their security-deposit/host-insurance policy would quickly change after a guest trash their place (or just womit on a sofa) ... and some first hand experiece with toddlers and small children would be educative too :)
03-08-2017 08:53 AM
03-08-2017 08:51 AM
I am wondering how BREXIT came into it and I have a feeling he does not understand the issues involved.
Probably best not to go there.
03-08-2017 09:50 AM
That made me laugh too @David - not sure why he believes us Brits have left 'Europe' and are putting walls up ! We only left the European Union! And House of Lords voted in favour of a right to stay for all EU member state citizens to remain in the UK.
03-08-2017 12:39 PM
Your brexit remark made me watch the whole video. He used the vote as exemple for a feeling of insecurity, like the Trump vote. Both improbable in the world before the crash of 2008. But in a world with secure decent jobs, tgere would be far less hosts too ;-)
I like @David´s idea and would gladly have Bruan as a vice-host during my next holidays - but tall as he is, he could not live in my place ;-)
more host clubs should be a good idea, for the company to get ideas and for the hosts to be heard. The development in only 9 years is amazing, but it diluted the engagement and the community spirit. I believe he is optimistic when he says thatpeople think of "community " before they associate airbnb with "business". I think that changed over the last 3 years. It's an important argument to sell nights and also to sell political ideas, so airbnb needs to keep the community idea alive.
I'd be interested in participating in such a host club, to see in what measure it can be a two way street of ideas, not a one way propaganda tool.
I'd like to see a separation too between professional hosts and private homes, but I don't think professional gosts would be less engaged in shaping policy. Maybe ever more engaged.
03-08-2017 12:45 PM
Sorry for the horrible spelling. Advice from this host to airbnb: get the community center to work on phones, finally, after a year and a half. Impossible to edit more than three lines.
03-08-2017 12:47 PM
Well there is GREXIT, FREXIT, NEXIT and a whole list of other issues if he really wants to go there. My Grandparents went through 2 world wars so sometime I think we need a bit of perspective.
I have never understood the 'Community' aspect. AirBnB is a booking system.
03-08-2017 12:51 PM