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This is a timeline of [[Airbnb]], a website for people to rent out [[lodging]], and the associated company.
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This is a timeline of [[wikipedia:Airbnb|Airbnb]], a website for people to rent out [[wikipedia:lodging|lodging]], and the associated company.
  
 
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| October 2007 – January 2009 || Conception, bootstrapping || The initial concept is created by [[Brian Chesky]] and [[Joe Gebbia]]. They launch the website. To raise money, they sell cereal boxes for [[Barack Obama]] and [[John McCain]], candidates for the 2008 United States presidential election.
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| October 2007 – January 2009 || Conception, bootstrapping || The initial concept is created by [[wikipedia:Brian Chesky|Brian Chesky]] and [[wikipedia:Joe Gebbia|Joe Gebbia]]. They launch the website. To raise money, they sell cereal boxes for [[wikipedia:Barack Obama|Barack Obama]] and [[wikipedia:John McCain|John McCain]], candidates for the 2008 United States presidential election.
 
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| January 2009 – December 2010 || Angel and venture funding, beginning of business takeoff || Airbnb becomes part of the Winter 2009 [[Y Combinator (company)|Y Combinator]] class. The business grows steadily. Brian Chesky moves out of his own apartment to live off Airbnb for three months. In November 2010, Airbnb raises $7.2 million in venture funding.
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| January 2009 – December 2010 || Angel and venture funding, beginning of business takeoff || Airbnb becomes part of the Winter 2009 [[wikipedia:Y Combinator (company)|Y Combinator]] class. The business grows steadily. Brian Chesky moves out of his own apartment to live off Airbnb for three months. In November 2010, Airbnb raises $7.2 million in venture funding.
 
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| January 2011 – April 2014 (mostly), partly ongoing || International expansion, more fundraising, steady growth || Airbnb begins operations in many cities around the world, and continues to grow steadily in usage.
 
| January 2011 – April 2014 (mostly), partly ongoing || International expansion, more fundraising, steady growth || Airbnb begins operations in many cities around the world, and continues to grow steadily in usage.
 
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| January 2014 – present || User experience, peace with the law, partnerships, more fundraising || Airbnb redesigns its logo, launches new apps and an improved user experience, and strikes deals with city authorities in [[San Francisco]] and other cities that would make its service legally recognized while also requiring it to tax rentals. Airbnb also begins offering $1 million in insurance to both parties in its rental transactions. By June 2015, the total money raised by the company to-date is $2.3 billion, of which $1.5 billion was in the most recent round. It also starts partnerships with [[Handy (company)|Handy]], Concur, and [[Deutsche Telekom]].
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| January 2014 – present || User experience, peace with the law, partnerships, more fundraising || Airbnb redesigns its logo, launches new apps and an improved user experience, and strikes deals with city authorities in [[wikipedia:San Francisco|San Francisco]] and other cities that would make its service legally recognized while also requiring it to tax rentals. Airbnb also begins offering $1 million in insurance to both parties in its rental transactions. By June 2015, the total money raised by the company to-date is $2.3 billion, of which $1.5 billion was in the most recent round. It also starts partnerships with [[wikipedia:Handy (company)|Handy]], Concur, and [[wikipedia:Deutsche Telekom|Deutsche Telekom]].
 
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| 2007 || October || Idea creation || [[Brian Chesky]] and [[Joe Gebbia]] create the initial concept for AirBed & Breakfast during the Industrial Design Conference held by [[Industrial Designers Society of America]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Choe|first=Jeannie|title=AirBed & Breakfast for Connecting '07|url=http://www.core77.com/blog/events/airbed_breakfast_for_connecting_07_7715.asp|publisher=Core77|accessdate=28 July 2011|date=10 Oct 2007}}</ref> The original site offers short-term living quarters, breakfast and a unique [[business networking]] opportunity for attendees who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market.<ref name="Botsman, Rachel 2010">Botsman, Rachel, and Roo Rogers. "What's Mine Is Yours: the Rise of Collaborative Consumption." New York: ''Harper Business'', 2010. Print.</ref> Chesky and Gebbia themselves use Airbnb to help meet the rent for their loft in [[San Francisco]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Lagorio|first=Christine|title=Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Founders of AirBnB|url=http://www.inc.com/30under30/2010/profile-brian-chesky-joe-gebbia-nathan-blecharczyk-airbnb.html|publisher=Inc.com|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=19 July 2010}}</ref>
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| 2007 || October || Idea creation || [[wikipedia:Brian Chesky|Brian Chesky]] and [[wikipedia:Joe Gebbia|Joe Gebbia]] create the initial concept for AirBed & Breakfast during the Industrial Design Conference held by [[wikipedia:Industrial Designers Society of America|Industrial Designers Society of America]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Choe|first=Jeannie|title=AirBed & Breakfast for Connecting '07|url=http://www.core77.com/blog/events/airbed_breakfast_for_connecting_07_7715.asp|publisher=Core77|accessdate=28 July 2011|date=10 Oct 2007}}</ref> The original site offers short-term living quarters, breakfast and a unique [[wikipedia:business networking|business networking]] opportunity for attendees who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market.<ref name="Botsman, Rachel 2010">Botsman, Rachel, and Roo Rogers. "What's Mine Is Yours: the Rise of Collaborative Consumption." New York: ''Harper Business'', 2010. Print.</ref> Chesky and Gebbia themselves use Airbnb to help meet the rent for their loft in [[wikipedia:San Francisco|San Francisco]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Lagorio|first=Christine|title=Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Founders of AirBnB|url=http://www.inc.com/30under30/2010/profile-brian-chesky-joe-gebbia-nathan-blecharczyk-airbnb.html|publisher=Inc.com|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=19 July 2010}}</ref>
 
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| 2008 || February || Team || [[Harvard University]] graduate and technical architect [[Nathan Blecharczyk]] joins as the third co-founder of AirBed & Breakfast.<ref>{{cite web|title=Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs 2009|url=http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/04/0421_best_young_entrepreneurs/9.htm|publisher=Bloomberg Businessweek|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=21 April 2009}}</ref>
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| 2008 || February || Team || [[wikipedia:Harvard University|Harvard University]] graduate and technical architect [[wikipedia:Nathan Blecharczyk|Nathan Blecharczyk]] joins as the third co-founder of AirBed & Breakfast.<ref>{{cite web|title=Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs 2009|url=http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/04/0421_best_young_entrepreneurs/9.htm|publisher=Bloomberg Businessweek|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=21 April 2009}}</ref>
 
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| 2008 || August 11 || Product || The Airbedandbreakfast.com website launches.<ref>{{cite web|last=Schonfeld|first=Erik|title=AirBed And Breakfast Takes Pad Crashing To A Whole New Level|url=http://techcrunch.com/2008/08/11/airbed-and-breakfast-takes-pad-crashing-to-a-whole-new-level/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=11 August 2008}}</ref>
 
| 2008 || August 11 || Product || The Airbedandbreakfast.com website launches.<ref>{{cite web|last=Schonfeld|first=Erik|title=AirBed And Breakfast Takes Pad Crashing To A Whole New Level|url=http://techcrunch.com/2008/08/11/airbed-and-breakfast-takes-pad-crashing-to-a-whole-new-level/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=11 August 2008}}</ref>
 
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| 2008 || August–November || Funding || In order to raise enough seed money to sustain their business, Airbnb sells cereal boxes for [[Barack Obama]] and [[John McCain]].<ref>{{cite news|last=Spors|first=Kelly|title=The Business of Politics|url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121803424407616937.html|publisher=Wall Street Journal|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=11 August 2008}}</ref> They sell 800 boxes at $40 each, netting $30,000 in funding for the company.<ref>{{cite news|last=Peng|first=Tina|title=Where to get startup cash now|url=http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/smallbusiness/1003/gallery.startup_cash_now/|publisher=CNN Money|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=24 March 2010}}</ref>  Their most successful single sale event is the [[Democratic National Convention]] in November 2008.<ref name=gigaom>{{cite web|last=Malik|first=Om|title=What Every Startup Can Learn From AirBnB|url=http://gigaom.com/2011/02/22/airbnb/|publisher=GigaOm|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=22 Feb 2011}}</ref>
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| 2008 || August–November || Funding || In order to raise enough seed money to sustain their business, Airbnb sells cereal boxes for [[wikipedia:Barack Obama|Barack Obama]] and [[wikipedia:John McCain|John McCain]].<ref>{{cite news|last=Spors|first=Kelly|title=The Business of Politics|url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121803424407616937.html|publisher=Wall Street Journal|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=11 August 2008}}</ref> They sell 800 boxes at $40 each, netting $30,000 in funding for the company.<ref>{{cite news|last=Peng|first=Tina|title=Where to get startup cash now|url=http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/smallbusiness/1003/gallery.startup_cash_now/|publisher=CNN Money|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=24 March 2010}}</ref>  Their most successful single sale event is the [[wikipedia:Democratic National Convention|Democratic National Convention]] in November 2008.<ref name=gigaom>{{cite web|last=Malik|first=Om|title=What Every Startup Can Learn From AirBnB|url=http://gigaom.com/2011/02/22/airbnb/|publisher=GigaOm|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=22 Feb 2011}}</ref>
 
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| 2009 || January || Funding || Airbnb is accepted into [[Y Combinator (company)|Y Combinator]]'s Winter 2009 batch and receives $20,000 in funding.<ref name=yclist>{{cite web|url=http://yclist.com|title = Y Combinator Company List|accessdate = August 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|last=Rao|first=Leena|title=Y Combinator's Airbed And Breakfast Casts A Wider Net For Housing Rentals As AirBnB|url=http://techcrunch.com/2009/03/04/y-combinators-airbed-and-breakfast-casts-a-wider-net-for-housing-rentals-as-airbnb/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=4 March 2009}}</ref> Y Combinator co-founder [[Paul Graham (computer programmer)|Paul Graham]] says that even though he is not a fan of Airbnb's idea, he is impressed by their creative methods for bootstrapping their funding situation by selling cereal.<ref name=gigaom/><ref>{{cite web|last=Graham|first=Paul|title=AirBnB|url=http://www.paulgraham.com/airbnb.html|publisher=PaulGraham.com|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=21 Feb 2009}}</ref>
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| 2009 || January || Funding || Airbnb is accepted into [[wikipedia:Y Combinator (company)|Y Combinator]]'s Winter 2009 batch and receives $20,000 in funding.<ref name=yclist>{{cite web|url=http://yclist.com|title = Y Combinator Company List|accessdate = August 8, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|last=Rao|first=Leena|title=Y Combinator's Airbed And Breakfast Casts A Wider Net For Housing Rentals As AirBnB|url=http://techcrunch.com/2009/03/04/y-combinators-airbed-and-breakfast-casts-a-wider-net-for-housing-rentals-as-airbnb/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=4 March 2009}}</ref> Y Combinator co-founder [[wikipedia:Paul Graham (computer programmer)|Paul Graham]] says that even though he is not a fan of Airbnb's idea, he is impressed by their creative methods for bootstrapping their funding situation by selling cereal.<ref name=gigaom/><ref>{{cite web|last=Graham|first=Paul|title=AirBnB|url=http://www.paulgraham.com/airbnb.html|publisher=PaulGraham.com|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=21 Feb 2009}}</ref>
 
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| 2009 || March || Product || The website name is shortened from Airbedandbreakfast.com to Airbnb.com, and the site's content has expanded from air beds and shared spaces to a variety of properties including entire homes and apartments, private rooms, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, tipis, igloos, private islands and other properties.<ref>{{cite web|title=The 26 Most Luxurious—and Unique—Vacation Spots on Airbnb Right Now|url=http://www.details.com/social/201109/best-airbnb-rentals#slide=1|publisher=Details|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=1 Sep 2012}}</ref>
 
| 2009 || March || Product || The website name is shortened from Airbedandbreakfast.com to Airbnb.com, and the site's content has expanded from air beds and shared spaces to a variety of properties including entire homes and apartments, private rooms, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, tipis, igloos, private islands and other properties.<ref>{{cite web|title=The 26 Most Luxurious—and Unique—Vacation Spots on Airbnb Right Now|url=http://www.details.com/social/201109/best-airbnb-rentals#slide=1|publisher=Details|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=1 Sep 2012}}</ref>
 
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| 2010 || June 21 || Team || In response to increasing overcrowding at his residence, that is doubling up as an Airbnb office, co-founder and CEO [[Brian Chesky]] decides to move out of his apartment and live using Airbnb for a few months.<ref>{{cite web|last=Wauters|first=Robin|title=Airbnb Founder Eats His Own Dogfood, Goes 'Homeless' For Months|url=http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/21/airbnb-brian-chesky/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=21 June 2010}}</ref>
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| 2010 || June 21 || Team || In response to increasing overcrowding at his residence, that is doubling up as an Airbnb office, co-founder and CEO [[wikipedia:Brian Chesky|Brian Chesky]] decides to move out of his apartment and live using Airbnb for a few months.<ref>{{cite web|last=Wauters|first=Robin|title=Airbnb Founder Eats His Own Dogfood, Goes 'Homeless' For Months|url=http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/21/airbnb-brian-chesky/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=21 June 2010}}</ref>
 
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| 2010 || November || Funding || Airbnb receives $7.2 million in [[Series A round|Series A]] funding from [[Greylock Partners]] and [[Sequoia Capital]], and announces that out of 700,000 nights booked, 80% had occurred in the past six months.<ref>{{cite news|last=Wortham|first=Jenna|title=Airbnb Raises Cash to Expand Budget-Travel Service|url=http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/airbnb-books-more-cash-to-connect-travelers-with-cheap-digs/|publisher=''[[New York Times]]'' Bits Blogs|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=10 Nov 2010}}</ref>
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| 2010 || November || Funding || Airbnb receives $7.2 million in [[wikipedia:Series A round|Series A]] funding from [[wikipedia:Greylock Partners|Greylock Partners]] and [[wikipedia:Sequoia Capital|Sequoia Capital]], and announces that out of 700,000 nights booked, 80% had occurred in the past six months.<ref>{{cite news|last=Wortham|first=Jenna|title=Airbnb Raises Cash to Expand Budget-Travel Service|url=http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/airbnb-books-more-cash-to-connect-travelers-with-cheap-digs/|publisher=''[[wikipedia:New York Times|New York Times]]'' Bits Blogs|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=10 Nov 2010}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || February || Usage milestone || Airbnb announces its 1 millionth booking since the website launch in August 2008.<ref>{{cite web|last=Wauters|first=Robin|title=Airbnb Hits 1 Million Nights Booked As European Clone Emerges|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/24/airbnb-hits-1-million-nights-booked-as-european-clone-emerges/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=24 Feb 2010}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|last=Lee|first=Ellen|title=Airbnb passes bookings milestone: 1 million nights|url=http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Airbnb-passes-bookings-milestone-1-million-nights-2473584.php|publisher=SF Gate|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=1 March 2011}}</ref>
 
| 2011 || February || Usage milestone || Airbnb announces its 1 millionth booking since the website launch in August 2008.<ref>{{cite web|last=Wauters|first=Robin|title=Airbnb Hits 1 Million Nights Booked As European Clone Emerges|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/24/airbnb-hits-1-million-nights-booked-as-european-clone-emerges/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=24 Feb 2010}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|last=Lee|first=Ellen|title=Airbnb passes bookings milestone: 1 million nights|url=http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Airbnb-passes-bookings-milestone-1-million-nights-2473584.php|publisher=SF Gate|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=1 March 2011}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || March 16–17 || Funding || Venture capitalist Fred Wilson publishes a blog post saying that his firm's decision not to invest in Airbnb was a mistake.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://avc.com/2011/03/airbnb/|title = Airbnb|last = Wilson|first = Fred|date = March 16, 2011|accessdate = August 9, 2014}}</ref> The next day, [[Y Combinator (company)|Y Combinator]] co-founder [[Paul Graham (computer programmer)|Paul Graham]] publishes (with permission) correspondence between himself and Fred Wilson about the possibility of Wilson investing in Airbnb.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://paulgraham.com/airbnb.html|title = Subject: Airbnb|last = Graham|first = Paul|authorlink = Paul Graham (computer programmer)|date = March 17, 2011|accessdate = August 9, 2014}}</ref>
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| 2011 || March 16–17 || Funding || Venture capitalist Fred Wilson publishes a blog post saying that his firm's decision not to invest in Airbnb was a mistake.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://avc.com/2011/03/airbnb/|title = Airbnb|last = Wilson|first = Fred|date = March 16, 2011|accessdate = August 9, 2014}}</ref> The next day, [[wikipedia:Y Combinator (company)|Y Combinator]] co-founder [[wikipedia:Paul Graham (computer programmer)|Paul Graham]] publishes (with permission) correspondence between himself and Fred Wilson about the possibility of Wilson investing in Airbnb.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://paulgraham.com/airbnb.html|title = Subject: Airbnb|last = Graham|first = Paul|authorlink = Paul Graham (computer programmer)|date = March 17, 2011|accessdate = August 9, 2014}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || May 25 || Endorsements || Actor and partner at A-Grade Investments, [[Ashton Kutcher]], announces a significant investment in the company and his role as a strategic brand advisor for the company.<ref>{{cite news|last=Wortham|first=Jenna|title=An Actor Who Knows Start-Ups|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/technology/26ashton.html|publisher=''[[New York Times]]''|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=25 May 2011}}</ref>
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| 2011 || May 25 || Endorsements || Actor and partner at A-Grade Investments, [[wikipedia:Ashton Kutcher|Ashton Kutcher]], announces a significant investment in the company and his role as a strategic brand advisor for the company.<ref>{{cite news|last=Wortham|first=Jenna|title=An Actor Who Knows Start-Ups|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/technology/26ashton.html|publisher=''[[wikipedia:New York Times|New York Times]]''|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=25 May 2011}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || May 31 || Acquisitions by Airbnb, international expansion || Airbnb acquires Accoleo, a small German clone of its service, thereby expanding to [[Germany]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Bradshaw|first=Tim|title=Airbnb moves ‘aggressively’ into Europe|url=http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/9051978c-8baf-11e0-a725-00144feab49a.html#axzz2DeVTZk9R|publisher=Financial Times|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=31 May 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|last=Taylor|first=Dan|title=Airbnb takes on Europe. Will it revolutionize the industry, again?|url=http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/07/06/airbnb-takes-on-europe-will-it-revolutionize-the-industry-again/|publisher=The Next Web|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=6 July 2011}}</ref>
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| 2011 || May 31 || Acquisitions by Airbnb, international expansion || Airbnb acquires Accoleo, a small German clone of its service, thereby expanding to [[wikipedia:Germany|Germany]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Bradshaw|first=Tim|title=Airbnb moves ‘aggressively’ into Europe|url=http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/9051978c-8baf-11e0-a725-00144feab49a.html#axzz2DeVTZk9R|publisher=Financial Times|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=31 May 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|last=Taylor|first=Dan|title=Airbnb takes on Europe. Will it revolutionize the industry, again?|url=http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/07/06/airbnb-takes-on-europe-will-it-revolutionize-the-industry-again/|publisher=The Next Web|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=6 July 2011}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || June 29{{snd}}August 1 || Controversy, missteps || A woman, writing online under the name EJ, wrote on her blog that she had rented her apartment out using Airbnb and found that it was completely trashed with many of her valuable personal items stolen.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ejroundtheworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/violated-travelers-lost-faith-difficult.html|title = Violated: A traveler's lost faith, a difficult lesson learned|author = EJ|date = June 29, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015}}</ref> The post was picked up on [[Hacker News]] and by [[Michael Arrington]] for ''[[TechCrunch]]''.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/27/the-moment-of-truth-for-airbnb-as-users-home-is-utterly-trashed/|title = The Moment Of Truth For Airbnb As User’s Home Is Utterly Trashed|date = July 27, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''|last = Arrington|first = Michael}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/29/airbnb-victim-speaks-again-homeless-scared-and-angry/|title = Airbnb Victim Speaks Again: Homeless, Scared And Angry|date = July 29, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''|last = Arrington|first = Michael}}</ref> Airbnb investor [[Paul Graham (computer programmer)|Paul Graham]] wrote a note defending Airbnb and critical of Arrington, which received media circulation and criticism.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/why-airbnbs-future-is-in-serious-trouble/|title = Why Airbnb’s future is in serious trouble|last = McHugh|first = Molly|date = August 1, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = ''[[Digital Trends]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/30/how-the-hell-is-this-my-fault/|title = How The Hell Is This My Fault?|last = Arrington|first = Michael|authorlink = Michael Arrington|date = July 30, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref> On August 1, Airbnb CEO [[Brian Chesky]] wrote a blog post apologizing for Airbnb's initially tepid response, and announcing a suite of features as part of the new Airbnb Safety Program: Airbnb Guarantee of $50,000 for hosts such as EJ who report property damage, a 24-hour customer hotline, a doubling of customer support, and more responsiveness to customer concerns.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blog.airbnb.com/our-commitment-to-trust-and-safety|title = Our commitment to trust and safety|last = Chesky|first = Brian|authorlink = Brian Chesky|date = August 1, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = [[Airbnb]]}}</ref>
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| 2011 || June 29{{snd}}August 1 || Controversy, missteps || A woman, writing online under the name EJ, wrote on her blog that she had rented her apartment out using Airbnb and found that it was completely trashed with many of her valuable personal items stolen.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ejroundtheworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/violated-travelers-lost-faith-difficult.html|title = Violated: A traveler's lost faith, a difficult lesson learned|author = EJ|date = June 29, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015}}</ref> The post was picked up on [[wikipedia:Hacker News|Hacker News]] and by [[wikipedia:Michael Arrington|Michael Arrington]] for ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/27/the-moment-of-truth-for-airbnb-as-users-home-is-utterly-trashed/|title = The Moment Of Truth For Airbnb As User’s Home Is Utterly Trashed|date = July 27, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''|last = Arrington|first = Michael}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/29/airbnb-victim-speaks-again-homeless-scared-and-angry/|title = Airbnb Victim Speaks Again: Homeless, Scared And Angry|date = July 29, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''|last = Arrington|first = Michael}}</ref> Airbnb investor [[wikipedia:Paul Graham (computer programmer)|Paul Graham]] wrote a note defending Airbnb and critical of Arrington, which received media circulation and criticism.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/why-airbnbs-future-is-in-serious-trouble/|title = Why Airbnb’s future is in serious trouble|last = McHugh|first = Molly|date = August 1, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:Digital Trends|Digital Trends]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/30/how-the-hell-is-this-my-fault/|title = How The Hell Is This My Fault?|last = Arrington|first = Michael|authorlink = Michael Arrington|date = July 30, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref> On August 1, Airbnb CEO [[wikipedia:Brian Chesky|Brian Chesky]] wrote a blog post apologizing for Airbnb's initially tepid response, and announcing a suite of features as part of the new Airbnb Safety Program: Airbnb Guarantee of $50,000 for hosts such as EJ who report property damage, a 24-hour customer hotline, a doubling of customer support, and more responsiveness to customer concerns.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blog.airbnb.com/our-commitment-to-trust-and-safety|title = Our commitment to trust and safety|last = Chesky|first = Brian|authorlink = Brian Chesky|date = August 1, 2011|accessdate = July 16, 2015|publisher = [[wikipedia:Airbnb|Airbnb]]}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || July 24 || Funding || Airbnb raises $112 million in additional funding. The investment round is led by [[Andreessen Horowitz]] and other investors include DST Global Solutions and [[General Catalyst Partners]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Malik|first=Om|title=AirBnB gets $112M in new investment|url=http://gigaom.com/2011/07/24/airbnb-gets-112-million-in-new-investment/|publisher=GigaOm|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=24 July 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/24/airbnb-bags-112-million-in-series-b-from-andreessen-and-others/|title = Airbnb Bags $112 Million In Series B From Andreessen, DST And General Catalyst|last = Tsotsis|first = Alexia|authorlink = Alexia Tsotsis|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Airbnb: From Y Combinator To $112M Funding In Three Years|url=http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2011/07/25/airbnb-from-y-combinator-to-112m-funding-in-three-years/|publisher=Wall Street Journal|accessdate=21 March 2014|date=25 July 2011}}</ref>
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| 2011 || July 24 || Funding || Airbnb raises $112 million in additional funding. The investment round is led by [[wikipedia:Andreessen Horowitz|Andreessen Horowitz]] and other investors include DST Global Solutions and [[wikipedia:General Catalyst Partners|General Catalyst Partners]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Malik|first=Om|title=AirBnB gets $112M in new investment|url=http://gigaom.com/2011/07/24/airbnb-gets-112-million-in-new-investment/|publisher=GigaOm|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=24 July 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/24/airbnb-bags-112-million-in-series-b-from-andreessen-and-others/|title = Airbnb Bags $112 Million In Series B From Andreessen, DST And General Catalyst|last = Tsotsis|first = Alexia|authorlink = Alexia Tsotsis|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Airbnb: From Y Combinator To $112M Funding In Three Years|url=http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2011/07/25/airbnb-from-y-combinator-to-112m-funding-in-three-years/|publisher=Wall Street Journal|accessdate=21 March 2014|date=25 July 2011}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || October || Funding, controversy || An email allegedly written by Chamath Palihapitiya to [[Airbnb]] CEO [[Brian Chesky]], that was critical of the manner in which Airbnb was structuring its funding round, is leaked to [[Kara Swisher]] of [[AllThingsD]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://allthingsd.com/20111001/vcs-unite-chamath-palihapitiya-decries-airbnbs-recent-112m-funding-for-excessive-founder-control-and-cashout-in-email/|title = Email: Chamath Palihapitiya Decries Airbnb’s Recent $112M Funding for Founder Control and Cash-Out|publisher = ''[[AllThingsD]]''|date = 2011-10-01|accessdate = 2013-04-23|last = Swisher|first = Kara}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/01/chamath-palihapitiya-airbnb-liquidity-everyone/|title = Chamath Palihapitiya To Airbnb CEO: "If You Want Liquidity... Make It Available To Everyone"|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''|accessdate = 2013-04-23|date = 2011-10-01|last = Schonfeld|first = Erick}}</ref> A follow-up reveals that new aspects of the deal are in development that might alleviate some of the concerns expressed by Palihapitiya, and he is reconsidering his decision not to invest in the funding round. He also expressed regret about the email being leaked, and he said that he was not responsible for the leak.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://allthingsd.com/20111002/airbnb-investor-chamath-palihapitiya-settle-differences-with-employees-to-get-liquidity/|title = Airbnb, Investor Chamath Palihapitiya Settle Differences; Employees Will Get Liquidity|last = Swisher|first = Kara|date = 2011-10-02|accessdate = 2013-04-23|publisher = ''[[AllThingsD]]''}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url=http://uncrunched.com/2011/10/01/chamath-palihapitiyas-statement-on-airbnb-email-fiasco/|title = Chamath Palihapitiya’s Statement On Airbnb Email Fiasco|last = Arrington|first = Michael|publisher = ''Uncrunched''|accessdate = 2013-04-23|date = 2011-10-01}}</ref>
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| 2011 || October || Funding, controversy || An email allegedly written by Chamath Palihapitiya to [[wikipedia:Airbnb|Airbnb]] CEO [[wikipedia:Brian Chesky|Brian Chesky]], that was critical of the manner in which Airbnb was structuring its funding round, is leaked to [[wikipedia:Kara Swisher|Kara Swisher]] of [[wikipedia:AllThingsD|AllThingsD]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://allthingsd.com/20111001/vcs-unite-chamath-palihapitiya-decries-airbnbs-recent-112m-funding-for-excessive-founder-control-and-cashout-in-email/|title = Email: Chamath Palihapitiya Decries Airbnb’s Recent $112M Funding for Founder Control and Cash-Out|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:AllThingsD|AllThingsD]]''|date = 2011-10-01|accessdate = 2013-04-23|last = Swisher|first = Kara}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/01/chamath-palihapitiya-airbnb-liquidity-everyone/|title = Chamath Palihapitiya To Airbnb CEO: "If You Want Liquidity... Make It Available To Everyone"|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''|accessdate = 2013-04-23|date = 2011-10-01|last = Schonfeld|first = Erick}}</ref> A follow-up reveals that new aspects of the deal are in development that might alleviate some of the concerns expressed by Palihapitiya, and he is reconsidering his decision not to invest in the funding round. He also expressed regret about the email being leaked, and he said that he was not responsible for the leak.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://allthingsd.com/20111002/airbnb-investor-chamath-palihapitiya-settle-differences-with-employees-to-get-liquidity/|title = Airbnb, Investor Chamath Palihapitiya Settle Differences; Employees Will Get Liquidity|last = Swisher|first = Kara|date = 2011-10-02|accessdate = 2013-04-23|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:AllThingsD|AllThingsD]]''}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url=http://uncrunched.com/2011/10/01/chamath-palihapitiyas-statement-on-airbnb-email-fiasco/|title = Chamath Palihapitiya’s Statement On Airbnb Email Fiasco|last = Arrington|first = Michael|publisher = ''Uncrunched''|accessdate = 2013-04-23|date = 2011-10-01}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || October || International expansion || Airbnb opens up its second international office in [[London]] in the [[United Kingdom]].<ref>{{cite news|last=Quinn|first=James|title=Airbnb set to expand with London office|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/8801030/Airbnb-set-to-expand-with-London-office.html|publisher=''[[Telegraph Media Group|The Telegraph]]''|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=2 Oct 2011}}</ref>
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| 2011 || October || International expansion || Airbnb opens up its second international office in [[wikipedia:London|London]] in the [[wikipedia:United Kingdom|United Kingdom]].<ref>{{cite news|last=Quinn|first=James|title=Airbnb set to expand with London office|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/8801030/Airbnb-set-to-expand-with-London-office.html|publisher=''[[wikipedia:Telegraph Media Group|The Telegraph]]''|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=2 Oct 2011}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || January || Usage milestone || Airbnb announces its 5 millionth booking.<ref>{{cite web|last=Carr|first=Austin|title=The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies|url=http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2012/airbnb|publisher=Fast Company|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=1 Sep 2012}}</ref>
 
| 2012 || January || Usage milestone || Airbnb announces its 5 millionth booking.<ref>{{cite web|last=Carr|first=Austin|title=The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies|url=http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2012/airbnb|publisher=Fast Company|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=1 Sep 2012}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || (early year) || International expansion || Airbnb opens six international offices, in the cities [[Paris]], [[Milan]], [[Barcelona]], [[Copenhagen]], [[Moscow]], and [[São Paulo]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Wauters|first=Robin|title=Airbnb: 5 Million Nights Booked, Opening 6 New International Offices In Q1 2012|url=http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/26/airbnb-5-million-nights-booked-opening-6-new-international-offices-in-q1-2012/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=26 Jan 2012}}</ref> These are in addition to existing offices in [[San Francisco]], [[London]], [[Hamburg]], and [[Berlin]] where Airbnb maintains its international presence for the [[Europe, the Middle East and Africa|EMEA]] markets within a German incubator space.<ref>{{cite web|last=Wauters|first=Robin|title=Airbnb Checks In With Springstar For International Expansion|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/17/airbnb-checks-in-with-springstar-for-international-expansion/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=17 Oct 2011}}</ref>
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| 2012 || (early year) || International expansion || Airbnb opens six international offices, in the cities [[wikipedia:Paris|Paris]], [[wikipedia:Milan|Milan]], [[wikipedia:Barcelona|Barcelona]], [[wikipedia:Copenhagen|Copenhagen]], [[wikipedia:Moscow|Moscow]], and [[wikipedia:São Paulo|São Paulo]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Wauters|first=Robin|title=Airbnb: 5 Million Nights Booked, Opening 6 New International Offices In Q1 2012|url=http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/26/airbnb-5-million-nights-booked-opening-6-new-international-offices-in-q1-2012/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=26 Jan 2012}}</ref> These are in addition to existing offices in [[wikipedia:San Francisco|San Francisco]], [[wikipedia:London|London]], [[wikipedia:Hamburg|Hamburg]], and [[wikipedia:Berlin|Berlin]] where Airbnb maintains its international presence for the [[wikipedia:Europe, the Middle East and Africa|EMEA]] markets within a German incubator space.<ref>{{cite web|last=Wauters|first=Robin|title=Airbnb Checks In With Springstar For International Expansion|url=http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/17/airbnb-checks-in-with-springstar-for-international-expansion/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=17 Oct 2011}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || June || Usage milestone || Airbnb announces its 10 millionth booking.<ref>{{cite web|last=Chang|first=Emily|title=Airbnb Celebrates Over 10 Million Nights Booked|url=http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2012-06-19/airbnb-celebrates-over-10-million-nights-booked|publisher=Bloomberg Businessweek |accessdate=13 December 2012|date=19 June 2012}}</ref>
 
| 2012 || June || Usage milestone || Airbnb announces its 10 millionth booking.<ref>{{cite web|last=Chang|first=Emily|title=Airbnb Celebrates Over 10 Million Nights Booked|url=http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2012-06-19/airbnb-celebrates-over-10-million-nights-booked|publisher=Bloomberg Businessweek |accessdate=13 December 2012|date=19 June 2012}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || July 25 || Acquisitions by Airbnb, international expansion || Shortly before the [[2012 Summer Olympics]] Airbnb acquires London-based rival CrashPadder, subsequently adding six thousand international listings to its existing inventory.<ref>{{cite news|last=MacMillan|first=Douglas|title=Airbnb Scores Off London Olympics With Jump in Bookings|url=http://go.bloomberg.com/tech-blog/2012-07-25-airbnb-scores-off-london-olympics-with-jump-in-bookings/|publisher=Bloomberg Tech Blog|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=25 July 2012}}</ref>
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| 2012 || July 25 || Acquisitions by Airbnb, international expansion || Shortly before the [[wikipedia:2012 Summer Olympics|2012 Summer Olympics]] Airbnb acquires London-based rival CrashPadder, subsequently adding six thousand international listings to its existing inventory.<ref>{{cite news|last=MacMillan|first=Douglas|title=Airbnb Scores Off London Olympics With Jump in Bookings|url=http://go.bloomberg.com/tech-blog/2012-07-25-airbnb-scores-off-london-olympics-with-jump-in-bookings/|publisher=Bloomberg Tech Blog|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=25 July 2012}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || November 2 || International expansion || Airbnb co-founder and CEO Chesky announces his focus on [[Australia]], the second largest Airbnb market behind the United States, as well as [[Thailand]] and [[Indonesia]]. To support this effort, Airbnb opens its 11th office in [[Sydney]].<ref>{{cite web |last=Ong |first=Josh |title=Airbnb launches in Australia with new office in Sydney, coming soon to Thailand and Indonesia|url=http://thenextweb.com/asia/2012/11/02/airbnb-launches-in-australia-coming-soon-to-thailand-and-indonesia/|publisher=The Next Web|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=2 Nov 2012}}</ref> The Australian consumer accounts for one-tenth of the Airbnb user base.<ref>{{cite news|last=Karnikowski|first=Nina|title=Spare space can be profitable |url=http://www.theage.com.au/travel/spare-space-can-be-profitable-20121102-28otl.html|publisher=The Age|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=2 Nov 2012|location=Melbourne}}</ref>
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| 2012 || November 2 || International expansion || Airbnb co-founder and CEO Chesky announces his focus on [[wikipedia:Australia|Australia]], the second largest Airbnb market behind the United States, as well as [[wikipedia:Thailand|Thailand]] and [[wikipedia:Indonesia|Indonesia]]. To support this effort, Airbnb opens its 11th office in [[wikipedia:Sydney|Sydney]].<ref>{{cite web |last=Ong |first=Josh |title=Airbnb launches in Australia with new office in Sydney, coming soon to Thailand and Indonesia|url=http://thenextweb.com/asia/2012/11/02/airbnb-launches-in-australia-coming-soon-to-thailand-and-indonesia/|publisher=The Next Web|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=2 Nov 2012}}</ref> The Australian consumer accounts for one-tenth of the Airbnb user base.<ref>{{cite news|last=Karnikowski|first=Nina|title=Spare space can be profitable |url=http://www.theage.com.au/travel/spare-space-can-be-profitable-20121102-28otl.html|publisher=The Age|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=2 Nov 2012|location=Melbourne}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || November 12 || International expansion || Airbnb announces its strategy to move more aggressively into the Asian market with the launch of their newest headquarters in [[Singapore]]. The company's goal is to acquire an additional 2 million properties within the continent.<ref>{{cite web|last=Russell|first=Jon|title=Airbnb targets 2 million properties in Asia as it begins introducing local customer support |url= http://thenextweb.com/asia/2012/11/21/airbnb-targets-2-million-properties-in-asia-as-it-begins-introducing-local-customer-support/|publisher=The Next Web|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=12 Nov 2012}}</ref>
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| 2012 || November 12 || International expansion || Airbnb announces its strategy to move more aggressively into the Asian market with the launch of their newest headquarters in [[wikipedia:Singapore|Singapore]]. The company's goal is to acquire an additional 2 million properties within the continent.<ref>{{cite web|last=Russell|first=Jon|title=Airbnb targets 2 million properties in Asia as it begins introducing local customer support |url= http://thenextweb.com/asia/2012/11/21/airbnb-targets-2-million-properties-in-asia-as-it-begins-introducing-local-customer-support/|publisher=The Next Web|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=12 Nov 2012}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || November 13 || Acquisitions by Airbnb || Airbnb acquires NabeWise, a city guide that aggregates curated information for specified locations, in November 2012.<ref>{{cite news|last=Hempel|first=Jessi|title=With Neighborhoods, Airbnb expands its horizons|url=http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/11/13/with-neighborhoods-airbnb-expands-its-horizons/|publisher=CNN Money|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=13 November 2012}}</ref> This acquisition shifts the company focus toward offering [[hyperlocal]] recommendations to travelers.<ref>{{cite news|last=Geron|first=Tomio|title=Airbnb Launches Neighborhoods For Hyper-Local Travel Guides|url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2012/11/14/airbnb-neighborhoods-brings-travel-guides-to-hyper-local-level/|publisher=Forbes|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=14 November 2012}}</ref>
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| 2012 || November 13 || Acquisitions by Airbnb || Airbnb acquires NabeWise, a city guide that aggregates curated information for specified locations, in November 2012.<ref>{{cite news|last=Hempel|first=Jessi|title=With Neighborhoods, Airbnb expands its horizons|url=http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/11/13/with-neighborhoods-airbnb-expands-its-horizons/|publisher=CNN Money|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=13 November 2012}}</ref> This acquisition shifts the company focus toward offering [[wikipedia:hyperlocal|hyperlocal]] recommendations to travelers.<ref>{{cite news|last=Geron|first=Tomio|title=Airbnb Launches Neighborhoods For Hyper-Local Travel Guides|url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2012/11/14/airbnb-neighborhoods-brings-travel-guides-to-hyper-local-level/|publisher=Forbes|accessdate=13 December 2012|date=14 November 2012}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || December 13 || Acquisitions by Airbnb || Airbnb announces the acquisition of Localmind.<ref>{{cite web|last=Van Grove|first=Jennifer|title=Why did Airbnb just buy Localmind? Local expertise|url=http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/13/airbnb-acquires-localmind/|publisher=VentureBeat|accessdate=17 December 2012|date=13 December 2012}}</ref> Localmind is a location-based question and answer platform that allows users to post questions about specific locations online. These questions are then answered in real-time by experts on the specified territories.<ref>{{cite web|last=Ha|first=Anthony|title=Airbnb Aims To Get More Social With Acquisition Of Q&A Startup Localmind|url=http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/13/airbnb-acquires-localmind/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=17 December 2012|date=13 December 2012}}</ref>
 
| 2012 || December 13 || Acquisitions by Airbnb || Airbnb announces the acquisition of Localmind.<ref>{{cite web|last=Van Grove|first=Jennifer|title=Why did Airbnb just buy Localmind? Local expertise|url=http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/13/airbnb-acquires-localmind/|publisher=VentureBeat|accessdate=17 December 2012|date=13 December 2012}}</ref> Localmind is a location-based question and answer platform that allows users to post questions about specific locations online. These questions are then answered in real-time by experts on the specified territories.<ref>{{cite web|last=Ha|first=Anthony|title=Airbnb Aims To Get More Social With Acquisition Of Q&A Startup Localmind|url=http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/13/airbnb-acquires-localmind/|publisher=TechCrunch|accessdate=17 December 2012|date=13 December 2012}}</ref>
 
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| 2013 || September || International expansion || Airbnb announces that European headquarters would be located in [[Dublin]], [[Ireland]].<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/airbnb-to-open-european-hq-in-dublin-1.1526454|title=Airbnb to open European HQ in Dublin|
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| 2013 || September || International expansion || Airbnb announces that European headquarters would be located in [[wikipedia:Dublin|Dublin]], [[wikipedia:Ireland|Ireland]].<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/airbnb-to-open-european-hq-in-dublin-1.1526454|title=Airbnb to open European HQ in Dublin|
 
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| 2014 || January 31 || Partnerships || Airbnb announces plans to partner with home cleaning services whereby the home cleaning service is available at a discount to those who are about to host people via Airbnb, in order to incentivize hosts to prepare homes well for guests and also give guests a more standardized experience. Prospective partners include [[Homejoy]] and [[Handybook]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/31/airbnb-cleaning-service/|title = Airbnb Is Testing Out An Affordable Cleaning Service For Hosts In San Francisco|date = January 13, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2014 || January 31 || Partnerships || Airbnb announces plans to partner with home cleaning services whereby the home cleaning service is available at a discount to those who are about to host people via Airbnb, in order to incentivize hosts to prepare homes well for guests and also give guests a more standardized experience. Prospective partners include [[wikipedia:Homejoy|Homejoy]] and [[wikipedia:Handybook|Handybook]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/31/airbnb-cleaning-service/|title = Airbnb Is Testing Out An Affordable Cleaning Service For Hosts In San Francisco|date = January 13, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || March 14 || Company || Airbnb announces plans to open a new "operational headquarters" for North America in [[Portland, Oregon]], in summer 2014, but indicated that its main North American headquarters would remain in San Francisco.<ref name=portland-hub-plans>{{cite news |last=Rogoway |first=Mike |title=Airbnb confirms plans for Portland hub, plans to hire 160 this year|url=http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/index.ssf/2014/03/airbnb_confirms_plans_for_port.html|accessdate=March 25, 2014|newspaper=[[The Oregonian]]|date=March 14, 2014}}</ref>
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| 2014 || March 14 || Company || Airbnb announces plans to open a new "operational headquarters" for North America in [[wikipedia:Portland, Oregon|Portland, Oregon]], in summer 2014, but indicated that its main North American headquarters would remain in San Francisco.<ref name=portland-hub-plans>{{cite news |last=Rogoway |first=Mike |title=Airbnb confirms plans for Portland hub, plans to hire 160 this year|url=http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/index.ssf/2014/03/airbnb_confirms_plans_for_port.html|accessdate=March 25, 2014|newspaper=[[wikipedia:The Oregonian|The Oregonian]]|date=March 14, 2014}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || April (unofficial rumors), August 1 (announcement in SEC filing) || Funding || It is announced in April that Airbnb is getting an investment by [[TPG Capital]]  at a valuation of approximately $10 billion. The amount of funding is variously reported as $450 million and $500 million.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579509800267341652 TPG-Led Group Closes $450 Million Investment in Airbnb ''Wall Street Journal'', April 23, 2014.]</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/18/airbnb-has-closed-its-500m-round-of-funding-at-a-10b-valuation-led-by-tpg/|title = Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG|last = Lunden|first = Ingrid|date = April 18, 2014|accessdate = August 9, 2014|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref> On August 1, the round is revealed to be a $475 million round.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/01/airbnb-officially-closes-its-475-million-mega-round/|title = Airbnb officially closes its $475 million megaround|last = Weber|first = Harrison|date = August 1, 2014|accessdate = August 9, 2014|publisher = ''[[VentureBeat]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://fortune.com/2014/08/01/airbnb-closes-475-million-funding-round/|title = Airbnb closes $475 million funding round|last = Snyder|first = Benjamin|date = August 1, 2014|accessdate = August 9, 2014|publisher = ''[[Fortune (magazine)|Fortune]]''}}</ref>
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| 2014 || April (unofficial rumors), August 1 (announcement in SEC filing) || Funding || It is announced in April that Airbnb is getting an investment by [[wikipedia:TPG Capital|TPG Capital]]  at a valuation of approximately $10 billion. The amount of funding is variously reported as $450 million and $500 million.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579509800267341652 TPG-Led Group Closes $450 Million Investment in Airbnb ''Wall Street Journal'', April 23, 2014.]</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/18/airbnb-has-closed-its-500m-round-of-funding-at-a-10b-valuation-led-by-tpg/|title = Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG|last = Lunden|first = Ingrid|date = April 18, 2014|accessdate = August 9, 2014|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref> On August 1, the round is revealed to be a $475 million round.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/01/airbnb-officially-closes-its-475-million-mega-round/|title = Airbnb officially closes its $475 million megaround|last = Weber|first = Harrison|date = August 1, 2014|accessdate = August 9, 2014|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:VentureBeat|VentureBeat]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://fortune.com/2014/08/01/airbnb-closes-475-million-funding-round/|title = Airbnb closes $475 million funding round|last = Snyder|first = Benjamin|date = August 1, 2014|accessdate = August 9, 2014|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:Fortune (magazine)|Fortune]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || July 16 || Product || Airbnb reveals design revisions to their site and mobile app, and introduced a new logo.<ref>Baldwin, Roberto. July 16th 2014. Thenextweb. "[http://thenextweb.com/dd/2014/07/16/airbnb-updates-design-introduces-new-belo-logo/ Airbnb updates design and introduces controversial new Bélo logo]"</ref>  Some consider the new icon to be visually similar to [[genitalia]],<ref>Brody, Ben. July 17th 2014. CNN Money. "[http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/16/technology/social/airbnb-logo/ This is Airbnb's 'obscene' new logo]"</ref> but a consumer survey by [[Survata]] shows only a minority of respondents thought this was the case.<ref>Mathew, Troy. July 16th 2014. Survata. "[https://www.survata.com/blog/airbnb-logo-redesign-survey-more-people-see-hearts-than-naughty-parts/ Airbnb logo redesign survey: More people see hearts than naughty parts]"</ref>
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| 2014 || July 16 || Product || Airbnb reveals design revisions to their site and mobile app, and introduced a new logo.<ref>Baldwin, Roberto. July 16th 2014. Thenextweb. "[http://thenextweb.com/dd/2014/07/16/airbnb-updates-design-introduces-new-belo-logo/ Airbnb updates design and introduces controversial new Bélo logo]"</ref>  Some consider the new icon to be visually similar to [[wikipedia:genitalia|genitalia]],<ref>Brody, Ben. July 17th 2014. CNN Money. "[http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/16/technology/social/airbnb-logo/ This is Airbnb's 'obscene' new logo]"</ref> but a consumer survey by [[wikipedia:Survata|Survata]] shows only a minority of respondents thought this was the case.<ref>Mathew, Troy. July 16th 2014. Survata. "[https://www.survata.com/blog/airbnb-logo-redesign-survey-more-people-see-hearts-than-naughty-parts/ Airbnb logo redesign survey: More people see hearts than naughty parts]"</ref>
 
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| 2014 || July 21 || Partnerships || Airbnb announces that its home cleaning trial will be in three cities, and lists [[Handybook]] as its sole partner. [[Homejoy]], which had earlier been listed as a partner, is dropped.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/21/airbnb-handybook/|title = Airbnb Drops Homejoy From Cleaning Trial, Handybook Remains On In Three Test Markets|date = July 21, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2014 || July 21 || Partnerships || Airbnb announces that its home cleaning trial will be in three cities, and lists [[wikipedia:Handybook|Handybook]] as its sole partner. [[wikipedia:Homejoy|Homejoy]], which had earlier been listed as a partner, is dropped.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/21/airbnb-handybook/|title = Airbnb Drops Homejoy From Cleaning Trial, Handybook Remains On In Three Test Markets|date = July 21, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || July 28 || Partnerships || Airbnb announces a parternship with Concur, an expense reporting service for businesses, to make it easier for business travelers to report Airbnb stays as business expenses.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/28/airbnb-concur/|title = It’s Business Time: Airbnb Targets Work Travelers With Concur Partnership|date = July 28, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''|last = Lawler|first = Ryan}}</ref>
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| 2014 || July 28 || Partnerships || Airbnb announces a parternship with Concur, an expense reporting service for businesses, to make it easier for business travelers to report Airbnb stays as business expenses.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/28/airbnb-concur/|title = It’s Business Time: Airbnb Targets Work Travelers With Concur Partnership|date = July 28, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''|last = Lawler|first = Ryan}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || September 17 || Financial/legal || Airbnb announces that it will start collecting and remitting a 14% tax for short-term rentals in [[San Francisco]] starting October 1.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/17/airbnb-sf-occupancy-taxes/|title = Airbnb Will Begin Collecting Transient Occupancy Taxes For San Francisco Bookings Next Month|last = Lawler|first = Ryan|date = October 17, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2014 || September 17 || Financial/legal || Airbnb announces that it will start collecting and remitting a 14% tax for short-term rentals in [[wikipedia:San Francisco|San Francisco]] starting October 1.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/17/airbnb-sf-occupancy-taxes/|title = Airbnb Will Begin Collecting Transient Occupancy Taxes For San Francisco Bookings Next Month|last = Lawler|first = Ryan|date = October 17, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || October 23 || Funding || Airbnb announces arrangements for an employee stock sale. Valuations for the sale are rumored at around $13 billion.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.wsj.com/articles/airbnb-mulls-employee-stock-sale-at-13-billion-valuation-1414100930|title = Airbnb Weighs Employee Stock Sale at $13 Billion Valuation. Apartment-Rental Site Meets With Investors to Let Employees Cash Out|last = MacMillan|first = Douglas|last2 = Spector|first2 = Mike|last3 = Rusli|first3 = Evelyn|date = October 23, 2014|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[Wall Street Journal]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cnbc.com/id/102117120|title = Airbnb valued at $13B ahead of staff stock sale|last = Bradshaw|first = Tim|publisher = ''[[CNBC]]''|date = October 23, 2014|accessdate = July 6, 2015}}</ref>
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| 2014 || October 23 || Funding || Airbnb announces arrangements for an employee stock sale. Valuations for the sale are rumored at around $13 billion.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.wsj.com/articles/airbnb-mulls-employee-stock-sale-at-13-billion-valuation-1414100930|title = Airbnb Weighs Employee Stock Sale at $13 Billion Valuation. Apartment-Rental Site Meets With Investors to Let Employees Cash Out|last = MacMillan|first = Douglas|last2 = Spector|first2 = Mike|last3 = Rusli|first3 = Evelyn|date = October 23, 2014|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:Wall Street Journal|Wall Street Journal]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cnbc.com/id/102117120|title = Airbnb valued at $13B ahead of staff stock sale|last = Bradshaw|first = Tim|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:CNBC|CNBC]]''|date = October 23, 2014|accessdate = July 6, 2015}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || October 27 || Financial/legal || [[San Francisco]] Mayor [[Ed Lee (politician)|Ed Lee]] signs a law making short-term rentals legal in [[San Francisco]], thereby legalizing Airbnb. The law gets the moniker of "Airbnb law" because Airbnb is the most affected company.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/10/27/mayor-lee-approves-short-term-rentals-in-san-francisco-homeaway-vbro-renting-housing-tech-cost-of-living-affordable-hotel-tax/|title = Mayor Lee Signs ‘Airbnb Law’ For Short-Term Rentals In San Francisco|date = October 27, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''San Francisco CBS Local''}}</ref>
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| 2014 || October 27 || Financial/legal || [[wikipedia:San Francisco|San Francisco]] Mayor [[wikipedia:Ed Lee (politician)|Ed Lee]] signs a law making short-term rentals legal in [[wikipedia:San Francisco|San Francisco]], thereby legalizing Airbnb. The law gets the moniker of "Airbnb law" because Airbnb is the most affected company.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/10/27/mayor-lee-approves-short-term-rentals-in-san-francisco-homeaway-vbro-renting-housing-tech-cost-of-living-affordable-hotel-tax/|title = Mayor Lee Signs ‘Airbnb Law’ For Short-Term Rentals In San Francisco|date = October 27, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''San Francisco CBS Local''}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || November 3 || Financial/legal || Vacation rental company [[HomeAway]] sues San Francisco for the Airbnb Law.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/11/03/homeaway-sues-san-francisco-over-new-airbnb-law-for-short-term-rentals/|title = HomeAway Sues San Francisco Over New ‘Airbnb Law’ for Short-Term Rentals|date = November 3, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[Wall Street Journal]]''|last = MacMillan|first = Douglas}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/03/homeaway-sf-lawsuit/|title = HomeAway Sues San Francisco To Block So-Called ‘Airbnb Law’|last = Lawler|first = Ryan|date= November 3, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2014 || November 3 || Financial/legal || Vacation rental company [[wikipedia:HomeAway|HomeAway]] sues San Francisco for the Airbnb Law.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/11/03/homeaway-sues-san-francisco-over-new-airbnb-law-for-short-term-rentals/|title = HomeAway Sues San Francisco Over New ‘Airbnb Law’ for Short-Term Rentals|date = November 3, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:Wall Street Journal|Wall Street Journal]]''|last = MacMillan|first = Douglas}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/03/homeaway-sf-lawsuit/|title = HomeAway Sues San Francisco To Block So-Called ‘Airbnb Law’|last = Lawler|first = Ryan|date= November 3, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || November 20 || Product || Airbnb expands its liability insurance program for hosts and landlords. Whereas the initial liability insurance program was limited to property damage due to the guest, the new program $1 million worth of protection in the case a guest is accidentally injured anywhere in a host’s building or on their property during their stay. Rentals starting January 15, 2015 will automatically be covered under the new program.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/20/airbnb-rolls-out-million-dollar-liability-insurance-program-for-hosts/|title = Airbnb Rolls Out Million-Dollar Liability Insurance Program For Hosts|last = Perez|first = Sarah|date = November 20, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2014 || November 20 || Product || Airbnb expands its liability insurance program for hosts and landlords. Whereas the initial liability insurance program was limited to property damage due to the guest, the new program $1 million worth of protection in the case a guest is accidentally injured anywhere in a host’s building or on their property during their stay. Rentals starting January 15, 2015 will automatically be covered under the new program.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/20/airbnb-rolls-out-million-dollar-liability-insurance-program-for-hosts/|title = Airbnb Rolls Out Million-Dollar Liability Insurance Program For Hosts|last = Perez|first = Sarah|date = November 20, 2014|accessdate = January 25, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || January 30 || Financial/legal || Airbnb announes that it will start collecting taxes in [[Amsterdam]], [[San Jose, California|San Jose]], [[Chicago]], and [[Washington, D.C.]]<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/30/airbnb-taxes/|title = Airbnb To Begin Collecting Taxes In Amsterdam, San Jose, Chicago, And Washington, D.C.|last = Lawler|first = Ryan|date = January 30, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2015 || January 30 || Financial/legal || Airbnb announes that it will start collecting taxes in [[wikipedia:Amsterdam|Amsterdam]], [[wikipedia:San Jose, California|San Jose]], [[wikipedia:Chicago|Chicago]], and [[wikipedia:Washington, D.C.|Washington, D.C.]]<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/30/airbnb-taxes/|title = Airbnb To Begin Collecting Taxes In Amsterdam, San Jose, Chicago, And Washington, D.C.|last = Lawler|first = Ryan|date = January 30, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || February 25 || Partnerships || Airbnb announces a partnership with [[Deutsche Telekom]], the parent company of [[T-Mobile]], to have its app pre-installed on mobile phones in 13 countries. Those who register for the service via DT will get 30 euros of vouchers to stay in Airbnb rooms.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/25/airbnb-teams-with-deutsche-telekom-to-preinstall-app-offer-35-vouchers-in-europe/|title = Airbnb Teams With Deutsche Telekom To Preinstall App, Offer $35 Vouchers In Europe|last = Lunden|first = Ingrid|date = February 25, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2015 || February 25 || Partnerships || Airbnb announces a partnership with [[wikipedia:Deutsche Telekom|Deutsche Telekom]], the parent company of [[wikipedia:T-Mobile|T-Mobile]], to have its app pre-installed on mobile phones in 13 countries. Those who register for the service via DT will get 30 euros of vouchers to stay in Airbnb rooms.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/25/airbnb-teams-with-deutsche-telekom-to-preinstall-app-offer-35-vouchers-in-europe/|title = Airbnb Teams With Deutsche Telekom To Preinstall App, Offer $35 Vouchers In Europe|last = Lunden|first = Ingrid|date = February 25, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || April 29 || Product, accessibility || Airbnb launches an official [[iPad]] app.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/29/airbnb-on-ipad/|title = Airbnb Finally Releases An App For Browsing Its Listings On Tablets|last = Lawler|first = Ryan|date = April 29, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2015 || April 29 || Product, accessibility || Airbnb launches an official [[wikipedia:iPad|iPad]] app.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/29/airbnb-on-ipad/|title = Airbnb Finally Releases An App For Browsing Its Listings On Tablets|last = Lawler|first = Ryan|date = April 29, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || June 4 || Product || Airbnb adds a pricing recommendation tool, called Price Tips, offering suggestions on appropriate prices for people renting our apartments.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/04/airbnb-adds-a-pricing-recommendation-tool-for-renters/|title =  
 
| 2015 || June 4 || Product || Airbnb adds a pricing recommendation tool, called Price Tips, offering suggestions on appropriate prices for people renting our apartments.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/04/airbnb-adds-a-pricing-recommendation-tool-for-renters/|title =  
Airbnb Adds A Pricing Recommendation Tool For Renters|date = June 4, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''|last = Lynley|first = Matthew}}</ref>
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Airbnb Adds A Pricing Recommendation Tool For Renters|date = June 4, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''|last = Lynley|first = Matthew}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || June 28 || Funding || Airbnb closes $1.5 billion in additional funding, bringing its funding total to $2.3 billion. The valuation for the round is $25.5 billion.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/27/technology/airbnb-funding-valuation-update/|title = 'Crazy money' - Airbnb valued at over $25 billion|publisher = CNNMoney|date = June 28, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015}}</ref> Both the amount raised and the valuation are higher than those originally projected when rumors of the round originally circulated in late February/early March (when the numbers were $1 billion and $20 billion respectively).<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-01/airbnb-said-to-be-raising-funding-at-20-billion-valuation|title = Airbnb Said to Be Raising Funding at $20 Billion Valuation|publisher = ''[[Bloomberg News]]''|date = March 1, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/27/airbnb-2/|title = Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation|date = February 27, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2015 || June 28 || Funding || Airbnb closes $1.5 billion in additional funding, bringing its funding total to $2.3 billion. The valuation for the round is $25.5 billion.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/27/technology/airbnb-funding-valuation-update/|title = 'Crazy money' - Airbnb valued at over $25 billion|publisher = CNNMoney|date = June 28, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015}}</ref> Both the amount raised and the valuation are higher than those originally projected when rumors of the round originally circulated in late February/early March (when the numbers were $1 billion and $20 billion respectively).<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-01/airbnb-said-to-be-raising-funding-at-20-billion-valuation|title = Airbnb Said to Be Raising Funding at $20 Billion Valuation|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:Bloomberg News|Bloomberg News]]''|date = March 1, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/27/airbnb-2/|title = Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation|date = February 27, 2015|accessdate = July 6, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || August 25 (announcement), October 1 (start date) || Legal || Airbnb announces that it will start collecting a tourist tax on Airbnb rentals in Paris starting October 1. The tax amount will be 0.83 euros per night.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/25/airbnb-daccord/|title =  
 
| 2015 || August 25 (announcement), October 1 (start date) || Legal || Airbnb announces that it will start collecting a tourist tax on Airbnb rentals in Paris starting October 1. The tax amount will be 0.83 euros per night.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/25/airbnb-daccord/|title =  
Airbnb Gets Tourist Tax D’Accord In Paris, Its Largest Market|last = Lomas|first = Natasha|date = August 25, 2015|accessdate = October 18, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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Airbnb Gets Tourist Tax D’Accord In Paris, Its Largest Market|last = Lomas|first = Natasha|date = August 25, 2015|accessdate = October 18, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || September 3 || Product || Airbnb releases an app for the [[Apple Watch]], whose main focus is to facilitate communication between guests and hosts.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/03/airbnb-rolls-out-an-apple-watch-app/|title = Airbnb Rolls Out An Apple Watch App|last = Lynley|first = Matthew|date = September 3, 2015|accessdate = October 18, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2015 || September 3 || Product || Airbnb releases an app for the [[wikipedia:Apple Watch|Apple Watch]], whose main focus is to facilitate communication between guests and hosts.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/03/airbnb-rolls-out-an-apple-watch-app/|title = Airbnb Rolls Out An Apple Watch App|last = Lynley|first = Matthew|date = September 3, 2015|accessdate = October 18, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || September 11 || Acquisitions by Airbnb || Airbnb announces its acquisition of Vamo, a company based in Seattle whose product is a multi-city trip planning app. The app would be shut down as part of the acquisition; the purpose of the acquisition is to use the team's expertise to help with the aspects of the user experience related to travel beyond just booking an Airbnb.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.geekwire.com/2015/airbnb-acquires-seattle-based-trip-planning-service-vamo-founded-by-former-facebook-exec/|title = Airbnb acquires Seattle-based trip planning service Vamo, founded by former Facebook exec|last = Risley|first = James|date = September 11, 2015|accessdate = October 18, 2015|publisher = ''[[GeekWire]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/11/airbnb-acquires-multi-city-trip-planning-service-vamo-will-shut-down-product/|title = Airbnb Acquires Multi-City Trip Planning Service Vamo, Will Shut Down Product|last = Lynley|first = Matthew|date = September 11, 2015|accessdate = October 18, 2015|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
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| 2015 || September 11 || Acquisitions by Airbnb || Airbnb announces its acquisition of Vamo, a company based in Seattle whose product is a multi-city trip planning app. The app would be shut down as part of the acquisition; the purpose of the acquisition is to use the team's expertise to help with the aspects of the user experience related to travel beyond just booking an Airbnb.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.geekwire.com/2015/airbnb-acquires-seattle-based-trip-planning-service-vamo-founded-by-former-facebook-exec/|title = Airbnb acquires Seattle-based trip planning service Vamo, founded by former Facebook exec|last = Risley|first = James|date = September 11, 2015|accessdate = October 18, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:GeekWire|GeekWire]]''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/11/airbnb-acquires-multi-city-trip-planning-service-vamo-will-shut-down-product/|title = Airbnb Acquires Multi-City Trip Planning Service Vamo, Will Shut Down Product|last = Lynley|first = Matthew|date = September 11, 2015|accessdate = October 18, 2015|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || November 4 || Financial/legal || [[San Francisco]] voters vote No on Proposition F, a measure to restrict Airbnb rentals in the city.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Prop-F-Measure-to-restrict-Airbnb-rentals-6609176.php|title = Prop. F: S.F. voters reject measure to restrict Airbnb rentals|publisher = ''[[SFGate]]''|date = November 4, 2015|accessdate = April 24, 2016|last = Said|first = Carolyn}}</ref> In the run-up to the vote, Airbnb spent over $8 million in advertising to the public against the measure, whereas groups supporting Proposition F spent less than a million dollars.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/03/prop-f/|title = Airbnb, Proposition F And The Shared Hypocrisy Of Bay Area Housing|last = Cutler|first = Kim-Mai|date = November 3, 2015|accessdate = April 24, 2016|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''}}</ref> As part of its advertising campaign, Airbnb put out ads highlighting the role that the $12 million in taxes paid by it has played in funding city operations, but the ads are perceived by many as tasteless, so the company withdraws them and apologizes.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/21/that-airbnb-ad/|title = Airbnb Apologizes For Tone-Deaf Hotel Tax Ads, Will Take Them Down “Immediately”|date = October 21, 2015|accessdate = April 24, 2016|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''|last = Ha|first = Anthony}}</ref>
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| 2015 || November 4 || Financial/legal || [[wikipedia:San Francisco|San Francisco]] voters vote No on Proposition F, a measure to restrict Airbnb rentals in the city.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Prop-F-Measure-to-restrict-Airbnb-rentals-6609176.php|title = Prop. F: S.F. voters reject measure to restrict Airbnb rentals|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:SFGate|SFGate]]''|date = November 4, 2015|accessdate = April 24, 2016|last = Said|first = Carolyn}}</ref> In the run-up to the vote, Airbnb spent over $8 million in advertising to the public against the measure, whereas groups supporting Proposition F spent less than a million dollars.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/03/prop-f/|title = Airbnb, Proposition F And The Shared Hypocrisy Of Bay Area Housing|last = Cutler|first = Kim-Mai|date = November 3, 2015|accessdate = April 24, 2016|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''}}</ref> As part of its advertising campaign, Airbnb put out ads highlighting the role that the $12 million in taxes paid by it has played in funding city operations, but the ads are perceived by many as tasteless, so the company withdraws them and apologizes.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/21/that-airbnb-ad/|title = Airbnb Apologizes For Tone-Deaf Hotel Tax Ads, Will Take Them Down “Immediately”|date = October 21, 2015|accessdate = April 24, 2016|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''|last = Ha|first = Anthony}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || November 12 || Product, partnerships || Airbnb announces a new "Business Travel Ready" badge and host tools.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/12/airbnb-announces-new-business-travel-ready-badge-host-tools/|title = Airbnb Announces New “Business Travel Ready” Badge, Host Tools|date = November 12, 2015|accessdate = April 24, 2016|publisher = ''[[TechCrunch]]''|last = Dillet|first = Romain}}</ref>
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| 2015 || November 12 || Product, partnerships || Airbnb announces a new "Business Travel Ready" badge and host tools.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/12/airbnb-announces-new-business-travel-ready-badge-host-tools/|title = Airbnb Announces New “Business Travel Ready” Badge, Host Tools|date = November 12, 2015|accessdate = April 24, 2016|publisher = ''[[wikipedia:TechCrunch|TechCrunch]]''|last = Dillet|first = Romain}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || June || Legal || Airbnb sues the city of San Francisco over a new law that would require Airbnb to verify that their hosts are registered with the city.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/27/airbnb-sues-san-francisco/ |date=June 28, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb sues San Francisco over new rental legislation |author=Kate Conger |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://san-francisco.airbnbcitizen.com/an-update-for-our-community-in-san-francisco/ |title=An Update for Our Community in San Francisco |publisher=Airbnb |date=June 27, 2016 |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || June || Legal || Airbnb sues the city of San Francisco over a new law that would require Airbnb to verify that their hosts are registered with the city.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/27/airbnb-sues-san-francisco/ |date=June 28, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb sues San Francisco over new rental legislation |author=Kate Conger |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://san-francisco.airbnbcitizen.com/an-update-for-our-community-in-san-francisco/ |title=An Update for Our Community in San Francisco |publisher=Airbnb |date=June 27, 2016 |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || July || Funding || Airbnb is reported to be raising $850 million at a $30 billion valuation.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/06/airbnb-raising-a-reported-850m-at-a-30b-valuation/ |date=August 6, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation |author=John Mannes |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || July || Funding || Airbnb is reported to be raising $850 million at a $30 billion valuation.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/06/airbnb-raising-a-reported-850m-at-a-30b-valuation/ |date=August 6, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation |author=John Mannes |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || August || || The city of Barcelona cracks down on homes that are illegally rented out to tourists, including houses listed on Airbnb. In addition, Barcelona's town hall announces that it would fine Airbnb and [[HomeAway]] (a similar service).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-airbnb-idUSKCN10M1YY |author=Catherine Bennett |date=August 11, 2016 |publisher=Reuters |title=Barcelona steps up crackdown on Airbnb, threatens further fines |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || August || || The city of Barcelona cracks down on homes that are illegally rented out to tourists, including houses listed on Airbnb. In addition, Barcelona's town hall announces that it would fine Airbnb and [[wikipedia:HomeAway|HomeAway]] (a similar service).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-airbnb-idUSKCN10M1YY |author=Catherine Bennett |date=August 11, 2016 |publisher=Reuters |title=Barcelona steps up crackdown on Airbnb, threatens further fines |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || September || Acquisition || Airbnb acquires the travel startup Trip4real.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/19/airbnb-acquires-travel-activities-marketplace-trip4real/ |date=September 19, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb acquires travel activities marketplace, trip4real |author=Natasha Lomas |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || September || Acquisition || Airbnb acquires the travel startup Trip4real.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/19/airbnb-acquires-travel-activities-marketplace-trip4real/ |date=September 19, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb acquires travel activities marketplace, trip4real |author=Natasha Lomas |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || October || Competition || Two Airbnb rivals, [[Wimdu]] and [[9flats]], consolidate in a [[Mergers and acquisitions|merger]].<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/10/airbnb-rivals-wimdu-and-9flats-consolidate/ |date=October 10, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb rivals Wimdu and 9flats consolidate |author=Natasha Lomas |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || October || Competition || Two Airbnb rivals, [[wikipedia:Wimdu|Wimdu]] and [[wikipedia:9flats|9flats]], consolidate in a [[wikipedia:Mergers and acquisitions|merger]].<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/10/airbnb-rivals-wimdu-and-9flats-consolidate/ |date=October 10, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb rivals Wimdu and 9flats consolidate |author=Natasha Lomas |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || October || Legal || Airbnb sues [[New York City]] over a new legislation that would make it illegal for Airbnb to display housing units that cannot be rented legally, and would also allow fines of up to $7,500 on hosts who rent out housing illegally. In its suit, Airbnb argues that the liability for rental listings belongs to the hosts who post them.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/21/aibnb-sues-new-york-city/ |date=October 21, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb sues New York City |author=Kate Conger |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/22/technology/new-york-passes-law-airbnb.html |date=October 21, 2016 |publisher=[[The New York Times]] |title=Airbnb Sues Over New Law Regulating New York Rentals |author=KATIE BENNER |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/airbnb-sues-new-york-city_us_580d91e1e4b02444efa3faf0 |title=Airbnb Sues New York City |publisher=[[The Huffington Post]] |date=2016-10-24 |accessdate=February 21, 2017 |author=Rebecca Shapiro}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/airbnb-nyc_us_580a8737e4b000d0b156d4fa |title=Airbnb Just Suffered A Major Loss In New York |publisher=[[The Huffington Post]] |date=2016-10-21|author=Dan Levine |accessdate=February 21, 2017 |quote=The law recently passed by the state legislature would bar even advertising a rental that violates that existing law, which could help regulators crack down on Airbnb itself in addition to the users of its service.}}</ref>
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| 2016 || October || Legal || Airbnb sues [[wikipedia:New York City|New York City]] over a new legislation that would make it illegal for Airbnb to display housing units that cannot be rented legally, and would also allow fines of up to $7,500 on hosts who rent out housing illegally. In its suit, Airbnb argues that the liability for rental listings belongs to the hosts who post them.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/21/aibnb-sues-new-york-city/ |date=October 21, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb sues New York City |author=Kate Conger |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/22/technology/new-york-passes-law-airbnb.html |date=October 21, 2016 |publisher=[[wikipedia:The New York Times|The New York Times]] |title=Airbnb Sues Over New Law Regulating New York Rentals |author=KATIE BENNER |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/airbnb-sues-new-york-city_us_580d91e1e4b02444efa3faf0 |title=Airbnb Sues New York City |publisher=[[wikipedia:The Huffington Post|The Huffington Post]] |date=2016-10-24 |accessdate=February 21, 2017 |author=Rebecca Shapiro}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/airbnb-nyc_us_580a8737e4b000d0b156d4fa |title=Airbnb Just Suffered A Major Loss In New York |publisher=[[wikipedia:The Huffington Post|The Huffington Post]] |date=2016-10-21|author=Dan Levine |accessdate=February 21, 2017 |quote=The law recently passed by the state legislature would bar even advertising a rental that violates that existing law, which could help regulators crack down on Airbnb itself in addition to the users of its service.}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || November || Product || Airbnb launches the "experiences" feature in the Airbnb app. This feature allows hosts to offer tours and events in addition to places to stay.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/17/airbnb-is-turning-itself-into-an-experience-machine-beyond-just-booking-places-to-stay/ |date=November 17, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb is turning itself into an ‘experience’ machine beyond just booking places to stay |author=Matthew Lynley |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || November || Product || Airbnb launches the "experiences" feature in the Airbnb app. This feature allows hosts to offer tours and events in addition to places to stay.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/17/airbnb-is-turning-itself-into-an-experience-machine-beyond-just-booking-places-to-stay/ |date=November 17, 2016 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb is turning itself into an ‘experience’ machine beyond just booking places to stay |author=Matthew Lynley |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || December 2 || Legal || Airbnb settles the lawsuit it filed against New York City. Airbnb agrees to drop the suit as long as the city fines only the hosts and not Airbnb.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/technology/airbnb-ends-fight-with-new-york-city-over-fines.html |date=Dec. 3, 2016 |publisher=[[The New York Times]] |title=Airbnb Ends Fight With New York City Over Fines |author=KATIE BENNER |accessdate=February 21, 2017 |quote=But Airbnb on Friday agreed that it would drop the suit as long as New York City enforces the new law only against hosts and does not fine Airbnb. The settlement takes effect on Monday.}}</ref>
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| 2016 || December 2 || Legal || Airbnb settles the lawsuit it filed against New York City. Airbnb agrees to drop the suit as long as the city fines only the hosts and not Airbnb.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/technology/airbnb-ends-fight-with-new-york-city-over-fines.html |date=Dec. 3, 2016 |publisher=[[wikipedia:The New York Times|The New York Times]] |title=Airbnb Ends Fight With New York City Over Fines |author=KATIE BENNER |accessdate=February 21, 2017 |quote=But Airbnb on Friday agreed that it would drop the suit as long as New York City enforces the new law only against hosts and does not fine Airbnb. The settlement takes effect on Monday.}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || January || || Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, tweets that the company will give free housing to [[refugee]]s and any others not allowed into the [[United States]] as a result of [[Donald Trump|President Trump]]'s [[Executive Order 13769|executive order to temporarily ban refugees from the United States]].<ref>{{Cite news | url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/01/29/airbnb-offers-free-housing-to-refugees-and-others-in-limbo-after-trumps-executive-order/ | title=Airbnb offers free housing to refugees and others in limbo after Trump’s executive order | last=Wang | first=Amy B. | date=2017-01-29 | last2=Wang | first2=Amy B. | newspaper=[[Washington Post]] | language=en-US | issn=0190-8286 | access-date=2017-01-30}}</ref><ref>{{Cite news| url=http://www.bbc.com/news/38787374 | title=Airbnb offers free housing to those hit by Trump ban | date=2017-01-29 | newspaper=[[BBC News]] | language=en-GB | access-date=2017-01-30}}</ref>
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| 2017 || January || || Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, tweets that the company will give free housing to [[wikipedia:refugee|refugee]]s and any others not allowed into the [[wikipedia:United States|United States]] as a result of [[wikipedia:Donald Trump|President Trump]]'s [[wikipedia:Executive Order 13769|executive order to temporarily ban refugees from the United States]].<ref>{{Cite news | url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/01/29/airbnb-offers-free-housing-to-refugees-and-others-in-limbo-after-trumps-executive-order/ | title=Airbnb offers free housing to refugees and others in limbo after Trump’s executive order | last=Wang | first=Amy B. | date=2017-01-29 | last2=Wang | first2=Amy B. | newspaper=[[wikipedia:Washington Post|Washington Post]] | language=en-US | issn=0190-8286 | access-date=2017-01-30}}</ref><ref>{{Cite news| url=http://www.bbc.com/news/38787374 | title=Airbnb offers free housing to those hit by Trump ban | date=2017-01-29 | newspaper=[[wikipedia:BBC News|BBC News]] | language=en-GB | access-date=2017-01-30}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || February || Acquisition || Airbnb aquires Luxury Retreats, an Airbnb-like service for high-end homes and premium vacation homes. The deal is reported to be $200–$300 million. As of the time of the deal, it is Airbnb's largest acquisition.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-16/airbnb-buys-vacation-home-management-company-luxury-retreats |publisher=[[Businessweek]] |author=Olivia Zaleski and Gerrit De Vynck|title=Airbnb Acquires Luxury Retreats, Beating Out Expedia, Accor |accessdate=February 21, 2017 |date=February 16, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/09/airbnb-is-buying-luxury-retreats-for-around-200m/ |date=February 9, 2017 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb is buying Luxury Retreats for around $200M |author=Ingrid Lunden |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2017 || February || Acquisition || Airbnb aquires Luxury Retreats, an Airbnb-like service for high-end homes and premium vacation homes. The deal is reported to be $200–$300 million. As of the time of the deal, it is Airbnb's largest acquisition.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-16/airbnb-buys-vacation-home-management-company-luxury-retreats |publisher=[[wikipedia:Businessweek|Businessweek]] |author=Olivia Zaleski and Gerrit De Vynck|title=Airbnb Acquires Luxury Retreats, Beating Out Expedia, Accor |accessdate=February 21, 2017 |date=February 16, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/09/airbnb-is-buying-luxury-retreats-for-around-200m/ |date=February 9, 2017 |publisher=TechCrunch |title=Airbnb is buying Luxury Retreats for around $200M |author=Ingrid Lunden |accessdate=February 21, 2017}}</ref>
 
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This is a timeline of Airbnb, a website for people to rent out lodging, and the associated company.

Big picture

Time period Development summary More details
October 2007 – January 2009 Conception, bootstrapping The initial concept is created by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia. They launch the website. To raise money, they sell cereal boxes for Barack Obama and John McCain, candidates for the 2008 United States presidential election.
January 2009 – December 2010 Angel and venture funding, beginning of business takeoff Airbnb becomes part of the Winter 2009 Y Combinator class. The business grows steadily. Brian Chesky moves out of his own apartment to live off Airbnb for three months. In November 2010, Airbnb raises $7.2 million in venture funding.
January 2011 – April 2014 (mostly), partly ongoing International expansion, more fundraising, steady growth Airbnb begins operations in many cities around the world, and continues to grow steadily in usage.
January 2014 – present User experience, peace with the law, partnerships, more fundraising Airbnb redesigns its logo, launches new apps and an improved user experience, and strikes deals with city authorities in San Francisco and other cities that would make its service legally recognized while also requiring it to tax rentals. Airbnb also begins offering $1 million in insurance to both parties in its rental transactions. By June 2015, the total money raised by the company to-date is $2.3 billion, of which $1.5 billion was in the most recent round. It also starts partnerships with Handy, Concur, and Deutsche Telekom.

Full timeline

Year Month and date Event type Details
2007 October Idea creation Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia create the initial concept for AirBed & Breakfast during the Industrial Design Conference held by Industrial Designers Society of America.[1] The original site offers short-term living quarters, breakfast and a unique business networking opportunity for attendees who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market.[2] Chesky and Gebbia themselves use Airbnb to help meet the rent for their loft in San Francisco.[3]
2008 February Team Harvard University graduate and technical architect Nathan Blecharczyk joins as the third co-founder of AirBed & Breakfast.[4]
2008 August 11 Product The Airbedandbreakfast.com website launches.[5]
2008 August–November Funding In order to raise enough seed money to sustain their business, Airbnb sells cereal boxes for Barack Obama and John McCain.[6] They sell 800 boxes at $40 each, netting $30,000 in funding for the company.[7] Their most successful single sale event is the Democratic National Convention in November 2008.[8]
2009 January Funding Airbnb is accepted into Y Combinator's Winter 2009 batch and receives $20,000 in funding.[9][10] Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham says that even though he is not a fan of Airbnb's idea, he is impressed by their creative methods for bootstrapping their funding situation by selling cereal.[8][11]
2009 March Product The website name is shortened from Airbedandbreakfast.com to Airbnb.com, and the site's content has expanded from air beds and shared spaces to a variety of properties including entire homes and apartments, private rooms, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, tipis, igloos, private islands and other properties.[12]
2010 June 21 Team In response to increasing overcrowding at his residence, that is doubling up as an Airbnb office, co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky decides to move out of his apartment and live using Airbnb for a few months.[13]
2010 November Funding Airbnb receives $7.2 million in Series A funding from Greylock Partners and Sequoia Capital, and announces that out of 700,000 nights booked, 80% had occurred in the past six months.[14]
2011 February Usage milestone Airbnb announces its 1 millionth booking since the website launch in August 2008.[15][16]
2011 March 16–17 Funding Venture capitalist Fred Wilson publishes a blog post saying that his firm's decision not to invest in Airbnb was a mistake.[17] The next day, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham publishes (with permission) correspondence between himself and Fred Wilson about the possibility of Wilson investing in Airbnb.[18]
2011 May 25 Endorsements Actor and partner at A-Grade Investments, Ashton Kutcher, announces a significant investment in the company and his role as a strategic brand advisor for the company.[19]
2011 May 31 Acquisitions by Airbnb, international expansion Airbnb acquires Accoleo, a small German clone of its service, thereby expanding to Germany.[20][21]
2011 June 29 – August 1 Controversy, missteps A woman, writing online under the name EJ, wrote on her blog that she had rented her apartment out using Airbnb and found that it was completely trashed with many of her valuable personal items stolen.[22] The post was picked up on Hacker News and by Michael Arrington for TechCrunch.[23][24] Airbnb investor Paul Graham wrote a note defending Airbnb and critical of Arrington, which received media circulation and criticism.[25][26] On August 1, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky wrote a blog post apologizing for Airbnb's initially tepid response, and announcing a suite of features as part of the new Airbnb Safety Program: Airbnb Guarantee of $50,000 for hosts such as EJ who report property damage, a 24-hour customer hotline, a doubling of customer support, and more responsiveness to customer concerns.[27]
2011 July 24 Funding Airbnb raises $112 million in additional funding. The investment round is led by Andreessen Horowitz and other investors include DST Global Solutions and General Catalyst Partners.[28][29][30]
2011 October Funding, controversy An email allegedly written by Chamath Palihapitiya to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, that was critical of the manner in which Airbnb was structuring its funding round, is leaked to Kara Swisher of AllThingsD.[31][32] A follow-up reveals that new aspects of the deal are in development that might alleviate some of the concerns expressed by Palihapitiya, and he is reconsidering his decision not to invest in the funding round. He also expressed regret about the email being leaked, and he said that he was not responsible for the leak.[33][34]
2011 October International expansion Airbnb opens up its second international office in London in the United Kingdom.[35]
2012 January Usage milestone Airbnb announces its 5 millionth booking.[36]
2012 (early year) International expansion Airbnb opens six international offices, in the cities Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Moscow, and São Paulo.[37] These are in addition to existing offices in San Francisco, London, Hamburg, and Berlin where Airbnb maintains its international presence for the EMEA markets within a German incubator space.[38]
2012 June Usage milestone Airbnb announces its 10 millionth booking.[39]
2012 July 25 Acquisitions by Airbnb, international expansion Shortly before the 2012 Summer Olympics Airbnb acquires London-based rival CrashPadder, subsequently adding six thousand international listings to its existing inventory.[40]
2012 November 2 International expansion Airbnb co-founder and CEO Chesky announces his focus on Australia, the second largest Airbnb market behind the United States, as well as Thailand and Indonesia. To support this effort, Airbnb opens its 11th office in Sydney.[41] The Australian consumer accounts for one-tenth of the Airbnb user base.[42]
2012 November 12 International expansion Airbnb announces its strategy to move more aggressively into the Asian market with the launch of their newest headquarters in Singapore. The company's goal is to acquire an additional 2 million properties within the continent.[43]
2012 November 13 Acquisitions by Airbnb Airbnb acquires NabeWise, a city guide that aggregates curated information for specified locations, in November 2012.[44] This acquisition shifts the company focus toward offering hyperlocal recommendations to travelers.[45]
2012 December 13 Acquisitions by Airbnb Airbnb announces the acquisition of Localmind.[46] Localmind is a location-based question and answer platform that allows users to post questions about specific locations online. These questions are then answered in real-time by experts on the specified territories.[47]
2013 September International expansion Airbnb announces that European headquarters would be located in Dublin, Ireland.[48]
2014 January 31 Partnerships Airbnb announces plans to partner with home cleaning services whereby the home cleaning service is available at a discount to those who are about to host people via Airbnb, in order to incentivize hosts to prepare homes well for guests and also give guests a more standardized experience. Prospective partners include Homejoy and Handybook.[49]
2014 March 14 Company Airbnb announces plans to open a new "operational headquarters" for North America in Portland, Oregon, in summer 2014, but indicated that its main North American headquarters would remain in San Francisco.[50]
2014 April (unofficial rumors), August 1 (announcement in SEC filing) Funding It is announced in April that Airbnb is getting an investment by TPG Capital at a valuation of approximately $10 billion. The amount of funding is variously reported as $450 million and $500 million.[51][52] On August 1, the round is revealed to be a $475 million round.[53][54]
2014 July 16 Product Airbnb reveals design revisions to their site and mobile app, and introduced a new logo.[55] Some consider the new icon to be visually similar to genitalia,[56] but a consumer survey by Survata shows only a minority of respondents thought this was the case.[57]
2014 July 21 Partnerships Airbnb announces that its home cleaning trial will be in three cities, and lists Handybook as its sole partner. Homejoy, which had earlier been listed as a partner, is dropped.[58]
2014 July 28 Partnerships Airbnb announces a parternship with Concur, an expense reporting service for businesses, to make it easier for business travelers to report Airbnb stays as business expenses.[59]
2014 September 17 Financial/legal Airbnb announces that it will start collecting and remitting a 14% tax for short-term rentals in San Francisco starting October 1.[60]
2014 October 23 Funding Airbnb announces arrangements for an employee stock sale. Valuations for the sale are rumored at around $13 billion.[61][62]
2014 October 27 Financial/legal San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signs a law making short-term rentals legal in San Francisco, thereby legalizing Airbnb. The law gets the moniker of "Airbnb law" because Airbnb is the most affected company.[63]
2014 November 3 Financial/legal Vacation rental company HomeAway sues San Francisco for the Airbnb Law.[64][65]
2014 November 20 Product Airbnb expands its liability insurance program for hosts and landlords. Whereas the initial liability insurance program was limited to property damage due to the guest, the new program $1 million worth of protection in the case a guest is accidentally injured anywhere in a host’s building or on their property during their stay. Rentals starting January 15, 2015 will automatically be covered under the new program.[66]
2015 January 30 Financial/legal Airbnb announes that it will start collecting taxes in Amsterdam, San Jose, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.[67]
2015 February 25 Partnerships Airbnb announces a partnership with Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, to have its app pre-installed on mobile phones in 13 countries. Those who register for the service via DT will get 30 euros of vouchers to stay in Airbnb rooms.[68]
2015 April 29 Product, accessibility Airbnb launches an official iPad app.[69]
2015 June 4 Product Airbnb adds a pricing recommendation tool, called Price Tips, offering suggestions on appropriate prices for people renting our apartments.[70]
2015 June 28 Funding Airbnb closes $1.5 billion in additional funding, bringing its funding total to $2.3 billion. The valuation for the round is $25.5 billion.[71] Both the amount raised and the valuation are higher than those originally projected when rumors of the round originally circulated in late February/early March (when the numbers were $1 billion and $20 billion respectively).[72][73]
2015 August 25 (announcement), October 1 (start date) Legal Airbnb announces that it will start collecting a tourist tax on Airbnb rentals in Paris starting October 1. The tax amount will be 0.83 euros per night.[74]
2015 September 3 Product Airbnb releases an app for the Apple Watch, whose main focus is to facilitate communication between guests and hosts.[75]
2015 September 11 Acquisitions by Airbnb Airbnb announces its acquisition of Vamo, a company based in Seattle whose product is a multi-city trip planning app. The app would be shut down as part of the acquisition; the purpose of the acquisition is to use the team's expertise to help with the aspects of the user experience related to travel beyond just booking an Airbnb.[76][77]
2015 November 4 Financial/legal San Francisco voters vote No on Proposition F, a measure to restrict Airbnb rentals in the city.[78] In the run-up to the vote, Airbnb spent over $8 million in advertising to the public against the measure, whereas groups supporting Proposition F spent less than a million dollars.[79] As part of its advertising campaign, Airbnb put out ads highlighting the role that the $12 million in taxes paid by it has played in funding city operations, but the ads are perceived by many as tasteless, so the company withdraws them and apologizes.[80]
2015 November 12 Product, partnerships Airbnb announces a new "Business Travel Ready" badge and host tools.[81]
2016 June Legal Airbnb sues the city of San Francisco over a new law that would require Airbnb to verify that their hosts are registered with the city.[82][83]
2016 July Funding Airbnb is reported to be raising $850 million at a $30 billion valuation.[84]
2016 August The city of Barcelona cracks down on homes that are illegally rented out to tourists, including houses listed on Airbnb. In addition, Barcelona's town hall announces that it would fine Airbnb and HomeAway (a similar service).[85]
2016 September Acquisition Airbnb acquires the travel startup Trip4real.[86]
2016 October Competition Two Airbnb rivals, Wimdu and 9flats, consolidate in a merger.[87]
2016 October Legal Airbnb sues New York City over a new legislation that would make it illegal for Airbnb to display housing units that cannot be rented legally, and would also allow fines of up to $7,500 on hosts who rent out housing illegally. In its suit, Airbnb argues that the liability for rental listings belongs to the hosts who post them.[88][89][90][91]
2016 November Product Airbnb launches the "experiences" feature in the Airbnb app. This feature allows hosts to offer tours and events in addition to places to stay.[92]
2016 December 2 Legal Airbnb settles the lawsuit it filed against New York City. Airbnb agrees to drop the suit as long as the city fines only the hosts and not Airbnb.[93]
2017 January Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, tweets that the company will give free housing to refugees and any others not allowed into the United States as a result of President Trump's executive order to temporarily ban refugees from the United States.[94][95]
2017 February Acquisition Airbnb aquires Luxury Retreats, an Airbnb-like service for high-end homes and premium vacation homes. The deal is reported to be $200–$300 million. As of the time of the deal, it is Airbnb's largest acquisition.[96][97]

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