Photo: Chad Riley
Airbnb is a pioneer in short-term rentals for travellers.The San Francisco startup helps people rent their places out to visitors by providing them a template to post pictures and a ready-made market of interested travellers. It then takes a 10% cut of each sale.
Despite a scary moment earlier this summer when a renter’s apartment was ransacked, the business has been growing like crazy.
A few months ago, Airbnb moved into a new office in the sunny Potrero Hill neighbourhood. The company is proud of its crazy new design, and while it’s closed to tours, they were willing to share some photos with us.
Most impressive: the conference rooms were designed after listings on the site, like this mushroom-shaped cabin.
It's the old PanAm logo on the wall. The windows make it look like the inside of an aeroplane. PanAm was synonymous with air travel back in the day.
The office itself is pretty swanky, as fits a member of the billion-dollar club. Those chairs look comfy!
But the coolest part are the conference rooms, which were designed after AirBnb listings. This one is based on a mushroom cabin in Aptos, California.
It's based on an apartment in Hong Kong. That's online marketing manager Maria Hwang with her head down working.
Here's that place in Hong Kong. Airbnb worked with the apartment owners to get the details right, all the way down to that picture on the wall.
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