Airbnb: Joe Gebbia A chance encounter with a stranger gave Joe Gebbia an idea to help pay his rent. That idea turned into Airbnb — a company that now has more rooms than the biggest hotel chain in the world.
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Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

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Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

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Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

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A chance encounter with a stranger gave Joe Gebbia an idea to help pay his rent. That idea turned into Airbnb — a company that now has more rooms than the biggest hotel chain in the world.

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Five years ago, the thought of renting a room from a complete stranger was ... a little creepy. But because of Airbnb, it's become normal.
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