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People are starting to realise that Airbnb aren’t what they say they are.

People are starting to realise that Airbnb aren’t what they say they are. We came across this story on Buzzfeed and thought that we would share it here. We’ve have been saying for as long as we can remember that Airbnb is misleading people with it’s core messages. This company isn’t about a sharing economy, it’s all about Airbnb’s economy. 11% of every transaction. It certainly isn’t about living like...
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With Trips, AirBnB sets out its grandest plan yet

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionBrian Chesky’s AirBnB has more than three million locations listed so far What started as literally an air bed on the floor in Brian Chesky’s apartment has blossomed into a service that has more than three million locations listed around the world. AirBnB, the site that lets you rent out your spare rooms, or indeed your entire home, to tourists, is one of Silicon Valley’s brightest start-ups...
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The Coming Airbnb Stock Debut — What Investors Need to Know

The Coming Airbnb Stock Debut — What Investors Need to Know Airbnb is now the fourth most valuable startup in the world, behind Uber. An IPO is very likely in the not-so-distant future, and it could be one of the biggest debuts in years. IMAGE SOURCE: AIRBNB Airbnb, the lodging and lifestyle service company that started in 2008, has been making a lot of headlines lately. This increasing interest is...
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Airbnb – Extracting Customer Insights With Machine Learning

In its relatively short lifetime, Airbnb has had over 100 million guests, with over 40 million of those occurring in the past year. Naturally, this exponential growth is a challenge to deal with from a customer service perspective, leading the company to deploy machine learning techniques to improve it. Avneesh Saluja is a Machine Learning Scientist at Airbnb, where he leads efforts on building a scalable machine learning infrastructure that...
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When the communicator met the customer

When the communicator met the customer I came across this great article by Gerry McGovern – Does it ring any bells with you? Communicator: We’re delighted to announce that our new updated, redesigned and relaunched service is even easier to use than it has ever been. Customer: But it’s not. Communicator: We value your feedback, but our new redesigned service has a whole range of new features, topped off by an...
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The Masked Manager | ARE YOU TRAPPED IN THE SPIDERS WEB?

   By The Masked Manager ARE YOU TRAPPED IN THE SPIDERS WEB? These last few weeks has shown the moves to increasingly monetise the rental world. The doors have almost shut as Best Match is introduced on HomeAway sites and guests are led down more disturbing booking paths. From reading this week’s newsletters and forums it’s clear that wherever you have your home, how many great reviews or celebrities have...
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Airbnb Starts Innovation Lab to Make Sure It Stays Relevant for a Long, Long Time

Airbnb‘s core service–which lets travelers find and book rooms in other people’s homes–has turned the company into the biggest lodging provider in the world. But nothing lasts forever. That’s why the company, which is right now reportedly raising money at a $30 billion valuation, is branching out. Airbnb announced Tuesday that it has created an in-house innovation and design studio–dubbed “Samara“–to work on finding the ideas that will move it beyond the home and...
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How to Make Your Airbnb Photos Stand Out

How to Make Your Airbnb Photos Stand Out By Snezana Krdzic of Short Term Stays Is your Airbnb selfie worthy? And by that we mean, is it ready to take professional shots that will be posted for everyone to see? And if not, how do you even go about preparing your rental property for the arrival of a photographer? It’s a no-brainer that professional photos are a must nowadays, that...
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Why Is Santa Monica Allowing Homeaway Etc To Break The Law?

I came across the story below, of a vacation rental operator being convicted of operating an illegal VR business in Santa Monica and got to wondering how this breaks down into the “them and us” of big vacation rental business and small vacation rental business. Mr Shatford, the VR operator in question, was operating four VR’s and was, quite rightly, prosecuted and convicted. My question to the Santa Monica task force...
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