The Airbnb Story (Hardcover)
How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544952669, 256pp.
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
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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.
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.
Praise For The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy…
"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