Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2011 (Revised March 2014)


by Joseph B. Lassiter III and Evan W. Richardson


Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, the three founders of Airbnb, an online private accommodation rental market, stared at each other across the kitchen table in their San Francisco apartment. It was March of 2009. A single sheet of paper sat on the table in front of them. The three founders were on the verge of finishing the three month program at YCombinator (YC), a business accelerator located in Mountain View, CA.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Housing; Information Publishing; Private Ownership; Online Technology; Information Industry; San Francisco;


Lassiter, Joseph B., III, and Evan W. Richardson. "Airbnb." Harvard Business School Case 812-046, September 2011. (Revised March 2014.)