Airbnb: Joe Gebbia We're hard at work planning our upcoming live show, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Airbnb. A chance encounter with a stranger gave Joe Gebbia an idea to help pay his rent. That idea grew into a company that now has more rooms than the biggest hotel chain in the world. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," we check back with Michael Vennitti of TP Foam, a company that came up with a way to squelch the smell of trash.
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Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

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Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

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We're hard at work planning our upcoming live show, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Airbnb. A chance encounter with a stranger gave Joe Gebbia an idea to help pay his rent. That idea grew into a company that now has more rooms than the biggest hotel chain in the world. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," we check back with Michael Vennitti of TP Foam, a company that came up with a way to squelch the smell of trash.

Five years ago, the thought of renting a room from a complete stranger was ... a little creepy. But because of Airbnb, it's become norma Andrew Holder for NPR hide caption

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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 norma

Andrew Holder for NPR