Airbnb's cofounder had his door bell ripped off by a guest

Nathan AirbnbBusiness Insider/Sam SheadAirbnb cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk and journalist Léa Steinacker.

Imagine you’re staying in a plush Airbnb and you accidentally tear the door bell off the place you’re staying. It’s an awkward situation.

Now imagine the host who turns up to inspect the damage is in fact the cofounder of Airbnb itself.

That’s exactly what happened to one unfortunate Airbnb guest, according to Léa Steinacker — the journalist at German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche who interviewed Airbnb cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk last Friday.

“A friend of mine actually stayed at your place and she ended up meeting you because she wrecked, well ripped off, a door bell and had to contact the host,” said Steinacker at the start of the interview.

She [the friend] did it “not knowing who you were, and then suddenly in walks the founder of Airbnb,” Steinacker added.

Blecharczyk confirmed the encounter during the talk at the Factory tech hub in Berlin, saying “it wasn’t her fault” and “it’s a small world.”

He went on to say that he rents out a building on his property 300 nights of the year. “It’s a guest house that’s part of my house,” he said. “I’ve had over 400 guests so far over the past four-and-a-half years.”

While in Berlin, Blecharczyk announced that Airbnb plans to launch its “Experiences” feature in the city in May. The feature will allow Berliners to take travellers and curious locals out on paid tours.

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