In November 2014 a very special event took place organized by Airbnb: the Airbnb Open. Over 1500 hosts from all over the world gathered at Fort Mason in San Francisco to connect, learn and have fun. To summarize: to belong.
Huzefa and me where fortunate enough to receive a special invitation from Airbnb and we were super excited to attend. It turned out an incredible experience. Read on to find out what it was all about and why you should join next year!
Fort Mason turned out a great location for the event. The location featured a large hall with all sorts of areas for attendants to hang out, a huge stand, break-out rooms, couches, tables and more.
The event featured a super host panel, Q&A sessions with the founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk, host workshops, dinners hosted by Airbnb employees and much more.
One of the highlights was having the founders of Airbnb share some insights into how they started the company and the challenges that they had to overcome. Getting investors was one of them as few people believed in Airbnb in the early phases of the company, as Brian recalled: “One potential investor walked out of the room as I was halfway through my presentation. He didn't even finish his drink!” To support themselves, the founders started selling breakfast cereals online, the Obama O's and Cap'n McCain's.
The event featured some really interesting speakers, such as
The presentation by Joe Zadeh (also knows as “Joebot,” to prevent him from being confused with the other Joe in the Airbnb office, Joe Gebbia) was very much anticipated by all the Airbnb hosts that were attending, since they were all eager to know the updates on the Airbnb platform that were being released.
Here's an overview of the improvements that are being rolled out starting now and through 2015:
Some of these updates have already been rolled out in the US and the rest of the world will follow soon. Everything will be implemented worldwide by the end of 2015.
Another highlight of the Airbnb Open was the opportunity to personally meet the founders and have a chat with them. We obviously had signed copies of Get Paid For Your Pad for all three of them and it was great to be able to personally hand these out, and get a picture of course :).
Last but not least, the location for the Airbnb Open 2015 was revealed, and it's going to be…Paris, the largest Airbnb city in the world with over 30.000 listings. Keep an eye out for updates on the registration process because the 2014 event was sold out within a few hours!
Happy hosting and hopefully I'll see you at the Airbnb Open 2015 in Paris!