We are so excited to finally share Brian’s news about the Airbnb Host Advisory Board and Host Endowment today. I hope you’ve all received his letter by now.
This announcement marks a major milestone in our relationship with the host community. I have enjoyed meeting so many of you and reading your comments in the Community Center these last few months. It has made me realize how important it is to give hosts a seat at our table and an opportunity to be part of our company’s success.
Based on ongoing feedback, as well as recent workshops where we have connected with over 3,000 of you, these programs are intended to support the host community now and for generations to come.
I couldn’t be happier to be sending this note. We’ve worked hard to make progress this year, listening and addressing some of your top concerns. We know we still have work to do, but this announcement is a significant step in deepening our partnership with you.
I imagine you have questions, and we’ve prepared a guide to the programs here. You can also feel free to respond to this message and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
I look forward to this new chapter in our partnership—and to introducing our Host Advisory Board members later this year.
Take care of yourselves,
Hi @Sue679, to clarify, equity and shares are one and the same thing here. As I explained, due to the global nature of the hosting community, there will be many who cannot participate and buy shares, but the Host Endowment will be open to hosts across the world.
Congrats to Brian, Joe and others at Airbnb on becoming billionaires today. And congrats to the lucky few who were able to participate in the directed share program. However many hosts were shut out of the offer despite meeting the criteria and responding to everything promptly. It reminded me of the "Superhost grant" program in which I was also shut out without hearing another word about it.
By my calculations the Host Endowment Fund has achieved it's goal of over a billion dollars. It should be worth at least $1.6 billion at the close of business today. Perhaps they could start by helping all the superhosts who were shut out of all other programs?
Airbnb is a company that now has nearly a $100 billion market cap but basically has little assets and doesn't make or produce ANYTHING, their revenue is generated by using the assets and hard work of hosts. The company and it's leaders have obviously come out of the pandemic in much, much better shape than they were before it started, can't say the same thing for most hosts.
(How long do I have before they deactivate my account??)
Haha! You might be lucky @Kevin557 ....!! Its a meaningful point to make and also it may be the case that the Founders will be mindful of this. It was a great idea at the origin. I believe that the rising tide will float all boats xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
It is reported that AirBnB has now waded further into US politics. As a host this is concerning. We have guests around the world of all political stripes. This behavior by AirBnB is short sighted and not inclusive. Further it may jeopardize the support of representatives in states across the country. I would strongly prefer AirBnB respect diversity of thought and support ALL guests or hosts rather than pick sides in politics.
Also, regarding the relief grants or refunding of cancelled reservations due to covid 19, I’ve not received any follow up from AirBnB. Empty promises born out of panic?
After a year of Covid, my property has been removed from the Airbnb listing, certainly from the app. I live in London and have been a host for 6 years... mostly a superhost. The bed where people stay is in my living room and I've had lots of wonderful guests, the rare nutcase and a couple of nasties. Obviously (especially as I'm in a 'vulnerable' group and people stay in my home) I'm unable to have guests at the moment. But my accomodation has been delisted without any warning whatsoever. No explanation as to why, no 'we're suspending your entry temporarily, ' nothing, nada, nowt, zilch. Six years gone. Don't I get a gold watch or something? Or some notification, email, letter? No normal service can resume soon. No here's how hosts can protect themselves in the current crisis? No have you had the jab yet? Nope. Nothing.