Airbnb is connections.
Airbnb is not accommodations.
Airbnb is trust. The system works because guests are just as trusting and nervous to spend the night in a stranger’s home as hosts are to let them. Watch this video (start at 5:30) to gain a new perspective about this concept from Joe Gebbia, Airbnb Co-Founder.
With this trust…
Airbnb creates connections that never otherwise would have existed. They do this around the world and every night. For a powerful example, watch this video.
Airbnb is doing its part to eliminate government propaganda and create worldwide peace. Because when people meet in person, no matter their differences, they tend to like each other. In an age of virtual experiences, Airbnb encourages real, authentic, face-to-face experiences.
“I hope that’s not the only thing you’re working on.” Someone told Brian Chesky after he shared his idea with a mentor. This person was wrong. This person was not a visionary. This person saw the world for how it was, not how it ought to be. Don’t be like this person in anything you do.