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The Airbnb Story

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

Leigh Gallagher


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“An engrossing story of audacious entrepreneurism and big-industry disruption, [this] is a tale for our times.” — Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better

An investigative look into a beloved, disruptive, notorious start-up

This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that is now 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 become indispensable to millions of hosts and travelers around the world. Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher presents the first nuanced, in-depth look at the Airbnb phenomenon — the successes and controversies alike — and takes us behind the scenes as the company’s young CEO steers into increasingly uncharted waters.

“A fast-paced, fun dive into one of the seminal firms of our time; through 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

Mariner Books, 9781328745545, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2018

About the Author

LEIGH GALLAGHER is the senior editor-at-large at Fortune and serves as the host of Fortune Live,'s weekly show featuring interviews and analysis from business newsmakers. Leigh is also a cochair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, and she oversees Fortune's 40 Under 40 multiplatform editorial franchise. Leigh is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, CNBC’s Squawk Box, public radio's Marketplace, and a variety of other programs.

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.