“We’re on every single block in New York” – Brian Chesky, AirBnB, #dld12
23. January 2012 § Leave a comment
Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of AirBnB, put out some amazing numbers at DLD conference in Munich today. The platform now lists offers for private accomodation in 19,000 cities and more than 100 countries. “We’re on every single block in New York”, he said. “We have 10,000 homes in New York and each one makes an average of 21,000 dollars per year”.
However, Chesky tried hard to show that AirBnB is about more than making money off your flat. “Travelers have access to people and places they never had before.” Most of his talk was rather visionary, focusing on the concept of the “sharing economy” where people use online services to share their offline lives. “Sharing really is a better way to live”, he said. “If we’re successful, we’ll live in a better world.” Quite ambitious…