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Images: Store Architects and James Nook Area Operations (Domino); Courtesy of Airbnb (Residence)

Based: 2008
Complete friends: eight.5 million
Friends who stayed in castles this weekend: 123
Lesson: Residence-swapping could be role-play.

Airbnb was actually born from a math drawback, says co-founder Joe Gebbia. We give up our jobs to be entrepreneurs, and the owner raised our lease past our means. And so we had a math drawback to unravel. It simply so occurred that that coming weekend, a design convention got here to San Francisco that simply worn out the lodges within the metropolis. We related the dots. We had additional area in our apartmentwhat if we shared that area with them and have been capable of offset our lease by a bit bit? So thus was born the air bed-and-breakfast. From that determined, sitcom-ready setup, the San Franciscobased firm has grown to attach greater than half 1,000,000 keen hosts and trusting vacationers in additional than 34,000 cities and 192 countriesfrom dust flooring to castles to tree housesthanks to $120 million in enterprise funding from the likes of Marc Andreessen and Ashton Kutcher.

The First Airbnb Residence: Click on Above for a Tour From the Proprietor (and Firm Founder!)